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#1 XenForo

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XenForo is a platform that allows the users to share content and discuss it with other members of the forum. The platform provides a place to keep the audience engaged, and this also lowers the burden on the customer support team as most of the queries solve on the forum. XenForo comes with a feature that helps users to recover the content of the members from any time and date.

It allows users to arrange the whole discussion on the forum in an aligned form to use this knowledge as a subject matter. Along with member-to-member chat, XenForo also provides group conversation facilities. The platform comes with a powerful permission feature, customizable options for the forum to fit it according to the brand, and has a ‘What’s new’ feature to make sure users see the latest updates.

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#2 Vanilla

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Vanilla is online software that provides community forums for discussion on thousands of websites. The platform provides customers and potential clients to not only follow the brand but also engage in real-time conversation on it. This cloud-based platform allows the businesses to keep the audience engaged, can publish their content, even ads, and can boost sales through it. It allows users to host questions and polls; however, admin of the forum holds authority on all these activities.

Members in the forum can mention each other in discussions, and they will get a notification whenever they mentioned in the discussion. Some of the essential features of Vanilla are Moderation Tools, CRM Integrations, Gamification, Data migration, Collaboration, and Discussion Boards. It also enables the users to drag-and-drop pictures in their posts or to attach videos with it.

#3 FluxBB

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FluxBB is an open-source platform that offers forum services to the community for engagement and communication. The platform is free, fast, and light and provides all the essential features which some other forums lack. The platform provides a clear and easy-to-use interface, which makes it easy for users to interact across different conversations on the forum.

Moreover, the platform offers the full admin control of their panel, which means admin can add or delete a user from the panel, and also allows them to change the structure and options of the forum. The flexible permission system gives the admin full authority over the users as he/she can restrict some part of the forum or can provide privileged access to other users.

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#4 NodeBB

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NodeBB is a platform that offers a modern forum software that allows the engagement of community and brands. The platform comes with three different forums; Open Source, Instant Hosting, and Enterprise, and users can select them according to their demand. The platform comes with a mobile responsive platform that provides a perfect experience on every device and screen.

It supports different languages, which makes it an international platform and allows users to share content easily on other social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. Moreover, the platform offers real-time streaming of posts and data and provides users with real-time chats and notifications. NodeBB comes with an analytics dashboard that enables the users to see the content that users are enjoying most and enables the communities and brands to make better decisions.

#5 MyBB

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MyBB is an engagement and communication platform that allows users to have vibrant and exciting discussions. Volunteers run the platform, and the donation forms the community that keeps them going. The platform allows the users to attach various plugins to their forum, which ease their discussions such as Flatty, Vienna, Square, Smile Menu, and many other projects, and plugins can be attached to it. MyBB supports various languages and provides translation facilities to its users to facilitate cross-language conversations.

The platform, apart from public communication, allows the users to opt for private conversations, which enables them to create their group in the forum. It also allows users to track messages and see the read receipt and enables the exporting of messages in text and HTML format. MyBB comes attractive and exciting features that keep the users engaged and offer moderation tools to keep the discussion smooth, and the customer support staff solves the problems immediately.

#6 Flarum

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Flarum is a platform that enables the engagement and interaction of the community through a managed discussion board. The platform ensures the access of the users even with a slow Internet connection and comes with lightning-fast speed. The platform comes with a friendly user interface that allows the customer to talk more and spend less time on the clicking.

The platform has ended the hassle of pages and provides users with an end-less scrolling and allows you to start from where you left. It enables users to visit other discussions while the users are writing their own. Flarum comes with a simple gesture, and smooth animations, such as users can swipe a discussion to the right by marking it as read.

#7 phpBB

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phpBB is a free forum that offers a discussion platform for a community or business. The platform comes with an easy registration feature and also requires parental approval for children, making it a secure platform. The platform provides users with private messaging services and enables the users to maintain custom PM folders, and users can send messages to multiple recipients.

For better communication, users can attach files with messages and allows them to send messages in a group. Users can customize groups with different group colors and can also add different avatars to different users. While phpBB send user notifications either through email or instant messaging.

#8 Simple Machines Forum

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Simple Machines Forum is a platform that provides users with an open-source internet forum and a message-board program. The platform allows users to have various features to customize the whole database and modify the platform. It offers users to make their groups for better and private conversations and can add new members into the groups with admin permission.

The platform comes with useful plugins such as MySQL, etc. and because of its advanced features, the platform is considered to be the next generation forum software. Training for the platform is provided through documentation, while customer support is available online. The platform also comes with a feature of paid advertising; however, the platform is free of cost.

#9 Discourse

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Discourse is an open-source platform that provides communities with civilized discussion service. The platform offers its users to escape emails and chat silos to engage in searchable discussions with the customers and fans. It allows companies to create a self-service hub with exciting ideas and useful discussions and lets the community cultivate a better conversation through its automatic trust system.

