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Version 3.1.2 2.0.18.10 --
Last Release November, 25 2014 December 2013 --
GPL License GPL License --
Price Free Free --
Resources --
Perfection Easy to Use --
Installation Fast & Simple Fast & Simple --
Administration Efficient & Fast Really Intuitive --
Community Size Huge Community Medium Community --
Our Opinion --
User Reviews
8.4/10 (832 votes)
8.1/10 (168 votes)
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Demonstration --
Server Requirements PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
  • 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 5
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  • MySQL
  • Postgresql
  • SQLite
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL
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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
  • Javascript
  • AJAX
  • CSS
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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:
Portuguese (Brazilian)
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Dutch
Portuguese
Russian
Thai
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)
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Distribution
  • Android Market
  • Apple Store
  • Nokia Ovi Store
  • BlackBerry App World
  • Native Support
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Threads / Topics PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Flat Flat --
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
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Plugin Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
- Yes --
Plugin No --
No No --
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Forum Posts PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Preview Button
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Preview Button
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  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
  • Markdown
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Plugin No --
Yes Plugin --
Quick Reply Box Yes Yes --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Plugin --
Plugin Plugin --
Yes Yes --
Image Attachment
  • Upload via Classic Attachments
  • Use BBCode or HTML
  • Upload via Advanced Attachments
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Embedded Videos No. No. --
Forum Features PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Yes No --
Yes Yes --
Yes No --
No No --
Yes No --
Yes Plugin --
Technical Features PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Bundled Software No.
  • CMS
  • Blog
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  • ATOM 1.0
  • RSS 2.0
  • ATOM 1.0
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Yes Yes --
No. No. --
Cache System Yes Yes --
  • Custom Template Engine
  • Smarty
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Post By Email No No --
User Profiles &
Options
PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Signatures Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Bookmark Threads Yes Yes --
User Selectable
Themes
Yes Yes --
Yes Yes --
Export
Private Messages
Yes Yes --
Payment
Subscriptions
No No --
Security & Spam
Protection
Yes Yes --
CAPTCHA Complexity [++[ Hard --
Abnormal Behavior
Detection
No Yes --
Yes No --
User Blacklist Yes Yes --
IP Blocking Yes Yes --
Customization PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Yes
~433 Available Plugins.
Yes
~120 Available Plugins.
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Plugin Installation [++[ Very Easy --
Yes
~525 Available Themes.
Yes
~73 Available Themes.
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Custom BBCodes Yes No --
Custom Emoticons Yes No --
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes No --
Custom
Profile Fields
Yes Plugin --
Third Applications &
Websites
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  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
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Content Aggregation No. No. --
Moderation &
Threads Management
PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Moderation
  • 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 --
Global Moderator Yes Yes --
Move Threads Yes Yes --
Shadow Topics Yes No --
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
  • User Account created by Administrator
  • 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 Yes --
Yes Yes --
Mass Mailing Yes No --
Installation &
Upgrading
PhpBB 3 Vanilla Forums
Installation Method Installation Wizard Installation Wizard --
Upgrade Method Upgrade Wizard Upgrade Wizard --
Update
Notifications
Yes Yes --
Forum Migration Yes Yes --
Database
Management
Backup Database Yes Yes --
Prune Database Yes No --
Restore Database Yes Yes --
Administration
Tools
Statistics Yes Yes --
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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