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I'm planning on revamping this website. The current plan is I'll make pretty much the entire website from scratch, as it's really all static data besides news updates, so it's not too difficult. The plan is to make it responsive so it'll look and work right on anything from phones to desktops.

The issue comes down to... I don't want to try to make a Forum from scratch. I'd like to find one I can integrate in easy and will work good, including a responsive design.

I'd like input if anyone has anything I should look at that would be easy enough to use and would work good for the website here.
What we need i can think of...

  • Open Source
  • Easy to modify the looks/appearance
  • Responsive design
  • Can allow moderated anonymous posts like now
  • Allows users to also make accounts, so trusted users don't have to go through moderation.
  • easy to search and find posts for users looking for answers to questions
  • Will last and be well supported for years to come


Anything else anyone can think of? I haven't messed with Forum software much in years, but anything has to be better than this one... going to dump all of Tiki software.



Discourse does seem like a good option, Level1Techs' forum seems like a good example of having a fairly seamless integration with one's website, although if you are looking to add custom XHTML to the generated pages, and not just theming, that might not be option.

I am only a user of Discourse, and have no experience with administration options; but it should be worth mentioning that Discourse is AJAX-heavy and is noticably sluggish on older computers. A shame, since it seems pretty nice in other aspects.

 



Oh, if it is not too much trouble, I hope the new site could still be valid XHTML. Whichever forum software you pick probably will not be, but it would be cool if the static site is; especially if it is served as Content-Type: application/xhtml+xml. Some hosting setups do this automatically when the file extension is .xhtml.

Also, if your hosting provider doesn't make it too difficult, https via Let's Encrypt would be nice.



I really need to find the time to do it... unless someone out there wants to volunteer to set things up... I get sick of the slow method to filter spam on this and getting thousands of spam posts all the time.

XHTML is kind of old... HTML 5 doesn't really use xhtml or .xhtml extension, that was pretty short lived.


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