The platform has removed the hassle of arbitrary pages and comes with the power of in-time loading if the customers want to read more. Moreover, it has increased people to people interaction as it sends notifications to people when there post/comment is quoted by someone else. Discourse comes with a simple and user interface that allows users to see replies in the form of a waterfall and enables users to expand the conversations which they want to see without losing their position.

#10 AsmBB

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AsmBB is a high-performance engine for web-based message forums powered by Assembly language with a FastCGI interface and SQLite database for storing information. Its goal is to deliver super-fast performance and be a lightweight message board engine along with a unique look and feel and all the required features. The project can be downloaded and installed without paying any fees. The website lists the instructions that you can follow to implement it on your server.

#11 Postwave

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Postwave is a unique, low-maintenance online forum that maximizes productivity more than any other forums and is capable of handling a large number of users and posts. It offers a user-friendly environment along with moderation controls to help you manage all aspects of your board without hassle. The look and feel are similar to other online forums, making it easy for everyone to get started without running into difficulties. Deploy Postwave now and start communicating with your community right away.

#12 FreeForums.org

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FreeForums.org is a prominent free forums provider that allows you to create your own forum to communicate with the community in no time at all. There is no need to make any payment or learn advanced knowledge because everything is easy to implement, plus support is provided to ensure high satisfaction. The platform follows a customer-centric approach, and to this end, everything is done keeping your needs in mind. You can make various changes to the forums by navigating to the settings menu and modifying the desired options.

#13 Lefora Free Forum

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Lefora lets you create a Free Forum to convey your thoughts in full-motion video or full color. Just create an account and get the free forum. It is great for starting a discussion forum for providing updates on a service, product, or special interest. The platform offers a modern community with many features to propel you towards success. Ads are run on the forums to generate funds though you have the option to remove them by paying a small fee.

The best feature is that there is no need to download or set up, and this is alongside the already available free forum hosting. Start by choosing a name to begin the discussion forum and let it do the rest. With Lefora Free Forum, everyone can create an all-powerful social community within 30 seconds. This is because the developers know how crucial time is and have responded by providing ways to prevent its wastage. Use one of the hundreds of available, responsive themes for the forum.

#14 ArmorForums

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ArmorForums is a cloud-hosted platform that enables everyone to create their own private rooms from a subdomain in no time at all. It is suitable for communities, businesses, and individuals passionate about creating their very own forum for productivity, discussions, feedback, or support. One of its features is Moderation that allows administrators to govern the forums with great ease and remove black sheep without trouble. Other features include Membership Management, Content Management, Ideation, and Discussion/Forums. All of these features make the platform the best fit for anyone looking to start their forums.

#15 QuickTopic

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QuickTopic provides free message board hosting to help you host your own forums to allow group discussions. It is straightforward to use, and everyone can start their message board in ten seconds. Friends have the ability to post on your board here or via their email. The platform offers customization options, enabling you to add a personal logo or picture, and heading text, modify fonts and colors.

The personalization wizard makes everything easy and removes the difficulties. Make new looks for each topic or choose a single one to apply to all of them. Give participants the opportunity to upload images in .jpg, .png, or.gif format as part of posts, making it easy for everyone to see them alongside messages. Use a secret password to prevent access to certain topics.

#16 InvisionFree

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InvisionFree was one of the leading free forum hosts and had more than six hundred thousand boards, with one board dated to 2002. The service started to reach its end when the owner company Zathyus Networks launched a new forum service called Zetaboards in 2011 and asked the members to shift to the new Forums. This was not a mandatory requirement, but anyone who used it was in no position to move back. Later on, in 2018, an official announcement was made to inform everyone that all the stuff would migrate to Tapatalk, implying that forums would lose aspects like themes and more.

#17 Invision Community

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Invision Community is a platform that offers community management, which enables businesses to create and manage their online presence. The platform provides businesses with various facilities, i.e., flexible moderation, and permission tools to content promotion and spam management to ensure the online presence of the businesses.

The platform provides business a direct connection with their customers and enables them to resolve the customer’s issues before they start hurting the company’s reputation. Moreover, the platform allows the businesses to get feedback on their product and services and enables them to reward their best brand ambassadors. Invision Community allows the companies to reduce their cost with P2P support and creates a public knowledge hub for better interaction of users.

#18 IceBB

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IceBB is a robust, easy-to-use, and open source forum software developed using PHP and MySQL. It is highly scalable and can easily handle a large number of users and posts, thanks to its efficient and clean code. You can also customize it according to requirements via complete language and skin support. Use the advanced admin control center and the moderation tools to handle all sections of the forum.

The solution has a great community that helps everyone with their problems in multiple languages, including Spanish, English, and French. The features include a PHP-based skinning system, RSS feeds, Multi-quote, Favorite topics and forums, Inline moderation, E-mail topics, Support for full localization, Private messages in the style of topics, Powerful search, Robust admin control center, Unlimited subforums, and Redirect forums.