also you might want to look into invisionboard as well
it's a free forum software that has more features than phpbb. invision board 2 is also expected to be released in the next few months, they have a pre release version out now and it looks very promising
I still don't get what kind of features vbulletin has that makes is worth the cost (compared to free)....
phpbb has a HUGE modding community, and you can find just about any hack to make phpbb have the same features as vbulletin, plus tons more.
So what is it really that makes vbulletin so much better?
vBulletin 3 has some real nice feature from a user point. I don't currently admin one so I have no clue what the admin panel has compared to phpBB...
The whole popup css menu thing in VB3 is nice. When you hover over a user you get another menu. They added this feature to a lot of their menus.
I find it seems more stable on really large boards. But in those cases the host/ server(s) play a big part in that.
But really if you are interested in phpBB you should look at the area51 release if you want to compare it with the new vers 3 release of VB. PhpBB 2.2 should be out soon (so they have been saying for months now =)
Vbulletin has not only saved me time, but it looks more appealing as well.
With Vbulletin, they have a hack out their called vbgarage, Which members can upload their mustangs instantly with a click of the button. This has saved myself time because I no longer have to go and manually make each members page as the submit their rides.
I also like how you can see what each member is doing and their last visit.
The admin Control panel is much more powerful and professional!
I used to have PHPBB on my site, but now since I went with Vbulletin, My site looks 100X better. Their is just a lot more functions with Vbulletin and a TON of hacks that can be installed manually.
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