How to Make your Forum Private

privateforum1There 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 registration methods can be implemented within Admin -> Members -> Registration -> Settings under “Method of registration employed for new members”

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