Compare IP.Board vs PhpBB 3 vs vBulletin 4

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Version 3.4.6 3.0.11 4.1.1 -
Last Release October 29, 2013 August 25, 2012 December 26, 2010 -
Proprietary License GPL License Proprietary License -
Price Standard $175 / Business $299 / Hosting $9.99 per month Free $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite -
Resources -
Perfection Perfection Perfection -
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Fast & Simple -
Administration Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
7.4/10 (354 votes)
8.4/10 (807 votes)
4.2/10 (454 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
  • 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
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  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • 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
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
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)
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Basque
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Persian
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Sindhi
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat/Threaded -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
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Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes - Yes -
No Plugin Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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No Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos
  • YouTube
No.
  • YouTube
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Forum Features IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Downloads Manager
No.
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
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  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
  • XML/RPC
No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email Yes No No -
User Profiles &
Options
IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes Yes -
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes -
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Normal -
Yes
~90 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes -
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive 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 Yes Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes -
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes Yes -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
IP.Board PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
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 Yes Yes -
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes -
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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