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  • About vbulletin 5

    Hi there.

    I have a quick question about vbulletin 5. I was reading online reviews, debate and critics. So what features does vbulletin 5 offer over vbulletin 4. And which one is more stable?


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    vBulletin 4 is end of life. This means it is no longer supported with active development. It also will not work with modern web servers running PHP 7.2 or higher. Due to this, we cannot recommend it.

    vBulletin 5 has many features over vBulletin 4. It is actively being developed and supports the newer server software including PHP 7.4 and MySQL 8+. These alone can give significant boosts over running a large vBulletin 4 site. The largest visible feature in vBulletin 5 over vBulletin 4, is Site Builder. Site Builder is similar to vBulletin 4's CMS but can be used on every single page. With this, you can customize your pages with different content and modules to fit your needs. Each and every page can be different, even individual forums. You can also create new custom pages to fit your needs.

    In addition to Site Builder, a few additional features of vBulletin 5 include:
    • A Responsive Web Client app that works on various screen size from smart phones to large monitors.
    • Over a dozen default styles to choose from
    • 4 default languages to choose from. (English, French, Spanish, and German)
    • 3 different home or landing pages to choose from. Though you can create your own or even use something like a Forum for your home page.
    • 10 different page layouts to choose from.
    • 24 different modules to build pages with. These also include modules for custom PHP, HTML, and displaying templates. There are an additional 50 system modules used on default pages.
    • Expanded Template Markup Language to retrieve data from the database or APIs without requiring PHP Code.
    • Template Hooks. These allow you to call other templates based on criteria that you create.
    • PHP Extensions. You can extend the API with your own code.
    • A more in-depth Style Variable system to control colors, fonts, and layout via CSS.
    • Different content types for topics including Photo Galleries, Links, Videos, Polls, Events, and the Rich Text type.
    • Better attachment support including larger images.
    • Support for IPv6.
    • Support for Two-Factor Authorization.
    • More secure user password storage.
    • Support for GDPR.
    Translations provided by Google.

    Wayne Luke
    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
    vBulletin 5 API


    • Hectorsky
      Hectorsky commented
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      Thanks for detailed information Wayne
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