Compare Answerbase vs vBulletin 4

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Version 2011 4.1.1 --
Last Release 2011 December 26, 2010 --
Proprietary License Proprietary License --
Price Basic $15/month, Professional $45/month, Business $200/month $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite --
Resources --
Easy to Use Perfection --
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple --
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast --
Community Size Big Community Huge Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
8.2/10 (9 votes)
4.2/10 (452 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements Answerbase vBulletin 4
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
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  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
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  • C#
  • ASP.Net
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
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Browsers & Clients
Requirements
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
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  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
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No Yes --
Languages No.
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
  • Symbian Phones <em>(Nokia)</em>Symbian Phones (Nokia)
  • HP WebOS <em>(ex-Palm)</em>HP WebOS (ex-Palm)
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Distribution
  • Web Application
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics Answerbase vBulletin 4
Threaded Flat/Threaded --
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
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Yes Yes --
No Yes --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Forum Posts Answerbase vBulletin 4
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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No No --
No Yes --
Quick Reply Box No Yes --
No Plugin --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
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Forum Features Answerbase vBulletin 4
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Technical Features Answerbase vBulletin 4
Bundled Software No.
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
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  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System No Yes --
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No No --
User Profiles &
Options
Answerbase vBulletin 4
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
No Yes --
Payment
Subscriptions
No Yes --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard [++[ Normal --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No --
No Yes --
User Blacklist No Yes --
IP Blocking No Yes --
Customization Answerbase vBulletin 4
No Yes --
Plugin Installation [++[ Normal --
Yes
~3 Available Themes.
Yes --
Custom BBCodes No Yes --
Custom Emoticons No Yes --
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes --
Custom
Profile Fields
No Yes --
Third Applications &
Websites
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No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
Answerbase vBulletin 4
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes --
Global Moderator Yes Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics No Yes --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes --
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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No Yes --
No Yes --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes --
Access Control List No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing No Yes --
Installation &
Upgrading
Answerbase vBulletin 4
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
No Yes --
Forum Migration No Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database No Yes --
Prune Database No Yes --
Restore Database No Yes --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes --
Tasks Scheduler No Yes --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
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