GroupServer vs. Vanilla vs. JForum vs. MyBB vs. phpBB

General GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Version
1.0β
2.6.4
2.1.8
1.6.3
3.0.8
Release Date
2010 June 16
2018-10-28 (1 year ago)
2008-10-31 (11 years ago)
2011-04-16 (9 years ago)
2010-11-19 (9 years ago)
Last Update here
2010-06-21 (10 years ago)
2018-11-01 (1 year ago)
2008-01-02 (12 years ago)
2011-06-22 (9 years ago)
2011-06-22 (9 years ago)
Author
OnlineGroups.Net
Vanilla Forums Inc
Rafael Steil
MyBB Group
The phpBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL
GPL
BSD
Custom
General Public License
License cost
$0
0
0
US$0
0.00
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Installation method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
manual
manual
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Technology GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Programming Language
Python & Zope
PHP
Java
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Zope Object Database
HSQLDB
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
BBCode
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Emoticons
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
No
Quoting
None
Single
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
No
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Anti-Spam and Security GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
CAPTCHA
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Other
Spam Assasin is used for email spam control.
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Akismet plugin available.
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Notification GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Integrated Chat
0
Jabber
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Signatures
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Moderation GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Moderators
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Unknown
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Unknown
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
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
Mobile View
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Unknown
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Skin-Editor
Unknown
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Unknown
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugins
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Unknown
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Unknown
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management GroupServer Vanilla JForum MyBB phpBB
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Unknown
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Archiving
Unknown
Yes
No
No
No
Export Formats
XML, mbox
Proprietary or MySQLDump
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Unknown
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
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