Compare PhpBB 3 vs Simple Machines 2 vs SKForum

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PhpBB 3 Logo
PhpBB 3
Simple Machines 2 Logo
Simple Machines 2
SKForum Logo
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Version 3.0.11 2.0.6 1.5 -
Last Release August 25, 2012 November 12, 2013 March 22nd, 2003 -
GPL License BSD License GPL License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Perfection Easy to Use Too Complicated -
Installation Fast & Simple Easy to Do Too Complex -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Messed-up -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Tiny Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.5/10 (801 votes)
4.2/10 (1221 votes)
7.2/10 (21 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
  • 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
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
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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
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache Tomcat
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • Java 1.4 - J2EE
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
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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
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
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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:
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)
Supported Languages:
French
Swedish
English (British)
English (American)
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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
  • 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
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Flat Flat Threaded -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
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Plugin Plugin - -
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
- Yes - -
Plugin No No -
No Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes - -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
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Plugin Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin No -
Yes Yes No -
Plugin Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
No. -
Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • Attachment
  • HTML 5 <video>
No. -
Forum Features PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes No -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Bundled Software No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
No. -
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
No. -
Yes Yes No -
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Cache System Yes Yes No -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
No. -
Post By Email No Plugin No -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes No -
Signatures Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
Bookmark Threads Yes Plugin No -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes - -
Yes Yes No -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Plugin No -
Payment
Subscriptions
No Yes No -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes No -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No Yes - -
Yes Yes No -
User Blacklist Yes Yes No -
IP Blocking Yes Yes No -
Customization PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
No -
Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
No -
Custom BBCodes Yes Yes No -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes No -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes No -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes No -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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No. -
Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes No -
Global Moderator Yes Yes No -
Move Threads Yes Yes No -
Shadow Topics Yes Yes No -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes No -
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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
No. -
Yes Yes - -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes No -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes No -
Access Control List Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes No -
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SKForum
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Manual Installation -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Manual Upgrading -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes No -
Forum Migration Yes Yes No -
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
Yes Yes No -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes No -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • HTML 4.01
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 1
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  • AA
  • AA
  • A
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