Compare MyBB vs vBulletin 4

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Version 1.6.12 4.1.1 --
Last Release December 16, 2013 December 26, 2010 --
GPL License Proprietary License --
Price Free $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite --
Resources --
Easy to Use Perfection --
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple --
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast --
Community Size Big Community Huge Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
9.2/10 (1983 votes)
4.2/10 (462 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements MyBB 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
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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
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • 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
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  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
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Yes Yes --
Languages
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Estonian
Spanish
French
Greek
Hungarian
Persian
Dutch
Urdu
Polish
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
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)
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Distribution
  • Web Application
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics MyBB vBulletin 4
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded --
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
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Plugin Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Forum Posts MyBB vBulletin 4
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin No --
Yes Yes --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
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Forum Features MyBB vBulletin 4
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Technical Features MyBB vBulletin 4
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
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  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System Yes Yes --
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email Plugin No --
User Profiles &
Options
MyBB vBulletin 4
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes --
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin Yes --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No --
Yes Yes --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Yes --
Customization MyBB vBulletin 4
Yes
~495 Available Plugins.
Yes --
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Normal --
Yes
~270 Available Themes.
Yes --
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes --
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes --
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes --
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes --
Third Applications &
Websites
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No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
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No.
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
MyBB vBulletin 4
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 --
Global Moderator Yes Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics Yes Yes --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups 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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Plugin Yes --
Yes Yes --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes --
Access Control List Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing Yes Yes --
Installation &
Upgrading
MyBB vBulletin 4
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes --
Forum Migration Yes Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes --
Prune Database Yes Yes --
Restore Database Yes Yes --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes --
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
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