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SMF ist eine sehr vielseitige Forum Software. Sie hat viele Funktionen, beispielsweise die folgenden:


  • Nutzt PHP, und wahlweise eines der Datenbanksysteme MySQL, PostgreSQL oder SQLite
  • Umfassendes Template-System
  • Erweitertes Rechte- und Benutzermanagement
  • Unterstützt mehrere Sprachen gleichzeitig
  • Offener und gut dokumentierter Quellcode
  • Verfolgung von neuen und alten ungelesenen Themen – nicht nur seit dem letzten Besuch
  • Ausgerichtet auf optimale Performance und Skalierbarkeit
  • Multi-media Ausgabe: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
  • Mehrsprachenunterstützung von einer großen Gemeinschaft
  • Paket-Manager der automatisch Erweiterungen installiert oder deinstalliert
  • Suche:
    • Suche über das gesamte Forum, eine Kategorie oder innerhalb eines Themas
    • Suche innerhalb der eigenen persönlichen Nachrichten


  • Alle Aktionen benötigen nahtlos einen sitzungsbasierten Autorisierungscode
  • Administrative Aktionen benötigen die Eingabe des Benutzerpassworts (und nicht nur einen gültigen Cookie)
  • Aufwändigere Aktionen sind zeit- und IP-limitiert
  • Die Anzahl von Login-Versuchen einer bestimmten IP-Adresse kann limitiert und zeitlich begrenzt werden

Forum Settings

  • Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
  • Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only administrators to log in.
  • 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 administrators, or moderators with the necessary permissions, to register people).
  • Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
  • Require an administrator, or moderator(s) with the necessary permissions, to approve registration.
  • Register new members from the admin center.

Member Navigation and Authentication

  • 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).


  • 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

  • Send a Newsletter from the admin center, or post any topic as an Announcement.
  • Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
  • Email or private message your members by membergroup.
  • Show a news fader.


  • 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.


  • 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 badge or star to a membergroup - by primary group.
  • Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.


  • 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 administrators).
  • Choose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
  • Include an expiration time for bans.

External integration

  • Integrate parts of the forum software into an existing website using SSI or PHP.
  • Recent topics or posts.
  • Recent news posts in a board.
  • Recent polls.

Export forum data using XML/RSS

  • Latest members.
  • News.
  • Recent posts.

Wireless access

  • Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.
  • Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
  • Ability to login and logout.
  • Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
  • Ability to jump to first unread reply.
  • Ability to post new messages.

Theming and Templating

  • Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.
  • Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
  • Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
  • Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
  • Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none).
  • SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.

Posting Features

  • Spell Check.
  • Quick Reply
    • Members can disable it or collapse it.
    • Can be used with "Quote".
    • Also contains "Spell Check".
  • Vast number of Bulletin Board Codes to use (including rtl, acronym, and others).
  • Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
  • Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.


  • Can be added or removed to existing topics.
  • Ability to set expiration date.
  • Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
  • Ability to hide results until after people have voted.
  • Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.
  • Polls can have up to 256 options.


  • Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
  • The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files).
  • Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
  • Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly).
  • Images can be embedded into posts.

Calendar Support

  • Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.
  • Display calendar information on board index.
  • Link an existing topic to the calendar.
  • Allow only certain members/groups to post events.
  • Event poster can edit event.
  • Events can span multiple days.

Moderation Tools

  • Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
  • Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
  • Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.
  • Report to moderator link.
  • Delete or modify posts.
  • Ability to merge/split topics.
  • Move or delete topics.
  • Sticky or unsticky topics.
  • Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.
  • Moderation log which shows moderation activity and dissallows the removal of log entries until they are at least 24-hours old.
  • AJAX editing:
    • Edit a post without page reloads.
    • Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.

User Profiles and User Options

  • Ability to hide your email address from the public.
  • Select favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
  • Select smiley set from the ones available.
  • Email notification
    • New topics per board.
    • Single topics.
    • Private messages.
  • Login with 'invisible' mode.
  • Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.
  • Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
  • Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.

User Resources

  • Icons for topics you've posted to.
  • Show new replies to your posts.
  • Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
  • Ability to view most recent messages.
  • List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.
  • See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.
  • Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.

Other features

  • Several forum statistics
  • List of users online.
  • The menu bar.
  • News.
  • Search.
  • Login/logout.
  • Today's events/birthdays/holidays.