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Forum engine ? (phpbb, bbpress, vanilla)

  • # September 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm


    I cant make my mind on this.

    I am building new web for physical workout group, a bunch guys that spent most of their day just excersing in gym or outside = not much in IT skilled :)


    what would be the best forum engine for simple Q&A topics like ?

    I have ton of experience with **phpbb**, I like **vanilla** on which runs this css-tricks forum but I will be using WP so **bbpress** comes into mind as well


    has plenty of features

    UX and use is for a bit more advnced users


    simple and straightforward

    UX easy to use for almost anyone


    I have ZERO experience here

    “What would you use in this case and why ?”

    # September 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    If you have to use one of those three, I would go with vanilla – it’s pretty easy to use both from a moderating and user pov.

    For my online community I use Invision Power Board but that costs money. :)

    # October 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I have found bbPress to be the easiest to work with since it integrates nicely with the WordPress user sessions, you can also get a very extensive plugin to manage permissions which has native support for bbPress.

    # October 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    You’re posting here, so you’re experiencing Vanilla. It’s not awful but I’m not a huge fan either. I mega wish I was on bbPress which does a bit less but would allow this site to be 100% WordPress powered.

    # October 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The bbpress demo reminds me of the [Typophile forums]( which I really like. @chriscoyier, why didn’t you make the change during the redesign?

    # October 4, 2012 at 2:58 am

    @chriscoyier you are right about the bbPress

    after all I will build the site in WP anyway so it only makes sense to use bbPress as those 2 get quite good along together I guess

    will give it a shot

    # October 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Changing forum software is no trivial task. Especially for someone like me who isn’t a very good developer (w stuff like databases). And also there is no Vanilla -> bbPress converter yet. I’ve talked to bbPress devs though and it seems likely someday.

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