Compare esoTalk vs PhpBB 3 vs Simple Machines 2

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esoTalk Logo
esoTalk
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Version 1.0.0b2 3.0.11 2.0.6 -
Last Release December 9, 2009 August 25, 2012 November 12, 2013 -
GPL License GPL License BSD License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Easy to Use Perfection Easy to Use -
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Small Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.3/10 (13 votes)
8.4/10 (808 votes)
4.3/10 (1234 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • 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
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  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • 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 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
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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
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
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  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
Chinese (Traditional)
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)
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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)
  • 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.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Flat Flat Flat -
  • Tags
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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Yes Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
No - Yes -
No Plugin No -
No No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Forum Posts esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • Plain Text
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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No Plugin Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Plugin Plugin -
No Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No. No.
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • Attachment
  • HTML 5 <video>
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Forum Features esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
No No Yes -
No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Technical Features esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
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  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System No Yes Yes -
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes 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
Plugin Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No Yes -
No Yes Yes -
User Blacklist No Yes Yes -
IP Blocking No Yes Yes -
Customization esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes
~4 Available Plugins.
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~2 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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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. -
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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No.
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
esoTalk PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
No Yes Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads No Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups No Yes Yes -
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • 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
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No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes Yes -
Access Control List No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing No Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
esoTalk 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 No Yes Yes -
Prune Database No Yes Yes -
Restore Database No Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics No Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler No Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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