Simple Machines Forum

Category: PHP - Bulletin Boards & Forums

Simple Machines Forum — 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! General Features: - Uses PHP and MySQL. - 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.) Security - All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code. - Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.) - Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'. - The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked. Forum Settings - Ability to display page creation time and query count per page. - Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login. - Word censoring, either full word or partial. - Ability to break up long words. - Boards and Categories - Group boards into collapsible categories. - Set categories as non-collapsible. - Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories. - Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards) - Assign moderators to boards. - Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests only. - Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level. - Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent. Member Registration - Require registration before forum entrance. - Require a user to agree to terms before they register. - Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people). - Require email authentication by sending an authentication link. - Require a moderator to approve registration. - Register new members from the admin center. - Member Navigation and Authentication - Several security checks during navigation. - Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.) - Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.) - Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally. - Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies. - Member Tracking and Tracing - Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.) - Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist. - Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user) - Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP) - See who's doing what (accessible by permission.) Statistics - Several board statistics (accessible by permission.) - Tracking of member's online time in seconds. - Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day. - Individual member statistics accessible from their profile. - News and Announcements - Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.) - Member option to disable receiving announcements. - Email or private message your members by membergroup. - Show a news ticker or news fader. - Communication - Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.) - Ability to send a topic to a friend. - Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics. Membergroups - Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance. - Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group. - Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has. - Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group. - Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group. - Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board. Banning - Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname. - Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname. - Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user). - Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins). - Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban. - Include an expiration time for bans. Changes in version 2.0b3: - Database abstraction including support for PostgreSQL and SQLite - Post and attachment moderation - setup through board permissions. - Additional group management features such as group moderators and joinable and requestable groups - Comprehensive user warning system. - Paid subscriptions to allow people to make a payment with PayPal to get additional group access - Personal message labeling system and new viewing options - OpenID support - to enable users to login and register with their OpenID account - Custom profile fields to enable admins to setup new profile fields in addition to the default - WYSWIYG editor, to improve the user posting experience - Ignore boards and ignore user functions - so users only see what they want to see - Scheduled events and mail queuing systems to add additional functionality to the forum - Admin and user logs to track who makes what changes to a user's profile - A moderation center to bring together all moderation functionality into one place for all people with moderation abilities Date: 14 January, 2012


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Homepage: http://download.simplemachines.org

Developer: download.simplemachines.org

License: Artistic License, GNU General Public License (GPL)

Operating System: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, BSD, Solaris

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