Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: phpBB or Vbulletin?

  1. #1
    A Little to the Left Redsfaithful's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Bexley, OH
    Posts
    7,467

    phpBB or Vbulletin?

    I know there are some people here who can give me some information. I'm in the planning stages of a community centered site and I'm wondering what opinions are when it comes to phpBB vs. Vbulletin.

    I don't mind paying an ownership license for Vbulletin, but I want to know if it's really worth it. I've read that phpBB is less secure, is that true? I wouldn't have a problem updating fairly often if that would help security wise.

    So I know it's a broad question, but any opinions/knowledge would be helpful.
    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
    --Oscar Wilde

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    The Lineups stink. KronoRed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    West N. Carolina
    Posts
    55,702

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    Also there is http://www.simplemachines.org/ it's free and the alternate RZ runs off it
    Go Gators!

  4. #3
    Vavasor TRF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Amarillo, TX
    Posts
    13,606

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    I had a running arguement about this. IMO phpBB2 is as secure as vBulletin, but it depends on how much you want to add hacks and 3rd party mods. personally i don't mind doing that. Then there is the support issue. If you want to yell at someone when it doesn't work go with vBulletin. Nobody to yell at with an open source product.

    For me, I don't want to pay for anything I can get for free. And I have a decent sized budget. We are switching to a Content Management System called phpWebsite. We bought 4 servers and paid around $12,000 for them. The CMS's started at $50,000.

    phpWebsite is free. We've hacked it quite a bit, almost to the point that it is nearly not the same product we started with.

    So really it depends on how much you like to work with it. If that is not a lot, go with vBulletin.
    Suck it up cupcake.

  5. #4
    Retired
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    3,933

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    vBulletin all the way, it's a superior commercial grade product, unlike phpBB which is unsupported open source. It would literally take you countless hours of hacking to bring a default phpBB up to the level of default vB, you can't even merge threads together with default phpBB.

    I've used Invision PowerBoard, vBulletin and phpBB at various times for forums that can have 1,500+ people on at any given time, vBulletin is the superior product. PM me if you need more info.

  6. #5
    I hate the Cubs LoganBuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    6,179

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    I use runboard.com for my site. It has been really easy and my members don't have too many issues.
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

  7. #6
    RZ Chamber of Commerce Unassisted's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    San Antonio
    Posts
    13,453

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    phpBB has been subject to numerous hacks and worm cracks in the last year, but it is free. The development team has released fixes, but only after hundreds and hundreds of boards have been compromised. Those security issues have led RedsZone's host to ban phpBB from their servers.

    vBulletin is very popular, resource intensive, on the expensive side and you're soaking in it.

    I prefer Invision Power Board, myself.

    If you want to "try before you install" http://www.opensourcecms.com/ has demos of several OS packages installed with open passwords for the back end. Over there, you can flip switches and kick the tires of these forums.

    miniBB
    Phorum
    phpBB
    phptb
    PunBB
    SMF
    UNB
    W-Agora
    XMB
    /r/reds

  8. #7
    Member ochre's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    4,266

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    I have just admined SMF (formerly known as YABB) for a little bit now on the redszone alternate site for long threads (RASLT). So far I like it quite well. Not sure how well it scales to higher loads, but it appears to be gaining in popularity.
    4009



  9. #8
    Member ochre's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    4,266

    Re: phpBB or Vbulletin?

    SMF also can be bridged to a "foreign" user database (particularly Mambo). That might be a consideration for you as you don't want people to be logging into two disparate systems. I am sure that others have similar functionality, I just know about this one .
    4009




Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25