bttlxeForum vs. XMB vs. Unclassified NewsBoard vs. Phorum vs. Vanilla vs. phpBB

General bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Version
2.0
1.9.11
2015-07-13
5.2.9a
2.6.4
3.0.8
Release Date
2004-07-31 (17 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2015-07-12 (6 years ago)
2008-10-12 (13 years ago)
2018-10-28 (3 years ago)
2010-11-19 (11 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-01-21 (13 years ago)
2012-03-02 (9 years ago)
2018-11-01 (3 years ago)
2008-10-16 (13 years ago)
2018-11-01 (3 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
Author
Battleaxe Software
The XMB Group
Yves Goergen
Phorum Dev Team
Vanilla Forums Inc
The phpBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Free
General Public License
GPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
GPL
General Public License
License cost
Free
0.00
0
0
0
0.00
Main View
Classic forum list
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Installation method
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
manual
wizard
manual
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Technology bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Programming Language
ASP
php
PHP 5
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
2
Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
MS Access
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Yes
HTML
Yes
Optional
No
Optional
Yes
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
No
Plugin
Plugin
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Attachments
No
Multiple files
One file
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
No
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Mark as solved
No
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
one level
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
CAPTCHA
No
Yes
Optional
Optional
Yes
Yes
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
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Bans
Patch
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Patch
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Unknown
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Other
Aksimet Plugin
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Notification bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
RSS/ATOM
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
None
Jabber
0
Jabber
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Yes
Patch
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Moderation bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Sticky Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Languages
0
0
13
Czech, German, English, French, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese
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
No
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Templates
CSS only
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
No
Plugin
Patch
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Smiley Packs
No
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Calendar
No
Plugin
No
No
Plugin
No
Friendly URLs
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Data Management bttlxeForum XMB Unclassified NewsBoard Phorum Vanilla phpBB
Available Importers
Invision Board 1.1.2, phpBB 2.0.x, Woltlab Burning Board 1.x
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Export Formats
None
none
Proprietary or MySQLDump
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Export private messages
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
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