phpBB vs. SMF vs. Beehive Forum vs. JForum

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