Feature Comparison

GeneralXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Version 1.5.2 1.2.14 4.1.5 1.4.7
Release Date 10/20/2015 2006-10-15 2011-07-27 4th June 2015
Author XenForo Ltd PunBB Development Team vBulletin Solutions Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
URL xenforo.com punbb.org www.vbulletin.com www.beehiveforum.co.uk
Free and Open Source No Yes No Yes
License commercial / visible source GNU General Public License commercial / visible source GPL
License cost $140 0 $285 Suite or $195 Forum 0
Programming Language PHP PHP PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes No Yes Yes
Type Flat Flat Threaded or Flat Threaded or Flat
Installation method wizard   wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard   wizard with manual interactions wizard
Data StorageXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres No Yes No No
Oracle No No No No
SQLite No Yes No No
Textfiles No No No No
other NA No    
Hosting available No Yes No Yes
PostsXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes No
HTML No Patch Yes Yes
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Patch Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes Patch Yes Yes
Quoting Single Nested Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Patch Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files No Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited No unlimited  
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Yes Yes Yes No
Trashcan Forum No No Yes Optional
Anti-Spam and SecurityXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
CAPTCHA Yes Patch Yes Optional
Groups Multiple groups One group only Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACLs Yes No Yes Yes
Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warnings Yes No 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 Advanced Spam Manager "Spam Cleaner", Questions and Answer System   Akismet Worming, Pilllorying
NotificationXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging No 0   Yes
Bookmarks Yes Yes Yes Yes
CommunityXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes No
Rating/Karma System Yes Patch Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Private Messaging Yes Patch Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Yes Patch Yes Optional
ModerationXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Moderators global and forums global and forums global and forums global, forums and threads
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Yes Patch Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes No
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads No No Yes Yes
SearchXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Session tracked Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Languages English by default, other languages available via the community 40 Official: English, German; Translatable into any language English, English (US), German, French (CA), Hacker
Templates global and forum specific global global and forum specific CSS only
Custom BBCodes Yes Patch Yes No
Skin-Editor Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Smiley Packs Yes Patch Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes Yes  
Special FeaturesXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Patch Yes Yes
Calendar No Patch Yes No
Friendly URLs Yes Patch Yes No
Data ManagementXenForo DetailspunBB DetailsvBulletin DetailsBeehive Forum Details
Pruning Yes Yes Yes No
Archiving No No Yes  
Export Formats NA   Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL  
Export private messages No No Yes Yes
Lo-Fi View No No Yes Yes
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