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SMF is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:
  
 
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===<translate><!--T:2
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-->General</translate>===
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===General===
*<translate><!--T:3
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*Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
-->Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.</translate>
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*Comprehensive template system.
*<translate><!--T:4
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*'''Advanced permission and user management.'''
-->Comprehensive template system.</translate>
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*Supports multiple languages at once.
*'''<translate><!--T:5
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*Open and well-documented source code.
-->Advanced permission and user management.</translate>'''
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*'''Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.'''
*<translate><!--T:6
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*Designed for optimal performance and scalability.
-->Supports multiple languages at once.</translate>
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*Multi-media output: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
*<translate><!--T:7
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*Multi-language support from a large community.
-->Open and well-documented source code.</translate>
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*'''Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages.)'''
*'''<translate><!--T:8
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*Search:
-->Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit.</translate>'''
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**Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
*<translate><!--T:9
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**Search within your personal messages.
-->Designed for optimal performance and scalability.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:10
 
-->Multi-media output</translate>: XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP
 
*<translate><!--T:11
 
-->Multi-language support from a large community.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:12
 
-->Package manager that automatically installs or uninstalls mods (also known as packages.)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:13
 
-->Search:</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:14
 
-->Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:15
 
-->Search within your personal messages.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:16
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-->Security</translate>===
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===Security===
*<translate><!--T:17
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*All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.
-->All actions seamlessly require a session based authorization code.</translate>
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*Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)
*<translate><!--T:18
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*'''Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.'''
-->Administrative actions require the user's password (and do not rely solely on cookies.)</translate>
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*The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.
*'''<translate><!--T:19
 
-->Major actions are time and IP locked, preventing 'hammering'.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:20
 
-->The number of login attempts from a certain IP can be limited and time locked.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:21
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<!--T:21-->
-->Forum Settings</translate>===
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===Forum Settings===
*<translate><!--T:22
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*Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.
-->Ability to display page creation time and query count per page.</translate>
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*Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.
*<translate><!--T:23
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*Word censoring, either full word or partial.
-->Put a board into maintenance mode, allowing only admins to login.</translate>
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*Ability to break up long words.
*<translate><!--T:24
 
-->Word censoring, either full word or partial.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:25
 
-->Ability to break up long words.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:26
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<!--T:26-->
-->Boards and Categories</translate>===
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===Boards and Categories===
*<translate><!--T:27
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*Group boards into collapsible categories.
-->Group boards into collapsible categories.</translate>
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*Set categories as non-collapsible.
*<translate><!--T:28
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*Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.
-->Set categories as non-collapsible.</translate>
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*'''Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)'''
*<translate><!--T:29
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*Assign moderators to boards.
-->Reorder boards within categories, or reorder categories.</translate>
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*Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests ''only''.
*'''<translate><!--T:30
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*'''Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.'''
-->Create child boards under other boards. (sub boards)</translate>'''
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*Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.
*<translate><!--T:31
 
-->Assign moderators to boards.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:32
 
-->Allow certain membergroups to access a board, including guests ''only''.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:33
 
-->Configure permissions for each membergroup on the board level.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:34
 
-->Ability to indicate new posts to child boards but nothing new in parent.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:35
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<!--T:35-->
-->Member Registration</translate>===
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===Member Registration===
*<translate><!--T:36
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*Require registration before forum entrance.
-->Require registration before forum entrance.</translate>
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*Require a user to agree to terms before they register.
*<translate><!--T:37
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*Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).
-->Require a user to agree to terms before they register.</translate>
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*Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.
*<translate><!--T:38
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*Require a moderator to approve registration.
-->Disable member registration completely (allowing only moderators to register people).</translate>
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*Register new members from the admin center.
*<translate><!--T:39
 
-->Require email authentication by sending an authentication link.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:40
 
-->Require a moderator to approve registration.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:41
 
-->Register new members from the admin center.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:42
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-->Member Navigation and Authentication</translate>===
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===Member Navigation and Authentication===
*<translate><!--T:43
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*Several security checks during navigation.
-->Several security checks during navigation.</translate>
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*Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)
*<translate><!--T:44
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*'''Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)'''
-->Password reminder option, by email with confirmation. (doesn't automatically reset your password.)</translate>
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*Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.
*'''<translate><!--T:45
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*Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.
-->Both cookie and session based authentication (works without cookies.)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:46
 
-->Cookies can be set local to a path, global to all subdomains, or normally.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:47
 
