When comparing Flarum vs ElkArte, the Slant community recommends Flarum for most people. In the question“What are the best web forum software packages?” Flarum is ranked 2nd while ElkArte is ranked 5th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Very fast loading time
Pro Lots of features
The developers do a great job adding new bells and whistles.
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 Responsive design
ElkArte comes out of the box with two responsive styles.
Pro Notification centre
ElkArte has a notification center where you can see mentions, likes, quoted messages and other alerts, all included into the core of the software.
Pro Improved Anti Spam measures
Elkarte has BadBehaviour and other measures included into the core to protect your forum from spammers.
Pro Easy to install
Pro Open Source
It is completely free to use and is licensed with an open source BSD-3 clause license.
Pro Integrated video embedding
Integrated video embedding for YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion.
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.