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ZetaBoards
Version 1.5.18 4.5 June 21st, 2010 Hosted.
Last Release May 28, 2010 January 28th, 2011 Hosted February 3rd, 2011
GPL License Proprietary License Proprietary License Proprietary License
Price Free Free with Ads, $7 / 50,000 views, $14 / 100,000 views,... Free $0, Pro $9.95/month, Platinum $59/month, Max $249/month $0 (Free), $7.99/month (ZB Premium)
Resources
Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast
Community Size Big Community Huge Community Big Community Big Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
5/10 (28 votes)
4.6/10 (670 votes)
7.7/10 (150 votes)
7.3/10 (73 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • Perl
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • 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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
Yes No Yes No
Languages
Supported Languages:
Dari
Albanian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Esperanto
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Gujarati
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Khmer
Laothian
Tamil
Lithuanian
Latvian
Malayalam
Montenegrin
Macedonian
Mongolian
Dutch
Norwegian
Pashto
Filipino
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Sinhalese
Sindhi
Syriac
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Vietnamese
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
No.
Supported Languages:
German
Spanish
Italian
English (British)
English (American)
No.
Compatibility with
Smartphones
No.
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
No. No.
Distribution No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
No. No.
Threads / Topics Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat Flat
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
No No No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
- Yes - Yes
No No No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Forum Posts Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • HTML
  • Wiki
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
Plugin Yes No Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin No No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes - No No
Yes Yes No Yes
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload with Image Hosting Site
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
Embedded Videos No. No. No. No.
Forum Features Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Patch Yes
Plugin Yes No No
Plugin Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Wiki
  • Blog
No. No.
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
No.
  • RSS 2.0
No.
Yes No Yes Yes
No. No.
  • XML/RPC
No.
Cache System Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • Custom Template Engine
No. No. No.
Post By Email No No No No
User Profiles &
Options
Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes No Yes
User Selectable
Themes
Plugin No No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
Plugin Yes No Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin No No No
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No No
Yes Yes No Yes
User Blacklist Yes Yes No No
IP Blocking Yes Yes No No
Customization Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Yes
~5116 Available Plugins.
No No No
Plugin Installation
Yes
~250 Available Themes.
Yes Yes Yes
Custom BBCodes Yes No No Yes
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes No Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes No Yes
Custom
Profile Fields
Plugin No No Yes
Third Applications &
Websites
No.
  • Joomla
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No.
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes No 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 No 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
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No Yes No No
Yes Yes No No
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
Plugin Yes No Yes
Access Control List Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Mass Mailing Plugin Yes No Yes
Installation &
Upgrading
Joomla Forum ProBoards Tal.ki ZetaBoards
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes No No
Forum Migration Yes No No No
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes No
Prune Database Yes Yes No No
Restore Database Plugin Yes No No
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes No Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Plugin Yes No No
Tasks Scheduler Plugin No No No
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • A
  • AA
  • AA
Yes No Yes Yes
Yes No Yes Yes
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