SMF vs. phpBB vs. MyBB vs. Beehive Forum vs. Vanilla vs. bbPress

General SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Version
2.0.6
3.0.8
1.6.3
1.4.7
2.6.4
0.9.0.4
Release Date
2013-10-21 (6 years ago)
2010-11-19 (9 years ago)
2011-04-16 (9 years ago)
2015-06-03 (5 years ago)
2018-10-28 (1 year ago)
2009-01-02 (11 years ago)
Last Update here
2013-10-25 (6 years ago)
2011-06-22 (9 years ago)
2011-06-22 (9 years ago)
2016-02-08 (4 years ago)
2018-11-01 (1 year ago)
2009-03-11 (11 years ago)
Author
Simple Machines
The phpBB Group
MyBB Group
Matt Beale, Mark Rendle
Vanilla Forums Inc
bbpress.org
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
BSD
General Public License
Custom
GPL
GPL
GPL2
License cost
0
0.00
US$0
0
0
0
Main View
Both, can be configured
Thread-Type
Flat
Flat
Threaded or Flat
Threaded or Flat
Flat
Flat
Setup SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Installation method
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
wizard
Upgrade method
wizard
wizard with manual interactions
wizard
wizard
manual
wizard
Hosting available
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Technology SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data Storage
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
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
1
MySQL Database
Other Storage
Source Code Repo
Issue Tracker
Posts SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
BBCode
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
HTML
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Formatting Toolbar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
No
Quoting
Nested
Nested
Nested
Nested
Single
Nested
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Attachments
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Multiple files
Tags
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Mark as solved
A particular post can highlighted as accepted answer
Forums SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Categories
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subforums
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
unlimited
Last Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Redirect Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Trashcan Forum
Yes
No
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Yes
Anti-Spam and Security SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
CAPTCHA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Plugin
Groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
Multiple groups
One group only
Flood Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ACLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Blacklist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Warnings
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
Plugin
Suspension
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Bans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IP-Block
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Audit Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Reports
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Other
An Akismet mod is available
Plugin-based CAPTCHA system, Newly Registered Users permissions
Akismet plugin available.
Worming, Pilllorying
Community Curation & SPAM removal
Notification SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
RSS/ATOM
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Instant Messaging
Jabber
Yes
Plugin
Bookmarks
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Community SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Avatars
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
User Ranks
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Rating/Karma System
Yes
Patch
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Signatures
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Users Online List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Private Messaging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Custom profile fields
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
Moderation SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Moderators
global, forums and threads
global and forums
global and forums
global, forums and threads
global, forums and threads
global
Move Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Split Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Close Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shadow Topics
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Unknown
Sticky Threads
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Important Threads
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Search SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Full-text search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Author search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unread Topics
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Database tracked
Customization SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Languages
0
0
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
Mobile View
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Templates
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
global and forum specific
CSS only
global and forum specific
global
Custom BBCodes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
Skin-Editor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Smiley Packs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugins
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Special Features SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Calendar
Yes
No
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Friendly URLs
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Yes
Data Management SMF phpBB MyBB Beehive Forum Vanilla bbPress
Available Importers
All platforms use: https://open.vanillaforums.com/addon/porter-core
Pruning
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Archiving
Plugin
No
No
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Export Formats
WAP(2), IMode
SQL Dumps in .sql, sql.gz, and .sql.bz2
Proprietary or MySQLDump
BBXF
Export private messages
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Lo-Fi View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
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