Software Alternatives & Reviews


Discourse is an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet.


Discourse Alternatives

The best Discourse alternatives based on verified products, community votes, reviews and other factors.
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    Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, credit-card sized computer. The official website uses phpBB for their discussion forums. phpBB is not affiliated with nor responsible for any of the sites listed on the showcase.

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    Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.

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    Intuitive. Social. Engaging. Fast. XenForo brings a fresh outlook to forum software.

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    MyBB is a discussion board software that runs on PHP and MySQL

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    NodeBB Forum Software - A better community platform for the modern web. NodeBB is a next generation forum software that's free and easy to use.

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    Build an engaging community forum using Vanilla's modern cloud forum software.

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    Forumbee offers community forums for discussions, feedback and Q&A.

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    Vanilla is a free Mac app that lets you hide icons from your menu bar.

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    FluxBB is a fast, light, user-friendly forum application for your website.

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    Simple Machines offers free open source software such as SMF, the powerful and easy to use community forum written in PHP. Start interesting discussions on your website!

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    Build a community website with the leading forum software, vBulletin 5 Connect, or in the cloud on vB Cloud!

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    Directly provides on-demand customer service apps.

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    Asgaros Forum is a forum solution for WordPress.

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Discourse Reviews

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18 Best Discord Alternatives 2020 | Expert Reviews
Discourse comes in a couple of flavours. You can self-host it yourself in which case the software is free, and you simply need to sign up for server space, or you can pay Discourse for a hosted-for-you option, though self-hosting is a lot cheaper the premium option takes care of the technical side.
IndieHackers: Best forum software
I used Flarum when trying to get a community set up for my product (ended up abandoning it to revisit when we have a larger customer base). It worked fairly well and I enjoyed it but it's definitely beta and unless you're fairly tech savvy it's not quite worth the setup / maintenance. Lots of config changes, crashes, huge...
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