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Version 3.4.6 March 20th, 2012 --
Last Release October 29, 2013 8.0 --
Proprietary License MIT License --
Price Standard $175 / Business $299 / Hosting $9.99 per month Free --
Resources --
Perfection Easy to Use --
Installation Fast & Simple Classical --
Administration Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast --
Community Size Huge Community Small Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
7.4/10 (367 votes)
8.3/10 (12 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements IP.Board NearForums
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
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  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
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  • PHP 5
  • ASP.Net
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  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server
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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 No --
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)
No. --
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)
No. --
Distribution
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
No. --
Threads / Topics IP.Board NearForums
Flat/Threaded Flat --
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • Tags
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Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
Yes - --
No No --
Yes No --
Yes No --
Yes No --
Forum Posts IP.Board NearForums
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
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  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
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No No --
Yes Yes --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
Plugin No --
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
Yes No --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos
  • YouTube
No. --
Forum Features IP.Board NearForums
Yes No --
Yes No --
Plugin No --
Yes No --
Yes No --
Yes No --
Technical Features IP.Board NearForums
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Downloads Manager
No. --
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes --
  • XML/RPC
No. --
Cache System Yes No --
  • Custom Template Engine
No. --
Post By Email Yes No --
User Profiles &
Options
IP.Board NearForums
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
Signatures Yes No --
Yes No --
Bookmark Threads Yes No --
User Selectable
Themes
Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
Yes No --
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin No --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes No --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No --
Yes No --
User Blacklist Yes No --
IP Blocking Yes No --
Customization IP.Board NearForums
Yes No --
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy --
Yes
~90 Available Themes.
No --
Custom BBCodes Yes No --
Custom Emoticons Yes No --
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes No --
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes No --
Third Applications &
Websites
No. --
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No. --
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
IP.Board NearForums
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes No --
Global Moderator Yes Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics Yes No --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups Yes No --
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes No --
Yes No --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes No --
Access Control List Yes No --
Yes No --
Mass Mailing Yes No --
Installation &
Upgrading
IP.Board NearForums
Installation Method Installation Wizard Manual Installation --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Manual Upgrading --
Update
Notifications
Yes No --
Forum Migration Yes No --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes No --
Prune Database Yes No --
Restore Database Yes No --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes No --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes No --
Tasks Scheduler Yes No --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 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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