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Simple Machines Forum (SMF)

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Free PHP+MySQL discussion board - known as one of the most secure & configurable forums out there
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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

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22nd April 2005
Last Updated
19th October 2011
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3-clause BSD license

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(5342 ratings)
Average User Rating: 4.7/5
Best Forum software
Reviewed byTimonThu, 18th August 2016
Rating 5 - Excellent
I have been using Smf for 4years now, and it has been awesome
fantastic FREE forum software verified
Reviewed byJohn CumminsonFri, 29th January 2016
Rating 5 - Excellent
I've been using an older version of the forum since 2009. For various reasons I updated to the latest version, I've been putting it off because I thought it would be a problem, how wrong I was, it was so simple and worked with minimum fuss, all I've had to do is to add some graphics that I'd changed on my "old" version and job done! I wish I'd done it sooner
the best
Reviewed byahmed m. mataronWed, 30th December 2015
Rating 5 - Excellent
the best forum manager i have ever used, simple, free, bugs-free... and have lots of support.. thank you guyes
SMF(Simple Machines) is best forum software as of now
Reviewed byAnonymousonTue, 29th September 2015
Rating 5 - Excellent
I used Kunena, Vbulletin, Xenforo, phpBB forum softwares and recentyly bbPress, but SMF is best. There are CMS-level portal packages and stylishly designed themes for SMF by third-party of SMF. It even excels vBulletin 4.x CMS and XenPorta 2 Pro on XenForo. SMF is the messiah for me.
Simple Machines Forum is still great 10 years later! verified
Reviewed byGameGrape StudiosonSat, 29th August 2015
Rating 5 - Excellent
Simple Machines Forum is great at what it does! It is easy to install, easy to manage and in completely setup within 24 hours max. It is the perfect solution for people who need to setup up a simple forum. We are using Simple Machines Forum for our HighFlyer Forum: . Simple Machines Forum is great!
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