Compare esoTalk vs Extreme Message Board vs UBB.threads vs vBulletin 4

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esoTalk Logo
esoTalk
Extreme Message Board Logo
Extreme Message Board
UBB.threads Logo
UBB.threads
vBulletin 4 Logo
vBulletin 4
Version 1.0.0b2 1.9.11 7.5.6 4.1.1
Last Release December 9, 2009 February 28, 2009 August 22nd, 2010 December 26, 2010
GPL License GPL License Proprietary License Proprietary License
Price Free Free Standard $139 / Silver $499 / Gold $725 $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite
Resources
Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use Perfection
Installation Fast & Simple Classical Easy to Do Fast & Simple
Administration Efficient & Fast Classical Categories Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast
Community Size Small Community Medium Community Big Community Huge Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
8.3/10 (13 votes)
5.4/10 (120 votes)
8.7/10 (108 votes)
4.2/10 (454 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • 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
  • 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
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • 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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Languages
Supported Languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Czech
German
Estonian
Spanish
French
Croatian
Italian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Ukrainian
Supported Languages:
German
Danish
French
Dutch
English (British)
English (American)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Compatibility with
Smartphones
No. 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 No. No. No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
Threads / Topics esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
Flat Flat Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
Yes No - Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes - Yes
No No No Yes
No No Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes - Yes
Forum Posts esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • HTML
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
No Yes - No
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
No No - Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes No No Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • 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 esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
No No No Yes
No No Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • RSS 2.0
No. No.
  • RSS 2.0
Yes No Yes Yes
No. No. No. No.
Cache System No No Yes Yes
No. No.
  • Smarty
  • Custom Template Engine
Post By Email No No - No
User Profiles &
Options
esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Selectable
Themes
No Yes - Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
No No No Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
No No Yes Yes
Security & Spam
Protection
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No - - No
No Yes Yes Yes
User Blacklist No Yes No Yes
IP Blocking No Yes No Yes
Customization esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
Yes
~4 Available Plugins.
No No Yes
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Normal
Yes
~2 Available Themes.
Yes
~116 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
Custom BBCodes No No Yes Yes
Custom Emoticons No Yes Yes Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes Yes Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
No No Yes Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No. No.
No. No. No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No. No. No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
Moderator
per Section
No Yes Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Move Threads No Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes Yes
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups No No Yes Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • 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
No No No Yes
Access Control List No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing No Yes Yes Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
esoTalk Extreme Message Board UBB.threads vBulletin 4
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
No Yes Yes Yes
Forum Migration No No - Yes
Database
Management
Backup Database No No Yes Yes
Prune Database No Yes Yes Yes
Restore Database No No No Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics No Yes No Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes - Yes
Tasks Scheduler No No - Yes
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • A
  • A
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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