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General YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Version
v1.9.3
1.6.3
5.2.9a
1.4.7
2.5 AE
1.0β
Release Date
2009-04-21 (12 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2008-10-12 (12 years ago)
2015-06-03 (6 years ago)
2010-07-04 (11 years ago)
2010 June 16
Last Update here
2009-08-02 (11 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2008-10-16 (12 years ago)
2016-02-08 (5 years ago)
2010-07-06 (11 years ago)
2010-06-21 (11 years ago)
Author
Tiny Gecko
MyBB Group
Phorum Dev Team
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
YaBB Development Team
OnlineGroups.Net
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL v2.0
Custom
The Phorum License (BSD)
GPL
YPL (Modified GNU GPL)
GPL
License cost
Free
US$0
0
0
Free
$0
Main View
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
manual
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
manual
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Technology YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Programming Language
ASP.NET, C#
PHP
PHP
PHP
Perl
Python & Zope
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
Microsoft SQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
0
1
PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
Zope Object Database
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Optional
No
Yes
No
HTML
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Optional
No
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
No
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
No
WYSIWYG Editor
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
None
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
one level
No
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
No
No
Patch
No
Trashcan Forum
Optional
Plugin
No
Optional
Optional
No
Anti-Spam and Security YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
Optional
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
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Optional
No
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Optional
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Other
Akismet plugin available.
Aksimet Plugin
Worming, Pilllorying
trademark "the Guardian" system
Spam Assasin is used for email spam control.
Notification YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Yes
Private message notifications and broadcast messages
Integrated Chat
Bookmarks
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Community YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
No
Rating/Karma System
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Patch
No
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
No
Moderation YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Search YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Advanced search
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Unknown
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Special Features YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Calendar
No
Yes
No
No
Patch
Unknown
Friendly URLs
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Optional
Unknown
Data Management YetAnotherForum.NET MyBB Phorum Beehive Forum YaBB GroupServer
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Archiving
No
No
No
Unknown
No
Unknown
Export Formats
print layout; storage folders
XML, mbox
Export private messages
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Unknown
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