Compare PhpBB 3 vs PunBB

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Version 3.1.2 1.4.2 --
Last Release November, 25 2014 January 10, 2012 --
GPL License GPL License --
Price Free Free --
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Perfection Easy to Use --
Installation Fast & Simple Classical --
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast --
Community Size Huge Community Medium Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
8.4/10 (832 votes)
6.8/10 (101 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 PunBB
  • 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
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  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5
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  • 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
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  • AJAX
  • HTML
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Yes Yes --
Languages
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:
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)
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Compatibility with
Smartphones
  • 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
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 PunBB
Flat Flat --
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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Plugin No --
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
- Yes --
Plugin No --
No Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 PunBB
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
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Plugin No --
Yes Yes --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No. No. --
Forum Features PhpBB 3 PunBB
Yes Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
No Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Technical Features PhpBB 3 PunBB
Bundled Software No. No. --
  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System Yes No --
  • Custom Template Engine
No. --
Post By Email No No --
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 PunBB
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes No --
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
Yes Plugin --
Payment
Subscriptions
No No --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Plugin --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No --
Yes Yes --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Plugin --
Customization PhpBB 3 PunBB
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~447 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy --
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~199 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Plugin --
Custom Emoticons Yes Plugin --
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes No --
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Plugin --
Third Applications &
Websites
No. --
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
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No. --
Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 PunBB
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
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Moderator
per Section
Yes Yes --
Global Moderator Yes Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics Yes Yes --
Close/Lock Threads Yes Yes --
Users
Management
User Groups Yes Yes --
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes --
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes No --
Access Control List Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing Yes Yes --
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 PunBB
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard but manual database setup --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes --
Forum Migration Yes Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes No --
Prune Database Yes No --
Restore Database Yes No --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes No --
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes No --
Tasks Scheduler Yes No --
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
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  • CSS 2
  • CSS 2
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  • AA
  • AA
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Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
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