Compare PhpBB 3 vs ProBoards vs Simple Machines 2

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Version 3.1.2 4.5 2.0.6 -
Last Release November, 25 2014 January 28th, 2011 November 12, 2013 -
GPL License Proprietary License BSD License -
Price Free Free with Ads, $7 / 50,000 views, $14 / 100,000 views,... Free -
Resources -
Perfection Easy to Use Easy to Use -
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.4/10 (811 votes)
4.5/10 (621 votes)
4.3/10 (1238 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
  • 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
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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
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • 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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  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes No Yes -
Languages
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)
No.
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Flat Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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Plugin No Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
- Yes Yes -
Plugin No No -
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin No Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin - Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • 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 PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
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  • ATOM 1.0
No.
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes No Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Plugin -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
No No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
No Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes No Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes No Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Drupal
  • Joomla
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed 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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes 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
PhpBB 3 ProBoards Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration Yes No 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
Yes Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes No Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • HTML 4.01
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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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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