SMF FAQ (18 Articles)

How to change the SMF index page title?

If you want to change your SMF application's index page title you will have to edit the following file: ~/SMF_installation_directory/Themes/default/languages/index.LANGUAGE.php where LANGUAGE is the current language which your application is using. You will have to find the following line: $txt[18] = $context['forum_name'] . ' - Index'; and change the value of the forum name variable to the desired title. After the change your new title should appear on your SMF home page.…

How to enable RSS in SMF?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication - a web feed format for publishing frequent updates of site content such as news, blog posts, etc.  Publishers benefit from RSS feeds because this lets them syndicate their site content automatically. Readers benefit from web feeds by getting timely updates when something new is posted on their favorite websites. SMF comes with a built-in RSS functionality. It can be enabled/disabled from the SMF admin area > News and Newsletters > Settings . Once there, check/uncheck the box next to Enable XML/RSS news to enable/disable RSS feeds for your SMF forum. The Maximum post length option defines how many characters from a post are displayed in the feeds.  You can leave this option to the default 255 characters. The default feed is for the 5 most recent posts: http://yourdomainname.com/forum/index.php?action=.xml There are also several "sub-actions" available to the above action, specifying exactly what to display. The most important sub-actions are: Recent Posts (displays the most recent posts that you can see) "Sub-action": recent Default: Shows 5 most recent posts Available options: limit=x - display the "x" most recent posts (if number is less than 5, it will display 5. If number is larger than 255, it will display 255). board=y - display only the recent posts from board "y" boards=x,y,z - display only the recent posts from the specified boards c=x or c=x,y,z - display only the recent posts from boards in the specified category/categories Example: http://yourdomainname.com/forum/index.php?action=.xml;sa=recent;board=72;limit=10 You can syndicate these links by giving your readers the URLs to your RSS feeds.  For a full list of the available actions, you can check the official SMF forum .…

Can I bridge SMF and Joomla 1.5?

Yes, you can bridge SMF and Joomla 1.5.x using the JFusion component. It is installed as any other Joomla 1.5 component and with it you can easily integrate SMF with Joomla 1.5.x. More information on how to manage your Joomla 1.5 is available in our tutorial .…

Can I bridge SMF and Joomla 1.0.x?

The bridge component for integrating SMF with Joomla is no longer supported. Thus bridging the two applications is not possible. This is why the best solution for Joomla 1.0.x is to use a stand-alone forum component. The most popular forum component for Joomla 1.0.x is FireBoard . It is installed as any other Joomla component and it offers all features that you would expect from a forum application.…

SMF forum is not working correctly by the server’s address

In case you are accessing SMF by the server's address you may experience problems because of incorrect url paths. In order to fix them follow these steps: 1. Log in cPanel and click on 'phpMyAdmin' from the Databases box. Then select the SMF database from the drop down box; 2. In the table 'smf_settings' make the following changes: smileys_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Smileys avatar_url:http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/avatars 3. In the table 'smf_themes' change: theme_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/default images_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/default/images theme_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/classic images_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/classic/images theme_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/YOURTHEME images_url: http://serveraddress.com/~username/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/YOURTHEME/images If you have problems making the above changes you can use Siteground's Development services .…

How to change the language encoding for my SMF forum

You can change your language encoding from: cPanel > Databases box > phpMyAdmin On the left bar select the database of your SMF installation --> Edit table 'smf_settings' --> find the line below and change it to suit your language's encoding: global_character_set UTF-8 …

SMF forum cannot send mails

In this case you have probably misconfingured the mail server/username/password settings. Please re-check them by logging in your SMF site as administrator and go to the admin panel --> 'Configuration' --> 'Server Settings' --> 'FEATURE CONFIGURATION'. More information on how to use our mail services can be found in our mail tutorial here .…

How can I upgrade my SMF forum?

If you want to perform an upgrade on SMF installed from Softaculous , just follow the steps listed below: cPanel --> Softaculous --> Forums --> SMF. Find your installation and click on the Update icon. If there is not any Update button/link, this means that the application is up to date and upgrade is not available. If you want to perform a manual SMF upgrade you should read the following detailed tutorial: http://docs.simplemachines.org/index.php?board=3.0;sort=subject If you experience any difficulties with the upgrade, you can take an advantage of our professional services and have our experts perform the upgrade. You can order this service from your Help Desk > Exclusive Professional Services > Application Upgrade.…