-->Adjustable expiration time for authentication cookies.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:48
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<!--T:48-->
-->Member Tracking and Tracing</translate>===
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===Member Tracking and Tracing===
*<translate><!--T:49
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*Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)
-->Sortable and searchable public memberlist (accessible by a permission.)</translate>
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*Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.
*<translate><!--T:50
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*Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)
-->Powerful sortable and searchable admin memberlist.</translate>
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*Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)
*<translate><!--T:51
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*See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)
-->Show all (error) messages and IPs made by a member. (track user)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:52
 
-->Show all (error) messages from an IP address or range. (track IP)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:53
 
-->See who's doing what (accessible by permission.)</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:54
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-->Statistics</translate>===
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===Statistics===
*<translate><!--T:55
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*Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)
-->Several board statistics (accessible by permission.)</translate>
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*Tracking of member's online time in seconds.
*<translate><!--T:56
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*Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.
-->Tracking of member's online time in seconds.</translate>
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*Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.
*<translate><!--T:57
 
-->Tracking of topics, messages, new members, and hits per day.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:58
 
-->Individual member statistics accessible from their profile.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:59
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-->News and Announcements</translate>===
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===News and Announcements===
*<translate><!--T:60
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*Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)
-->Ability to create announcement boards (members receive a notification of topics automatically.)</translate>
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*Member option to disable receiving announcements.
*<translate><!--T:61
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*Email or private message your members by membergroup.
-->Member option to disable receiving announcements.</translate>
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*Show a news ticker or news fader.
*<translate><!--T:62
 
-->Email or private message your members by membergroup.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:63
 
-->Show a news ticker or news fader.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:64
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<!--T:64-->
-->Communication</translate>===
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===Communication===
*'''<translate><!--T:65
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*'''Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)'''
-->Ability to choose sendmail or SMTP (with or without authentication.)</translate>'''
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*Ability to send a topic to a friend.
*<translate><!--T:66
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*Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.
-->Ability to send a topic to a friend.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:67
 
-->Ability to view a "printer friendly" version of topics.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:68
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-->Membergroups</translate>===
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===Membergroups===
*<translate><!--T:69
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*Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.
-->Create membergroups to group members on permissions, access rights, and/or appearance.</translate>
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*'''Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.'''
*'''<translate><!--T:70
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*Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.
-->Assign several membergroups to a single member, with one membergroup as the primary group.</translate>'''
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*Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.
*<translate><!--T:71
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*Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.
-->Define membergroups that are auto-assigned based on the amount of posts a user has.</translate>
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*Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.
*<translate><!--T:72
 
-->Determine the maximum number of personal messages a membergroup is allowed to have by group.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:73
 
-->Assign graphical symbol(s) to a membergroup - by primary group.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:74
 
-->Determine which membergroups are allowed to access a board.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:75
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<!--T:75-->
-->Banning</translate>===
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===Banning===
*<translate><!--T:76
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*Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.
-->Ban members based on their username, email address, IP address or hostname.</translate>
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*'''Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.'''
*'''<translate><!--T:77
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*Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).
-->Support of wildcards for email address, IP address, and hostname.</translate>'''
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*Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).
*<translate><!--T:78
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*Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.
-->Include a ban reason (viewable for the banned user).</translate>
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*'''Include an expiration time for bans.'''
*<translate><!--T:79
 
-->Include a ban note (only viewable by the admins).</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:80
 
-->Chose between full ban, 'no post' ban, or registration ban.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:81
 
-->Include an expiration time for bans.</translate>'''
 
  
===<translate><!--T:82
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-->External integration</translate>===
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===External integration===
*<translate><!--T:83
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*Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.
-->Integrate parts of forum software into existing website using SSI or PHP.</translate>
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*Recent topics or posts.
*<translate><!--T:84
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*Recent news posts in a board.
-->Recent topics or posts.</translate>
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*Recent polls.
*<translate><!--T:85
 
-->Recent news posts in a board.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:86
 
-->Recent polls.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:87
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<!--T:87-->
-->Export forum data using XML/RSS</translate>===
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===Export forum data using XML/RSS===
*<translate><!--T:88
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*Latest members.
-->Latest members.</translate>
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*News.
*<translate><!--T:89
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*Recent posts.
-->News.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:90
 
-->Recent posts.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:91
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-->Wireless access</translate>===
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===Wireless access===
*'''<translate><!--T:92
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*'''Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.'''
-->Support for WAP, WAP2 and I-mode protocols.</translate>'''
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*Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.
*<translate><!--T:93
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*Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)
-->Browse through boards/topics/messages with reduced page size.</translate>
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*Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
*<translate><!--T:94
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*Ability to jump to first unread reply.
-->Ability to login and logout (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
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*Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)
*<translate><!--T:95
 
