The forum script phpBB might be the king of kings when it comes to free forum scripts. However, the script itself if often susceptible to security problems and hacks due to its success. So, with that said you might be looking for an alternative to this message board suite.
There is nothing wrong with have a few more scripts to choose from, and there are many great forums scripts in the sea. Here are some of the best phpBB alternatives out there.
SMF – I had no knowledge of Simple Machine Forum till I had to use it when I used to work at Lunarpages. Now, I really love it. It is a free professional grade forum script with all the bells and whistles.
FluxBB – With a proven track resourced when it comes to security and stability, FluxBB is another great script to try. FluxBB was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications.
Vanilla – If you are looking for a forum script that gives you a different appearance than your average message boards can provide, give Vanilla a try.
bbPress – Love WordPress? Then you might want to try out bbPress. This is forum software put out by the same people who brought you the blogging script WordPress. It shares many of the same great features.
UseBB – This next choice is a light and Open Source PHP and MySQL based forum package, distributed freely under the GPL license. Developed with simplicity and usability in mind, UseBB is ideal for small to medium sized websites which need a clear and efficient forum script.
AEF – The full name of AEF is Advanced Electron Forum. This bulletin board software is free software. It is written in PHP and MySQL. AEF has a very simple and easy to use Administration Panel and installing this software is a piece of cake!
PunBB – There is nothing funny about this suggestion. PunBB is one of the fastest and most lightweight PHP-powered discussion board scripts out there. It is written to be less graphically intensive too.
IceBB – IceBB is a powerful, fast, free, and open-source forum solution powered by the free PHP and MySQL. IceBB scales well, no matter how many users or posts, due to it’s clean and efficient code.
NinkoBB – Last, but not least this script is an open source forum script written in the PHP language and uses a MySQL Database. Small in size, big in features, and still simple as can be.
BONUS – miniBB – This small, yet powerful forum script is perfect for when and where you need just a simple forum without 1,000 extra bells and whistles your users don’t want or need. Might be the best simple forum out there.
Now this is no nock to phpBB, which is a perfectly fine forum script for some people out there. It is time though some of the other choice out there got some time in the sun too. Did I miss your favorite thread starting online tool? Let me know in the comments.