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Discourse vs XenForo: What are the differences?
Developers describe Discourse as "The 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet". Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. Replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can optionally expand the context of the conversation – without breaking your flow. On the other hand, XenForo is detailed as "A compelling community experience". It is a commercial Internet forum software package written in the PHP programming language.
Discourse and XenForo can be categorized as "Forums" tools.
Some of the features offered by Discourse are:
- Remembers your place
- Log in with … anything
- Paste to share images
On the other hand, XenForo provides the following key features:
- Social Engagement
- Recent Activity Stream
- Easy Styling
Discourse is an open source tool with 28.8K GitHub stars and 6.52K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Discourse's open source repository on GitHub.
Pros of Discourse
- Open source28
- Email digests13
- Better than a stereotypical forum9
- Perfect for communities of any size8
- It's perfect to build real communities7
- Made by same folks from stackoverflow7
- Built with Ember.js7
- Great customer support6
- Made by consolidated team with a working business3
- Translated into a lot of Languages3
- Easy flag resolution2
Pros of XenForo
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Cons of Discourse
- Heavy on server3
- Difficult to extend2
- Notifications aren't great on mobile due to being a PWA2