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Internet Forum is a place where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.Unlike Blog, the forum is solely run by the User/Members.
The forum will enable you to build a great community online and thereby promote your website or blog.Refer the below link to know how to promote your website through the forum or online community.
Here in this article, we will discuss the top five platform that can be used to build a great community.
Top Five Internet Forum to build a great community
SMF Forum Free & open source community software
If you are the beginner then SMF Forum will be the best option for you. Unlike another forum, it is easy to install and use. We are using SMF forum since last 5 years for our websites.
The best part is that you will not need any Programming knowledge to add or delete new features in it.Further, It is available at free of cost. You will not need to spend a single penny to use it.
phpBB – Free and Open Source Forum Software
phpbb is another open source available for building online forum community. If you ask someone, which is the best open source for building an online community? then he/she may reply with an answer ‘phpbb’.
But a fresher will find it difficult in installing and using the same. Unlike SMF Forum, it is very difficult to add or delete any changes in it. We may definitely use the phpbb if we know the advance programming languages.
Vanilla Forums – Open Source Forum Software
Vanilla Forums is the Modern Community Platform and their theme are awesome.Unlike others, the look of the Vanilla Forum is different.Use this only if you want to do not want to create an old styled forum community. Of course, it supports all basic forum features.
Vanilla Forum is available in two version. It is available as free and Paid both.
vBulletin-The World’s Leading Community Software
If you are looking for the paid version then V bulletin will be the best choice for you.It has the built-in blog feature which is not available in any other forum.Of course, 24×7 best customer support will be available for you.
This will be the best option if you are looking for the professional forum and ready to spend 200 to 300 bucks.It is bit costlier but worthy to spend.
MyBB – Free and Open Source Forum Software
Last but not the least, another best option for Internet Forum is MyBB. It is also known as MyBBoard or MyBulletinBoard.
Reputation and Task Scheduling System is the additional features available in MyBB.These features are not available by default in another free open source forum. Of course, the various alternative like Karma in SMF Forum is available for the same.