SMF Forum Software

What is SMF Simple Machines Forum?

Simple Machines Forum or SMF in short is a free online community builder. One of its main advantages is that its template structure allows full control over your message board and integration with your website. It is feature-rich yet resource efficient bulletin board. You may visit the official project website for more information here.

Managing an SMF Forum

Starting a forum with SMF is easy! There are several things you should consider though: hosting, installation, and management of content.

  • SMF Hosting

    SMF has basic hosting requirements for PHP and MySQL. Yet, you should not just go after any host that could support it, but look for a quality provider that understands the needs and the dynamics of this software. SiteGround has specialized in hosting SMF and we make sure our service is unmatched in terms of speed, support and security for that software. Learn more about our SMF hosting offer.

  • SMF hosting by SiteGround includes:

    When hosted by SiteGround your SMF site will be faster and more secure!

    • Free SMF Installation
    • Free Domain
    • Expert 24/7 SMF Support
    • Custom Security Hardening
    • FREE Daily Backup
    • FREE CDN Service
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  • SMF Installation

    If you use SiteGround hosting, we will install SMF for free. Or if you want to give it a try yourself, we provide you with Softaculous script installer (located in your account’s cPanel), which will auto-install it for you in just a few seconds. In case you are not a customer, you may refer to our SMF tutorial for step-by-step installation guidelines.

  • SMF Tutorial

    To help you manage your Simple Machines Forum, we have prepared an all-inclusive tutorial covering the most common management how to tricks.