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General phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Version
3.0.8
1.6.3
2.0.6
3.2.3
2015-07-13
Release Date
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2011-04-16 (7 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2011-10-17 (7 years ago)
2015-07-12 (3 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (7 years ago)
2011-06-22 (7 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2012-02-07 (6 years ago)
2018-11-01 (2 months ago)
Author
The phpBB Group
MyBB Group
Simple Machines
Invision Power Services
Yves Goergen
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
License
General Public License
Custom
BSD
Commercial
GPL
License cost
0.00
US$0
0
License from $175 / Hosted from $5 per month
0
Main View
Classic forum list
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
No
Technology phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP 5.2+
PHP 5
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
One file
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
No
Mark as solved
No
Forums phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
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
No
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Akismet plugin available.
An Akismet mod is available
Spam Monitoring Service, Flag As Spammer, Question & Answer System
Notification phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
No
Jabber
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Search phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
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 phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Languages
0
0
0
0
13
Czech, German, English, French, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
No
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Patch
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Data Management phpBB MyBB SMF Invision Power Board Unclassified NewsBoard
Available Importers
Invision Board 1.1.2, phpBB 2.0.x, Woltlab Burning Board 1.x
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Archiving
No
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
SQL
none
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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