Compare FluxBB vs MyBB vs PhpBB 3 vs Zoho Discussions

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Results
FluxBB Logo
FluxBB
MyBB Logo
MyBB
PhpBB 3 Logo
PhpBB 3
Zoho Discussions Logo
Zoho Discussions
Version 1.5.3 1.6.12 3.1.2 Hosted
Last Release March, 22 2013 December 16, 2013 November, 25 2014 December, 2009
GPL License GPL License GPL License Proprietary License
Price Free Free Free Free for Free Edition, $12 for Basic Edition, $25 for Standard Edition and $75 for Professional Edition
Resources
Easy to Use Easy to Use Perfection Perfection
Installation Easy to Do Easy to Do Fast & Simple Fast & Simple
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast
Community Size Medium Community Big Community Huge Community Big Community
Our Opinion
User Reviews
8.3/10 (87 votes)
9.2/10 (1992 votes)
8.4/10 (832 votes)
7.5/10 (24 votes)
Demonstration
Server Requirements FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
  • 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
No.
  • 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
No.
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
No.
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
No.
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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
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:
Chinese (Simplified)
Japanese
English (British)
English (American)
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)
No.
Distribution No.
  • Web Application
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
No.
Threads / Topics FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
Flat/Threaded Flat/Threaded Flat Flat/Threaded
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes - -
No No Plugin No
No Yes No Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Plugin Plugin Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Plugin Yes
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
No.
Embedded Videos No. No. No. No.
Forum Features FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
Plugin Yes Yes No
Plugin Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Plugin
No Yes No No
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Features FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
Bundled Software No.
  • Portal
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
No.
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • Bug Tracker
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
Yes Yes Yes Yes
No. No. No. No.
Cache System Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
Post By Email No Plugin No -
User Profiles &
Options
FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plugin Yes Yes Plugin
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Selectable
Themes
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
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No No -
Yes Yes Yes No
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes No
Customization FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
Yes
~152 Available Plugins.
Yes
~495 Available Plugins.
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
No
Plugin Installation [++[ Normal [++[ Easy
Yes Yes
~270 Available Themes.
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
Custom BBCodes Patch Yes Yes No
Custom Emoticons Patch Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes Yes No
Custom
Profile Fields
No Yes Yes No
Third Applications &
Websites
No.
No. No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
No.
No.
Content Aggregation No. No. No. No.
Moderation &
Threads Management
FluxBB MyBB PhpBB 3 Zoho Discussions
Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
No.
Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes Yes
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes Yes
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
No.
Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes No
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 Zoho Discussions
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard
Upgrade Method Manual Upgrading Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes No
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes Yes No
Prune Database Yes Yes Yes No
Restore Database Yes Yes Yes No
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes Plugin
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 Transitional
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes
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