Common interests always bring people together, and the internet forum is a great place to do it through the world wide web. The opportunity of sharing thoughts and experience, giving advice and finding new friends can be a great advantage for any business or blog.
Are you interested in setting up the forum board or change your current platform but still not sure about the technical part? Let’s move forward and look closely at the very popular forum software triplet – phpBB, bbPress and Joomla Kunena. A pleasant addition – a quiz at the end of an article will help you to make an individual choice and decide which forum is the best for you!
phpBB – standalone, “strongalone” project
Comparing to bbPress and Joomla Kunena, phpBB isn’t based on any of platforms but works as powerful and competitive forum software itself. It gives the phpBB a power to be a robust forum and don’t distract the website owner by managing two things – site and forum.
phpBB is one of the first forum software ever created but is still on the list of one of the most popular bulletin boards. It’s clear why – the extensive base of free templates and extensions make the possibilities of phpBB unlimited. Different CAPTCHA forms, question/answer protection method, automated warnings which prevent the possibility of being banned – all these options make this forum software a strong warrior of user’s security.
However, the usage of this bulletin board requires good PHP skills, so non-techie users can meet the difficulties with handling a phpBB-based forum.
bbPress: the talented younger brother of WordPress
We all know WordPress as a free open source with the ease of use and customizability. bbPress has the same privileges – it works like a plugin and seamlessly connects with the main WordPress website, giving you an opportunity to build a splendid forum performance with more than 200 plugins available. You don’t have to worry about your coding knowledge – admin panel is intuitive and WYSIWYG editor will help you to see the result before making changes on the forum board. The lucky forum users will be able to attend the website from anywhere they want – bbPress is a mobile-friendly platform. You can also be sure about high SEO rankings and easy social media sharing.
Joker up a sleeve with Joomla Kunena
This forum software is a specifically created forum extension of Joomla, designed to be a bulletin board, so you can easily expand your Joomla-based website with wider functionality without any issues during the installation. It also gives a useful possibility for users – they can sign in under the same login and password for both projects. Joomla Kunena is a secure platform with well-arranged and robust ACL (Access Control List), which helps you easily arrange user groups or private groups. A huge library of beautiful design templates and fantastic SEO-friendliness will help make your forum board attractive and accessible to the potential formers.
Still hard to choose? Take the quiz to summarize and formulate the final solution about the best forum! And don’t forget – it’s super easy to transfer one platform to another with the help of CMS2CMS automatic migration service! Run a free Demo conversion before moving all your content to check the result beforehand!
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