SMF2.1:Boards From Online Manual

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Please see SMF1.1:Boards or SMF2.0:Boards depending on the version of SMF you are using.

This is where you can add, delete, and change boards and categories, move them around, and add board moderators.

Modify Boards

This section is for modifying boards and categories. All categories and boards are listed. Select one of the Add buttons to add a board in that category, or select the permissions, move, or modify links next to a board's name to change the board's permissions, position, or basic settings. Select a category name to begin modifying the category.


Selecting the modify link enables changing the following things about the board:

  • Category - Move the board into a different category.
  • Order - Choose the order of the board within the category.
  • Full name - The name displayed on the board index.
  • Allowed Groups - All the groups which are allowed to view the board.
  • Moderators - A list of members who are the local moderators of this board.
  • Redirect to a web address - If the board contains no topics, it can be turned into a link to another web site.
  • Count Posts - If checked, then posts on this board will count towards members' post counts and forum stats.
  • Board theme - This board can have a theme which differs from the forum default theme, and from the member's selected theme.
  • Override Member's Theme - Tick this option if you want this board's theme to override the choice of theme made by members of the forum. This option is only visible if the default theme is not selected from the menu.

Create New Category

On this page you can create a new category on your forum. Supply a name for the category, choose a placement for the whole category using the order listbox, and choose if it can "collapse". "Collapsing" means showing only the category title, hiding any of the category's boards which would normally be displayed below the title. With "collapsing" enabled, clicking on the category title will toggle between displaying and hiding the category's boards.


The Settings page of the Boards section of the Administration Panel allows you to set some basic settings involving the boards. The following settings are present on this page:

  • Membergroups allowed to manage boards and categories - Check the boxes for which groups you would like to have the ability to manage the boards and categories. Meaning they can edit, create, and delete boards and categories.
  • Count child's posts in parent's totals - Checking this option will mean that posts and topics in a board's child board (sub-board) will count toward its totals on the Board Index. This does not include grandchild boards (sub-subboards).
  • Enable recycling of deleted topics - Checking this will make it so your forum "recycles" deleted topics and posts. The relevant statistics are updated when posts are deleted and the deleted posts are no longer visible where they were before. However, these deleted posts can be viewed for reference in the board you specify in the setting directly below this one.
  • Board for recycled topics - Select a Board you wish to store deleted posts in. Choose a board to act as the recycle bin. If this field is left blank, posts will not be recycled.
  • Allow boards to be ignored - Checking this option will allow users to select boards they wish to ignore.


For more information about permissions take a look at Board Permissions and Permissions.