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General Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Version
3.2.3
4.1.5
3.0.8
2.0.6
1.6.3
0.9.0.4
Release Date
2011-10-17 (7 years ago)
2011-07-26 (7 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2009-01-02 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2012-02-07 (7 years ago)
2011-08-25 (7 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2009-03-11 (10 years ago)
Author
Invision Power Services
vBulletin Solutions
The phpBB Group
Simple Machines
MyBB Group
bbpress.org
URL
Free and Open Source
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Commercial
commercial / visible source
General Public License
BSD
Custom
GPL2
License cost
License from $175 / Hosted from $5 per month
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
0.00
0
US$0
0
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Technology Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Programming Language
PHP 5.2+
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
HTML
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Trashcan Forum
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
One group only
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Other
Spam Monitoring Service, Flag As Spammer, Question & Answer System
Akismet
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Akismet plugin available.
Notification Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Instant Messaging
No
Jabber
Plugin
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Moderation Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Search Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Data Management Invision Power Board vBulletin phpBB SMF MyBB bbPress
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Archiving
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Export Formats
SQL
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
BBXF
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
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