NodeBB: The Discussion Platform of the Future

NodeBB is a free & open source discussion platform that brings forums to the modern web. Usable anywhere, from phones and tablets to computers.
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Design Create Play Inc.
Technology
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
4 Team Members

tl;dr

NodeBB is a next-generation forum software using a groundbreaking web technology stack – Node.js, Redis, and WebSockets. NodeBB forums are designed to be easy to set up, customize, and theme.


Scroll down to check out screenshots of a NodeBB forum!

Find us online here: http://www.nodebb.org
Fork us on Github: https://github.com/designcreateplay/NodeBB/
Follow us: https://twitter.com/NodeBB/
Add us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NodeBB


Please show your support for us by following NodeBB!

 

Design Principles

  • Free & Open Source – a fully functional forum is available to those with the know how to set one up.
  • Built upon the foundations that made forums successful – ease of setup, content-first methodology, and low barrier to entry.
  • Use proven concepts from the best web applications today – single sign-on, social network connectivity, and a responsive design that transitions fluidly from desktop, to tablet, to phone.

 

How does it work?

In the spirit of dogfooding, we’re using NodeBB to host our own community forums. Give it a look-see and try it out for yourself!

 

http://try.nodebb.org
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(Running your own? Tweet us to add your NodeBB forum here!)

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NodeBB Screenshots

NEW: Visit our tumblr blog for new screenshots and videos!

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NodeBB Categories [Desktop View]
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NodeBB Topics [Desktop View]
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NodeBB Topics [Mobile View]
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NodeBB Control Panel
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Who are we?

We are Design Create Play, a Toronto-based startup intent on rebuilding the foundations of what made the internet what it is today. We want to bring web applications from the 20th to the 21st century, and the first step is to bring the thriving ecosystem that is the forum into the modern era.

Our team is lean – just 3 people are working tirelessly to bring these ideas to fruition.

Find out more about us at http://www.designcreateplay.com/

 

How will we use the money raised?

Part of our vision is bringing the capability of setting up a forum to anybody who wants to start a community. We feel that technical know-how should not be a prerequisite towards forming an online community, nor should it be a barrier to overcome.

To that end, in addition to funding development of several features that take both time and money, we will be building a platform-as-a-service web application to allow anybody to host a NodeBB forum at the press of a button.

Right now, NodeBB development has been a part-time hobby for us. We're itching at the opportunity to drop everything else and work on NodeBB full time to make it the most kickass forum software you've ever seen!

 

How else can I help?

The best thing you can do (besides donating!) is referring this IndieGoGo campaign to a friend! If you know somebody who wants to start their own community, but doesn’t exactly know how, send them our way and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Just use any one of the “share” tools at the top to spread the word!

 

Additional Notes

*note on free tier level hosting: Free slots will be highly limited and only guaranteed to donators of $10 or higher. As NodeBB continues to grow commercially we will open more free tier level slots - so make sure you reserve early. The NodeBB sourcecode will always remain open and free, so hosting it yourself is always an option.

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This campaign ended on August 17, 2013
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  • $1CAD
    Support NodeBB!

    Show your support for the development of this free and open source forum software. Follow us on twitter and we will give you a thank you shout out! We'll also etch your name and a link on the supporters page on the official NodeBB website. BONUS: Have some friends thinking of contributing to this perk? Get 19 others to join you and get one free upgrade to the Bronze Hosting Package - so you can share a NodeBB forum together!

    4 claimed
  • $5CAD
    NodeBB Sticker

    We will mail you a 3" NodeBB sticker! We'll also mail you a letter signed by us saying thanks for your support! BONUS: Have some friends thinking of contributing to this perk? Get 3 others to join you and get one free upgrade to the Bronze Hosting Package - so you can share a NodeBB forum together!

    1 claimed
  • $10CAD
    Free Tier Hosting Unlocked!

