Simple Machine Forum
-- Installation : Easy
-- Administration: Easy
-- Usabitlity : Easy
From Simple Machines Website:- What is SMF?
Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.
Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the lay-out of your message board and with our unique SSI - or Server Side Includes - function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other.
SMF is written in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database. It is designed to provide you with all the features you need from a bulletin board while having an absolute minimal impact on the resources of the server. SMF is the next generation of forum software - and best of all it is and will always remain completely free!
Please note that Simple Machines Forum was also known as YaBB SE which was initially a PHP port of YaBB Forum (originally in Perl).
SMF is bundled with lots of features, it is unique and easy not to mention Open Source.
Elegant. Effective. Powerful. Free. SMF is all of the above. SMF is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources. Some of our features include: comprehensive themes: Not only can you control the default theme for your community, but you can also allow your users to select from a range of themes themselves fast database: Not only do we make use of a MySQL back-end, but we've also gone to great lengths to ensure the database design is fast and efficient secure attachments.
Database abstraction - with support for PostgreSQL and SQLite planned alongside that of MySQL. Automatic installation of packages into themes other than just the default. Email templates to simplify customization of forum emails. Moderation center including post, topic and attachment moderation - to allow approving of user content before it is made public. User warning system. Additional group functionally including group moderators and requestable/free assignable groups. WYSIWYG editor to provide an intuitive user interface to those users not familiar with BBC. Permission improvements such as group inheritance and permission profiles to further reduce the complexity of the permissions system. File based caching for a performance increase on all forums regardless of whether an accelerator is installed. Mail queuing system to stagger the sending of emails to improve performance on large forums. Advanced signature settings to allow the administrator of a forum to more tightly control the contents of users signatures. Personal messaging improvements including ability to automatically sort incoming messages and a variety of display options. Improved upgrade script with better timeout protection and simpler user interface. Custom profile fields to enable administrators to add additional member fields from the administration center.
SMF is being developed by many people since it is an Open source software o see the complete list of SMF features Click Here.
SMF can be runned on many platforms including linux, windows, freebsd, osx and more...
SMF can be runned on both PHP4 or PHP5 and MySQL
Simple Machines Forum - SMF is excellent in its own class, SMF is becoming popular and widely used very fast, because of its easy admin inferface and compatibility with many platform and servers, SMF is also easy to intergrate with your favorite CMS systems such as Joomla.
SMF is supported by almost all web host on the internet, if you are looking for web hosting company to host your forum you can do so at Mixcat Interactive - Hosting Solutions. Mixcat Paid Hosting or Mixcat Free Hosting both services are reliable can support SMF.