Feature Comparison

GeneralFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Version 1.4.5 2.0.6 3.0.8 v1.1.2
Release Date 22/03/2011 October 22nd, 2013 20 Nov 2010 11/28/09
Author FluxBB development team Simple Machines The phpBB Group Peter Anderson
URL fluxbb.org www.simplemachines.org www.phpbb.com www.bbscript.com
Free and Open Source Yes Yes Yes Yes
License GPL v2 BSD General Public License  
License cost 0 0 0.00  
Programming Language PHP PHP PHP  
UTF-8 Support Yes Yes Yes  
Type Flat Flat Flat Threaded
Installation method wizard wizard wizard wizard
Upgrade method wizard wizard wizard with manual interactions wizard with manual interactions
Data StorageFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
MySQL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Postgres Yes Yes Yes No
Oracle No No Yes No
SQLite Yes Yes Yes No
Textfiles No No No No
other     FireBird 2.0+, MSSQL 2000+, MSSQL 2000+ (ODBC)  
Hosting available No No No Yes
PostsFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
BBCode Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML Patch Yes No No
Emoticons Yes Yes Yes No
Formatting Toolbar Patch Yes Yes Yes
WYSIWYG Editor Patch Yes No No
Quoting Nested Nested Nested Single
Syntax Highlighting Patch Yes Yes No
Attachments No Multiple files Multiple files No
ForumsFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Categories Yes Yes Yes  
Subforums No unlimited unlimited unlimited
Last Post Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Redirect Forums Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Trashcan Forum No Yes No Plugin
Anti-Spam and SecurityFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
CAPTCHA Patch Yes Yes Patch
Groups One group only Multiple groups Multiple groups No
Flood Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
ACLs Yes Yes Yes No
Blacklist Yes Yes Yes No
Warnings Patch Yes Yes Yes
Suspension No Yes Yes Yes
Bans Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP-Block Yes Yes Yes No
Audit Logging Patch Yes Yes No
User Reports Yes Yes Yes No
Other   An Akismet mod is available Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions  
NotificationFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
RSS/ATOM Yes Yes Yes No
E-Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Messaging     Jabber  
Bookmarks No Plugin Yes No
CommunityFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Avatars Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Ranks Yes Yes Yes No
Rating/Karma System Patch Yes Patch No
Signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users Online List Yes Yes Yes No
Private Messaging Patch Yes Yes Yes
Custom profile fields Patch Yes Yes No
ModerationFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Moderators global and forums global, forums and threads global and forums global
Move Threads Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Split Threads Yes Yes Yes Plugin
Close Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shadow Topics Yes Yes Yes No
Sticky Threads Yes Yes Yes Yes
Important Threads No Plugin Yes Yes
SearchFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Full-text search Yes Yes Yes Yes
Author search Yes Yes Yes No
Advanced search Yes Yes Yes No
Unread Topics Session tracked Database tracked Database tracked No
CustomizationFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Languages Language packs are developed by the community, English is default 47 48 at the time of writing, see www.phpbb.com PHP, MySQLi
Templates CSS only global and forum specific global and forum specific global
Custom BBCodes Patch Plugin Yes Optional
Skin-Editor No Yes Yes No
Smiley Packs Patch Yes Yes No
Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special FeaturesFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Statistics Plugin Yes Yes No
Polls Patch Yes Yes No
Calendar Patch Yes No No
Friendly URLs Patch Plugin Plugin Plugin
Data ManagementFluxBB DetailsSMF DetailsphpBB DetailsbbScript Details
Pruning Yes Yes Yes No
Archiving Patch Plugin No No
Export Formats   WAP(2), IMode SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2  
Export private messages No Plugin Yes No
Lo-Fi View No Yes Yes No
Last updated2011-05-052013-10-252011-06-222009-12-22

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