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Tribe, a powerful alternative to phpBB

Choose a cloud-based, fully customizable community platform. Transform traditional forum to a modern and beautiful online community.

What’s the difference between
Tribe and phpBB?

The beginning

phpBB was first released when the idea of building discussion forums was picking up speed. Since then phpBB has remained a free and open-source software for designing forums.

Perhaps the most popular element of phpBB has been the mods — developers could use these to extend the functionality and customize the site.

The complexity

However, phpBB forum software became complex with the release of version 3. It had too many configurations, and the permission system had several layers.

Above all, the mods or extensions were fully revamped with the adoption of a new framework which made them too hard to work with and customize.

The next wave

Now with time, many phpBB alternatives arrived and this solution became older. Currently, it is out of touch with the modern user behavior.

At Tribe, we believe that online forums must be transformed into full-fledged online communities where users can discuss and build valuable networks under the community owner’s brand.

The solution

Tribe’s Community Platform is based on no-code philosophy and has been designed to completely integrate with the entire buyer lifecycle instead of remaining in a silo.

It is a modern, cloud-based, and fully customizable community solution that allows brands to deliver a personalized community experience to the members.

Why Tribe is the top phpBB alternative

Since Tribe Platform is a cloud-based solution, as a community builder you don’t have to worry about the hosting and technical details such as software maintenance, upgrades, database, etc. All you have to do is focus on moderating and growing your community.

Tribe offers a fully customizable community platform that can be customized by selecting and showcasing various components of the community exactly the way you need. It can also completely adopt your brand guidelines and merge with your main site navigation if required.

Although phpBB is a free and open-source solution, you would have to pay for the hosting at the very least. Also, consider the opportunity cost in terms of time spent on handling the hosting and configurations.
Tribe, as a phpBB alternative offers a free plan with 100 members and unlimited content that supports your own custom domain as well. Paid plan starts from $49/month.

Tribe’s community solution has been built with a vibrant ecosystem of apps and API that work together to extend the functionality of the core platform. There are 20+ built-in integrations with leading third-party tools to automate data flow and automate the existing process. Also, valuable apps such as SEO booster, webhooks, and social login allow you to improve the capability of the community to a large extent.

Based on the community flywheel concept, Tribe offers embeddable widgets that can be used to add different elements (e.g., discussions) of the community inside any other product or website. This helps add community touchpoints across the buyer lifecycle and improve customer experience.

Unlike phpBB, Tribe offers an activity feed that is personalized based on members’ participation is Spaces. This helps you deliver relevant content to the community members, boosts engagement, and makes your community sticky.

Communities powered by Tribe come with a beautiful and modern design that is based on modern user behavior and familiar features of social media. It can be completely customized according to your brand guidelines — right from logo and color combinations to intricate CSS modifications.

Gamification tools help you increase member engagement and influence user behavior. Tribe delivers a virtual currency app and configurable reputation management system with leaderboards, badges, and points to help you execute various gamification tactics.

✔ Add community touchpoints in the customer journey
✔ Customizable to any extent
✔ Deliver personalized content with an activity feed
✔ Forever free plan with support your custom domain
✔ Enjoy top-notch real-time customer support
✔ Automate workflows with popular third-party integrations
✔ Create unlimited content and grow your community without any restrictions
✔ Bring in your brand guidelines
✔ Leverage a vibrant ecosystem of apps
✔ Use comprehensive API to drive automation

Tribe helped us build a unified community with continuous experience for learners and create a robust communication channel.

Mariah Olson

Head of Community, Schoolhouse


your customer retention


of your customers engaged

Modern design
for modern users

Tribe’s design philosophy and engagement tools are inspired by popular social networks which makes it familiar to community members.

Embeddable widgets

Deliver immersive social experience right inside your product, app or website with widgets. Some of the prominent examples can be enabling user discussions under the product listing and showcasing user-generated content when users browse through different features of your product.

Highly engaging apps

Tribe offers some of the most compelling modern apps such as incentivization system via virtual currency that can be used to get desired user action, easy user management, and powerful analytics.

It’s your brand.
Fully customizable.

Tribe is a white-label social network solution. It is designed to adopt your brand and engineered to integrate with your website. You can even add your site header/footer to seamlessly blend it with your site navigation.

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