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Forum Hosting

To check the full list of forum scripts available, click here.

What is a Forum?

An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They differ from chat rooms in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible. Forums have a specific set of jargon associated with them; e.g. a single conversation is called a "thread".

A forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: a forum can contain a number of subforums, each of which may have several topics. Within a forum's topic, each new discussion started is called a thread, and can be replied to by as many people as wish to. Depending on the forum's settings, users can be anonymous or have to register with the forum and then subsequently log in in order to post messages. On most forums, users do not have to log in to read existing messages.

Popular Forum Platforms

Three of the most popular Forum Scripts would be: phpBB, Simple Machines Forum (SMF), and bbPress.

So what do I choose? How do they compare?

phpBB is the most popular forum script. But it always makes sense to explore the features and options of other engines.
All three of them: SMF, phpBB and bbPress are live and supported projects and you shouldn't have issues with updates and community support. To have first hands experience on all 3 forum scripts you can consider installing them on subdomains first and deside yourself whether their features suit your needs. You can check this knowledgebase article on easy-to-follow steps to achieve it yourself.

bbPress phpBB SMF
Data Storage MySQL MySQL, PostgreSQL,
Oracle, SQLite
MySQL, PostgreSQL,
SQLite
Emoticons Plugin Yes Yes
CAPTCHA
Plugin Yes Yes
Avatars Plugin Yes Yes
User Ranks Plugin Yes Yes
Signatures Plugin Yes Yes
Users Online List Plugin Yes Yes
Private Messaging Plugin Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Plugin Yes Yes
Skin-Editor No Yes Yes
Statistics Yes Yes Yes
Polls Plugin Yes Yes
 

How is the Forum setup?

It is easy to setup a new Forum website with VMotion. Once you complete your payment, your forum of choice installs automatically.

What you get when you purchase Forum hosting from VMotion IT Solutions:
Unlimited Disk Storage Unlimited Domain Hosting
Unlimited Add-on Domains Unlimited Parked Domains
Unlimited POP3/POP3 Secure E-mail Support Unlimited IMAP/Secure IMAP E-mail Support
Unlimited Subdomains Unlimited Forwarding E-mail Accounts
Unlimited E-mail Autoresponder Unlimited Unlimited GB of Site Transfer
Great Technical & Customer Support Support International Domain Names
2 Different Webmail (Web Based E-mail) Solutions DirectAdmin Control Panel
FTP Access Web File Manager
Server Side Includes Hotlink Protection
Override .htaccess Support Log Files
Site Statistics Customizable Error Pages
Custom Cronjobs Spam Assasin Protection
Free Generated Certificate Password Protected Directories
Linux Operating System Customized Apache Web Server
24/7 Network Monitoring Site Backups
Subscription Details

SMF
1 Month
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3 Months -
6 Months -
12 Months -

phpBB
1 Month
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3 Months -
6 Months -
12 Months -

bbPress
1 Month
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3 Months -
6 Months -
12 Months -

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