PHP Forum Software Showdown

The six software programs are as follows.

  • bbPress 0.73 (released October 27, 2006) - http://bbpress.org/
  • MyBB 1.2.1 (released September 27, 2006) - http://www.mybboard.com/
  • phpBB 2.0.21 (released June 9, 2006) - http://www.phpbb.com/
  • PunBB 1.2.14 (released October 15, 2006) - http://www.punbb.org/
  • Simple Machines 1.0.9 (released October 29, 2006) - http://www.simplemachines.org/
  • Vanilla 1.0.1 (released August 21, 2006) - http://getvanilla.com/

Some of the things that I'll be covering include:

  • Installation and setup
    • Steps
    • Requirements (PHP and database versions)
    • Installer and installation sizes
  • Code
    • Valid?
    • How 'clean' is it to read and navigate (the code)
  • Upgrading
  • Default layout
  • Admin interface
  • Out-of-the-box functionality/features
  • Age and approximate usage
  • Extendability

Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated - either of things to cover, or of other forums to review. Please note that forums must be free/open source, and run on PHP and MySQL, minimum.

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