BurningBoard vs. Vanilla vs. vBulletin vs. bttlxeForum vs. YetAnotherForum.NET vs. SMF

General BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Version
4.1.11
2.6.4
4.1.5
2.0
v1.9.3
2.0.6
Release Date
2016-03-12 (5 years ago)
2018-10-28 (2 years ago)
2011-07-26 (10 years ago)
2004-07-31 (16 years ago)
2009-04-21 (12 years ago)
2013-10-21 (7 years ago)
Last Update here
2016-05-30 (5 years ago)
2018-11-01 (2 years ago)
2011-08-25 (9 years ago)
2008-01-21 (13 years ago)
2009-08-02 (11 years ago)
2013-10-25 (7 years ago)
Author
Woltlab GmbH
Vanilla Forums Inc
vBulletin Solutions
Battleaxe Software
Tiny Gecko
Simple Machines
URL
Free and Open Source
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
commercial / visible source
GPL
commercial / visible source
Free
GPL v2.0
BSD
License cost
$89.99
0
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
Free
Free
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
manual
wizard with manual interactions
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
Hosting available
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Technology BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Programming Language
PHP5
PHP
PHP
ASP
ASP.NET, C#
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
2
Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database
1
Microsoft SQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
MS Access
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
BBCode
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Optional
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
No
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Optional
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Other
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Akismet
An Akismet mod is available
Notification BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Plugin
None
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Patch
Plugin
Community BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Moderation BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Moderators
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Search BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Customization BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Languages
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
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Data Management BurningBoard Vanilla vBulletin bttlxeForum YetAnotherForum.NET SMF
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Plugin
Export Formats
sql
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
None
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
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