Compare PhpBB 3 vs PunBB vs Simple Machines 2

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PhpBB 3
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Simple Machines 2 Logo
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Version 3.1.2 1.4.2 2.0.6 -
Last Release November, 25 2014 January 10, 2012 November 12, 2013 -
GPL License GPL License BSD License -
Price Free Free Free -
Resources -
Perfection Easy to Use Easy to Use -
Installation Fast & Simple Classical Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast -
Community Size Huge Community Medium Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.4/10 (832 votes)
6.8/10 (101 votes)
4.4/10 (1265 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 PunBB 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
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • 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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  • AJAX
  • HTML
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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Yes 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)
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
  • 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.
  • 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
No.
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Flat Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
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Plugin No Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes No Yes -
- Yes Yes -
Plugin No No -
No Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin Plugin -
Yes Plugin Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • 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 PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Plugin Yes -
Yes Plugin Yes -
No Plugin Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Bundled Software No. No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
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  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes No Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
No.
  • Custom Template Engine
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Post By Email No No Plugin -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes No Plugin -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Plugin Plugin -
Payment
Subscriptions
No No Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Plugin Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Plugin Yes -
Customization PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~447 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy [++[ Very Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~199 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Plugin Yes -
Custom Emoticons Yes Plugin Yes -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes No Yes -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Plugin Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
No. -
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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No.
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Content Aggregation No. No. No. -
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive 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 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
  • 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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Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes No Yes -
Access Control List Yes No Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 PunBB Simple Machines 2
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard but manual database setup Installation Wizard -
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard -
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Migration Yes Yes Yes -
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes No Yes -
Prune Database Yes No Yes -
Restore Database Yes No Yes -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes No Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes No Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes No Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 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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