Most popular Forum Hosting Software

XenForo is a modern forum software that offers a community experience with easy to use styling, social engagement and addons. Commonly used for communities and discussion groups for different subjects.

phpBB is the old school open source forum software. It's represented as a way to stay in touch with social gathers or utilize it to power your entire website with diverse plugins, themes and other various addons and extensions.

vBulletin is a modern forum software that represents itself as easy to use and intelligent with built-in blog software to operate as a central website. Commonly used for communities and discussion groups for different subjects.

Invision Board is a modern forum software that represents itself as flexibile, easy to use and innovational for forums, ecommerce, CMS, file sharing and much more. Invision is a robost software with many different use cases.

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More choices for great Forum Hosting Applications

A simple and plain forum software from the creators of WordPress. Easy to use, easy to administrate. Allows itself to be highly customizable and easy to use with various features to enhance forum operations.

Advertises itself as a powerful, modern community building forum software. Based off SMF, it implements new features to allow the forum software to become modern for social interaction. Offering a feature rich package to meet demands of today's forums.

Free open source forum application that is designed to be fast and user friendly. Utilizes FluxBB code written in PHP with stability and security in mind. Actively developed forum software for the forum driven community.

Small yet feature rich software that allows the ability to quickly and easily start a forum. Offers flexibility and ability to customize the forum in various aspects. Allows for the ease of use for theme and overall forum customization.


Considers itself a standalone open source platform for building internet forums. Allows you to have a lite, simple and stable forum attached to an existing website with the ability to be thoroughly integrated. Highly customization for the layout to match your website.

Bulletin board system developed by the MyBB Group. Offers standard discussion board structure for those familiar with BB related forums. Allows for plugins, caching, and a template based theme design.

A simple PHP and MySQL based internet forum. This software displays messages in a classic threaded structure (tree style). This is an older style of forum software from the days of BBS forums.

Lightweight PHP forum with all the features that you need to grow and support a forum based community. XMB is designed to be easy to setup, customize and enhance with various customizations for your forum.


Describes itself as a free professional grade software package to allow you to setup your own community. Powerful custom made template engine allows you full control of the layout of your message board including serverside includes for your website and forum to integrate.

An open-source, standards compliant, customizable discussion board. Specifically made to grow through SEO, built with customizable social tools for a great user experience. Vanilla assists with integration to seamlessly integrate with your existing blog, website or custom-built application.

vBulletin is a modern forum software that represents itself as easy to use and intelligent with built-in blog software to operate as a central website. Commonly used for communities and discussion groups for different subjects.

XenForo is a modern forum software that offers a community experience with easy to use styling, social engagement and addons. Commonly used for communities and discussion groups for different subjects.


A leading online collaborative genealogy application. Used with PHP and MySQL to allow comptability with every major desktop application. Aims to be efficient by working with standard GEDCOM files and providing the right combintation of third party tools and open standards. Webtrees is there to be simple, free and easy to use.

An easy online tool, designed for creating reliable, efficient and aethestically pleasing web forms in an instant. No technical skill required. Generates the HTML code and the form code to be easily inserted into any website.

An PHP/MySQL script that allows a user-friendly interface in which to easily manage form submission data by providing a wealth of tools that allow the manipulation of your data however you need it. Form Tools can assist with any form regardless of platform -- HTML, Flash, Silverlight, and more!

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Softaculous is freely included as standard, so you can install forums, blogs, ecommerce, ERP, CRM - whatever you want.

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cPanel, Setup, Migrations, Backups, Softaculous, Server Management - all are free with your forum hosting plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Aren't forums dieing out?

Though total global numbers are down from a couple of years ago, forums are now consolidating, so that the more popular ones are growing, while the less popular ones are closing up shop. In fact, the largest online forums have millions of users, millions of monthly visits and more discussions than you could possibly keep up with - and there are many forums that fit this description.

Choosing the right forum software for hosting?

With almost 20 different forum apps to choose from, each of which with thousands of sites running it already, we're confident you'll find one that suits your needs. phpBB, SMF and MyBB are some of the more popular open source choices, available to install with just one click. You can try one, or all, and find the forum software that fits your needs.

Are forums standalone?

Not necessarily. You can choose between having a forum as a part of your website, such as KnownHost, or having your entire website as a forum, like on WebHostingTalk. Some forums are easier to integrate with websites than others. The first decision is about how you want it to work - then making it happen.

Do you offer a 10x, 20x, 30x, or 50x faster hosting option?

At KnownHost, we don't sell any customers junk, just so we can mark up our plans and sell a 50x faster alternative. Doesn't that sound questionable to you? Instead, we offer an amazing value offering at the low price point, so you can get inexpensive managed forum hosting without spending an arm and leg. Then, as your site grows, and you need more resources to handle the load, you can easily upgrade to the perfect plan that suits. HOWEVER - our inexpensive forum hosting is plenty fast enough. We'll put it head to head with anything you'll find elsewhere 10x, 20x, 30x or 50x. All our plans are fast.

Why is managed forum hosting important

Running a forum, just like a business, is a big job and makes huge demands on your time. Choosing managed hosting for your forum is one way to ensure that your time is available to do what you do best, rather than spent dealing with technical issues. Also, managed forum hosting means that you've got a team who have handled migrations, putting backups in place and dealt with all manner of things proactively, instead of just giving you a login and wishing you good luck, like so many unmanaged hosts.