Compare PhpBB 3 vs SEO-Board vs Simple Machines 2

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Version 3.0.11 1.1.0 2.0.6 -
Last Release August 25, 2012 December 6, 2008 November 12, 2013 -
GPL License Custom License BSD License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Perfection Normal Easy to Use -
Installation Fast & Simple Classical Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Messed-up Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Huge Community Tiny Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.5/10 (801 votes)
5.5/10 (16 votes)
4.2/10 (1220 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • 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 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • 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
  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes 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)
Supported Languages:
French
Dutch
Turkish
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)
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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)
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)
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Distribution
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
No.
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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Plugin - Plugin -
Yes - Yes -
Yes - Yes -
- - Yes -
Plugin - No -
No - Yes -
Yes - Yes -
Yes - Yes -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
No.
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin - Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes - Yes -
Plugin - Plugin -
Yes - Yes -
Plugin - Plugin -
Yes No Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
No.
  • 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 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Yes No Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes No Yes -
No No Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes - Yes -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
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  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes - Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes - Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No - Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes - Plugin -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes - Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes - Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
No - Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes No Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No - Yes -
Yes No Yes -
User Blacklist Yes No Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
No Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
No Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Patch Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes No Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes - Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes - Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
No.
  • 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
PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes No Yes -
Global Moderator Yes No Yes -
Move Threads Yes - Yes -
Shadow Topics Yes - Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes - Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes No Yes -
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No.
  • 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 -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes No Yes -
Access Control List Yes No Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes - Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 SEO-Board Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes - Yes -
Forum Migration Yes - Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes - Yes -
Prune Database Yes - Yes -
Restore Database Yes - Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes - Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes - Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes - 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
No.
  • AA
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Yes No Yes -
Yes No Yes -
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