Announcing the Peoples Choice for Best Forum Solution Nominees!

This year, we've added a few new categories to our amazingly popular Critics Choice CMS Awards and one of the new categories is Best Forum Solution.

We had tons of nominations and we've sorted them out to figure out who you've chosen as the Peoples Choice Nominees for this year's awards.

Keeping in mind that the voting stage begins on September 1, 2013.. here are the nominees for Best Forum Solution.

Vanilla Forums

Vanilla allows you to create a customized community that rewards positive participation, automatically curates content, and lets members drive moderation. Vanilla provides hosted and open source community forum software that powers discussion forums on 666,836 sites.

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NodeBB is a next-generation forum software using a groundbreaking web technology stack – Node.js, Redis, and WebSockets. We’ve designed it to be easy to set up. NodeBB will always be free and open source, allowing creative programmers and designers the freedom of building cool features and themes in a modular framework.

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Simple Machines Forum

Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional-grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the layout of your message board and with our unique SSI – or Server Side Includes – function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other.

SMF is written in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database. It is designed to provide you with all the features you need from a bulletin board while having an absolute minimal impact on the resources of the server. SMF is the next generation of forum software – and best of all it is and will always remain completely free!

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vBulletin 5 Connect provides unparalleled capabilities for building community websites. The software facilitates increased content creation, more engaging content discovery and simplified site management.

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Invision Power Board (IP.Board)

Invision Power Board (abbreviated IPB, IP.Board or IP Board) is an forum software produced by Invision Power Services, Inc. It is written in PHP and primarily uses MySQL as a database management system, although support for other database engines is available.

While Invision Power Board is a commercially sold product, there is a large modding community and many of these modifications are free. In addition, many groups offer the download or design of free and paid skins.

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Good luck to all who are nominated and be sure to check back on the 1st of September to begin voting for your favourites!