How to reset my SMF administrative password

If you forgot your password you can reset it by following these steps: Go to the SMF script --> Click on 'login' --> Click on 'Forgot your password?' --> Type your 'Username/Email:' from the registration --> Click 'Send' You will receive e-mail with link which will force new password to be typed. If you've misspelled the email address when registering or do not remember it, there is another way to force new password change: Log in cPanel and click on 'phpMyAdmin' from the Databases box. On the top left box select the database of your SMF. Then click the edit button for the ' smf_members ' table --> Find the administrator user and click the pencil button to edit it --> On the field ' passwd ' where something like this will stand 'e6053eb8d35e02ae40beeeacef203c1a' change it with the one below. Then click the 'OK' button. c435fc4b8ad32ee97ec39c636ee9b644ca2c7c57 Now your password is changed to sg123 and you can use it to log in. Then change your password to a new one.…

My SMF is broken after I have upgraded it through Fantastico

Each time you upgrade an application through Fantastico, a backup is created prior to making the upgrade. Information on how to restore a Fantastico backup is available in this article . If you experience problems with the backup restore, you can contact your host and ask for assistance.…

I need a fresh install of the SMF forum in different language

If you wish to install SMF and choose you preferred language, you can install it through our automatic script installation system - Softaculous . Here is the way of installing SMF from Softaculous: cPanel --> Softaculous --> Forums --> SMF --> Install. Choose the preferred language from the Select Language drop-down menu. The other way you can install SMF with additional languages on your SiteGround's account is to install in manually. If you want to perform a manual SMF installation and you do not know how exactly to do it, you can follow our detailed tutorial here: http://www.siteground.com/tutorials/smf/smf_manual_installation.htm Go to the link below and download the chosen language package: http://www.simplemachines.org/download/?languages Unpack the archive in the current SMF installation directory. Login to your SMF forum --> ADMIN --> Configuration --> Server Settings --> change your settings to the preferred language.…

I would like to move my SMF site from a sub-folder to my main/public_html directory

If you want to move your SMF site from a sub-folder to your public_html directory, you should follow these steps: 1. Move all the files from your current SMF installation folder to your public_html folder. 2. Edit the following lines in your Settings.php file, to suit your modifications: $boardurl = 'http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER';  # URL to your forum's folder. (without the trailing /!) $boarddir = '/home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER'; # The absolute path to the forum's folder. (not just '.'!) $sourcedir = '/home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/Sources'; # Path to the Sources directory. You can edit it through cPanel --> File Manager --> Find the file --> click on it's name --> click 'Edit' You can also download it to your computer and edit it locally, then upload and replace the original with the one you've edited. 3. You should make the following changes in you MySQL database. Here is the path to do the changes: Log in cPanel and click 'phpMyAdmin' from the Databases box. On the left bar select the database of your SMF installation --> Do the following changes: In the table 'smf_settings' change to suit the following: attachmentUploadDir : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/attachments --------------------------------------------------------------------------- For example: attachmentUploadDir : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/attachments should become attachmentUploadDir : /home/USER/public_html/attachments --------------------------------------------------------------------------- smileys_dir : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/Smileys smileys_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Smileys avatar_directory : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/avatars avatar_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/avatars In the table 'smf_themes' change to suit the following: theme_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/default images_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/default/images theme_dir : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/default theme_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/classic images_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/classic/images theme_dir : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/classic theme_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/YOURTHEME images_url : http://YOURSITE.com/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/YOURTHEME/images theme_dir : /home/USER/public_html/SMF_FOLDER/Themes/YOURTHEME After that your SMF site should work like before. * Please mind that in order to successfully perform such migration, there shouldn't be any scripts installed in your root folder at the time of the migration, since this may corrupt both applications.…

Fantastico upgrade of SMF forum breaks it. How to restore it?

Each time you upgrade an application through Fantastico, a backup is created prior to making the upgrade. Information on how to restore a Fantastico backup is available in this article . If you experience problems with the backup restore, you can request assistance from your hosting provider.…

How can I get SMF installed on my account?

You can install SMF through the automatic script installation system - Softaculous . Here is how to install SMF via Softaculous: cPanel --> Softaculous --> Forums --> SMF --> Install The other way you can install SMF on your account with SiteGround is to install it manually. If you want to perform a manual SMF installation and you do not know how exactly to do it, you can follow our detailed SMF tutorial . Of course, you can request the script to be installed on your account by our SiteGround Technical Support Team. They would gladly assist you with the installation of any script/application that is compatible with your hosting account. Log in to your SiteGround Customer Area and go to Support tab --> Open a Support Ticket --> Script Installation .…