dnfBB vs. Phorum vs. JForum vs. MyBB vs. SMF vs. Beehive Forum

General dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Version
2.0
5.2.9a
2.1.8
1.6.3
2.0.6
1.4.7
Release Date
2007-03-26 (14 years ago)
2008-10-12 (12 years ago)
2008-10-31 (12 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2013-10-21 (7 years ago)
2015-06-03 (6 years ago)
Last Update here
2007-03-29 (14 years ago)
2008-10-16 (12 years ago)
2008-01-02 (13 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2013-10-25 (7 years ago)
2016-02-08 (5 years ago)
Author
dnfBB Team
Phorum Dev Team
Rafael Steil
MyBB Group
Simple Machines
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
IDPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
BSD
Custom
BSD
GPL
License cost
N/A
0
0
US$0
0
0
Main View
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Technology dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Programming Language
C#
PHP
Java
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
2
Firebird Database, MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
HSQLDB
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
BBCode
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
HTML
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
No
Optional
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
multiple levels
No
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Trashcan Forum
No
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Anti-Spam and Security dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
CAPTCHA
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Suspension
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
No
Optional
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Aksimet Plugin
Akismet plugin available.
An Akismet mod is available
Worming, Pilllorying
Notification dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
0
Yes
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Community dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Avatars
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Rating/Karma System
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
Moderation dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Search dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
CSS only
global and forum specific
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
Custom BBCodes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Skin-Editor
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Special Features dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Statistics
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Data Management dnfBB Phorum JForum MyBB SMF Beehive Forum
Available Importers
Pruning
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Archiving
No
No
No
No
Plugin
Unknown
Export Formats
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
No
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Lo-Fi View
No
Optional
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
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