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What Forum Software should I use?

I ask because I am skeptical of phpBB. I know that vBulletin frequently comes up in web searches.

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marked as duplicate by danlefree Feb 12 '12 at 0:26

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What is the page structure like? Good/appropriate title element etc? vBulletin sites might just appear higher in the searches because larger / more prominent sites use it? – w3dk Oct 19 '11 at 18:56
Maximise SEO is a too subjective request in my opinion. – Aurelio De Rosa Oct 19 '11 at 19:51
Could you edit your question to provide exactly what you want to gain from a particular solution. – Toby Dec 9 '11 at 20:04

yes forums help a lot. phpBB is fine but lakes a few things. you can easily search for SEO plugins for phpBB. there are plugins to add meta tags to pages, report crawling problems and make better permalinks. just it can triple your sites value.

but why VB gets better results. best forums earn more so they will be able to pay some money to migrate to VB for a little more features.

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Most forum systems I have encountered don't have THAT good seo capabilities. But have no fear because you can always install various plugins or manually alter some relevant values. From my experience vBulletin does a good job but it's not free (if that matters to you). Otherwise phpBB and SMF with a couple of plugins would be alright. I have been webmastering three SMF 2.0 forums for a couple of years and they come up in searches fine after some tweaking and one or two good plugins. Have in mind that good quality content updated regularly is what you need to focus on.

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