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GeneralInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Version 3.2.3 1.6.3 3.0.8 2.0.6 4.1.5 AEF 1.0.9
Release Date October 18, 2011 17 April 2011 20 Nov 2010 October 22nd, 2013 2011-07-27 Mai 17, 2011, 11:48 PM
Author Invision Power Services MyBB Group The phpBB Group Simple Machines vBulletin Solutions Ronak Gupta, Pulkit Gupta
URL www.invisionpower.com www.mybb.com www.phpbb.com www.simplemachines.org www.vbulletin.com www.anelectron.com
Free and Open Source No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
License Commercial Custom General Public License BSD commercial / visible source www.anelectron.com
License cost License from $175 / Hosted from $5 per month US$0 0.00 0 $285 Suite or $195 Forum Free
Programming Language PHP 5.2+ PHP PHP PHP PHP PHP, MySQL
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Type Flat Threaded or Flat Flat Flat Threaded or Flat Threaded or Flat
Installation method wizard wizard wizard wizard wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard wizard wizard with manual interactions wizard wizard with manual interactions wizard with manual interactions
Data StorageInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres No Yes Yes Yes No No
Oracle No No Yes No No No
SQLite No Yes Yes Yes No No
Textfiles No No No No No No
other     FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)      
Hosting available Yes No No No No No
PostsInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes Plugin No Yes Yes Yes
Quoting Nested Nested Nested Nested Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum Yes Plugin No Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Spam and SecurityInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
CAPTCHA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACLs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warnings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
User Reports Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Spam Monitoring Service, Flag As Spammer, Question & Answer System Akismet plugin available. Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions An Akismet mod is available Akismet  
NotificationInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging No   Jabber     No
Bookmarks Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes Plugin
CommunityInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes Yes Patch Yes Yes Plugin
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Private Messaging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Plugin
ModerationInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Moderators global and forums global and forums global and forums global, forums and threads global and forums global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes
SearchInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Languages English by default, other languages available via the community - or translatable via Integrated Language Editor Many 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com 47 Official: English, German; Translatable into any language English, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Hungarian, Spanish, Hindi, more
Templates global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes Plugin
Skin-Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Smiley Packs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Optional
Special FeaturesInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Friendly URLs Yes Plugin Plugin Plugin Yes Yes
Data ManagementInvision Power Board DetailsMyBB DetailsphpBB DetailsSMF DetailsvBulletin DetailsAdvanced Electron Forum Details
Pruning Yes Plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving Yes No No Plugin Yes Yes
Export Formats SQL   SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2 WAP(2), IMode Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL Excel
Export private messages Yes Yes Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Lo-Fi View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Last updated2012-02-072011-06-222011-06-222013-10-252011-08-262011-08-17

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