Compare MiniBB vs PhpBB 3 vs Simple Machines 2

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Version 2.4.1 3.1.2 2.0.6 -
Last Release December 25, 2009 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 Classical Fast & Simple Easy to Do -
Administration Classical Categories Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Small Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
5.6/10 (46 votes)
8.4/10 (832 votes)
4.4/10 (1265 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • 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
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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
  • 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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  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes Yes Yes -
Languages
Supported Languages:
Albanian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Belarusian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Czech
German
Danish
Estonian
Spanish
Finnish
French
Galician
Georgian
Greek
Croatian
Hungarian
Indonesian
Hebrew
Persian
Italian
Japanese
Korean (South)
Kurdish
Lithuanian
Latvian
Dutch
Norwegian
Urdu
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Russian
Swedish
Slovene
Slovak
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
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 MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Flat 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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- Plugin Plugin -
No Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
- - Yes -
No Plugin No -
No No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
- Yes Yes -
Forum Posts MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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- Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
No Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
No Plugin Plugin -
Plugin 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 MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Plugin Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
No Yes Yes -
Plugin No Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Technical Features MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software
  • 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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Plugin Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System No Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email - No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes Plugin -
User Selectable
Themes
- Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Plugin Yes Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
No No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
- No Yes -
Plugin Yes Yes -
User Blacklist No Yes Yes -
IP Blocking No Yes Yes -
Customization MiniBB 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 Plugin Yes Yes -
Custom Emoticons Plugin Yes Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
No Yes Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
Patch Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
No.
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
MiniBB 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
Yes Yes Yes -
Global Moderator Yes Yes Yes -
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Shadow Topics No Yes Yes -
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes Yes -
Users
Management
User Groups Yes 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
No Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
No Yes Yes -
Access Control List No Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing No Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
MiniBB PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
No Yes Yes -
Forum Migration - Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database No Yes Yes -
Prune Database No Yes Yes -
Restore Database No Yes Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
No Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler No 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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No.
  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
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