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MesDiscussions
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Viscacha
Version 7.0 2.0.12 2007.1 0.8 RC7
Last Release January 5, 2011 Dec 15th, 2009 July, 2006 March 8, 2009
GPL License GPL License Proprietary License GPL License
Price Free Free $0, Premium $4.94/month or $49.50/year Free Free
Resources
Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Classical
Administration Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive Classical Categories Efficient & Fast
Community Size Big Community Huge Community Huge Community Medium Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
6.2/10 (68 votes)
3.9/10 (39 votes)
8.2/10 (74 votes)
8.8/10 (19 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • 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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • Javascript
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Languages
Supported Languages:
Armenian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Amharic
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Japanese
Kannada
Khmer
Korean (South)
Tamil
Lithuanian
Latvian
Malayalam
Marathi
Mongolian
Dutch
Norwegian
Nepali
Filipino
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Serbian
Swedish
Slovak
Swahili
Telugu
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Basque
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Persian
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Sindhi
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
No. No.
Compatibility with
Smartphones
No. No. No. No.
Distribution No. No. No. No.
Threads / Topics Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
No.
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
No No - -
Yes Yes - Yes
Yes Yes - Yes
Yes - - -
Plugin Yes - No
Plugin Yes - Yes
Yes Yes - Yes
Plugin Yes - -
Forum Posts Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • Wiki
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
Plugin Plugin - -
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes - Yes
Plugin Plugin - -
Plugin Yes - Yes
Plugin Yes - Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload with Image Hosting Site
No. No.
Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
No. No.
Forum Features Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes No No
Yes Plugin No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes - Yes
Technical Features Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Bundled Software
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
No.
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
Yes Yes - No
  • XML/RPC
No.
  • XML/RPC
No.
Cache System Yes Yes - Yes
  • PHPTemplate
  • Smarty
  • xTemplate
  • Custom Template Engine
No. No.
Post By Email Plugin No - -
User Profiles &
Options
Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads Plugin Yes - Yes
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes - -
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
Plugin Yes - No
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin No - No
Security & Spam
Protection
Plugin Yes No Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
Plugin No - -
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
User Blacklist Yes Yes No No
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customization Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Yes
~3927 Available Plugins.
Yes
~380 Available Plugins.
Yes Yes
Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy
Yes
~450 Available Themes.
Yes
~120 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
Custom BBCodes Plugin Yes No Yes
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes - Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes - Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No.
  • Drupal
No. No. No.
No. No. No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No. No.
Moderator
per Section
Plugin Yes No Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes No Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics 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
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No. No.
Plugin Yes - -
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes No No
Access Control List No Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
Drupal Forum FreeForums MesDiscussions Viscacha
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Migration Yes No - -
Database
Management
Backup Database Plugin Yes No Yes
Prune Database Plugin Yes No Yes
Restore Database Plugin Yes No Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes - -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes - -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
  • A
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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