Simplemachines ( SMF ) is all that in one package, giving you an easy to use forum with many powerful features for you as well as your users. SMF is an open-source project made by volunteers from across the world.
php forum simplemachines – SMF 2.0.14
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 layout 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!
Uses PHP and MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite.
Newly developed template system making it easier for custom edits.
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.
Better SEO(Search Engine Optimization for search engines.
Log where search engines crawl your forum.
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.)
Ability to install mods to custom themes within a few mouse clicks.
File based caching for a performance increase on all forums regardless of whether an accelerator is installed.
Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.