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  • # May 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hello all,
    I would like to create an online forum. I have a web hosting service with ‘fantastico’. I can either install Phpbb or SMF. Both look like hell!.

    Any suggestion about any cool forum (free/commercial) that I can install and use?.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Princess of darkness

    # May 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Simple Machines is quite popular

    # May 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

    how about using joomla and its Kunena forum component. I’ve used it and it’s really easy to use and easy to customize.

    http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/communication/forum/7256

    # May 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

    @Paulie_D thats SMF and I don’t like it!.

    Both phpBB and SMF look like the Web in the 90s!. Any alternative?

    # May 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    @amyth91 Any running example you know, I can look at?. Thanks.

    # May 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    this , is right under construction !

    and this is a working one ! – not by me !

    # May 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    @ozzy This site uses Vanilla. Not sure if this fits your requirements.

    # May 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Or vBulletin might fit.

    It might help if you told us what ‘look’ you are after rather than a generic “Those look crappy”.

    In my experience, forums (fora?) pull traffic through engaging content and community interaction. Users aren’t overly worried about styling.

    # May 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    http://shsforums.net and http://forums.gibberlings3.net are some examples of forums where a lot of work has gone into the styling. These are Invision Power Boards though and cost upwards of 150 dollars for a license. The features though are great. The SHS one is quite a bit busier but it’s still easy to find your way around I think. The Gibberlings3 one was something I did (and host/maintain) and is more minimalistic as it’s geared more towards programmers who don’t like a lot of glaring graphics.

    I’ve seen some awesome skins for SMF forums but honestly if you’re going to do an active board that is used a lot, might be worth it to check into some of the non-free options.

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