Compare esoTalk vs IceBB vs MesDiscussions vs ProBoards

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esoTalk Logo
esoTalk
IceBB Logo
IceBB
MesDiscussions Logo
MesDiscussions
ProBoards Logo
ProBoards
Version 1.0.0b2 1.0 2007.1 4.5
Last Release December 9, 2009 December 2, 2010 July, 2006 January 28th, 2011
GPL License GPL License Proprietary License Proprietary License
Price Free Free Free Free with Ads, $7 / 50,000 views, $14 / 100,000 views,...
Resources
Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use
Installation Fast & Simple Easy to Do Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Classical Categories Efficient & Fast
Community Size Small Community Small Community Huge Community Huge Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
8.3/10 (13 votes)
5.6/10 (339 votes)
8.2/10 (74 votes)
4.5/10 (621 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • Perl
  • 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
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
Yes Yes Yes No
Languages
Supported Languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
German
Danish
Spanish
French
Italian
Russian
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
No. No.
Compatibility with
Smartphones
No. No. No.
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
Distribution No. No. No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
Threads / Topics esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
Flat Threaded Flat
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
No.
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
Yes Yes - No
Yes No - Yes
No Yes - Yes
No No - Yes
No No - No
No No - Yes
Yes Yes - Yes
No Yes - Yes
Forum Posts esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • HTML
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
No No - Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes - Yes
No No - No
Yes Yes - Yes
Yes No - -
No Yes Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
No.
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
Embedded Videos No. No. No. No.
Forum Features esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
No No No Yes
No Yes No Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes - Yes
Technical Features esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
Bundled Software No.
  • Portal
No. No.
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 1.0
No.
Yes No - No
No. No.
  • XML/RPC
No.
Cache System No No - Yes
No. No. No. No.
Post By Email No No - No
User Profiles &
Options
esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes - Yes
User Selectable
Themes
No - - No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
No No - Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
No No - No
Security & Spam
Protection
Plugin Yes No Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No - No
No Yes Yes Yes
User Blacklist No Yes No Yes
IP Blocking No Yes Yes Yes
Customization esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
Yes
~4 Available Plugins.
Yes Yes No
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Normal
Yes
~2 Available Themes.
Yes
~1 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
Custom BBCodes No No No No
Custom Emoticons No No Yes Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
No No - Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
No No - No
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No. No.
No. No. No. No.
No.
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No.
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
Moderator
per Section
No Yes No Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes No Yes
Move Threads No Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics No No - Yes
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups No Yes Yes Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No.
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • 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 No Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing No No Yes Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
esoTalk IceBB MesDiscussions ProBoards
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
No No Yes Yes
Forum Migration No Yes - No
Database
Management
Backup Database No No No Yes
Prune Database No No No Yes
Restore Database No No No Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics No Yes Yes Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes - Yes
Tasks Scheduler No No - No
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 4.01
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 1
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
  • A
Yes Yes Yes No
Yes Yes Yes No
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