MyBB vs. vBulletin vs. Phorum vs. Beehive Forum vs. Vanilla

General MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Version
1.6.3
4.1.5
5.2.9a
1.4.7
2.6.4
Release Date
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2011-07-26 (10 years ago)
2008-10-12 (13 years ago)
2015-06-03 (6 years ago)
2018-10-28 (3 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2011-08-25 (10 years ago)
2008-10-16 (13 years ago)
2016-02-08 (5 years ago)
2018-11-01 (3 years ago)
Author
MyBB Group
vBulletin Solutions
Phorum Dev Team
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
Vanilla Forums Inc
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Custom
commercial / visible source
The Phorum License (BSD)
GPL
GPL
License cost
US$0
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
0
0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Technology MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Optional
No
Plugin
HTML
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Plugin
Yes
No
Optional
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
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
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Other
Akismet plugin available.
Akismet
Aksimet Plugin
Worming, Pilllorying
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Notification MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Yes
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Moderation MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
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
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Special Features MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
Yes
Yes
No
No
Plugin
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Data Management MyBB vBulletin Phorum Beehive Forum Vanilla
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Archiving
No
Yes
No
Unknown
Yes
Export Formats
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
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