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Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

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Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by SophieDophs on November 6th 2008, 2:19 pm

First topic message reminder :

I'm thinking of setting up another forum and I don't know which format to start it off with. Now we have some new updates, are there more advantages to using Invision?

Which would you choose if you were starting from scratch - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by snow-walker on August 28th 2012, 6:01 pm

I'm very new and trying Phpbb3 Smile

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by brandon_g on August 28th 2012, 8:08 pm

phpbb2


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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Maveriik on August 28th 2012, 10:18 pm

I phpbb2 , you can customize everything on it

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by jatt12 on September 11th 2012, 7:34 pm

Friends I also have invision and like its interface, But why we don't have apart type themes + some features like To days posts or New posts. I miss that ??

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Asriel on September 11th 2012, 9:22 pm

I personally think, that you should chose whatever you want. Because, not everyone will have the same preferences about different version. So. you pick whatever you think would fit the forum you are building.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by jatt12 on September 12th 2012, 9:12 am

Thanks Asriel , So I just want to know if any body try the apart theme over these phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision. versions ?
pl do share if any body try that ?

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Gasai Yuno on September 17th 2012, 8:18 pm

@Cherry Blossom wrote:I use punBB as its cleaner looking.

I don't like phpbb3 & phpbb2 they look messy if the skins are not done properly and template editing or codes make them run slow

This right here. I like punBB, but phpBB3 and such seem to have more skins on the hitskin website. I still prefer punBB anyway

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by runawayhorses on September 25th 2012, 5:26 am

I'm going to update my first post in this topic by posting in this topic again. I had phpbb3 for 4 years, and a few months ago switched versions to "Invision" because I liked the layout it has, its quite different from phpbb3. Some things are in different places and has some features by default phpbb3 doesn't have by default like post numbering, and avatar post profile popout box, memberlist popout proflie, displaying forthcoming Calendar Events, and more, and functionality wise its just as quick and flawless as phpbb3. I must say I like Invision better. That's not to say I don't like phpbb3 anymore because I think that is a great version too, but Invision is what I was really looking for all along. I will stay with Invision, but glad I had my time with phpbb3, I learned a lot with that forum version its a great version too. And as far as template editing goes? I don't need it for the forum, it does everything I want it to do using CSS. If I wanted to edit the template I would have chosen PunBB.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Asriel on October 11th 2012, 3:47 am

Phpb2 because i can edit the templates and i like skinnier looking forums.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Simbo on October 11th 2012, 11:11 pm

phpBB2 :wouhou:

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by AndyT306 on October 21st 2012, 8:43 pm

we chose phpBB3, i've used phpBB2 before and found it a great platform

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by roberts1223 on October 21st 2012, 9:10 pm

phpBB2-best
all other versions-very good!

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by BL@DE on October 21st 2012, 10:05 pm

phpbb2 is the best Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Recall™ on December 7th 2012, 3:30 pm

phpBB3

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by koolkat96 on December 18th 2012, 7:49 am

I vote you use PunBB .It is cleaner looking and easier to use believe me. I have a forum in PunBB version. But I am the founder and I lost the password. Laughing

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Svet stripa on December 19th 2012, 12:11 am

phpBB3

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Tima on December 26th 2012, 7:25 pm

Voted for PHPBB 3, I just like it.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by LepaMasha on December 26th 2012, 11:08 pm

PunBB.
Very good and nice version... Smile

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by invisend on December 29th 2012, 4:26 am

phpBB3 - I am a newbee. Found that version 3 to be most user friendly to manage.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Mike on December 29th 2012, 4:06 pm

Voted Punbb... It allows me to do most for what I want to accomplish with my forum.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Legolas on January 4th 2013, 3:50 pm

phpBB2 rulles !

