List of the Best Free Forum Script 2013
Installing a forum is a great idea to drive additional traffic and trigger improved conversations. I have installed a vBulletin based webmaster forum on this website and the site gets about 40% additional traffic to the forum and the content on the forum is crowd-sourced.
It is certainly very difficult to choose the forum script to install on your website because as users and content keep increasing, you do not have a choice to go back to a different forum script (migration is possible but is a very tedious process). There are hundreds of big and small forum scripts available on the web. Today we have choose the best few open source free forum script as of the year 2013 for you to download and use.
Making a choice is up to you after trying and testing each of the forums but if you ask me about my choice, they are SMF, PHPBB, MYBB, Vanilla, FUD Forum, JAVABB. If you have are planning to go for a paid or premium forum script, i will say hands down vBulletin is the best due to a large number of reasons. We use vBulletin. I would love to hear what you think about the post, Hope you enjoyed the post on Best free forum scripts 2013
phpBB is a popular Internet forum package written in the PHP scripting language. The name “phpBB” is an abbreviation of PHP Bulletin Board. Available under the GNU General Public License, phpBB is free software.
MyBB is a free bulletin board system software package developed by the MyBB Group. It is written in PHP and licensed as free software under the GNU General Public License.
bbPress is an open source light weight internet forum package, created by Automattic, the same company that created WordPress. It is designed to be powerful, fast, and easy to use.
Vanilla is a lightweight and extensible free/open source forum application developed by Mark O’Sullivan using the PHP scripting language and MySQL database management system
SEO-Board: A fast, and search engine friendly forum software written in PHP/MySQL. [Open source]
FUDForum: Fast Uncompromising Discussions
PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License.
FluxBB: Forum software forked by four developers of PunBB that supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite and produces valid XHTML [Open source, GPL]
Beehive Forum: PHP/MySQL Discussion Forum with frames-based layout, reply-to-user, e-mail notification, HTML-posting, signatures, friends & killfiles
IceBB is a powerful, fast, free, open-source forum solution powered by the free PHP and MySQL
MiniBB: miniBB stands for “mini bulletin board”, a fast and lightweight PHP-powered flat-type free open source discussion board
Phorum is open source forum software with a penchant for speed. Phorum’s very flexible hook and module system can satisfy every web master’s needs.
Simple Machines: A community software package with themes, fast message database, secure file-attaching system, and mod installation manager. [Freeware]
XMB eXtreme Message Board – PHP Forum Software
AEF: The full name of AEF is Advanced Electron Forum
Quicksilver Forums is a fast, secure, powerful PHP/MySQL based forum script. Features a robust 3D permission system and complete HTML
UseBB is a free and effective PHP/MySQL bulletin board package
Unclassified NewsBoard Forum
JForum is a powerful and robust discussion board system implemented in Javatm. It provides an attractive interface, an efficient forum engine
JavaBB.org – Your Bulletin Board Forum Based