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Simple Machines Forum (SMF)

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Simple Machines Forum (SMF) Editor's Review

SMF (Simple Machines Forums) is a piece of forum software that is very useful for any website owner (or anyone looking to own a website) who would like to add a community forum to their website, or indeed anyone with a forum already who would like to be using a more friendly and compatible script.

First of all, SMF is very easy to install, being a very small download then upload, and then once unzipped onto your server there are very simple set up steps, which simply involves setting up a name for your database, as well as a password and user name for it, and then creating an admin account user name and password for the forum itself. Once you confirm all of this, all the back end set up is done, and you can log in to the admin section of the website, to set up all the individual categories, forums, sub forums and user groups.

This section also allows you to edit users, choose extra options for your forum (such as minimum word count per post, time between posts, and other customisation options just for you. One of the big advantages of an SMF forum is that it is a well website script because of the number of websites that use it, second only to vBulletin in terms of the number of large websites that use it. This means that users will be familiar with your forum from the very beginning, which is definitely great for any website owner.

Another great advantage to SMF is its customisation. Although there are a lot of websites using SMF forums, you can have a forum which stands out from the rest and if required even looks like an entirely different type of forum script. This is done through the add ons and templates section of their website, there is a great deal of templates and add ons available here which you should definitely give a look if you plan to run an SMF forum, as there are some very useful modifications you can install on your forum, such as extra advertisement spaces, and extra functionality in the form of arcades, extra options for forums and categories, and so much more.

Overall, SMF is a very good free website script, and it is definitely great for anyone looking to set up a community forum of their own, and want a lot of customisation. If you want the best forum script all together vBulletin is great, but for money effectiveness, there isn't any forum software out there that even comes close to matching the quality and customisation that comes with an SMF forum.
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Simple Machines Forum (SMF) Publisher's Description

Elegant. Effective. Powerful. Free. SMF is all of the above. SMF is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources. Some of our features include: COMPREHENSIVE THEMES: Not only can you control the default theme for your community, but you can also allow your users to select from a range of themes themselves BLAZING-FAST DATABASE: Not only do we make use of a MySQL back-end, but we've also gone to great lengths to ensure the database design is fast and efficient SECURE FILE ATTACHMENTS: Our special file-attaching system allows your users to attach files without fear of corrupting your system. AUTOMATIC MOD INSTALLATION: Unique to SMF is our package manager - a system by which you can download and install upgrades and modifications with just a few mouse-clicks SSI HOOKS & API: SMF was specifically designed to be easily integrated with other software projects - use our SSI hooks and API to easily plug SMF into the rest of your site

Free download from Shareware Connection - Elegant. Effective. Powerful. Free. SMF is all of the above. SMF is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources.

Publisher: simplemachines.org | License: Shareware
Platform: PHP, Scripts
Released Date: 01-01-2011 | Rating: 5 | Title: Simple Machines Forum (SMF)

Author Url: http://www.simplemachines.org
Program Info Url: http://www.simplemachines.org
Download Url: http://download.simplemachines.org/

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