Compare UseBB vs Vanilla Forums

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Version 1.0.10 2.0.18.10 --
Last Release October 25, 2009 December 2013 --
GPL License GPL License --
Price Free Free --
Resources --
Easy to Use Easy to Use --
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple --
Administration Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive --
Community Size Medium Community Medium Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
6.8/10 (17 votes)
8.1/10 (165 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements UseBB Vanilla Forums
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • 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
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  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes --
Languages
Supported Languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
French
Dutch
Swedish
English (British)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Russian
Thai
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
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.
  • Native Support
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Threads / Topics UseBB Vanilla Forums
Flat Flat --
  • Forum Categories
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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- Plugin --
Yes Yes --
No No --
- Yes --
No No --
No No --
Yes Yes --
- Yes --
Forum Posts UseBB Vanilla Forums
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
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- No --
Yes Plugin --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
No Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
No Plugin --
No Yes --
Image Attachment No.
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
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Embedded Videos No. No. --
Forum Features UseBB Vanilla Forums
No No --
No Yes --
No No --
No No --
Yes No --
- Plugin --
Technical Features UseBB Vanilla Forums
Bundled Software No.
  • CMS
  • Blog
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  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System No Yes --
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Smarty
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Post By Email - No --
User Profiles &
Options
UseBB Vanilla Forums
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
- Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
No Yes --
Payment
Subscriptions
No No --
Security & Spam
Protection
No Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
- Yes --
Yes No --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Yes --
Customization UseBB Vanilla Forums
Yes Yes
~120 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy --
Yes Yes
~73 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Plugin No --
Custom Emoticons Plugin No --
Custom
Thread Icons
No No --
Custom
Profile Fields
- Plugin --
Third Applications &
Websites
No. --
No.
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
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No.
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
UseBB Vanilla Forums
Moderation No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
No Yes --
Global Moderator No Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics No No --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups No Yes --
User Registration No.
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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- No --
Yes Yes --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
No No --
Access Control List Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing Yes No --
Installation &
Upgrading
UseBB Vanilla Forums
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes --
Forum Migration - Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database No Yes --
Prune Database No No --
Restore Database No Yes --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No No --
Tasks Scheduler No No --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
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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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