SMF in short is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the lay-out of your message board and with our unique SSI - or Server Side Includes - function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other.
SMF is written in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database. It 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. SMF is the next generation of forum software - and best of all it is and will always remain completely free!
Comprehensive template system.
Advanced permission and user management.
Supports multiple languages at once.
Open and well-documented source code.
Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.
Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
Multi-media output. (XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP)
Multi-language support from a large community.
Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as hacks.)
Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
Search within your personal messages.
And much more!
by a Guest - Garrett Jewell - July 27, 2009, 6:23 pm
I have been using SMF for years now through fantastico... all i have ever gotten are errors because it is never updated. Well this is fixed with YOUR services!
by a Guest - Kimojuno - August 21, 2009, 2:12 pm
I have used SMF for years and have never been disappointed by their service nor their product. They offer excellent support and a great deal of tested and approved board themes and modifications.
Each theme and modification is thoroughly tested and approved before showing up on their site. This helps prevent malicious authors from hurting users.
Overall, the best forum software I have found. :)
Best of all forums
by a Guest - Muhammed Minare - January 15, 2010, 7:36 pm
I have been using SMF for five years and have got hundred thousands of members with thousands of content. It didn't cause any problem.
Smf is the best.
Customizeable and Readable Code
by a Guest - Robert Morris - February 16, 2010, 4:21 am
As a Web Developer and programmer, I wanted something that was customizable without "re-inventing the wheel".
SMF is impressively written while being accessible and READABLE to the DIY programmer who wants more from an already amazing Forums package.
I look forward to version 2.0 when it comes out of Beta.
best forum script
by a Guest - Gourav Sharma - May 30, 2010, 1:30 am
Since i started my forum using smf
and found it best from all , just it need something in looks :)
One of the best Forum Software
by a Guest - Evgeny - June 14, 2010, 4:20 pm
SMF Is One Of My Favorit Forum Software
along with AEF, phpBB
Phenomenal Forum Apps
by a Guest - Samker - June 30, 2010, 8:59 pm
Phenomenal Forum Apps.
Nothing but SMF
by a Guest - livemusicsociety - July 14, 2010, 10:20 pm
I've been using SMP for four year. I wouldn't use anything else. It's easy to customize and the simple machines crew are quick to respond to technical questions... often walking me through things I have no clue about.. quite friendly for the novice
by a Guest - TM - November 18, 2010, 8:45 pm
It's easy to use and reliable, but customizing is hard unless you're a real techie.
Very Good BUT...
by a Guest - Marcelo - August 23, 2010, 5:47 pm
This is one of the best forum options out there, especially since its free. Very comparable to Invision and well maintained.
I would have rated it a straight 5, BUT due to issues with Bridges to CMS, which is almost always needed, had to drop it one.
If you are thinking to install version 2 it has many MAJOR issues with its SSI interface to integrate the script into your CMS.
by a Guest - gideon - March 5, 2011, 4:52 pm
by a Guest - snadge - November 30, 2011, 11:19 pm
I have used them all and SMF is the best and heres why...
1) Customization / Mod add-ons - some forums have this feature, some dont...
2) Feature packed - some forums offer basic function or miss out on certain things, SMF has everything.
3) its free... vBulletin costs hundreds per year yet this SMF 2.0.1 is free and is just as good.
by a Guest - DJ - November 22, 2011, 8:37 am
Hey all, i'm using SMF for my forums for a long time now, and i can tell you all thats its the best software for creating a forum. many features, many options, nice admin panel, fast and less space required.
by a Guest - ttgs - April 20, 2012, 3:32 pm
Love this! easy to use and everything.
by a Guest - kobfaimi - June 29, 2012, 11:59 am
by a Guest - mobilefun.pk - October 21, 2012, 4:13 pm
This is excellent forum script. Different Mods available in SMF add beauty to its features. It easier than phpBB to manage.
by a Guest - inspiref - April 10, 2013, 11:18 am
i love it it is cool
by a Guest - patriotc - July 29, 2014, 2:04 am
I use SMF on another web site I manage and loved it. I was happy to see how easy it installed on my new site.
by a Guest - tokatyer6 - July 19, 2014, 1:36 pm
by a Guest - a6medcoz - March 10, 2015, 1:34 pm
This is the first time I have built a website, and the very first time I have used a BB type software myself. It couldn't have been easier. It took me less than a morning to have SMF up and running perfectly, and now I have thousands of users, with not a single complaint.