Simple Machines Forum, SMF for short, is a free, professional-grade open source software package that allows you to set up your own online message board or forum community within minutes.
Its powerful template engine puts you in complete control of the look of your message board and with it’s SSI, or Server Side Includes, function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other with ease.
SMF is coded in the popular language PHP and uses a MySQL database for forum information. It is designed to provide you with all the features you need from a bulletin board while being secure and easy to use. SMF is the next generation of forum software – and best of all it is and will always remain completely free! Open source FTW!
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