YaBB vs. XMB vs. Vanilla vs. dnfBB vs. phpBB vs. Yazd

General YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Version
2.5 AE
1.9.11
2.6.4
2.0
3.0.8
3.0 Stable-Beta
Release Date
2010-07-04 (10 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2018-10-28 (1 year ago)
2007-03-26 (13 years ago)
2010-11-19 (9 years ago)
2006-01-05 (14 years ago)
Last Update here
2010-07-06 (10 years ago)
2012-03-02 (8 years ago)
2018-11-01 (1 year ago)
2007-03-29 (13 years ago)
2011-06-22 (9 years ago)
2006-11-07 (13 years ago)
Author
YaBB Development Team
The XMB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
dnfBB Team
The phpBB Group
Group Effort
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
YPL (Modified GNU GPL)
General Public License
GPL
IDPL
General Public License
Apache
License cost
Free
0.00
0
N/A
0.00
Free
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Technology YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Programming Language
Perl
php
PHP
C#
PHP
Java
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
0
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
2
Firebird Database, MySQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
6
DB2 Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
Optional
Optional
Yes
No
No
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
No
Plugin
No
No
Optional
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Single
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
one level
unlimited
No
unlimited
one level
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Patch
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
Optional
No
Yes
No
No
No
Anti-Spam and Security YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
CAPTCHA
Optional
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
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
No
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Optional
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
User Reports
Optional
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Unknown
Other
trademark "the Guardian" system
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Notification YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Private message notifications and broadcast messages
Jabber
0
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Community YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Patch
Plugin
Yes
No
Patch
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Moderation YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Search YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Customization YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Languages
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
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Optional
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Calendar
Patch
Plugin
Plugin
No
No
No
Friendly URLs
Optional
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Data Management YaBB XMB Vanilla dnfBB phpBB Yazd
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Archiving
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Export Formats
print layout; storage folders
Proprietary or MySQLDump
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
none
Export private messages
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
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