I am looking to start a forum. My niche would be education. What do you guys suggest as the best forum platform? I think MyBB or PHPmybb are the ones I have come across the most. Any suggestions which one good? Or other alternatives?
vbulletin is the best forum software thought is not free (costs you from $209.00 to $249.00) but stills the best with a lot of plugins and addons . it is used by the following customers : Zynga - EA Games - Sony Pictures - Steam - Nasa - BodyBuilding.com
these big companies can't be wrong .
phpBB or MyBB!
I like phpBB to tell you the truth!
I think WordPress is the best to use. It is the easiest and the best for SEO by far.
I general WordPress give better loading time than other platforms.
MyBB is best to use.
Some more listed forums are -
MyBB is currently leading the free Forum Software charts, and it's not hard to see why. It comes with an incredible amount of customization features, and offers a lot of administrative control.
Is MyBB provide ability to integrate with wordpress or not?
what database it use?
It does, and it connects to a mySQL database.
Functionality is got by installing plugin called Forums. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zingiri-forum/