WP has forum bridges.
But if you are looking for native integration, WP has Vanilla forums via a plugin.
Joomla has few but two popular ones are Kunena and Easydiscuss. Kunena is a full-feature forum but it's kind of beyond the standard of today's forum, but if you use a good theme, it can look very nice and function similarly to Vb3.
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Im stuck between which CMS to use. Its going to be for a smaller community but active. (probably less then 100 people)
I was so set on word press but i see where it falls short with integration forums. My community would need a feature rich forum where as it seems Word press forum plugins are VERY light weight.
Any suggestions? Maybe im missing a forum thats feature rich or another CMS that offers nice system + forums?
My question: why do you need WordPress AND a forum, and why do you think you need them integrated? These are the questions that need answered to steer you in the right direction.
In my experience, people who think they need both platforms end up only needing one, or at least don't actually need them to be integrated. For example, if you just need a CMS to display some content for your users and the bulk of their time is going to spend in the forum, you don't really need integration, and then your possibilities open up to all sorts of forum options, such as phpBB which is one of my personal favorites.
If you need a website and forum go with WordPress + a BBplugin. If you need just a BB go with PHPBB. Both are available through Fantastico and not that hard to install. Drupal and Joomla are not for the faint at heart. One issue and you'll be paying upwards of $70 for help on odesk. With WordPress your learning curve will be less and most issues will be related to plugin conflicts and theming.