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

General JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Version
2.1.8
5.2.9a
1.4.7
1.6.3
2.0.6
3.0.8
Release Date
2008-10-31 (10 years ago)
2008-10-12 (10 years ago)
2015-06-03 (4 years ago)
2011-04-16 (8 years ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-01-02 (11 years ago)
2008-10-16 (10 years ago)
2016-02-08 (3 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
Author
Rafael Steil
Phorum Dev Team
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
MyBB Group
Simple Machines
The phpBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
BSD
The Phorum License (BSD)
GPL
Custom
BSD
General Public License
License cost
0
0
0
US$0
0
0.00
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Technology JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Programming Language
Java
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
3
MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
HSQLDB
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
BBCode
Yes
Optional
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Emoticons
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
multiple levels
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
No
Optional
Plugin
Yes
No
Anti-Spam and Security JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
CAPTCHA
Yes
Optional
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
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Unknown
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Aksimet Plugin
Worming, Pilllorying
Akismet plugin available.
An Akismet mod is available
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Notification JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
0
Yes
Jabber
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Community JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Avatars
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Patch
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Search JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
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 JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Statistics
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Friendly URLs
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management JForum Phorum Beehive Forum MyBB SMF phpBB
Available Importers
Pruning
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
Unknown
No
Plugin
No
Export Formats
WAP(2), IMode
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Export private messages
No
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Lo-Fi View
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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