|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|
|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.
|Users Online List||Plugin||Yes||Yes|
|Custom profile fields||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.
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