Compare PhpBB 3 vs Simple Machines 2 vs SocialEngine

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PhpBB 3 Logo
PhpBB 3
Simple Machines 2 Logo
Simple Machines 2
SocialEngine Logo
SocialEngine
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Version 3.1.2 2.0.6 4.1.8p1 -
Last Release November, 25 2014 November 12, 2013 December, 2011 -
GPL License BSD License Proprietary License -
Price Free Free Standard License $299, $30-$40 / Plugin, $370 All Plugins -
Resources -
Perfection Easy to Use Perfection -
Installation Fast & Simple Easy to Do Easy to Do -
Administration Efficient & Fast Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive -
Community Size Huge Community Huge Community Huge Community -
Our Opinion -
User Reviews
8.4/10 (832 votes)
4.4/10 (1265 votes)
6.6/10 (24 votes)
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Demonstration -
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
  • 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 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
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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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
  • 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:
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)
Supported Languages:
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Turkish
English (American)
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)
  • 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
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Native Support
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Flat Flat Flat -
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
  • Forum Categories
  • Sub Sections
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Plugin Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes No -
- Yes Yes -
Plugin No No -
No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
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Plugin Yes No -
Yes Yes Plugin -
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Plugin Plugin No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
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Embedded Videos No.
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Vimeo
  • Attachment
  • HTML 5 <video>
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Forum Features PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Yes Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Plugin -
No Yes Plugin -
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Technical Features PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Bundled Software No.
  • Portal
  • Blog
  • Downloads Manager
  • Gallery
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
  • Pictures Album Manager
  • Gallery
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  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
No. -
Yes Yes Yes -
No. No. No. -
Cache System Yes Yes Yes -
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Custom Template Engine
No. -
Post By Email No Plugin No -
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Signatures Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Bookmark Threads Yes Plugin Yes -
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
Export
Private Messages
Yes Plugin No -
Payment
Subscriptions
No Yes Yes -
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes Yes -
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Normal [++[ Normal -
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No Yes No -
Yes Yes Yes -
User Blacklist Yes Yes Yes -
IP Blocking Yes Yes Yes -
Customization PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~1883 Available Plugins.
Yes
~356 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy [++[ Easy -
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~1326 Available Themes.
Yes
~108 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes Yes No -
Custom Emoticons Yes Yes No -
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Yes No -
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Yes Yes -
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • WordPress
  • e107
  • XOOPs
  • iGaming CMS
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Content Aggregation No. No.
  • Integrated in the Sidebar
  • Displayed on Front Page
  • In a Block
  • In a News Module
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Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed Moderation
  • Pre-Moderation
  • Post-Moderation
  • Reactive Moderation
  • Distributed 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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
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Yes Yes No -
Yes Yes No -
Multiple
Administrators
Yes Yes Yes -
Send Warnings
to Users
Yes Yes No -
Access Control List Yes Yes Yes -
Yes Yes Yes -
Mass Mailing Yes Yes Yes -
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 Simple Machines 2 SocialEngine
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard 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 Yes No -
Prune Database Yes Yes No -
Restore Database Yes Yes No -
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes Yes -
Error/Notice
Log Viewer
Yes Yes Yes -
Tasks Scheduler Yes Yes Yes -
W3C Norms &
Accessibility
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • XHTML 1.1 Strict
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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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