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SMF — универсальный форумный движок, имеющий множество особенностей, включая следующие:


  • Использование PHP и баз данных: MySQL, PostgreSQL или SQLite.
  • Комплексная система шаблонов.
  • Продвинутая система прав доступа и управления пользователями.
  • Поддержка нескольких языков сразу.
  • Открытый и хорошо документированный исходный код.
  • Отслеживание новых и старых непрочитанных тем (не только с последнего посещения).
  • Разработано для оптимальной производительности и масштабируемости.
  • Поддержка стандартов XHTML, XML, RSS, WAP.
  • Многоязычная поддержка от большого сообщества.
  • Менеджер пакетов для автоматической установки/удаления модов (также известных как пакеты).
  • Поиск:
    • Поиск по всему форуму, в категории/разделе или внутри темы.
    • Поиск в личных сообщениях.


  • Для всех действий создается сессия, основанная на коде авторизации.
  • Административные действия требуют ввода пароля (и не полагаются исключительно на cookies.)
  • Предотвращение многократно повторяющихся попыток соединения с FTP сервером.
  • Количество попыток входа с определенного IP может быть ограничено и временно заблокировано.

Настройки форума

  • Возможность отображения времени генерации страниц и количества запросов на странице.
  • Перевод форума в режим обслуживания, с возможностью входа только для администраторов.
  • Цензура слов (полное или частичное совпадение).
  • Возможность разбивки длинных слов.

Разделы и категории

  • Группы разделов в сворачиваемых категориях.
  • Запрет сворачивания отдельных категорий.
  • Изменение порядка разделов внутри категорий, или изменение порядка категорий.
  • Создание подразделов внутри других разделов.
  • Назначение модераторов разделов.
  • Доступ к разделу только для определенных групп пользователей, включая доступ только для гостей.
  • Настройка прав доступа отдельно для каждой группы на уровне раздела.
  • Возможность показывать новые сообщения в подразделах, исключая главный раздел.

Регистрация пользователей

  • Перед входом на форум требуется зарегистрироваться.
  • Для регистрации пользователи должны согласиться с определенными условиями (не обязательно).
  • Возможность полного отключения регистрации (зарегистрировать пользователя смогут только модераторы или администратор).
  • Аутентификация по электронному адресу.
  • Модераторы могут принимать/отклонять определенные регистрации.
  • Возможность ручной регистрации прямо из админки.

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.)


  • 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, using "Attachments and other options"
  • Member option to disable receiving announcements (and Admin override of this option).
  • Email or private message your members by membergroup.
  • Show a news ticker or 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 graphical symbol(s) 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 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.


  • 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, 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.