Compare FluxBB vs MyBB vs PhpBB 3 vs Vanilla Forums

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FluxBB Logo
FluxBB
MyBB Logo
MyBB
PhpBB 3 Logo
PhpBB 3
Vanilla Forums Logo
Vanilla Forums
Version 1.5.3 1.6.12 3.1.2 2.0.18.10
Last Release March, 22 2013 December 16, 2013 November, 25 2014 December 2013
GPL License GPL License GPL License GPL License
Price Free Free Free Free
Resources
Easy to Use Easy to Use Perfection Easy to Use
Installation Easy to Do Easy to Do Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive
Community Size Medium Community Big Community Huge Community Medium Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
8.3/10 (87 votes)
9.2/10 (1992 votes)
8.4/10 (832 votes)
8.1/10 (168 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • 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
  • GNU/LinuxGNU/Linux
  • BSD UnixBSD Unix
  • Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft Windows
  • Apple Mac OSApple Mac OS
  • 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
  • Apache 1.3
  • Apache 2.0/2.2
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Lighttpd
  • Nginx
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
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
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
OperaOpera
Apple SafariApple Safari
KonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Languages
Supported Languages:
Bosnian
Bangali
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Spanish
French
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Hindi
Persian
Icelandic
Italian
Japanese
Korean (South)
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Latvian
Macedonian
Dutch
Norwegian
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Swedish
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional)
Supported Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Estonian
Spanish
French
Greek
Hungarian
Persian
Dutch
Urdu
Polish
Serbian
Russian
Arabic
Turkish
English (British)
English (American)
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:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Russian
Thai
Chinese (Traditional)
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)
  • 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)
Distribution No.
  • Web Application
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Native Support
Threads / Topics FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded Flat Flat
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
No Plugin Plugin Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes No
Yes Yes - Yes
No No Plugin No
No Yes No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Posts FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
No Plugin Plugin No
Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Plugin Plugin Plugin
Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Plugin Yes Plugin Plugin
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Image Attachment
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
Embedded Videos No. No. No. No.
Forum Features FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Plugin Yes Yes No
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes No
No Yes No No
Yes Yes Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Technical Features FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Bundled Software No.
  • Portal
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
No.
  • CMS
  • Blog
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No. No. No. No.
Cache System Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Smarty
Post By Email No Plugin No No
User Profiles &
Options
FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export
Private Messages
No Yes Yes Yes
Payment
Subscriptions
No Plugin No No
Security & Spam
Protection
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Hard
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No Yes
Yes Yes Yes No
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customization FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Yes
~152 Available Plugins.
Yes
~495 Available Plugins.
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~120 Available Plugins.
Plugin Installation [++[ Normal [++[ Easy [++[ Very Easy
Yes Yes
~270 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~73 Available Themes.
Custom BBCodes Patch Yes Yes No
Custom Emoticons Patch Yes Yes No
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes Yes No
Custom
Profile Fields
No Yes Yes Plugin
Third Applications &
Websites
No. No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes No
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • 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
  • Invitation Only
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
Yes Plugin Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes Yes No
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes No
Installation &
Upgrading
FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Manual Upgrading Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes No
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes Yes
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes Yes No
Tasks Scheduler No Yes Yes No
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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