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 2nd while XenForo is ranked 6th.
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Good stability and functionality.
Works really fast.
Pro Lots of styles and extensions avaible
XenForo is built to be the most extensible and flexible community software ever.
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 $140
Pro Very fast loading time
Pro Great community
The community building flarum is fantastic and very helpful!
Pro Based on (but not built with) Laravel
Flarum was originally based on Laravel and uses the Eloquent ORM. But it is not a traditional Laravel software.
Pro Easily expandable
Pro Modern UI
Pro Lots of features
The developers do a great job adding new bells and whistles.
140$ 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.