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IceBB
Nemesis Forum Logo
Nemesis Forum
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Vanilla Forums
vBulletin 3.8 Logo
vBulletin 3.8
Version 1.0 0.8.1 2.0.18.10 3.8.1
Last Release December 2, 2010 February 23th, 2005 December 2013 January 27, 2009
GPL License GPL License GPL License Proprietary License
Price Free Free Free $ 180
Resources
Easy to Use Normal Easy to Use Perfection
Installation Easy to Do Long & Difficult Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Efficient & Fast Classical Categories Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast
Community Size Small Community Tiny Community Medium Community Huge Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
5.6/10 (339 votes)
7/10 (4 votes)
8.2/10 (164 votes)
5.2/10 (114 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache Tomcat
  • JBoss
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • Java 1.4 - J2EE
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • 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
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
Yes No Yes Yes
Languages
Supported Languages:
German
Danish
Spanish
French
Italian
Russian
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
No.
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Russian
Thai
Chinese (Traditional)
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.
  • 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)
No.
Distribution No. No.
  • Native Support
No.
Threads / Topics IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Threaded Threaded Flat Flat/Threaded
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
Yes - Plugin -
No No Yes Yes
Yes No No Yes
No - Yes Yes
No No No Yes
No No No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes - Yes -
Forum Posts IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
  • Plain
  • BBCode
No No No No
Yes No Plugin Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
No No Plugin Plugin
Yes Yes Plugin Yes
No No Plugin Yes
Yes No Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
No.
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
No.
Embedded Videos No. No. No. No.
Forum Features IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Yes No No Yes
Yes No Yes Yes
No No No Yes
Yes No No Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Technical Features IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Bundled Software
  • Portal
No.
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • RSS 2.0
No.
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
No No Yes No
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
IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes No Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes No Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads Yes No Yes Yes
User Selectable
Themes
- - Yes -
Yes No Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
No No Yes Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
No No No Yes
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes No Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Hard
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No - Yes -
Yes No No Yes
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Blocking Yes No Yes Yes
Customization IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Yes No Yes
~120 Available Plugins.
Yes
Plugin Installation [++[ Normal [++[ Very Easy
Yes
~1 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
~73 Available Themes.
Yes
Custom BBCodes No No No Yes
Custom Emoticons No No No Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
No No No Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
No No Plugin Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No. No.
No. No.
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
No.
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
Moderator
per Section
Yes No Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes No Yes Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics No No No Yes
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No.
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No.
No - No -
Yes No Yes Yes
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
No No No Yes
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing No No No Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
IceBB Nemesis Forum Vanilla Forums vBulletin 3.8
Installation Method Installation Wizard Manual Installation Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Manual Upgrading Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
No No Yes Yes
Forum Migration Yes No Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database No No Yes Yes
Prune Database No No No Yes
Restore Database No No Yes Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes No Yes Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes No No No
Tasks Scheduler No No No Yes
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • A
  • AA
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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