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General phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Version
3.0.8
3.0.9
4.1.5
2.5 AE
Release Date
2010-11-19 (10 years ago)
2018-05-17 (3 years ago)
2011-07-26 (10 years ago)
2010-07-04 (11 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2018-11-01 (2 years ago)
2011-08-25 (10 years ago)
2010-07-06 (11 years ago)
Author
The phpBB Group
The FUDForum development team and user community.
vBulletin Solutions
YaBB Development Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
License
General Public License
GNU General Public License
commercial / visible source
YPL (Modified GNU GPL)
License cost
0.00
Free
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
Free
Main View
Classic forum list
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
No
Yes
No
Yes
Technology phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
Perl
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
7
DB2 Database, Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
0
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
No
Forums phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
one level
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Trashcan Forum
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
Anti-Spam and Security phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Several others like SpamBot detection, prevent new users from posting links, etc.
Akismet
trademark "the Guardian" system
Notification phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
Yes - via ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Jabber, Google Chat or Skype.
Private message notifications and broadcast messages
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Yes
Yes
Patch
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Languages
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
No
Yes
Yes
Patch
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Data Management phpBB FUDforum vBulletin YaBB
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
Optional
Yes
No
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
PDF (Adobe), ATOM, RSS, RDF, HTML
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
print layout; storage folders
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
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