Monkey Boards vs. phpBB vs. Vanilla vs. SMF vs. Beehive Forum vs. Phorum

General Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Version
0.4
3.0.8
2.6.4
2.0.6
1.4.7
5.2.9a
Release Date
2007-02-18 (12 years ago)
2010-11-19 (8 years ago)
2018-10-28 (8 months ago)
2013-10-21 (5 years ago)
2015-06-03 (4 years ago)
2008-10-12 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2007-02-19 (12 years ago)
2011-06-22 (8 years ago)
2018-11-01 (8 months ago)
2013-10-25 (5 years ago)
2016-02-08 (3 years ago)
2008-10-16 (10 years ago)
Author
James Greenwood
The phpBB Group
Vanilla Forums Inc
Simple Machines
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
Phorum Dev Team
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL
General Public License
GPL
BSD
GPL
The Phorum License (BSD)
License cost
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Setup Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard with manual interactions
manual
wizard
wizard
wizard
Hosting available
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Technology Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
1
SQLite File 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
1
MySQL Database
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
BBCode
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Optional
HTML
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
Formatting Toolbar
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Optional
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Quoting
None
Nested
Single
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Attachments
No
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
multiple levels
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Trashcan Forum
No
No
Yes
Yes
Optional
No
Anti-Spam and Security Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
CAPTCHA
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Optional
Groups
No
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
Suspension
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
User Reports
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Community Curation & SPAM removal
An Akismet mod is available
Worming, Pilllorying
Aksimet Plugin
Notification Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
RSS/ATOM
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Jabber
Yes
0
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Community Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Avatars
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
No
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Signatures
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Private Messaging
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Yes
Moderation Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Moderators
global
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Search Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
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
No
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Languages
0
0
141
Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Assamese, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Byelorussian, Bulgarian, Bihari, Bislama, Bengali; Bangla, Tibetan, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Bhutani, Greek, English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Persian, Finnish, Fiji, Faroese, French, Frisian, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Armenian, Interlingua, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiak, Icelandic, Italian, Inuktitut, Japanese, Javanese, Georgian, Kazakh, Greenlandic, Cambodian, Kannada, Korean, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Kirghiz, Latin, Lingala, Laothian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Lettish, Malagasy, Maori, Macedonian, Malayalam, Mongolian, Moldavian, Marathi, Malay, Maltese, Burmese, Nauru, Nepali, Dutch, Norwegian, Occitan, Oromo, Oriya, Punjabi, Polish, Pashto, Pushto, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Romance, Kirundi, Romanian, Russian, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sangho, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Shona, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Siswati, Sesotho, Sundanese, Swedish, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Tajik, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkmen, Tagalog, Setswana, Tonga, Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Volapuk, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zhuang, Chinese, Chinese Traditional, Zulu
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Plugin
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Smiley Packs
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Special Features Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Polls
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Calendar
No
No
Plugin
Yes
No
No
Friendly URLs
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Data Management Monkey Boards phpBB Vanilla SMF Beehive Forum Phorum
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Archiving
No
No
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
No
Export Formats
None (cannot be exported)
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Proprietary or MySQLDump
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
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