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Forum software packages

Hi,

I'm currently evaluating forum software packages, and I would like to know what are some of the packages that others have used or evaluated in the past.  If possible, can you list likes, as well as dislikes, and particular features, which you found interesting?  The following is a list of packages that I have come across so far.  Has anyone used one of these packages? 

AMB - www.tippedcow.com
ASP Playground - www.aspplayground.net
IdealBB - www.idealbb.com
Forum Mania - http://www.eureka.ph/m12/index.asp?section=products
MetaWorks Forums - www13.brinkster.com/aokforum

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards,

--Garett

Garett Chang
Friday, September 27, 2002

Hi,

I should have mentioned that our server environments are Windows 2000.

Thanks,

--Garett

Garett Chang
Friday, September 27, 2002

Well, their are literally hundreds of forum software packages.  Some are free and others aren't.  Is there a particular scripting language (PHP, ASP, Perl, etc.) that you favor?  Are you interested in learning ASP.NET?

From the packages that you listed, it looks like you interested in an ASP based package.

Snitz Forums 2000 (http://forum.snitz.com) is a very popular ASP based bulletin board system.  It is a free product that is governed by the GPL (http://www.fsf.org/copyleft/gpl.html).

Charles Kiley
Friday, September 27, 2002

Hi Charles,

Thanks for the reply.

As far as scripting languages are concerned, I am in favor of ASP, with an interest in learning ASP.NET.  A free package would be quite nice, since it allows us the opportunity to modify the source, but we are also willing to pay for one. Thanks again for your help.

Garett Chang
Friday, September 27, 2002

If PHP and MySQL are acceptable to you, then I can tell you where to find a forum that looks and works just like this one (Joel on Software).  Drop me an e-mail message.

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, September 27, 2002

Alex,

I would be interested in a JoS PhP lookalike. Why not just post the URL?

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, September 27, 2002

"Why not just post the URL?"

I was reluctant to post the URL because I didn't write the forum software -- it was given to me by John Conners, a programmer in Yorkshire, England.  However, here's a URL to the forum page on my site (not much posting traffic there so far, as you can see):

http://www.astrocyte-design.com/forum/discuss.php

The bottom of the page has a link to John Conners's site.  You'd have to contact him for permission to use his forum software.

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, September 27, 2002

vBulletin rocks.

Jeff Winkler
Friday, September 27, 2002

Unfortunately, one of the best forum software packages is not for sale.

Check out www.whirlpool.net.au, and get an idea of what to compare the others to.

Evan
Saturday, September 28, 2002

VBulletin used to set the standards and I do use it on one site. However, I don't like where they are going with the 3.0 version. The threaded view is just terrible.

Recently, a new forum arrived which is called Invision Boards. They have some highly talented developers on board. The main advantages over VBulletin are the looks and the user interface:

http://www.invisionboard.com

Jan Derk
Sunday, September 29, 2002

Thank you all for the excellent feedback!

I am currently evaluating the sites provided.  For those that are interested, I came across a great site, which provides and aggregation of most of the software available for conferencing and collaboration on the Internet.  The site is http://thinkofit.com/webconf/index.htm

Regards,

--Garett

Garett Chang
Monday, September 30, 2002

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