I would like to have your opinion on the free Bulleting boards scripts available (YABB, InvisionBoard, simplemachines (SMF) etc..)
I am looking for a bulletin board that I can integrate Google Adsense ads in.. Any comments, suggestions etc would be appreciated. And Your thoughts on Vbulletin and if one should use a free Bulletin Board or purchase one and why ?
vBulletin, phpbb, ipb have their own advantaged and disadvantages. They differ in their features and prices. But phpbb is free-of-charge. IPB costs nearly 100$. But I'd prefer vBulletin because it's very good in usability.
I'd give a vote for MyBB as well, this is a really well designed piece of software as free.
Otherwise, don't even think about IPB 1.3, they have stopped support for IPB 1.x and not only this, it has been explained by invision team that invision 1.3 is far way outdated and has a lot of securities issues which they will not fix.
If you are wanting a free forum rich in features then I would go for MyBB, if you are wanting a free forum which is simple and easy-to-use I would go for XMB.
But if you can fork out for it vBulletin is highly reccommended
I currently use phpbb but it has many annoyances, seems like for any decent functionality you have to install 3rd party mods. I've got SMF installed for a new site I'm working on, but haven't had time to get into it much. My initial thoughts on SMF is that I will probably be happier with it than phpbb.
IPB 2.2 all the way. its way better then vb, less server resource eating, very easy to use (vb control panel is way complicative) i currently own 17 IPB lifetime license and 2 vbulletin leased. ipb owns vb when it comes to smoothness, functions, mods and other things but vb has better security i say.
i must say that since I opened this topic, I installed simplemachines.org (SMF), installed it in less than a minute and posted my questions on their forum.. There's always someone replying back within a day or two max !
I loved the mods espacially the one that allows you to place Ads anywhere on your forum with couple of clicks.. I can put Google ads in posts, threads, header, footer, sides etc without knowing any coding or modifying any files.. All is done from the admin section.
So I had my forum setup in 3 days and I advertised it a bit here and there For those who would like to see it: www.multimontreal.com (I did not put any ads yet.. Waiting for more people to join) !
So at the end, I am satisfied with SMF although there might be something better out there.. But SMF answers my needs so far...
Yeah, it's self-install mod system really is a fantastic idea, it's very flexible and extremely fast software- I personally think it also gives a big threat to the big commercial forums (vB, IPB), the only thing you miss out on is the dedicated support teams on the other end of the phone should you need them.