PHP forum software: phpBB, BBpress or Vanilla?

I was searching for bulletinboard/forum software for a a Second life forum that was:

  • easy to set up
  • easy to maintain, in the sense that I didn’t want to develop basic functionality myself
  • had a sufficiently large community


  • themes system not yet in place..
  • integration with WordPress would be interesting for the longer term, but not just now


  • webstandards based
  • smallish community
  • contributions:
    • Themes: templates that involve php code
    • styles: pure layout, ie css and image
    • Add-ons: adds new functionality


  • huge community
  • lots of extensions, but mod system
  • no webstandards-based
  • no good seo, no friendly urls


  • huge community
  • more a development platform than an application

Are there any other options? Full list on Wikipedia.


I went for Vanilla:

[tags]vanilla, bbpress, drupal, phpbb, extensions, forum, bulletin board, comparison[/tags]
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