Compare BulletinBoards vs PhpBB 3 vs Simple Machines 2

Comparison
Results
BulletinBoards Logo
BulletinBoards
PhpBB 3 Logo
PhpBB 3
Simple Machines 2 Logo
Simple Machines 2
+
Select
Version 8.8 3.0.11 2.0.6 -
Last Release July 29th, 2009 August 25, 2012 November 12, 2013 -
Proprietary License GPL License BSD License -
Price $29.85 quarterly / $101.50 yearly Free Free -
Resources -
Normal Perfection Easy to Use -
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple Easy to Do -
Administration Classical Categories Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Medium Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8/10 (5 votes)
8.4/10 (806 votes)
4.3/10 (1233 votes)
-
Demonstration -
Server Requirements BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
-
  • ColdFusion
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
-
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
-
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
-
  • HTML
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
-
No Yes Yes -
Languages No.
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Basque
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Persian
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Dutch
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovene
Sindhi
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Macedonian
Dutch
Norwegian
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Uzbek
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
-
Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
  • Windows Phone 7Windows Phone 7
  • Windows MobileWindows Mobile
  • 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)
-
Distribution
  • Web Application
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
-
Threads / Topics BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
-
- Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
- - Yes -
No Plugin No -
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
-
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
-
Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box No Yes Yes -
No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
-
Embedded Videos No. No.
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • Attachment
  • HTML 5 <video>
-
Forum Features BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Technical Features BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
-
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
-
No Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System No Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
-
Post By Email Yes No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads No Yes Plugin -
User Selectable
Themes
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
No Yes Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
No No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
No
~0 Available Plugins.
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
-
Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~100 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
-
Custom BBCodes No Yes Yes -
Custom Emoticons No Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
No Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
-
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
-
No.
-
Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
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
-
Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes -
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • 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
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
-
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes Yes -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
BulletinBoards PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
No Yes Yes -
Forum Migration No Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes -
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes -
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler No Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
-
  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
-
  • A
  • AA
  • AA
-
No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Found a Mistake? Tell us »
  Top Top