-->Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:96
 
-->Ability to jump to first unread reply.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:97
 
-->Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:98
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<!--T:98-->
-->Theming and Templating</translate>===
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===Theming and Templating===
*<translate><!--T:99
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*Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.
-->Ability to allow or disallow your users to select their own theme.</translate>
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*Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.
*<translate><!--T:100
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*Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.
-->Ability to reset all of your members to a certain theme.</translate>
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*Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.
*<translate><!--T:101
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*Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
-->Ability to install a new theme via your administration center.</translate>
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*'''Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)'''
*<translate><!--T:102
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*Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.
-->Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.</translate>
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*SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.
*<translate><!--T:103
 
-->Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:104
 
-->Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:105
 
-->Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:106
 
-->SSI can have and show layers and the like from the template system.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:107
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<!--T:107-->
-->Posting Features</translate>===
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===Posting Features===
*'''<translate><!--T:108
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*'''Spell Check.'''
-->Spell Check.</translate>'''
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*Quick Reply
*<translate><!--T:109
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**Members can disable it or collapse it.
-->Quick Reply</translate>
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**Can be used with "Quote".
**<translate><!--T:110
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**Also contains "Spell Check".
-->Members can disable it or collapse it.</translate>
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*Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)
**<translate><!--T:111
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*Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.
-->Can be used with "Quote".</translate>
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*'''Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.'''
**<translate><!--T:112
 
-->Also contains "Spell Check".</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:113
 
-->Vast number of "bulletin board codes" to use (including rtl, acronym, and others.)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:114
 
-->Optional editing grace period before a post is shown as modified.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:115
 
-->Insert Quote feature on posting screen to quickly quote previous replies.</translate>'''
 
  
===<translate><!--T:116
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<!--T:116-->
-->Polls</translate>===
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===Polls===
*'''<translate><!--T:117
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*'''Can be added or removed to existing topics.'''
-->Can be added or removed to existing topics.</translate>'''
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*Ability to set expiration date.
*<translate><!--T:118
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*Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.
-->Ability to set expiration date.</translate>
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*Ability to hide results until after people have voted.
*<translate><!--T:119
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*Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.
-->Ability to hide results till expiration of poll.</translate>
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*Polls can have up to 256 options.
*<translate><!--T:120
 
-->Ability to hide results until after people have voted.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:121
 
-->Ability to determine how many votes a user may cast.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:122
 
-->Polls can have up to 256 options.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:123
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<!--T:123-->
-->Attachments</translate>===
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===Attachments===
*<translate><!--T:124
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*Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
-->Allowed on a per member group or board basis.</translate>
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*'''The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)'''
*'''<translate><!--T:125
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*Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.
-->The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)</translate>'''
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*Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)
*<translate><!--T:126
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*Images can be embedded into posts.
-->Optional restriction on what filetypes may be uploaded.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:127
 
-->Ability to restrict such that only registered members can view them (disables hotlinking, mostly.)</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:128
 
-->Images can be embedded into posts.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:129
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<!--T:129-->
-->Calendar Support</translate>===
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===Calendar Support===
*<translate><!--T:130
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*Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.
-->Shows Birthdays, Events and Holidays.</translate>
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*Display calendar information on board index.
*<translate><!--T:131
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*Link an existing topic to the calendar.
-->Display calendar information on board index.</translate>
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*Allow only certain members/groups post events.
*<translate><!--T:132
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*Event poster can edit event.
-->Link an existing topic to the calendar.</translate>
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*Events can span multiple days.
*<translate><!--T:133
 
-->Allow only certain members/groups post events.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:134
 
-->Event poster can edit event.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:135
 
-->Events can span multiple days.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:136
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<!--T:136-->
-->Moderation Tools</translate>===
+
===Moderation Tools===
*<translate><!--T:137
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*Ability to lock and unlock a topic.
-->Ability to lock and unlock a topic.</translate>
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*Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.
*<translate><!--T:138
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*'''Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.'''
-->Topics which are locked by an administrator can not unlocked by anyone else.</translate>
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*''Report to moderator" link.
*'''<translate><!--T:139
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*Delete or modify posts.
-->Ability to allow members to use moderation on just topics they posted.</translate>'''
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*'''Ability to Merge/Split topics.'''
*<translate><!--T:140
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*Move or delete topics.
-->''Report to moderator" link.</translate>
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*Sticky or unsticky topics.
*<translate><!--T:141
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*'''Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.'''
-->Delete or modify posts.</translate>
+
*Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.
*'''<translate><!--T:142
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*AJAX editing:
-->Ability to Merge/Split topics.</translate>'''
+
**Edit a post without page reloads.
*<translate><!--T:143
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**Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.
-->Move or delete topics.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:144
 
