MyBB vs. Phorum vs. phpBB

General MyBB Phorum phpBB
Version
1.6.3
5.2.9a
3.0.8
Release Date
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2008-10-12 (13 years ago)
2010-11-19 (10 years ago)
Last Update here
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2008-10-16 (13 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
Author
MyBB Group
Phorum Dev Team
The phpBB Group
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Custom
The Phorum License (BSD)
General Public License
License cost
US$0
0
0.00
Main View
Thread-Type
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Setup MyBB Phorum phpBB
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
Hosting available
No
No
No
Technology MyBB Phorum phpBB
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
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
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts MyBB Phorum phpBB
BBCode
Yes
Optional
Yes
HTML
Yes
Optional
No
Emoticons
Yes
Optional
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Optional
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
Plugin
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums MyBB Phorum phpBB
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
multiple levels
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
Yes
No
Yes
Trashcan Forum
Plugin
No
No
Anti-Spam and Security MyBB Phorum phpBB
CAPTCHA
Yes
Optional
Yes
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Suspension
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
Yes
Optional
Yes
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Akismet plugin available.
Aksimet Plugin
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Notification MyBB Phorum phpBB
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
0
Jabber
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community MyBB Phorum phpBB
Avatars
Yes
Plugin
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Plugin
Patch
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation MyBB Phorum phpBB
Moderators
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Search MyBB Phorum phpBB
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization MyBB Phorum phpBB
Languages
0
0
0
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Skin-Editor
Yes
No
Yes
Smiley Packs
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features MyBB Phorum phpBB
Statistics
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Polls
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Calendar
Yes
No
No
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management MyBB Phorum phpBB
Available Importers
Pruning
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
Export Formats
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Export private messages
Yes
No
Yes
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Optional
Yes
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