phpBB is described as 'Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.2 “Rhea” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes' and is a popular app in the Business & Commerce category. There are more than 50 alternatives to phpBB for a variety of platforms, including Self-Hosted solutions, Online / Web-based, Linux, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Discourse. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Flarum or Simple Machines Forum. Other great apps like phpBB are MyBB (Free, Open Source), FluxBB (Free, Open Source), NodeBB (Freemium, Open Source) and vBulletin (Paid).
Discourse is an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. A modern forum, everything's been redesigned to be easy. Self-hosted Discourse software is free, hosting service is paid.
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Discourse vs phpBB opinions
Some users think Discourse is a great alternative to phpBB, some don't.
MikeSnap It's more of a online messenger then a forum cms.
Negative comment • over 4 years ago
Taurolyon More of a comment system than categorized forum.
Flarum is free, open-source forum software with a focus on simplicity. You can use Flarum to easily set up a discussion forum for your website. Flarum is developed openly on GitHub. It is the combined successor of esoTalk and FluxBB. It aims to be:
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Flarum vs phpBB opinions
Almost everyone thinks Flarum is a great alternative to phpBB.
raoufkakashi it's still in beta , but promising fast discourse like somehow forum