XMB vs. Vanilla vs. phpBB vs. MyBB vs. FUDforum vs. Phorum

General XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Version
1.9.11
2.6.4
3.0.8
1.6.3
3.0.9
5.2.9a
Release Date
Febuary 28, 2009
2018-10-28 (10 months ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2018-05-17 (1 year ago)
2008-10-12 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2012-03-02 (7 years ago)
2018-11-01 (10 months ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2018-11-01 (10 months ago)
2008-10-16 (10 years ago)
Author
The XMB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
The phpBB Group
MyBB Group
The FUDForum development team and user community.
Phorum Dev Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
General Public License
GPL
General Public License
Custom
GNU General Public License
The Phorum License (BSD)
License cost
0.00
0
0.00
US$0
Free
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Classic forum list
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
manual
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Technology XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Programming Language
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
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
7
DB2 Database, Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
BBCode
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
HTML
Optional
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
Emoticons
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
No
Forums XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
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
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Suspension
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
User Reports
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Akismet plugin available.
Several others like SpamBot detection, prevent new users from posting links, etc.
Aksimet Plugin
Notification XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
RSS/ATOM
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Jabber
Yes - via ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Jabber, Google Chat or Skype.
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
Plugin
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Signatures
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Moderators
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
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 Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Languages
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
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Smiley Packs
Optional
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Patch
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Data Management XMB Vanilla phpBB MyBB FUDforum Phorum
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
Yes
No
No
Optional
No
Export Formats
Proprietary or MySQLDump
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
PDF (Adobe), ATOM, RSS, RDF, HTML
Export private messages
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
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