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Version 3.0.4 5.2.16 2.0.18.10 -
Last Release July 15, 2012 January 18, 2011 December 2013 -
GPL License BSD License GPL License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use -
Installation Easy to Do Easy to Do Fast & Simple -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Medium Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.7/10 (119 votes)
7.3/10 (64 votes)
8.1/10 (165 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • Firebird
  • IBM DB2
  • 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
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Dari
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
Finnish
French
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Icelandic
Italian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Swedish
Slovak
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Catalan
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Greek
Hungarian
Italian
Lithuanian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Slovak
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Russian
Thai
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
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)
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Distribution No. No.
  • Native Support
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Threads / Topics FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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No No Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes No -
Yes No Yes -
Yes No No -
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
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Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Plugin -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Plugin -
Yes Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
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Embedded Videos No. No. No. -
Forum Features FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Yes Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
No No No -
Yes Plugin No -
Yes Plugin No -
Yes Yes Plugin -
Technical Features FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Bundled Software No. No.
  • CMS
  • Blog
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  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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No Plugin Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Smarty
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Post By Email Yes Yes No -
User Profiles &
Options
FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes No Yes -
Payment
Subscriptions
No No No -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Very Easy [++[ Hard -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes No -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Yes
~200 Available Plugins.
Yes
~289 Available Plugins.
Yes
~120 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Very Easy [++[ Very Easy -
Yes Yes
~51 Available Themes.
Yes
~73 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes No No -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes No -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Plugin No -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Plugin -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • eGroupWare
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
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Content Aggregation
  • As a new Forum Topic
No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes No Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics Yes No No -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups 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
  • 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
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Yes No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes No No -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes No -
Installation &
Upgrading
FUDForum Phorum Vanilla Forums
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes No Yes -
Prune Database Yes Yes No -
Restore Database Yes No Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Plugin Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Plugin No -
Tasks Scheduler Yes No No -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • HTML 5
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
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  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • A
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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