Feature Comparison

GeneralSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Version 2.0.6 4.1.5
Release Date October 22nd, 2013 2011-07-27
Author Simple Machines vBulletin Solutions
URL www.simplemachines.org www.vbulletin.com
Free and Open Source Yes No
License BSD commercial / visible source
License cost 0 $285 Suite or $195 Forum
Programming Language PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes
Type Flat Threaded or Flat
Installation method wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard wizard with manual interactions
Data StorageSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
MySQL Yes Yes
Postgres Yes No
Oracle No No
SQLite Yes No
Textfiles No No
Hosting available No No
PostsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
BBCode Yes Yes
HTML Yes Yes
Emoticons Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Yes Yes
Quoting Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Categories Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited
Last Post Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum Yes Yes
Anti-Spam and SecuritySMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Yes
ACLs Yes Yes
Blacklist Yes Yes
Warnings Yes Yes
Suspension Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes
Audit Logging Yes Yes
User Reports Yes Yes
Other An Akismet mod is available Akismet
NotificationSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
E-Mail Yes Yes
Instant Messaging    
Bookmarks Plugin Yes
CommunitySMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Avatars Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes
Private Messaging Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Yes Yes
ModerationSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Moderators global, forums and threads global and forums
Move Threads Yes Yes
Split Threads Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes
Important Threads Plugin Yes
SearchSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Full-text search Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Languages 47 Official: English, German; Translatable into any language
Templates global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Plugin Yes
Skin-Editor Yes Yes
Smiley Packs Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes
Special FeaturesSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Statistics Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes
Friendly URLs Plugin Yes
Data ManagementSMF DetailsvBulletin Details
Pruning Yes Yes
Archiving Plugin Yes
Export Formats WAP(2), IMode Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
Export private messages Plugin Yes
Lo-Fi View Yes Yes
Last updated2013-10-252011-08-26

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