Forums are still a popular way to discuss topics and get answers online. A forum should be bilingual and mobile-friendly. They're also an ideal way to provide cost-effective customer support.

Open-source forums run most of the forum sites on the internet today. Their active development and support communities ensure that they will continue to flourish.

A forum site can provide valuable ways to communicate with users on you site;

  • a place for professional association members to interact,
  • answer questions and solve problems for customers,
  • allow employees to interact and discuss issues,
  • set up a sports team or fan site,
  • online self-help forum in a member-only environment.

phpBB

phpBB the most widely used open-source forum system in the world. It is a powerful, fully scalable, and customizable open-source forum package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ.

phpBB Quick Facts

Launched in: 2000
Website: http://www.phpbb.com
Features List: http://www.phpbb.com/about/features/
Plugins: http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/
Demo: http://www.phpbb.com/demo/
Demo Username: administrator
Demo Password: administrator
Support Forum: http://www.phpbb.com/community/
Mobile Compatible: Yes with addon and/or   templates
Bilingual/Multilingual Site: Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Control Panel: Yes
Canadian Sales Taxes: N/A
Licence: Open-source GNU|GPL

View the PHPbb open-source project information as posted on www.ohloh.net

Contact kWEBdesign to-day to discuss your forum site needs or phone at (613) 857-9562.

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Vanilla Forum

Vanilla is a new forum application built by innovative programmers and designers. Vanilla comes with social integration and SEO-friendly features as well as smart phone compatibility built in. Vanilla is suitable for a medium-sized forum community.

Vanilla Quick Facts

Launched in: 2006
Website: http://vanillaforums.com
Features List: http://vanillaforums.com/features
Plugins: http://vanillaforums.org/add-ons
Backend Demo: http://www.opensourcecms.com/demo/2/127/Vanilla
Demo Username: admin
Demo Password: demo123
Frontend Demo: http://www.opensourcecms.com/demo/1/127/Vanilla
Support Forum: http://vanillaforums.org/discussions
Mobile Compatible: Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Site: Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Control Panel: Yes
Canadian Sales Taxes: N/A
Licence: Open-source GNU|GPL

View the Vanilla Forum open-source project information as posted on www.ohloh.net

Contact kWEBdesign to-day to discuss your forum site needs or phone at (613) 857-9562.

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Joomla Kunena

Joomla can be extended with the Kunena forum component. It is an excellent way to combine content management with a forum.

Joomla Kunena Quick Facts

Launched in: 2009
Website: www.kunena.org
Features List: http://docs.kunena.org/index.php/Kunena_Features
Extensions: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/extension-specific/kunena-forum-extensions
Demo: http://www.kunena.org/playground
(No administrator access available)
Support Forum: http://www.kunena.org/forum
Mobile Compatible: No
Bilingual/Multilingual Site: Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Control Panel: Yes
Canadian Sales Taxes: N/A
Licence: Open-source GNU|GPL

View the Kunena open-source project information as posted on www.ohloh.net

Contact kWEBdesign to-day to discuss your forum site needs or phone at (613) 857-9562.

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Drupal Forum

Drupal has a forum module built into it's core. This enables you to have a content site and easily activate the installed forum when you need it.

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Wordpress with bbPress plugin

bbPress is a small light-weight forum plugin for WordPress. Create a simple and engaging community to compliment your WordPress powered website or blog.

bbPress Quick Facts

Launched in: 2003
Website: http://bbpress.org
Features List: http://bbpress.org/about/features/
Plugins: http://bbpress.org/plugins/
Demo: n/a
Demo Username: n/a
Demo Password: n/a
Support Forum: http://bbpress.org/forums/
Mobile Compatible: Yes with addon and/or   templates
Bilingual/Multilingual: No
Canadian Sales Taxes: N/A
Licence: Open-source GNU|GP

Contact kWEBdesign to-day to discuss your forum site needs or phone at (613) 857-9562.

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