Open Source PHP Based Great Forum – PHPBB Alternative

by Hiroshi on August 4, 2008

in Forums, Open Source


PHPBB is alright, free, php based, open source and complete for building huge community or online discussion forum but that is heavy in size (2.17 MB). 2.17 Megabytes!!! people. I mean guys who have small server with less space and want to setup a discussion board however at their website, where they will go?

I would recommend Vanilla for them. Vanilla is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, fully extensible discussion forum for the web. Anyone who has web-space that meets the requirements can download and use Vanilla for free!

I liked its pleasant css based interface and ease of use.

Some Features

  • A Rich User Experience
  • Slick Administration Capabilities
  • Built-in spam control
  • Autonomous user & role management system
  • Great deal of flexibility and ease-of-use
  • Completely change the layout, style, language, and all application settings
  • Add and organize roles, categories, languages, and add-ons
  • Simple or advanced searches
  • Extend the functionality of your forum with limitless Add-ons

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