If you run or work for a website then one thing you really should look into getting is some good bulletin board software. Sure I know that many people out there see this as a somewhat unnecessary thing to purchase, but it can save you a great deal of time in the long run and make a much better bulletin board than you could otherwise. There are a few different bulletin board software packages on the market and we are going to have a look at a few.
phpBB is the better part of a decade old as of writing this and there is good reason it has lasted this long. phpBB is free and perhaps even better than it being free is the fact that it is incredibly easy and simple to use. It also has a great community on its official forum that are always eager to help you out. It is also open source and is being improved all the time
Mybb is a free bulletin board software, but it is not open source like phpBB is, but do not let that put you off this is still a great little my BB package. MyBB does have a few cool little features that are not on any other bulletin board software packages, but its also not as easy to use as some of the others.
Simple Machines Forum
This is really great and it could not be any simpler to use. It has a great community that is always sharing ideas and open to helping others. It is very easy to use and for a newcomer this one could very well be the way to go.