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Version 1.5.18 2.0.18.10 --
Last Release May 28, 2010 December 2013 --
GPL License GPL License --
Price Free Free --
Resources --
Easy to Use Easy to Use --
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple --
Administration Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive --
Community Size Big Community Medium Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
5/10 (28 votes)
8.1/10 (168 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • 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
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • 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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  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes --
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)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Russian
Thai
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
No.
  • 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 No.
  • Native Support
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Threads / Topics Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Flat/Threaded Flat --
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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No Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
- Yes --
No No --
Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Forum Posts Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • Wiki
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
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Plugin No --
Yes Plugin --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
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Embedded Videos No. No. --
Forum Features Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Plugin No --
Plugin No --
Yes No --
Yes Plugin --
Technical Features Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • CMS
  • Blog
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  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System Yes Yes --
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Smarty
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Post By Email No No --
User Profiles &
Options
Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
Plugin Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
Plugin Yes --
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin No --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No Yes --
Yes No --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Yes --
Customization Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Yes
~5116 Available Plugins.
Yes
~120 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy --
Yes
~250 Available Themes.
Yes
~73 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes No --
Custom Emoticons Yes No --
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes No --
Custom
Profile Fields
Plugin Plugin --
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive 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 Yes No --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups 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
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No No --
Yes Yes --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
Plugin No --
Access Control List Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing Plugin No --
Installation &
Upgrading
Joomla Forum Vanilla Forums
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes --
Forum Migration Yes Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes --
Prune Database Yes No --
Restore Database Plugin Yes --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Plugin No --
Tasks Scheduler Plugin No --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • 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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