UltraBB vs. Invision Power Board vs. SMF vs. MyBB vs. FluxBB vs. XenForo

General UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Version
1.15
3.2.3
2.0.6
1.6.3
1.4.5
1.5.2
Release Date
2021-04-28 (3 months ago)
2011-10-17 (9 years ago)
2013-10-21 (7 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
22/03/2011
2015-10-19 (5 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-07-01 (13 years ago)
2012-02-07 (9 years ago)
2013-10-25 (7 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2011-05-05 (10 years ago)
2015-11-15 (5 years ago)
Author
Jim Hale
Invision Power Services
Simple Machines
MyBB Group
FluxBB development team
XenForo Ltd
URL
Free and Open Source
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
License
Lifetime
Commercial
BSD
Custom
GPL v2
commercial / visible source
License cost
$99.00
License from $175 / Hosted from $5 per month
0
US$0
0
$140
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Installation method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Technology UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Programming Language
PHP
PHP 5.2+
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL 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
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Patch
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Attachments
One file
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
No
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
No
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
No
Anti-Spam and Security UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
One group only
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
User Reports
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
E-mail blocking
Spam Monitoring Service, Flag As Spammer, Question & Answer System
An Akismet mod is available
Akismet plugin available.
Advanced Spam Manager "Spam Cleaner", Questions and Answer System
Notification UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
No
No
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Community UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Moderation UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Search UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
No
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Customization UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Patch
Yes
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Yes
Calendar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
No
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Patch
Yes
Data Management UltraBB Invision Power Board SMF MyBB FluxBB XenForo
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Patch
No
Export Formats
SQL
WAP(2), IMode
NA
Export private messages
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
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