CMS options for forums under open licenses

CMS options for forums
Although they lost popularity by the hand of social networks, forums remain useful on the Internet. Following with our review of open source options in terms of content managers that we had started with blogging, we will mention some of the offer for creation of which it was the first social interaction tool on the web.

What are forums?

A forum is a website or section of a website in which users share thoughts, ideas or help by posting messagesThese messages are mainly text messages, although content in another format may be included. The forums they differ from chat because they are almost never live and can be read at any time. The forums se they seem to blogs in which the contents are published chronologically, there are fundamental differences.

  • The basic organization of the content in a blog is Date Title of the post, while in a forum the basic organization is Subforum Title of the thread. The thread consist of an inception post and a series of responses. The thread with the most recent post or reply is displayed first in the subforum.
  • A blog basically has a limited number of content creators. Other users can comment on what has been published by them, but not develop their own topics. Forums by definition have multiple authors. Anyone whose registration has been approved can start their own thread as long as they comply with the rules set by the administrators.
  • Blogs are flexible in principle, being a record of personal opinions, the author or authors can choose to opt for various topics, instead, forums are restricted to the theme established by the administrators, although some usually include a sub-forum with a theme. free.
  • Both blogs and forums can accept multiple content formats. However, forum administrators may force media content to be uploaded to external hosting services so as not to take up space on their own servers.
  • It can be useful, also make the difference between a blog, a forum and a social network forum. The social network is a cross between a blog or a forum. There is a single author per account but there is no basic content ordering system. The author can establish some basic limitations to other users of the network to see and interact with its content. Both blogs and forums are more flexible in the length and format of the original post and responses.

CMS options for forums


The first three letters of the name are the iFast and unbreakable discussion forum initials. The customization is achieved through the use of templates and can be translated into other languages. Requires a server with PHP support and its installation is quick and easy through the use of wizards that are started by executing a script accessed from the browser.

The assignment of user roles is done establishing groups and determining what each of them can do.

FUDForum can also be used as a mailing list manager, USENET news reader, and as an XML feed aggregator.

The very complete documentation (in English) can be found on your forum.


Here we have another acronym eXtreme Message Board.

It's a content manager lightweight yet fully featured to operate a forum. Installation is easy since it is one of the programs included in Softaculous, a program installation wizard that is usually included in many web hosting plans. Of course, it can also be installed directly.

The requirements to install it are a server with support for PHP, a MySQL database engine and the ability to send email.


En su web they claim to be the first open source content manager for forums written in PHP and using MySQL. Its first version is from 1998.

Es ideal for intensive use as it can host more than 4000 forums or more than 2000 new posts per day Customization can be done using html code and sus benefits are extended by modules.

Its installation requires a server with current versions of PHP and MySQL. The English manual is really comprehensive.

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  1.   l1ch said

    - Discourse (GPLv2):
    - MyBB (LGPL):
    - phpBB (GPLv2):
    - PunBB (GPLv2):
    - SMF (BSD):
    - FluxBB (GPLv2):

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Thanks for your input

    2.    forum said

      Thanks for the options.

  2.   CMS said

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