When comparing Flarum vs Fruum, the Slant community recommends Flarum for most people. In the question“What are the best web forum software packages?” Flarum is ranked 1st while Fruum is ranked 16th.
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Pro Very fast loading time
Pro Open source
Pro Modern UI
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 Lots of features
The developers do a great job adding new bells and whistles.
Pro Mobile Friendly UI
Pro Single Sign On (SSO)
Fruum can tie its user authentication with the authentication system of the hosting website, thus utilize the existing user base without requiring multiple sign-ups.
Pro Slack integration
Plays well with Slack out of the box. Get notifications when users post new stuff or use the /fruum command to query the forum.
All updates in the forum happen real-time. No reloads required.
Pro Free and open source
Source code is available on GitHub under Apache License.
Con Still in Beta
Wonderful software with great future, but on current build status still lack of some must have features like nice search engine, installation/update script or proper user management.
Con Extremely complicated to install
It's extremely hard to install Flarum, especially using anything that is hosted by Amazon. Good luck with a simple install for amazon.
Con Simple things (eg email authentication) still broken
Simple things that should be automatically included in any forum software - are still obtuse at best and completely broken otherwise; such as email support/authentication.
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.