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GeneralphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Version 3.0.8 2.0.6
Release Date 20 Nov 2010 October 22nd, 2013
Author The phpBB Group Simple Machines
URL www.phpbb.com www.simplemachines.org
Free and Open Source Yes Yes
License General Public License BSD
License cost 0.00 0
Programming Language PHP PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes
Type Flat Flat
Installation method wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard with manual interactions wizard
Data StoragephpBB DetailsSMF Details
MySQL Yes Yes
Postgres Yes Yes
Oracle Yes No
SQLite Yes Yes
Textfiles No No
other FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)  
Hosting available No No
PostsphpBB DetailsSMF Details
BBCode Yes Yes
HTML No Yes
Emoticons Yes Yes
Formatting Toolbar Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor No Yes
Quoting Nested Nested
Syntax Highlighting Yes Yes
Attachments Multiple files Multiple files
ForumsphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Categories Yes Yes
Subforums unlimited unlimited
Last Post Yes Yes
Redirect Forums Yes Yes
Trashcan Forum No Yes
Anti-Spam and SecurityphpBB DetailsSMF Details
CAPTCHA Yes Yes
Groups Multiple groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes Yes
ACLs Yes Yes
Blacklist Yes Yes
Warnings Yes Yes
Suspension Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes
Audit Logging Yes Yes
User Reports Yes Yes
Other Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions An Akismet mod is available
NotificationphpBB DetailsSMF Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes
E-Mail Yes Yes
Instant Messaging Jabber  
Bookmarks Yes Plugin
CommunityphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Avatars Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes
Rating/Karma System Patch Yes
Signatures Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes
Private Messaging Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Yes Yes
ModerationphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Moderators global and forums global, forums and threads
Move Threads Yes Yes
Split Threads Yes Yes
Close Threads Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes
Sticky Threads Yes Yes
Important Threads Yes Plugin
SearchphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Full-text search Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes
Advanced search Yes Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked Database tracked
CustomizationphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Languages 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com 47
Templates global and forum specific global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Yes Plugin
Skin-Editor Yes Yes
Smiley Packs Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes
Special FeaturesphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Statistics Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes
Calendar No Yes
Friendly URLs Plugin Plugin
Data ManagementphpBB DetailsSMF Details
Pruning Yes Yes
Archiving No Plugin
Export Formats SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2 WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages Yes Plugin
Lo-Fi View Yes Yes
Last updated2011-06-222013-10-25

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