Compare IP.Board vs Lefora vs Simple Machines 2 vs Twelvestone

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IP.Board Logo
IP.Board
Lefora Logo
Lefora
Simple Machines 2 Logo
Simple Machines 2
Twelvestone Logo
Twelvestone
Version 3.4.6 Hosted 2.0.6 Live Version
Last Release October 29, 2013 October 21, 2009 November 12, 2013 January 2nd, 2012
Proprietary License Proprietary License BSD License Proprietary License
Price Standard $175 / Business $299 / Hosting $9.99 per month Free Free Basic Plan Free, Enthusiast $9.99/month, Professional $24.99/month
Resources
Perfection Easy to Use Easy to Use Easy to Use
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Easy to Do Fast & Simple
Administration Really Intuitive Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast
Community Size Huge Community Big Community Huge Community Medium Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
7.4/10 (353 votes)
6.2/10 (65 votes)
4.3/10 (1232 votes)
8.6/10 (41 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • 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
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • PHP 5
No.
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
No.
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
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
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
Yes Yes Yes No
Languages
Supported Languages:
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Danish
Spanish
Finnish
French
Georgian
Greek
Croatian
Hebrew
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Dutch
Polish
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
Finnish
French
Italian
Japanese
Dutch
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
English (British)
English (American)
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)
No.
Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • 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)
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
Distribution
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Native Support
Threads / Topics IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat Flat
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
Yes - Plugin No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes No Yes No
Yes - Yes Yes
No No No No
Yes No Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes - Yes No
Forum Posts IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
No - Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin - Plugin No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Plugin Yes
Yes Yes Yes No
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
No.
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Use BBCode or HTML
Embedded Videos
  • YouTube
No.
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • Attachment
  • HTML 5 <video>
No.
Forum Features IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Yes Yes Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes No
Yes Plugin Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Bundled Software
  • Portal
  • CMS
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Downloads Manager
No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
No.
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
No.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • XML/RPC
No. No. No.
Cache System Yes - Yes No
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
Post By Email Yes - Plugin No
User Profiles &
Options
IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes No
Yes Yes Yes No
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Plugin No
User Selectable
Themes
Yes - Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
Yes No Plugin No
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin Yes Yes No
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes No
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No - Yes No
Yes No Yes No
User Blacklist Yes No Yes No
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes No
Customization IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Yes Yes Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
No
Plugin Installation [++[ Easy [++[ Very Easy
Yes
~90 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
Yes
Custom BBCodes Yes No Yes No
Custom Emoticons Yes No Yes No
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes No Yes No
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes No Yes No
Third Applications &
Websites
No.
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
No.
No.
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
Moderator
per Section
Yes No Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes No Yes Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes No Yes No
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No.
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
Yes - Yes No
Yes Yes Yes No
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes Yes No
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes No
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes No
Installation &
Upgrading
IP.Board Lefora Simple Machines 2 Twelvestone
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Migration Yes - Yes No
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes No
Prune Database Yes No Yes No
Restore Database Yes No Yes No
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes No
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes - Yes No
Tasks Scheduler Yes - Yes No
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.1 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 5
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • A
  • AA
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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