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Welcome to the Simple Machines Forum Online Documentation!

Simple Machines aims to provide you with the best support possible. We have developed a 3 step process to answer your questions.

Step 1: Search
Step 2: FAQ
Step 3: Documentation

If that doesn't work, we have a backup plan: the community forum

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I install SMF?How do I install a theme?
Why does it say I removed my copyright?How do I donate to SMF?
I accidentally lost my admin account! What can I do?
I think I have been hacked


Get an Introduction To SMF. Learn what SMF is and what we are about.

Installing SMF

Features Requirements The Change Log
Installing Converting Upgrading

Using SMF

As a regular user
Getting started Profile Features Bulletin Board Code (BBC)
Registering Logging In Calendar
Posting Personal Messages Bulletin Board Code
Searching Help Memberlist

As a moderator
When to moderate How to communicate forum policy Modifying Posts
Deleting Posts Moving Topics Merging Topics
Splitting Topics Warning Moderation Log

As an administrator
Administration Center Support and Credits News and newsletters
Packages Security
Features and Options Security and Moderation Server Settings
Current Theme Themes and Layout
Boards Posts and Topics Calendar
Search Smileys and Message Icons Attachments and Avatars
Membergroups Permissions Members
Registration Ban List
Maintenance Controls
Forum Maintenance Scheduled Tasks Mail
Reports Logs
More Admin Documentation
Performance Enhancements Building Your Community Blacklist
Security Tips

Developing SMF

Learn to develop customizations for your SMF. Then visit the Customization Site to share them with others.