miniBB vs. XMB vs. SMF vs. Phorum vs. MyBB

General miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Version
2.4
1.9.11
2.0.6
5.2.9a
1.6.3
Release Date
2008-08-17 (13 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2013-10-21 (8 years ago)
2008-10-12 (13 years ago)
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2009-09-02 (12 years ago)
2012-03-02 (9 years ago)
2013-10-25 (8 years ago)
2008-10-16 (13 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
Author
miniBB Team
The XMB Group
Simple Machines
Phorum Dev Team
MyBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL
General Public License
BSD
The Phorum License (BSD)
Custom
License cost
Free
0.00
0
0
US$0
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
No
Technology miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Programming Language
PHP
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
HTML
Optional
Optional
Yes
Optional
Yes
Emoticons
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Quoting
Single
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
one level
one level
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Yes
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Anti-Spam and Security miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
CAPTCHA
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Groups
No
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
User Reports
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
An Akismet mod is available
Aksimet Plugin
Akismet plugin available.
Notification miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
RSS/ATOM
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
0
Bookmarks
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Avatars
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
User Ranks
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Signatures
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Private Messaging
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Search miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Languages
0
0
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Patch
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Smiley Packs
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Polls
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Calendar
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management miniBB XMB SMF Phorum MyBB
Available Importers
Pruning
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Archiving
Plugin
No
Plugin
No
No
Export Formats
Users' logins/emails can be exported in CSV or TXT
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
Plugin
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
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