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Posted on: January 16, 2009

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Simple Machines Forum (SMF) Logo

SMF – Another popular forum hosting softwares

On last post, we posted out an detailed information of the features for phpBB, one of the favorite forum software. As recommended by other webmasters and users, SMF are also well known of its great features of forum platform.

Here are some of the SMF features

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

# Database abstraction – with support for PostgreSQL and SQLite planned alongside that of MySQL.
# Automatic installation of packages into themes other than just the default.
# Email templates to simplify customization of forum emails.
# Moderation center including post, topic and attachment moderation – to allow approving of user content before it is made public.
# User warning system.
# Additional group functionally including group moderators and requestable/free assignable groups.
# WYSIWYG editor to provide an intuitive user interface to those users not familiar with BBCode.
# Permission improvements such as group inheritance and permission profiles to further reduce the complexity of the permissions system.
# File based caching for a performance increase on all forums regardless of whether an accelerator is installed.
# Mail queuing system to stagger the sending of emails to improve performance on large forums.
# Advanced signature settings to allow the administrator of a forum to more tightly control the contents of users signatures.
# Personal messaging improvements including ability to automatically sort incoming messages and a variety of display options.

So, what is your options of choosing the software to create your own forum community? SMF or phpBB? Please left your opinions below.

On the next post, we will compare SMF and phpBB and some reviews and comments from users & webmasters who have experience these 2 softwares.

Looking for SMF hosting providers? Log on to http://www.seekdotnet.com for more details on SMF forum hosting.

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