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Google's "forum software" rankings

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by MikeMpls, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. MikeMpls

    MikeMpls Well-Known Member

    Do a Google search for "forum software" -- aside from a couple paid links ("can't buy me love, no, ...") at the top, these are the results:
    1. XenForo
    2. phpbb
    3. Wikipedia article on "comparison of internet forum software"
    4. InvisionPower
    5. vanillaforums
    6. mybb
    7. fluxbb
    8. vbulletin
    9. starting here hits are mostly general purpose sites about forum software
    10. "SiteGround", purports to be a "Comparison of the Best Forum Software" but doesn't even mention XenForo :rolleyes:
    Obviously, XenForo rocks!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013
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  2. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I think it's different in different countries. I get IP Board On Top followed by phpBB and xenForo respectively.
  3. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

    Comparison (Wikipedia)
    IP Board

    I guess @TheBigK is right. :D
  4. Andrej

    Andrej Well-Known Member

  5. Jeremy P

    Jeremy P Well-Known Member

    Different countries? Search results are specifically tailored to your interests.

    Using startpage or incognito I get phpBB, Wikipedia, IPS, XenForo.
  6. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I get them in this order (UK - logged-in to Google):
    • Wiki
    • phpBB
    • IP.Board
    • XenForo
    • Vanilla
    • YaBB!
    • XMB
    • MyBB
    • FluxBB
    • eBlah
    • MiniBB
    • vBulletin 5
  7. Mark3121

    Mark3121 Well-Known Member

    I get xenforo first, if I hide my i.p then it goes down to no5 :)
  8. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    I'm not always sure about that....

    Logged in or out and I get different results, both nothing I look up
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Bloomfire came first: http://bloomfire.com/ vBulletin was second and Xenforo was like... number 8 or something.
  10. swatme

    swatme Well-Known Member

    heres mine

    1. ipboard
    3. phpbb
    4.vanilla forums
    5. xenforo
  11. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Did the search again and came up with

    logged in got XenForo twice - LOL

    1. XenForo
    2. XenForo Community
    3. Socially Uncensored :D
    4. phpBB
    5. SMF
    6. vBulletin
    7. MyBB
    8. FluxBB
    9. vanilla forums
    10. bb press
    11. wiki pedia
    12. IP Board
  12. jazz_aaf

    jazz_aaf Active Member


    From Kuwait's version of Google (www.google.com.kw):
    1. Comparison of Internet forum software - Wikipedia
    2. IP.Board
    3. phpBB
    4. XenForo
    5. Vanilla Forums
    6. Best Forum Software Programs - Top Ten List
    7. forum-software.org
    8. MyBB
    9. forummatrix.org
    10. miniBB
    And ofcourse vBulletin was advertised at the top as a forum software that includes "Full Arabic Support".
  13. aiman.h.kallaf

    aiman.h.kallaf Active Member


    Saudi Arabia , it comes number 4
  14. Pereira

    Pereira Well-Known Member


  15. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    google shows different results depending upon your account profile and the version of Google that you use. For example: google.de gives different results than google.com
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  16. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Or try keywords like message board software, bulletin board software, forum tools, etc.
  17. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    As others have pointed out, it wouldn't really matter. The results you see are based on your geographic location, signed in state, past search history (assuming you haven't opted out, and again, based on your signed in state), etc.

    A better metric would be to use Trends, at least then you'd have a better idea how often a particular term is being used relative to volume across parts of the world.
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  18. Iconic

    Iconic Member

    I get with Google AU

  19. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    You get different results because Google base results on not just what you visit, but also things they believe could interest you based on their analysis of everything they have access to in your life, email, chat, groups, and anything else you let them access to gain browsing habits from.

    Me logged in:

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    Me logged out:

    Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 10.08.24 AM.png

    Logged out of Google is the true results, based on your location, as localisation determines results.
  20. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    Search personalization takes place whether you're signed in or out (obviously there are more signals to take into account if you're signed in), and whether you've explicitly opted-out of personalization. So, it's entirely likely the order of results you see may differ from those even in the same geographic location.
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