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GeneralJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Version 5.0.5 2.0.6 3.1.7 4.1.5
Release Date 08/30/2006 October 22nd, 2013 2012-05-10 2011-07-27
Author Jive Software Simple Machines Woltlab GmbH vBulletin Solutions
URL www.jivesoftware.com www.simplemachines.org www.woltlab.com www.vbulletin.com
Free and Open Source No Yes No No
License Per User BSD commercial / visible source / free lite version commercial / visible source
License cost $1,950 to $19,950 0 Basic $69.99, Standard $133.99, Professional $269.99 $285 Suite or $195 Forum
Programming Language Java, J2EE, JSP PHP PHP5 PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Type Threaded or Flat Flat Flat Threaded or Flat
Installation method   wizard wizard wizard
Upgrade method   wizard wizard wizard with manual interactions
Data StorageJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres Yes Yes No No
Oracle Yes No No No
SQLite No Yes No No
Textfiles No No No No
other SQLServer, DB2   No  
Hosting available Yes No No No
PostsJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
BBCode No Yes Yes Yes
HTML Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quoting Nested Nested Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums No Yes Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum Optional Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Spam and SecurityJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
CAPTCHA Yes Yes Yes Yes
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACLs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warnings Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging   Yes Yes Yes
User Reports   Yes Yes Yes
Other   An Akismet mod is available   Akismet
NotificationJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging No   No  
Bookmarks No Plugin Yes Yes
CommunityJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Private Messaging Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Yes Yes Yes Yes
ModerationJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Moderators global, forums and threads global, forums and threads global and forums global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads No Yes Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads No Plugin Yes Yes
SearchJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Languages English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German 47 Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish Official: English, German; Translatable into any language
Templates global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes No Plugin Yes Yes
Skin-Editor No Yes Yes Yes
Smiley Packs No Yes Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar No Yes Yes Yes
Friendly URLs No Plugin Yes Yes
Data ManagementJive Forums DetailsSMF DetailsBurningBoard DetailsvBulletin Details
Pruning Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Export Formats XML WAP(2), IMode sql Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Export private messages No Plugin Yes Yes
Lo-Fi View No Yes Yes Yes
Last updated2006-12-062013-10-252012-11-142011-08-26

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