1. vBulletin – Undoubted vBulletin is the best forum software.
With its years of experience and great support has made it the best
forum software. vBulletin is paid forum script but it is worth to its
value. You can find lot of vBulletin templates by third party and lot of
support from vBulletin and other places. Most of the successful form
2. Invision Power Board –
Another popular paid forum software. When ever vBulletin is compared it
is compared to Invision Power Board. It also comes with lot of
features, good support and great resources. There is self hosted and
hosted version of IPB.
There is a free hosted version of IPB. You do not get script instant of that you can start your own forum on there domain.
– If you are looking for free forum script then you may end your search
at phpBB. phpBB is one of the most popular free forum script. There are
plenty of phpBB lover’s community which can provide you lot of help,
resources, mod, templates etc.
4. Simple Machines Forum (SMF)
– Another popular free forum script. SMF great feature is its
integration with other popular script. It is also widely used forum
script with lots of support and resources.
5. bbPress –
If you are known to WordPress then you must know bbPress by creator of
WordPress. Backed by powerful development team and good support can make
anyone to choose bbPress. If you are looking to integrate WordPress and
forum software then these can be your first choice. It is a powerful
forum script which must be conceder while choosing forum software.
So those are the popular form scripts but the question is which one to
choose. When you will check those scripts you will find they look
similar to each other. All of them come with powerful admin interface.
All are theme based so easy to change themes and lot of supports is
there for all those script.
If you are planning to build professional forum with thousands of
member and post then go for paid scripts like vBulletin or Invision
If you are not thinking of a very big forum then go for free scripts.
There is always option with paid forum software to upgrade from other
scripts. So you don’t have to worry if your members are increasing they
will help you to upgrade your forum.