Saturday, March 29, 2008

Free forum/Community builder software

Look beyond vBulletin. If you are planning to add a forum or bulletin board to your site and don't want to spend a lot on the platform, the good news is that there are a lot of free alternatives available. Here are a few listed below, leave a comment if I have missed out on something.     

A free community software based on PHP and MySQL. Complete feature list -

phpBB is one of the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Version 3.0 incorporates a professional-quality modular design, high security, multiple-language interface, support for a multitude of database servers and complete layout customisation, all with a low execution overhead. Complete feature set can be found here

From the creators of WordPress, bbPress is focused on web standards, ease of use, ease of integration, and speed. 
View live here

a PHP/MySQL discussion forum with frame-based layout, for easy navigation.
View live forum

Impressive community builder based on PHP/MySQL  With dolphin you can create dating sites, social networks, content sharing portalsThough free, it requires a fee of $39/yr if you want to remove the links to publisher.

Powered by PHP and MySQL, icebb is a free and open source forum solution.
Try it here

nextBBS is an open-source Internet forum system written in PHP and its currently running its public beta.

UseBB is a light and Open Source PHP 4 and MySQL based forum package, distributed freely under the GPL license. 
Try it here -

Vanilla is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, fully extensible discussion forum for the web.


Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tips. There are many free forum hosting available now such as , , etc...

Anonymous said...

Thank's for your information.
Is there any real "free community builder" except Dolphin?

Thank's for your answers.
.PP Ramadhan