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Is phpbb or Mybb still good, or should I look for paid ones?
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I am trying to launch a closed community. It will be very small but very active and I need special features such as the like, smiley and will also enable people to insert urls along with videos.

phpbb has a great community. And on the other hand Mybb is great forum with great features but as their community is small so they are slow in many terms.

I am mulling right now. Should I be looking for any paid options?

Any suggestions specially @batman
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The thing is phpbb and mybb both needs constant attention. Otherwise, you will be bombarded by spammers.

Xenforo pretty much runs itself if optimised correctly.

You are right, phpbb has a great community. But all those features of smiley and other what not's will not be available in it.

If you are looking for a free solution solely then mybb is the best option for you. Specially the features that you asked for. The url feature - "I am guessing that people will insert url & it will be converted into thumbnails with preview?"

All those features more or less are present in mybb. But you will need paid theme to execute correctly everything as per your needs. And also it is highly recommended that you use a VPS for your forum. Because most shared hosting companies don't bother to give all the features that you are going to need. You will need patience and to some point assistance in code (if you don't know coding) to get things working.

And if you have money then go for Xenforo. It's the best. It will come with all the features right out of the box. Big GrinSmile
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@batman Said it all. There is nothing much to say here. But I will add that.

If you think that to run a successful forum it will need a shiny theme, mobile optimisation & other advanced features, then you cannot be more wrong.

A community which is stable and have good contributing members will run itself in any platform.

All these things are additional privileges.
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