FUDforum vs. MyBB vs. Phorum vs. phpBB vs. XMB vs. SMF

General FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Version
3.0.9
1.6.3
5.2.9a
3.0.8
1.9.11
2.0.6
Release Date
2018-05-17 (3 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2008-10-12 (13 years ago)
2010-11-19 (11 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2013-10-21 (8 years ago)
Last Update here
2018-11-01 (3 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2008-10-16 (13 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2012-03-02 (9 years ago)
2013-10-25 (8 years ago)
Author
The FUDForum development team and user community.
MyBB Group
Phorum Dev Team
The phpBB Group
The XMB Group
Simple Machines
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GNU General Public License
Custom
The Phorum License (BSD)
General Public License
General Public License
BSD
License cost
Free
US$0
0
0.00
0.00
0
Main View
Classic forum list
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Technology FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
php
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
7
DB2 Database, Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
Yes
Yes
Optional
No
Optional
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
No
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
No
Forums FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
one level
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Yes
Plugin
No
No
No
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
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
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Several others like SpamBot detection, prevent new users from posting links, etc.
Akismet plugin available.
Aksimet Plugin
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Notification FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
Yes - via ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Jabber, Google Chat or Skype.
0
Jabber
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Community FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Patch
Plugin
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Moderation FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Search FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Customization FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Patch
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Yes
Yes
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Friendly URLs
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Data Management FUDforum MyBB Phorum phpBB XMB SMF
Available Importers
Pruning
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
Optional
No
No
No
No
Plugin
Export Formats
PDF (Adobe), ATOM, RSS, RDF, HTML
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Optional
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
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