Compare IP.Board vs vBulletin 4 vs Woltlab Burning Board vs XenForo

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Results
IP.Board Logo
IP.Board
vBulletin 4 Logo
vBulletin 4
Woltlab Burning Board Logo
Woltlab Burning Board
XenForo Logo
XenForo
Version 3.4.6 4.1.1 3.1.7 1.3.4
Last Release October 29, 2013 December 26, 2010 May 10th, 2012 July 15th, 2014
Proprietary License Proprietary License Proprietary License Proprietary License
Price Standard $175 / Business $299 / Hosting $9.99 per month $195 for Forum, $285 for Publishing Suite $69.99 $140 for a Standard License, $250 for Brand Removal
Resources
Perfection Perfection Perfection Perfection
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Classical Easy to Do
Administration Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Big Community Huge Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
7.4/10 (367 votes)
4.3/10 (464 votes)
9.2/10 (452 votes)
7.9/10 (349 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • 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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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)
German
Danish
French
Greek
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Romanian
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
French
Croatian
Italian
Portuguese
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
French
Hungarian
Indonesian
Icelandic
Italian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Afrikaans
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)
Distribution
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Web Application
  • Web Application
Threads / Topics IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded Flat Flat
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
Yes Yes Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes No Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Posts IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
No No No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
Embedded Videos
  • YouTube
  • YouTube
No. No.
Forum Features IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes No Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Downloads Manager
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Bug Tracker
  • Projet Manager
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Gallery
No.
  • RSS 2.0
  • 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
  • Smarty
  • Custom Template Engine
Post By Email Yes No No No
User Profiles &
Options
IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
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 No
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin Yes No Yes
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard [++[ Normal [++[ Easy [++[ 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 vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
Yes Yes Yes
~300 Available Plugins.
Yes
~175 Available Plugins.
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Normal [++[ Easy [++[ Very Easy
Yes
~90 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
~229 Available Themes.
Yes
~80 Available Themes.
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes No Plugin
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
No.
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No.
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
IP.Board vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
Yes 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 vBulletin 4 Woltlab Burning Board XenForo
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 Plugin Yes
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes No
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes No
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes No
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 1.1 Strict
  • HTML 5
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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