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Top 8 Internet Forum Software

Top 8 Internet Forum Software

An internet forum application is an online discussion site where individuals hold discussions in the form of posted messages. This type of software is a very powerful tool to run online communities, to disseminate information, share experiences and ideas, receive online support, interact with others learning new intercultural skills, and much more.

A forum can contain a number of subforums, each of which can have several topics. Within a forum's topic, each new discussion started is called a thread.

There are two types of structure used in a discussion forum. The most commonly used is the flat message structure where it is only possible to add a message to the end of a thread. A threaded view structure is less commonly used, in part because it is regarded as somewhat dated.

Messages are typically stored in a relational database such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Oracle.



There is a good range of forum software that is released under an open source license. To provide an insight into the best software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 top open source internet forum software. Hopefully, there will be software here for anyone that wants to host online discussions.

Now, let's explore the 8 internet forum software at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Internet Forum Software
phpBB World's leading open source discussion forum software
MyBB MyBB's roots lie in the discussion boards XMB and DevBB
Simple Machines Good feature set with minimal impact on resources
Vanilla Help small communities grow larger
miniBB Build your own core with an auto-compiling tool
FluxBB Designed as a lighter, faster alternative
bbPress Setup discussion forums inside your WordPress.org powered site
Phorum Flat-threaded message board system written in PHP

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