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    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


    Simple Machines is quite popular


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

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


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


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


    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.

    Member and 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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