When comparing XenForo vs Flarum, the Slant community recommends Flarum for most people. In the question“What are the best web forum software packages?” Flarum is ranked 3rd while XenForo is ranked 7th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Good stability and functional
XenForo is built to be the most extensible and flexible community software ever.
Pro Very fast loading time
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.
140$ for simple use, price can reach 610$ for complete system and service
Con Unique SQL system
Only MySQL system
Con Closed source
Con Slow development
Development moves at a glacial pace.
Con Very complicated installation process on shared hosts
This is not a MySQL+PHP application. it is impossible or very hard to install on shared hosts compared to vanilla or phpbb.