XMB vs. phpBB vs. MyBB vs. Vanilla vs. Phorum vs. SMF

General XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Version
1.9.11
3.0.8
1.6.3
2.6.4
5.2.9a
2.0.6
Release Date
Febuary 28, 2009
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2018-10-28 (11 months ago)
2008-10-12 (11 years ago)
2013-10-21 (6 years ago)
Last Update here
2012-03-02 (7 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2018-11-01 (11 months ago)
2008-10-16 (11 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
Author
The XMB Group
The phpBB Group
MyBB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
Phorum Dev Team
Simple Machines
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
General Public License
General Public License
Custom
GPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
BSD
License cost
0.00
0.00
US$0
0
0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Technology XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Programming Language
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
HTML
Optional
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Akismet plugin available.
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Aksimet Plugin
An Akismet mod is available
Notification XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
RSS/ATOM
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Community XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Plugin
Patch
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Moderation XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Search XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
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
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
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
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Smiley Packs
Optional
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Calendar
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management XMB phpBB MyBB Vanilla Phorum SMF
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Proprietary or MySQLDump
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
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