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Version 1.0.9 3.1.2 2.0.6 -
Last Release May 17, 2011 November, 25 2014 November 12, 2013 -
Custom License GPL License BSD License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Easy to Use Perfection Easy to Use -
Installation Easy to Do Fast & Simple Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Medium Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
6.6/10 (39 votes)
8.4/10 (832 votes)
4.4/10 (1265 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • 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
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Spanish
English (British)
English (American)
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)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
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
  • Symbian Phones <em>(Nokia)</em>Symbian Phones (Nokia)
  • HP WebOS <em>(ex-Palm)</em>HP WebOS (ex-Palm)
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Distribution No.
  • 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 Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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- Plugin Plugin -
No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
- - Yes -
No Plugin No -
No No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
- Yes Yes -
Forum Posts Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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- Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box No Yes Yes -
- Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment No.
  • 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 Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
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  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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No Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System - Yes Yes -
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email - No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 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 Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
No Yes Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
- No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
- No Yes -
No Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy -
Yes Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes No Yes Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
No Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • 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
Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Moderation No.
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
No Yes Yes -
Global Moderator No Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups No Yes Yes -
User Registration No.
  • 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 -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes Yes -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
Advanced Electron Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Manual Upgrading Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration - Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database No Yes Yes -
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes -
Restore Database No Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics No Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
- Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler - Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • A
  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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