Compare FluxBB vs ProBoards vs PunBB

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Version 1.5.3 4.5 1.4.2 -
Last Release March, 22 2013 January 28th, 2011 January 10, 2012 -
GPL License Proprietary License GPL License -
Price Free Free with Ads, $7 / 50,000 views, $14 / 100,000 views,... Free -
Resources -
Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use -
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple Classical -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Medium Community Huge Community Medium Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.3/10 (84 votes)
4.5/10 (609 votes)
6.8/10 (101 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • 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 2.0/2.2
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • Perl
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • 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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  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • HTML
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Yes No Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Bosnian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Spanish
French
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Korean (South)
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Latvian
Macedonian
Dutch
Norwegian
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
No.
Supported Languages:
Bosnian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Spanish
French
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Korean (South)
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Latvian
Macedonian
Dutch
Norwegian
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
No.
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
No. -
Distribution No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
No. -
Threads / Topics FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
No No No -
No Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
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No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin No Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin - Plugin -
Plugin Yes Plugin -
Image Attachment
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No. No. No. -
Forum Features FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Plugin Yes Plugin -
Plugin Yes Plugin -
Plugin Yes Plugin -
No Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Bundled Software No. No. No. -
  • ATOM 1.0
No.
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes No Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes No -
  • Custom Template Engine
No. No. -
Post By Email No No No -
User Profiles &
Options
FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes No -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
No Yes Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
No No No -
Security & Spam
Protection
Plugin Yes Plugin -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Plugin -
Customization FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Yes
~152 Available Plugins.
No Yes
~447 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Normal [++[ Very Easy -
Yes Yes Yes
~199 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Patch No Plugin -
Custom Emoticons Patch Yes Plugin -
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes No -
Custom
Profile Fields
No No Plugin -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
No. No.
  • WordPress
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No. -
Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes -
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes No -
Access Control List Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
FluxBB ProBoards PunBB
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard but manual database setup -
Upgrade Method Manual Upgrading Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration Yes No Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes No -
Prune Database Yes Yes No -
Restore Database Yes Yes No -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes No -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes No -
Tasks Scheduler No No No -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 1
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • A
  • AA
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Yes No Yes -
Yes No Yes -
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