Feature Comparison

GeneralminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Version 2.4 2.0.6 1.6.3 1.15
Release Date 18-Aug-2008 October 22nd, 2013 17 April 2011 April-11-2007
Author miniBB Team Simple Machines MyBB Group Jim Hale
URL www.minibb.com www.simplemachines.org www.mybb.com wowultra.com
Free and Open Source Yes Yes Yes No
License GPL BSD Custom Lifetime
License cost Free 0 US$0 $99.00
Programming Language PHP PHP PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Type Flat Flat Threaded or Flat Flat
Installation method wizard wizard wizard manual
Upgrade method manual wizard wizard manual
Data StorageminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres   Yes Yes  
Oracle   No No  
SQLite   Yes Yes  
Textfiles No No No  
Hosting available No No No Yes
PostsminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML Optional Yes Yes No
Emoticons Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Plugin Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
Quoting Single Nested Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files Multiple files One file
ForumsminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subforums one level unlimited unlimited one level
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirect Forums No Yes Yes No
Trashcan Forum Yes Yes Plugin No
Anti-Spam and SecurityminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
CAPTCHA Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Groups No Multiple groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Plugin Yes Yes Yes
ACLs Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Blacklist Plugin Yes Yes No
Warnings Plugin Yes Yes No
Suspension Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audit Logging Plugin Yes Yes No
User Reports No Yes Yes No
Other   An Akismet mod is available Akismet plugin available. E-mail blocking
NotificationminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
RSS/ATOM Plugin Yes Yes Yes
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging 0      
Bookmarks Plugin Plugin Yes No
CommunityminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Avatars Plugin Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Plugin Yes Yes No
Rating/Karma System Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Private Messaging Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Plugin Yes Yes Yes
ModerationminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Moderators global and forums global, forums and threads global and forums global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split Threads Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads Plugin Plugin Yes Yes
SearchminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes No
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked Database tracked No
CustomizationminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Languages more than 40 available 47 Many arabic, dutch, english, italian, french, german, malay, spanish, turkish, portuguese
Templates global global and forum specific global and forum specific global
Custom BBCodes Patch Plugin Yes No
Skin-Editor Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Smiley Packs Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes Yes No
Special FeaturesminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Calendar Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Friendly URLs Optional Plugin Plugin Yes
Data ManagementminiBB DetailsSMF DetailsMyBB DetailsUltraBB Details
Pruning Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
Archiving Plugin Plugin No No
Export Formats Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT WAP(2), IMode    
Export private messages Plugin Plugin Yes No
Lo-Fi View Yes Yes Yes No
Last updated2009-09-022013-10-252011-06-222008-07-01

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