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About Simple Machines Forum

Simple Machines Forum or SMF is a free, professional grade Internet forum script that allows the setting up of your own online community within minutes. Written in PHP and MySQL backend database, Simple Machines Forum is designed to provide you with all the features you need from a bulletin board while having an absolute minimal impact on the resources of the server.

Simple Machines Forum puts you in full control of the lay-out of your message board with its powerful custom made template engine. The later versions of SMF could support multiple databases.

Tracing back the origins of Simple Machines Forum it came to meet with the demand of a php coded version of YaBB but later on got separated from YaBB for its varied features. A diverse group of individuals put in their efforts for the improvement of SMF.

Some of the basic features of Simple Machine Forum:
  • Uses PHP and MySQL.
  • Comprehensive template system.
  • Supports multiple languages.
  • Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
  • Advanced permission and user management.
  • Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods.
  • Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.
  • All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
  • Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
  • Word censoring, either full word or partial.
  • Require registration before forum entrance and users are required to agree to terms before they register.
  • Both cookie and session based authentication.
  • Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
  • Ability to create announcement boards.
  • Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP.
  • Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.
  • Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.

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