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Hello community,

I am mostly more of a silent reader than a poster myself. But this is a topic where I would love to have the opinion of other game owners or programmers.

At the moment I am using a very basic, self-made forum on my site. This is limited by many things and I really want to upgrade no a new, better forum. I was looking for good forum software and came across Codoforum .  Does anyone of you have any experience with this software? 
Also if you know of any other software which you may use yourself I'd be happy if you share your information. Important to me is that it supports SSO (Single Sign-On). It doesn't have to be freeware I would be willing to pay for it, but it should have no monthly/yearly fee.

Thank you and I am looking forward to your opinions. :)

 

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I am not using a framework. So I can't use any framework integrated forum.

Edited by Feuerqueen

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Greetings!

There's tons of options out there.

Vanilla Forums: https://vanillaforums.com/en/software/
Single Sign-on Options: https://docs.vanillaforums.com/help/sso/
Vanilla is one of my favorite forums out there. It's decently maintained and you can even pay for support on it.

vBulletin: https://www.vbulletin.com/
vBulletin has been around for what seems like the beginning of the internet. You can find additional plugins for anything you could ever want with vBulletin. There's a few SSO options out there, but I don't know which would be best.

IP Boards: https://invisioncommunity.com/
Single Sign-on Options: https://support.invisionapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/203730835-Single-Sign-On-SSO-and-Enterprise-accounts
This message board is Invision Powered. :D

phpBB: https://www.phpbb.com/
Maybe this? https://www.phpbb.com/support/docs/en/3.0/kb/article/phpbb3-cross-site-sessions-integration/
There's a lot of information on how to make phpBB play nicely with existing logon systems you might have out there. It's not the most difficult programming task in the world, thankfully. Their area51 docs are helpful: https://wiki.phpbb.com/Authentication_plugins

punBB: https://github.com/punbb/punbb
I've used this and hooked almost everything in it at some point in the past. It might be worth a look too.

 

I hope you find something useful in this short list. 

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Unknown
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Wow thank you for your answer.

Vanilla and Invision look very interesting, I will surely look into them! Thank you very much for the list.

From this list, I knew vBulletin and phpBB but never really liked them. They still feel like they are stuck in the 90s or early 2000s. Maybe I am wrong and they changed a lot over time but I guess I will start looking into the other two options first. I never heard of them before and on the first glance they are looking very interesting :)

Thanks again! 
Feuerqueen

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PunBB, Invision, vBulletin, and phpBB have a lot of technical debt that something like Vanilla Forums doesn't. They have to maintain legacy code while keeping features. Invision has done well in their attempts to stay relevant, but I still don't like Invision personally. 

Good luck to you. :)

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Simple Machines Forum supports SSO but you'll have to do some work to get it to look nice.

Invision Power Board is probably the best of the older forum software packages (but that may be bias talking since I hosted my earliest games through here).  I'm not sure about paying more for a forum than I do my entire hosting/game development package annually, however. 

I decided to use Vanilla for my pet project because it has a ton of modern features right out of the box without looking for add-ons or plug-ins, it's designed to be integrated into a website, and you can't beat Free on price.  

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Hi @Mobotropolis,

do you have your Vanilla Forum up and running? Is it possible to have a look at it? Would be interesting to see what other made of it. :)

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1 hour ago, Feuerqueen said:

Hi @Mobotropolis,

do you have your Vanilla Forum up and running? Is it possible to have a look at it? Would be interesting to see what other made of it. :)

Not yet (aiming for later this week), but Vanilla has a whole showcase full of forums that were built in it. 

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Noelle
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I did try Codoforums once for the SSO, but it ran so slow that I gave up on it.  I don't know if it has been optimized since then.

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@Kesstryl

Thank you for this information. I wrote them an email with questions and the answers were not satisfying either. So I decided not to go with Codoforum but chose Vanilla instead. 

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