OvBB vs. XMB vs. MyBB vs. phpBB vs. SMF

General OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Version
0.16a
1.9.11
1.6.3
3.0.8
2.0.6
Release Date
2007-04-05 (14 years ago)
Febuary 28, 2009
2011-04-16 (10 years ago)
2010-11-19 (11 years ago)
2013-10-21 (8 years ago)
Last Update here
2008-01-21 (13 years ago)
2012-03-02 (9 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2011-06-22 (10 years ago)
2013-10-25 (8 years ago)
Author
Jonathon Freeman & Brian Otto
The XMB Group
MyBB Group
The phpBB Group
Simple Machines
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
MIT
General Public License
Custom
General Public License
BSD
License cost
0
0.00
US$0
0.00
0
Main View
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
No
No
Technology OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Programming Language
PHP
php
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
2
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database
1
MySQL Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
6
Firebird Database, Microsoft SQL Database, MySQL Database, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
3
MySQL Database, PostgreSQL Database, SQLite File Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HTML
No
Optional
Yes
No
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
No
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Mark as solved
Forums OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
No
one level
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Redirect Forums
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trashcan Forum
No
No
Plugin
No
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Groups
One group only
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warnings
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Suspension
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Logging
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Reports
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other
Akismet plugin available.
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
An Akismet mod is available
Notification OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
RSS/ATOM
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Messaging
No
Jabber
Bookmarks
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Community OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rating/Karma System
No
Plugin
Yes
Patch
Yes
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom profile fields
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Moderation OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Moderators
global
global and forums
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Search OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Full-text search
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unread Topics
Session tracked
Session tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
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
No
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Skin-Editor
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smiley Packs
No
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Features OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Statistics
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calendar
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
No
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Data Management OvBB XMB MyBB phpBB SMF
Available Importers
Pruning
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Archiving
No
No
No
No
Plugin
Export Formats
No
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
WAP(2), IMode
Export private messages
No
No
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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