vBulletin vs. XenForo

General vBulletin XenForo
Version
4.1.5
1.5.2
Release Date
2011-07-26 (10 years ago)
2015-10-19 (6 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-08-25 (10 years ago)
2015-11-15 (6 years ago)
Author
vBulletin Solutions
XenForo Ltd
URL
Free and Open Source
No
No
License
commercial / visible source
commercial / visible source
License cost
$285 Suite or $195 Forum
$140
Main View
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup vBulletin XenForo
Installation method
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
Technology vBulletin XenForo
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts vBulletin XenForo
BBCode
Yes
Yes
HTML
Yes
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums vBulletin XenForo
Categories
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security vBulletin XenForo
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
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
Akismet
Advanced Spam Manager "Spam Cleaner", Questions and Answer System
Notification vBulletin XenForo
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
No
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Community vBulletin XenForo
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
Moderation vBulletin XenForo
Moderators
global and forums
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
Yes
No
Search vBulletin XenForo
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization vBulletin XenForo
Languages
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Special Features vBulletin XenForo
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Data Management vBulletin XenForo
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Archiving
Yes
No
Export Formats
Single Table CSV, Single and Multi-Table SQL
NA
Export private messages
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Yes
No
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