Compare IP.Board vs MyBB vs PhpBB 3 vs vBulletin 4

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IP.Board Logo
IP.Board
MyBB Logo
MyBB
PhpBB 3 Logo
PhpBB 3
vBulletin 4 Logo
vBulletin 4
Version 3.4.6 1.6.12 3.1.2 4.1.1
Last Release October 29, 2013 December 16, 2013 November, 25 2014 December 26, 2010
Proprietary License GPL License GPL License Proprietary License
Price Standard $175 / Business $299 / Hosting $9.99 per month Free Free $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite
Resources
Perfection Easy to Use Perfection Perfection
Installation Fast & Simple Easy to Do Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast
Community Size Huge Community Big Community Huge Community Huge Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
7.4/10 (367 votes)
9.2/10 (1992 votes)
8.4/10 (832 votes)
4.3/10 (464 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements IP.Board MyBB 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
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • 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
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • 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
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • AJAX
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
Yes 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:
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:
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)
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)
  • 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)
Distribution
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Web Application
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
Threads / Topics IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Flat/Threaded 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
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
Yes Plugin Plugin Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes - Yes
No No Plugin Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Posts IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
No Plugin Plugin No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Plugin Yes
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 Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
Embedded Videos
  • YouTube
No. No.
  • YouTube
Forum Features IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Downloads Manager
  • Portal
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
No.
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • XML/RPC
No. No. No.
Cache System Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
Post By Email Yes Plugin No No
User Profiles &
Options
IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin Plugin No Yes
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard [++[ Normal [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customization IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Yes Yes
~495 Available Plugins.
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Easy [++[ Normal
Yes
~90 Available Themes.
Yes
~270 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
IP.Board MyBB 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
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups Yes 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
  • 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
Yes Plugin Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
IP.Board MyBB PhpBB 3 vBulletin 4
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes Yes Yes
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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