    Reserve your sub-domain! http://yourforum.nodebb.org (First come, first served) Free tier hosting slots are highly limited (we plan on increasing slots as we progress, of course) - but donating to this perk level or higher will guarantee a free hosting slot! NOTE: All donations higher than this level receive this perk as well!

    4 out of 1000 claimed
  • $20CAD
    Bronze Hosting Package

    NodeBB hosting for 3 months with our unlimited platinum hosting package (A $75 value)! After the three months has elapsed you can choose to continue with this package at a special 50% off discount for life, or revert to our free tier of hosting.

    0 out of 250 claimed
  • $35CAD
    Silver Hosting Package

    NodeBB hosting for 6 months with our unlimited platinum hosting package (A $150 value)! After the six months has elapsed you can choose to continue with this package at a special 50% off discount for life, or revert to our free tier of hosting.

    1 out of 150 claimed
  • $50CAD
    Gold Hosting Package

    NodeBB hosting for 12 months with our unlimited platinum hosting package (A $300 value)! After the twelve months has elapsed you can choose to continue with this package at a special 50% off discount for life, or revert to our free tier of hosting.

    0 out of 100 claimed
  • $55CAD
    Limited Edition T-Shirt

    Receive a limited edition t-shirt (only 100 copies) with the NodeBB logo emblazoned on the front, as well as a special mention in the project (name and optional URL) as a donator! Donators at this perk level also receive the "Bronze Hosting Package" perk!

    7 out of 94 claimed
  • $100CAD
    NodeBB on your own server!

    We will do a full install of NodeBB on YOUR existing server! This perk also includes one hour of free customer support, specifically for upgrades to NodeBB. *delivery of this perk will rely on several factors involving server resources. Feel free to contact us in advanced to find out more.

    0 out of 50 claimed
  • $150CAD
    Platinum Hosting for LIFE

    NodeBB hosting for LIFE with our unlimited platinum hosting package (A $300 value per year)!

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $250CAD
    phpBB Import Tool + Hosting

    By donating towards this perk, you will be funding the development of a phpBB import tool, so that existing community administrators can port their forums to NodeBB, and preserve both users and posts! Early access to the tool will be given to donators. We will work with individuals in this perk level during the import process to make sure it goes off without a hitch. All contributors to this perk will also enjoy the "Bronze Hosting Package" perk!

    0 out of 30 claimed
  • $250CAD
    vB Import Tool + Hosting

    By donating towards this perk, you will be funding the development of a vBulletin import tool, so that existing community administrators can port their forums to NodeBB, and preserve both users and posts! Early access to the tool will be given to donators. We will work with individuals in this perk level during the import process to make sure it goes off without a hitch. All contributors to this perk will also enjoy the "Bronze Hosting Package" perk!

    0 out of 30 claimed
  • $250CAD
    IPB Import Tool + Hosting

    By donating towards this perk, you will be funding the development of an Invision Power Board import tool, so that existing community administrators can port their forums to NodeBB, and preserve both users and posts! Early access to the tool will be given to donators. We will work with individuals in this perk level during the import process to make sure it goes off without a hitch. All contributors to this perk will also enjoy the "Bronze Hosting Package" perk!

    0 out of 30 claimed
  • $500CAD
    Port an Addon / Modification

    We will port any addon / modification / feature that already exists for other forum software (ex. phpBB, vBulletin, SMF, IPB). We reserve the right to reject certain modifications depending on overall complexity -- your money will be 100% fully refunded if that's the case!

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $2,500CAD
    Custom Theme Development

    We will build a custom theme for NodeBB to your specifications. It's all yours - up to you if you'd like to release it to the public or keep it proprietary!

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000CAD
    Launch Party + Free Hosting!

    Tour the offices of Design Create Play in Toronto, Canada, and attend the launch party for NodeBB! We'll fly you out here for a weekend, all expenses paid - and you get to party! All contributors to this perk will also receive the "Platinum Hosting for LIFE" perk. Bonus: Free NodeBB T-Shirt and an ultra special mention as a contributor on the NodeBB homepage!

    0 out of 3 claimed
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