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How to Change your Display Name in SMF

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You can easily change the name that is displayed in your SMF-powered forum or chat room by clicking the “Profile” tab and going to “Modify Profile” >> “Account Settings” You can enter a new display name where it says “Name” (This is the displayed name that people will see). Note it is not possible to change your actual login username without doing a lot of complicated database stuff, but as you can see it’s easy to change your display name. Related PostsHow to get email notifications for new posts in SMF The Price of “Free Forums” How to make a member a moderator of a category in SMF

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How to add or edit the logo in an SMF Forum

To add a logo or banner to the header of your forum, click Admin then go to Configuration -> Current Theme and type in the URL where is says Logo image URL. Good dimensions for your logo are 1000 pixels wide (or smaller) and around 100 pixels tall. If you don’t have the image online, you can create an image URL by using a free site like http://photobucket.com or OLI’s own Web-FTP built into FTP Hosting. Once the image is online, right-click Read More…Related PostsHow to setup Membergroups in SMF How to Stop Spam-bot Registrations on SMF Forum Hosting – as popular as ever

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3 Ways to Setup Paid Subscriptions in SMF

There are a few ways to set up a subscription-based forum using simple machines. 1. SMF 2.x comes with a Paid Subscriptions feature. It uses PayPal for transactions, which is relatively universal and familiar to most people. Everything is automatic, such as signups and renewals, but when a subscription is canceled either you or the member also needs to mark it cancelled within PayPal. If you don’t already have a PayPal account, it is easy to create Read More…Related PostsNice way to drive traffic to your forum, chat or blog Setting max upload size for your SMF Forum Nice anti-bot feature for SMF Forums

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How to Make your Forum Private

There are a couple ways you can restrict access to unregistered guests in SMF 2.x. One way is to require admin-approval for any new membership registrations. You can also select to have the forum admin notified when a user registers and the new registrant can only login to the forum after the admin approves their membership. The other (even more private) method is to disable users from registering so only allow the admin can register new members. These Read More…Related PostsHow to change Forum Name in SMF How to archive posts in SMF How to install Mods in SMF Forum Hosting

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How to make a member an Administrator or Global Moderator in SMF

In Simple Machines Forums, you can make a member an Administrator or Global Moderator by changing the member’s “Membergroup.” Go to the top Members area, and click on the member’s name which takes you to their profile, and under “Modify Profile” click “Account Settings” and you can select their “Primary Membergroup” to be Administrator (with all admin rights), or Global Moderator etc. Tip: You can customize permissions for the Global Moderator in Read More…Related Posts5 Tips for a Successful (and profitable) Forum How to show recent posts on forum index page in SMF How to get email notifications for new forum posts

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How to fix the error when upgrading SMF to 1.1.16

Many Simple Machines users have reported an error trying to upgrade SMF from 1.1.15 to 1.1.16. The error they see is: “The package you are trying to download or install is either corrupt or not compatible with this version of SMF.” One of the SMF developers posted a download that should update your forum correctly. First download the file here: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=463108.0;attach=193106 (to Read More…Related PostsHow to embed Youtube videos in the forum Posting Attachments in SMF Forums

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Auto-notify Members When Topics are Updated

Simple Machines Forums has a somewhat hidden feature that many popular forums use which emails members when a post they engaged in is updated. There is a universal setting you can adjust so that Members are emailed when there are any updates to a topic they posted or replied to. This is a great way to remind people to return to the forum and keep them updated when something they cared about has new posts. In SMF 2.x, you can do this by clicking Read More…

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Email all Members in an SMF Forum

It’s easy to email all your Members in Simple Machines. You can email your members by clicking Admin -> then go to “Main” -> “News and newsletters” -> then select “Newsletters.” There you can select the membergroups you want to email, create your message and click “Send” to email all those members in that membergroup. If your form has a large database of members, you may want to check with your host as to the best time to send out the newsletter Read More…

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How to Change the Name of Your SMF Forum

It’s easy to change the name of your Simple Machines Forum (SMF) at any time. You can change the Forum Name by clicking Admin then going to Configuration >> Server Settings >> General Scroll down and you’ll see “Forum Title” where you can change the name, then save. That’s it! But wait… Did you want to change the Domain too? You can’t change the domain in server settings, but we can help you accomplish this. If you’re not Read More…

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Comparing SMF and phpBB Forum Software

Forums have come a long way since the days of Internet Newsgroups and Bulletin Board Systems. And even in this age of Facebook and Twitter, forums continue to be the backbone of interactivity for some of the largest communities online. Two distinct platforms for forum hosting remain consistently at the top in popularity: Simple Machines Forums (SMF) and phpBB. First let’s look at the similarities between SMF and phpBB. Both platforms can be used Read More…

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