XMB vs. Phorum vs. MyBB vs. Vanilla

General XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Version
1.9.11
5.2.9a
1.6.3
2.6.4
Release Date
Febuary 28, 2009
2008-10-12 (15 years ago)
2011-04-16 (13 years ago)
2018-10-28 (5 years ago)
Last Update here
2012-03-02 (12 years ago)
2008-10-16 (15 years ago)
2011-06-22 (13 years ago)
2018-11-01 (5 years ago)
Author
The XMB Group
Phorum Dev Team
MyBB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
General Public License
The Phorum License (BSD)
Custom
GPL
License cost
0.00
0
US$0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
Technology XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Programming Language
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
BBCode
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
HTML
Optional
Optional
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
multiple levels
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
CAPTCHA
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
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
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Suspension
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Other
Aksimet Plugin
Akismet plugin available.
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Notification XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
RSS/ATOM
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Avatars
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Moderation XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Languages
0
0
0
141
Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Assamese, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Byelorussian, Bulgarian, Bihari, Bislama, Bengali; Bangla, Tibetan, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Bhutani, Greek, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Persian, Finnish, Fiji, Faroese, French, Frisian, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Armenian, Interlingua, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiak, Icelandic, Italian, Inuktitut, Japanese, Javanese, Georgian, Kazakh, Greenlandic, Cambodian, Kannada, Korean, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Kirghiz, Latin, Lingala, Laothian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Lettish, Malagasy, Maori, Macedonian, Malayalam, Mongolian, Moldavian, Marathi, Malay, Maltese, Burmese, Nauru, Nepali, Dutch, Norwegian, Occitan, Oromo, Oriya, Punjabi, Polish, Pashto, Pushto, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Romance, Kirundi, Romanian, Russian, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sangho, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Shona, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Siswati, Sesotho, Sundanese, Swedish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Tajik, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkmen, Tagalog, Setswana, Tonga, Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Volapuk, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zhuang, Chinese, Chinese Traditional, Zulu
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Smiley Packs
Optional
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Statistics
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Friendly URLs
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Data Management XMB Phorum MyBB Vanilla
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
Yes
Export Formats
Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages
No
No
Yes
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
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