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Version Hosted. 3.4.6 Hosted -
Last Release April 24, 2009 October 29, 2013 Daily updates -
Proprietary License Proprietary License Proprietary License -
Price Free Standard $175 / Business $299 / Hosting $9.99 per month Free -
Resources -
Easy to Use Perfection Easy to Use -
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Fast & Simple -
Administration Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Big Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
7.1/10 (146 votes)
7.4/10 (354 votes)
8.7/10 (49 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
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  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • 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
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
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Languages
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Armenian
Bosnian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Georgian
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Irish
Hebrew
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Kannada
Korean (South)
Kurdish
Tamil
Lithuanian
Latvian
Malayalam
Marathi
Moldavian
Macedonian
Mongolian
Dutch
Norwegian
Nepali
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Sinhalese
Slovak
Swahili
Telugu
Thai
Tibetan
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Uzbek
Vietnamese
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
Zulu
Supported Languages:
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
Spanish
Finnish
French
Georgian
Greek
Croatian
Hebrew
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Dutch
Polish
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • 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 Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
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Forum Posts Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
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Yes No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes No -
Yes Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
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Forum Features Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Yes Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin No -
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
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Technical Features Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Downloads Manager
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
  • Pictures Album Manager
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  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
No.
  • XML/RPC
No. -
Cache System Yes Yes No -
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
No. -
Post By Email No Yes Yes -
User Profiles &
Options
Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes No -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes No -
User Selectable
Themes
No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes No -
Payment
Subscriptions
Yes Plugin No -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Hard [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes No -
Customization Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Yes Yes No -
Plugin Installation [++[ Normal [++[ Easy -
Yes Yes
~90 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Yes No -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes No -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes No -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes No -
Third Applications &
Websites
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No.
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • Plone
  • Dotclear
  • WordPress
  • eGroupWare
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes -
Global Moderator No Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics Yes Yes No -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes -
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes No -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
Forumotion IP.Board Nabble
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes No -
Forum Migration No Yes No -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes -
Prune Database Yes Yes No -
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Plugin -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes No -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes No -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • HTML 4.01
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • A
  • AA
  • AA
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