August 26th, 2007 by Keith

SMF 2.0 Beta 1 Now Available

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows

SMF LogoSimple Machine Forum (SMF) 2.0 Beta 1 is now released. According to the developer, mentioned here, this beta release is a significant milestone release that contains several new features. Some of which are listed below, with more to follow.

For those who are unaware of this software, SMF is a free open-source forum application that can be installed on web servers. In contrast to paid software such as vBulletin and Invasion Forums, SMF is available for free.

Summary of New Features:

  • * 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.
  • * User configurable posts and topics per page; an improved calendar interface.
  • * Option to allow guests to vote in polls.

Note that this release is still considered under Beta development and it is advised that users do not install this on production machines, or servers running operationally. At the moment, only Charter Members are allowed to test out the public beta release (that’s as far as I know of).

One Response to “SMF 2.0 Beta 1 Now Available”

  1. Fietstoggox Says:

    What’s up, is there anybody else here?
    If it’s not just all bots here, let me know. I’m looking to network
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.


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