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Version 3.0.11 2.0.6 Hosted -
Last Release August 25, 2012 November 12, 2013 December, 2009 -
GPL License BSD License Proprietary License -
Price Free Free Free for Free Edition, $12 for Basic Edition, $25 for Standard Edition and $75 for Professional Edition -
Resources -
Perfection Easy to Use Perfection -
Installation Fast & Simple Easy to Do Fast & Simple -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Big Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.4/10 (808 votes)
4.3/10 (1235 votes)
7.5/10 (23 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
  • 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
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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
No. -
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
No. -
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • 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
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
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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:
Chinese (Simplified)
Japanese
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 Zoho Discussions
Flat Flat Flat/Threaded -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
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Plugin Plugin - -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
- Yes - -
Plugin No No -
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes - -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin Yes - -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • Attachment
  • HTML 5 <video>
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Forum Features PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Plugin -
No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
Bundled Software No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • Bug Tracker
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  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No Plugin - -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Plugin -
Bookmark Threads Yes Plugin Yes -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes - -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Plugin Yes -
Payment
Subscriptions
No Yes No -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No Yes - -
Yes Yes No -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes No -
Customization PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Yes No -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes - -
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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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed 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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes Yes - -
Yes Yes No -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes No -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes No -
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 Zoho Discussions
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes No -
Forum Migration Yes Yes - -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes No -
Prune Database Yes Yes No -
Restore Database Yes Yes No -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Plugin -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes No -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes No -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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