Compare Drupal Forum vs PhpBB 3 vs Simple Machines 2

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Version 7.0 3.1.2 2.0.6 -
Last Release January 5, 2011 November, 25 2014 November 12, 2013 -
GPL 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 Big Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
6.3/10 (70 votes)
8.4/10 (832 votes)
4.4/10 (1265 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Armenian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Amharic
Finnish
French
Galician
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Japanese
Kannada
Khmer
Korean (South)
Tamil
Lithuanian
Latvian
Malayalam
Marathi
Mongolian
Dutch
Norwegian
Nepali
Filipino
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Serbian
Swedish
Slovak
Swahili
Telugu
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
English (British)
English (American)
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
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 Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Flat/Threaded Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes - Yes -
Plugin Plugin No -
Plugin No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Forum Posts Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • HTML
  • Wiki
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin Plugin Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Plugin -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Plugin -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Upload via Advanced 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 Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Technical Features Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software
  • Website Home Page
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • Pictures Album Manager
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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Yes Yes Yes -
  • XML/RPC
No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • PHPTemplate
  • Smarty
  • xTemplate
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email Plugin No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Plugin Yes Plugin -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Plugin Yes Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
Plugin No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Plugin Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
Plugin No Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes
~3927 Available Plugins.
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~450 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Plugin Yes Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Drupal
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Plugin 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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • 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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Plugin Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes Yes -
Access Control List No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Plugin Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
Drupal Forum PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Plugin Yes Yes -
Prune Database Plugin Yes Yes -
Restore Database Plugin Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • 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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