Compare BulletinBoards vs PunBB vs vBulletin 3.8 vs vBulletin 4

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BulletinBoards Logo
BulletinBoards
PunBB Logo
PunBB
vBulletin 3.8 Logo
vBulletin 3.8
vBulletin 4 Logo
vBulletin 4
Version 8.8 1.4.2 3.8.1 4.1.1
Last Release July 29th, 2009 January 10, 2012 January 27, 2009 December 26, 2010
Proprietary License GPL License Proprietary License Proprietary License
Price $29.85 quarterly / $101.50 yearly Free $ 180 $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite
Resources
Normal Easy to Use Perfection Perfection
Installation Easy to Do Classical Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Classical Categories Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast
Community Size Medium Community Medium Community Huge Community Huge Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
8/10 (5 votes)
6.8/10 (101 votes)
5.2/10 (114 votes)
4.2/10 (450 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • 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
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • ColdFusion
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
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
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
  • HTML
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
No Yes Yes Yes
Languages No.
Supported Languages:
Bosnian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Spanish
French
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Korean (South)
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Latvian
Macedonian
Dutch
Norwegian
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
  • Windows MobileWindows Mobile
  • Symbian Phones <em>(Nokia)</em>Symbian Phones (Nokia)
  • HP WebOS <em>(ex-Palm)</em>HP WebOS (ex-Palm)
No. No.
  • 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)
Distribution
  • Web Application
No. No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
Threads / Topics BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded
  • Forum Categories
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
- No - Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No No Yes Yes
- Yes Yes Yes
No No Yes Yes
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes - Yes
Forum Posts BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
Yes No No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box No Yes Yes Yes
No Plugin Plugin Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
No.
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
Embedded Videos No. No. No.
  • YouTube
Forum Features BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
No Plugin Yes Yes
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
No Yes No Yes
No. No. No. No.
Cache System No No Yes Yes
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
Post By Email Yes No - No
User Profiles &
Options
BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads No No Yes Yes
User Selectable
Themes
No Yes - Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
No Plugin Yes Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
No No Yes Yes
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No - No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Blocking Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Customization BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
No
~0 Available Plugins.
Yes
~447 Available Plugins.
Yes Yes
Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy [++[ Normal
Yes
~100 Available Themes.
Yes
~199 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
Custom BBCodes No Plugin Yes Yes
Custom Emoticons No Plugin Yes Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
No No Yes Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
No Plugin Yes Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No.
No.
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No. No. No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes Yes
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No.
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No No - Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes No Yes Yes
Access Control List Yes No Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
BulletinBoards PunBB vBulletin 3.8 vBulletin 4
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard but manual database setup Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
No Yes Yes Yes
Forum Migration No Yes - Yes
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes No Yes Yes
Prune Database Yes No Yes Yes
Restore Database Yes No Yes Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes No Yes Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No No No Yes
Tasks Scheduler No No Yes Yes
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • A
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
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