bttlxeForum vs. XMB vs. MyBB vs. SMF vs. Vanilla vs. GroupServer

General bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Version
2.0
1.9.11
1.6.3
2.0.6
2.6.4
1.0β
Release Date
2004-07-31 (16 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2013-10-21 (7 years ago)
2018-10-28 (2 years ago)
2010 June 16
Last Update here
2008-01-21 (13 years ago)
2012-03-02 (9 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2013-10-25 (7 years ago)
2018-11-01 (2 years ago)
2010-06-21 (11 years ago)
Author
Battleaxe Software
The XMB Group
MyBB Group
Simple Machines
Vanilla Forums Inc
OnlineGroups.Net
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Free
General Public License
Custom
BSD
GPL
GPL
License cost
Free
0.00
US$0
0
0
$0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Technology bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Programming Language
ASP
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
Python & Zope
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
2
Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
1
PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
MS Access
Zope Object Database
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
HTML
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
None
Syntax Highlighting
No
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Attachments
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
one level
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
No
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
CAPTCHA
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Suspension
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Audit Logging
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Other
Akismet plugin available.
An Akismet mod is available
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Spam Assasin is used for email spam control.
Notification bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
RSS/ATOM
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
None
Integrated Chat
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Community bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Rating/Karma System
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Moderation bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Sticky Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Search bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Advanced search
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Languages
0
0
0
0
141
Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Assamese, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Byelorussian, Bulgarian, Bihari, Bislama, Bengali; Bangla, Tibetan, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Bhutani, Greek, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Persian, Finnish, Fiji, Faroese, French, Frisian, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Armenian, Interlingua, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiak, Icelandic, Italian, Inuktitut, Japanese, Javanese, Georgian, Kazakh, Greenlandic, Cambodian, Kannada, Korean, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Kirghiz, Latin, Lingala, Laothian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Lettish, Malagasy, Maori, Macedonian, Malayalam, Mongolian, Moldavian, Marathi, Malay, Maltese, Burmese, Nauru, Nepali, Dutch, Norwegian, Occitan, Oromo, Oriya, Punjabi, Polish, Pashto, Pushto, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Romance, Kirundi, Romanian, Russian, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sangho, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Shona, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Siswati, Sesotho, Sundanese, Swedish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Tajik, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkmen, Tagalog, Setswana, Tonga, Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Volapuk, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zhuang, Chinese, Chinese Traditional, Zulu
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Templates
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Smiley Packs
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Special Features bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Calendar
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Friendly URLs
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Data Management bttlxeForum XMB MyBB SMF Vanilla GroupServer
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Archiving
No
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Export Formats
None
WAP(2), IMode
Proprietary or MySQLDump
XML, mbox
Export private messages
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
remove bttlxeForum remove XMB remove MyBB remove SMF remove Vanilla remove GroupServer