When comparing XenForo vs AsmBB, the Slant community recommends AsmBB for most people. In the question“What are the best web forum software packages?” AsmBB is ranked 4th while XenForo is ranked 6th. The most important reason people chose AsmBB is:
AsmBB does not create any SQL queries in run time and from user provided data. This way, SQL injection is impossible by design. AsmBB uses very few external libraries, this way preventing exploitation of 3rd party bugs and vulnerabilities.
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Good stability and functionality.
Pro Stable, well written, developed by the guys who once made VBulletin 3.x the best commercial forum software at the time
Price is only $140, one of the "cons" claims it runs up to $610 if you by all t he bells & whistles, but scarcely anyone pays more than $140
Works really fast.
Pro Lots of styles and extensions avaible
XenForo is built to be the most extensible and flexible community software ever.
Pro Very high security level
AsmBB does not create any SQL queries in run time and from user provided data. This way, SQL injection is impossible by design.
AsmBB uses very few external libraries, this way preventing exploitation of 3rd party bugs and vulnerabilities.
Pro Supports database encryption
Since v2.7 AsmBB supports database encryption.
Pro Highly customizable design
The whole design of the forum is defined in external template files that can be easily edited without need to change the code.
Pro No library dependencies - everything needed is in the package
Pro Easy installation even on shared hosting
Pro Mobile friendly
AsmBB provides specially optimized skin for mobile browsers, resulting for best UX on any device.
Pro Multiple user selectable skins
The whole look & feel of AsmBB can be changed by using template and CSS files. Several sets of template files can be installed simultaneously. Every user of the forum can select the skin he likes.
Pro Real-time chat
Since v1.5 AsmBB includes real-time chat in order to allow instant communication between users for themes not suitable for the "message board" format.
Pro Really high performance and low requirements to the hosting
140$ for simple use, price can reach 610$ for complete system and service.
Con Closed source
Con Unique SQL system
Only MySQL system.
Con Bad setup
Terrible experience and bad setup.