JForum vs. Beehive Forum vs. MyBB vs. XMB vs. Vanilla vs. Phorum

General JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Version
2.1.8
1.4.7
1.6.3
1.9.11
2.6.4
5.2.9a
Release Date
2008-10-31 (11 years ago)
2015-06-03 (5 years ago)
2011-04-16 (9 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2018-10-28 (1 year ago)
2008-10-12 (11 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-01-02 (12 years ago)
2016-02-08 (4 years ago)
2011-06-22 (9 years ago)
2012-03-02 (8 years ago)
2018-11-01 (1 year ago)
2008-10-16 (11 years ago)
Author
Rafael Steil
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
MyBB Group
The XMB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
Phorum Dev Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
BSD
GPL
Custom
General Public License
GPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
License cost
0
0
US$0
0.00
0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
Hosting available
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Technology JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Programming Language
Java
PHP
PHP
php
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
3
MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
HSQLDB
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
BBCode
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
HTML
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Optional
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Formatting Toolbar
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
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 JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
one level
unlimited
multiple levels
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
Optional
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
CAPTCHA
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
User Reports
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Other
Worming, Pilllorying
Akismet plugin available.
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Aksimet Plugin
Notification JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Yes
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Moderation JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Moderators
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
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
global
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Calendar
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Friendly URLs
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Data Management JForum Beehive Forum MyBB XMB Vanilla Phorum
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
Unknown
No
No
Yes
No
Export Formats
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
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