YaBB vs. MyBB vs. Phorum vs. Viscacha vs. SMF

General YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Version
2.5 AE
1.6.3
5.2.9a
0.8.1
2.0.6
Release Date
2010-07-04 (11 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2008-10-12 (13 years ago)
2010-12-03 (10 years ago)
2013-10-21 (8 years ago)
Last Update here
2010-07-06 (11 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2008-10-16 (13 years ago)
2010-12-04 (10 years ago)
2013-10-25 (8 years ago)
Author
YaBB Development Team
MyBB Group
Phorum Dev Team
The Viscacha Project
Simple Machines
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
YPL (Modified GNU GPL)
Custom
The Phorum License (BSD)
GPL
BSD
License cost
Free
US$0
0
0
0
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
Yes
No
No
No
No
Technology YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Programming Language
Perl
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Data Storage
0
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
HTML
Optional
Yes
Optional
No
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Patch
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Optional
Plugin
No
No
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
CAPTCHA
Optional
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Optional
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Optional
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
trademark "the Guardian" system
Akismet plugin available.
Aksimet Plugin
E-Mail Protection
An Akismet mod is available
Notification YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Private message notifications and broadcast messages
0
No
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Community YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Plugin
Search YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Customization YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Patch
Yes
No
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
No
Plugin
Data Management YaBB MyBB Phorum Viscacha SMF
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
No
Plugin
Export Formats
print layout; storage folders
HTML, SQL, PDF as Plugin
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
No
Yes
No
No
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
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