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GeneralbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Version 2.0 2.0.6 1.9.11
Release Date August 2004 October 22nd, 2013 Febuary 28, 2009
Author Battleaxe Software Simple Machines The XMB Group
URL www.codeproject.com www.simplemachines.org www.xmbforum2.com
Free and Open Source Yes Yes Yes
License Free BSD General Public License
License cost Free 0 0.00
Programming Language ASP PHP php
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes
Type Threaded or Flat Flat Flat
Installation method   wizard wizard
Upgrade method   wizard wizard
Data StoragebttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes
Postgres No Yes No
Oracle No No No
SQLite No Yes No
Textfiles No No No
other MS SQL 7/2000, MS Access    
Hosting available   No No
PostsbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes
HTML Yes Yes Optional
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor No Yes No
Quoting Nested Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting No Yes No
Attachments No Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes
Subforums No unlimited one level
Last Post Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums No Yes No
Trashcan Forum No Yes No
Anti-Spam and SecuritybttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
CAPTCHA No Yes Yes
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Patch Yes Yes
ACLs No Yes Yes
Blacklist No Yes Yes
Warnings No Yes Plugin
Suspension No Yes Plugin
Bans Patch Yes Yes
IP-Block Patch Yes Yes
Audit Logging   Yes Yes
User Reports   Yes Yes
Other   An Akismet mod is available  
NotificationbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
RSS/ATOM No Yes Plugin
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging None    
Bookmarks No Plugin Yes
CommunitybttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System No Yes Plugin
Signatures Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes
Private Messaging Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields No Yes Plugin
ModerationbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Moderators global and forums global, forums and threads global and forums
Move Threads No Yes Yes
Split Threads No Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes
Sticky Threads No Yes Yes
Important Threads No Plugin Yes
SearchbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes No
Unread Topics   Database tracked Session tracked
CustomizationbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Languages English, with limited third party translations 47 English, Spanish, Dutch, German, 19 more so far.
Templates CSS only global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes No Plugin Plugin
Skin-Editor No Yes Yes
Smiley Packs No Yes Optional
Plugins Optional Yes Yes
Special FeaturesbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes Yes
Calendar No Yes Plugin
Friendly URLs No Plugin Yes
Data ManagementbttlxeForum DetailsSMF DetailsXMB Details
Pruning Yes Yes Yes
Archiving No Plugin No
Export Formats None WAP(2), IMode  
Export private messages No Plugin No
Lo-Fi View No Yes Yes
Last updated2008-01-212013-10-252012-03-02

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