List of Open Source Forum Softwares Based on PHP MySQL shows some free yet powerful forum softwares for your main domain or on subfolder or subdomain. List of Open Source Forum Softwares Based on PHP MySQL is the sequel of three similar articles to promote Open Source :
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List of Open Source Forum Softwares Based on PHP MySQL and Paid Forum Softwares
There are basically two important paid prominent forum softwares now – vBulletin and XenForo. XenForo is basically a kind of compiled version of vBulletin and vBSEO. If you are interested, search in our website’s search box with Xenforo you will get some articles.
It was good if XenForo was Open Source. Its quite good. But our list of Open Source Forum Softwares does not have very bad forum softwares at all. In fact, Forum software market is still ruled by paid softwares, in all others Open Source not only rules but also they are the best. Like WordPress, Joomla, Magento. For medium sized forums, any of these forum softwares from this list of List of Open Source Forum Softwares will nicely work.
List of Open Source Forum Softwares Based on PHP MySQL
Please copy the name of the software and search in Google.
phpBB : phpBB is used by millions of users in the world. It has plugins (tools), themes (styles) as well.
Advanced Electron Forums : AEF has a very simple and easy to use Administration Panel and installing this software is easy. You can install new themes from official website.
Simple Machines Forum : Relatively new and its really very advanced forum software. You will find packages with those can change your forum’s operation, add features, remove features, and add themes.
MyBB : MyBB is well known for easiness, supports various themes.
XMB : XMB is quite popular and has various Operating System looking Skins.
Phorum : Phorum powers many well established forums including the official MySQL forum.
PunBB : PunBB is a light software, only 1.8 MB in size. It can run on a shared server easily.
bbPress : bbPress is plain and simple forum software, plain and simple, developed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. It is now a WordPress Plugin for WordPress too.
Vanilla : Vanilla Forums are open-source, standards-compliant, customizable discussion forums.
Phabricator : Phabricator is a Software Development Platform. Phabricator has a professional grade UI , has no forum but has a Question Answer Application named Ponder. We discussed how to install Phabricator on cloud server in separate guide.
We have come to the end of the List of Open Source Forum Softwares Based on PHP MySQL. There are many Free forum softwares, but these are widely used.