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Pro Very fast loading time
Pro Easily expandable
Pro Open Source
Pro Great community
The community building flarum is fantastic and very helpful!
Pro Modern UI
Pro Based on (but not built with) Laravel
Flarum was originally based on Laravel and uses the Eloquent ORM. But it is not a traditional Laravel software.
Pro Lots of features
The developers do a great job adding new bells and whistles.
Con Slow development
Development moves at a glacial pace.
Con Complicated installation process on shared hosts
PHP Composer is used as a dependency manager. Because of that SSH access is needed which makes Flarum harder to install than, for instance, Vanilla or phpBB. Especially on shared hosts where no SSH access is available or where shell access is severely limited.