-->Sticky or unsticky topics.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:145
 
-->Recycle bin/board for all deleted topics and posts.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:146
 
-->Moderation log which shows moderation activity and disallows log removal outside of 1 day.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:147
 
-->AJAX editing:</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:148
 
-->Edit a post without page reloads.</translate>
 
**<translate><!--T:149
 
-->Double click to edit topic subjects on message index.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:150
+
<!--T:150-->
-->User Profiles and User Options</translate>===
+
===User Profiles and User Options===
*<translate><!--T:151
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*Ability to hide your email address from the public.
-->Ability to hide your email address from the public.</translate>
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*Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
*<translate><!--T:152
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*Select their smiley set from the ones available.
-->Select their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.</translate>
+
*Email notification
*<translate><!--T:153
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*New topics per board.
-->Select their smiley set from the ones available.</translate>
+
*Single topics.
*<translate><!--T:154
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*Private messages.
-->Email notification</translate>
+
*Login with 'invisible' mode.
*<translate><!--T:155
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*'''Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.'''
-->New topics per board.</translate>
+
*Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.
*<translate><!--T:156
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*Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.
-->Single topics.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:157
 
-->Private messages.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:158
 
-->Login with 'invisible' mode.</translate>
 
*'''<translate><!--T:159
 
-->Options to hide other members' avatars and signatures.</translate>'''
 
*<translate><!--T:160
 
-->Ability to download and resize uploaded avatars.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:161
 
-->Personal text, avatar, signature, and all the niceties of forums can be used and are kept up to date in all your posts.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:162
+
<!--T:162-->
-->User Resources</translate>===
+
===User Resources===
*<translate><!--T:163
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*Icons for topics you've posted to.
-->Icons for topics you've posted to.</translate>
+
*'''Show new replies to your posts.'''
*'''<translate><!--T:164
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*Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.
-->Show new replies to your posts.</translate>'''
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*Ability to view most recent messages.
*<translate><!--T:165
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*List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.
-->Collapsible 'Additional Options' on post screen.</translate>
+
*See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.
*<translate><!--T:166
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*Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.
-->Ability to view most recent messages.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:167
 
-->List all topics that have new replies since your last visit.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:168
 
-->See who is browsing the same boards or topics as you.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:169
 
-->Topics that span multiple pages have the page numbers listed as well as an "all" link.</translate>
 
  
===<translate><!--T:170
+
<!--T:170-->
-->Other features</translate>===
+
===Other features===
*<translate><!--T:171
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*Several forum statistics
-->Several forum statistics</translate>
+
*List of users online.
*<translate><!--T:172
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*The menu bar.
-->List of users online.</translate>
+
*News.
*<translate><!--T:173
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*Search.
-->The menu bar.</translate>
+
*Login/logout.
*<translate><!--T:174
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*Today's events/birthdays/holidays.
-->News.</translate>
+
</translate>
*<translate><!--T:175
 
-->Search.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:176
 
-->Login/logout.</translate>
 
*<translate><!--T:177
 
-->Today's events/birthdays/holidays</translate>.
 
  
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{{Installing SMF}}

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SMF is a very versatile forum software. It has many features, including the following:

General

  • Uses PHP, and a database system: MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite.
  • 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 packages.)
  • Search:
    • Search the entire forum, a category/board or within a topic.
    • Search within your personal messages.

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.

External integration

  • Integrate parts of forum software into 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 (not with WAP 1.)
  • Ability to see new topics/boards with new replies.
  • Ability to jump to first unread reply.
  • Ability to post new messages (not with WAP 1.)

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.
  • Default templates are XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 compliant.
  • Admin can add smileys and smiley sets.
  • Members can choose which smiley set they wish to use (or none.)
  • Themes can be installed by way of the "latest and greatest themes" panel.
  • 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.

Polls

  • 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.

Attachments

  • Allowed on a per member group or board basis.
  • The filename is hashed to increase the security (so you can upload .php files, etc.)
  • 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 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 disallows log removal outside of 1 day.
  • 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 their favorite theme among the activated forum themes.
  • Select their 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.