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by mastourisae on January 30th 2013, 2:17 pm

I would vote for phbb3 because its much easier and simple to use.Although i like it very much i believe that without loosing its simple-to-use attitude,more flexibility over widgets and staff should be added Smile

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by runawayhorses on February 2nd 2013, 12:44 am

I'm going to voice my support for forums without template editing since so many people seem to think template editing is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I think its interesting that the latest versions of forums phpbb3 and Invision don't have template editing. There is a reason for that I think, its because when you edit the template you immediately make the forum prone and acceptable to errors. You can easily make mistakes with disastrous results. The forum can also seem fine one day and the next after a routine update everything goes haywire. Also the latest versions especially Invision have a lot more CSS selectors to make adjustments to the design than the other versions, and you can do so without jeopardizing the forums integrity, they have more selectors for that very reason.

Template editing is fine if you know the ramifications and possible consequences of what you're doing, and are aware that changes can effect it in a very profound way, but anything less you are taking a change of it failing. I do not want to edit my template as so many do, I like the comfort of knowing the template is in tact as the creators made it, which is the foundation in which the forum was made, and with a good forum version like Invision with many CSS selectors to do things with, its a pleasure to work with.

I challenge anyone to create a forum that is better looking and more functional than Invision forums, or phpbb3 for that matter. I've seen them all and none are more impressive than phpbb3 and Invision. I'm not tutting my own horn because my forum version is Invision, I'm simply stating that you don't need to edit your template to have a great looking forum with over-the-top functionality. I'm voicing my thoughts to support the newer versions that don't have template editing since this topic is asking the question about what forum version you prefer.. If your older version of forum allows template editing and you know what you're doing and are willing to take chances by editing the template, good for you.


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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by darloflyman on February 2nd 2013, 1:07 am

phpBB3 - I am a newbee.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by runawayhorses on February 2nd 2013, 8:49 am

@darloflyman wrote:phpBB3 - I am a newbee.
First of all your profile says phpbb2 so you obviously know there are different versions, and secondly the fact that you're a "newbee" is irrelevant to which version you choose. Choosing a phpbb2 version doesn't mean you have to edit the template. Many experts at website development and design use phpbb3 and Invision. I would also point out that I am experienced at template editing, been doing it for years on my other websites I've built through the years (not forumotion forums), and I still prefer phpbb3 and invision because I can make them do what I want without editing the template.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Usui on February 2nd 2013, 9:59 am

phpbb2 for me.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by levy on February 2nd 2013, 10:04 am

I love phpBB3 ,but i can't edit the templates ,but i ca make very more using javascript.

I love very more PuBB but the problem is here ,the footer navigation bar ,have a bug and i really don't know to fix it ,so my vote is : phpBB3

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by darloflyman on February 2nd 2013, 12:02 pm

@runawayhorses wrote:
@darloflyman wrote:phpBB3 - I am a newbee.
First of all your profile says phpbb2 so you obviously know there are different versions, and secondly the fact that you're a "newbee" is irrelevant to which version you choose. Choosing a phpbb2 version doesn't mean you have to edit the template. Many experts at website development and design use phpbb3 and Invision. I would also point out that I am experienced at template editing, been doing it for years on my other websites I've built through the years (not forumotion forums), and I still prefer phpbb3 and invision because I can make them do what I want without editing the template.
Thank you for the above reply

I am not an expert (I am a newbee to this as you can see by my post count of 1), by any means, I needed a website with a fast set up time and not much coding to take over from an ipage hosted site, which I believe was on phpbb3, now I am wondering if/How I change the site I have set up from phpbb2 to phpbb3 could I then install tapatalk? I have checked the version in the admin panale and it does say phpBB3 yet I am only on 2 am I doing something wrong maybe?

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by adukes_007 on February 9th 2013, 12:30 am

I use both phpbb3 and invision. Invision looks better and more modern but phpbb3 is simpler and has more support devoted to it.

Phpbb2 is old and punbb is sort of an oddball.

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Re: Which would you choose - phpBB2/phpBB3/punBB or Invision?

Post by Derri on February 23rd 2013, 5:55 pm

I honestly prefer phpBB3 due to the easy to use feel and general outlook of the forum.


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