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Version 8.8 4.1.1 --
Last Release July 29th, 2009 December 26, 2010 --
Proprietary License Proprietary License --
Price $29.85 quarterly / $101.50 yearly $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite --
Resources --
Normal Perfection --
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple --
Administration Classical Categories Efficient & Fast --
Community Size Medium Community Huge Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
8/10 (5 votes)
4.3/10 (464 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • 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
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  • ColdFusion
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • 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
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No Yes --
Languages No.
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
  • Windows MobileWindows Mobile
  • 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 BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded --
  • Forum Categories
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
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- Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
- Yes --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Forum Posts BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • HTML
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Quick Reply Box No Yes --
No Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
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Forum Features BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Plugin Yes --
Technical Features BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
Bundled Software No.
  • 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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No Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System No Yes --
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email Yes No --
User Profiles &
Options
BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
No Yes --
Bookmark Threads No Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
No Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
No Yes --
Payment
Subscriptions
No Yes --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No --
Yes Yes --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Yes --
Customization BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
No
~0 Available Plugins.
Yes --
Plugin Installation [++[ Normal --
Yes
~100 Available Themes.
Yes --
Custom BBCodes No Yes --
Custom Emoticons No Yes --
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes --
Custom
Profile Fields
No 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
BulletinBoards 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 No Yes --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups 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
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No 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
BulletinBoards vBulletin 4
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
No Yes --
Forum Migration No Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes --
Prune Database Yes Yes --
Restore Database Yes Yes --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes --
Tasks Scheduler No Yes --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
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  • A
  • AA
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No Yes --
No Yes --
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