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…


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…


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…


How to add a link in WordPress

We found a nice WordPress plug-in that makes it easy to add a link to a remote website. Basically it can turn any Post or Page into a direct link to another website URL (web page address). The plug-in is called “Page Links To” and it allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Best way to install plug-ins is from within your dashboard as described here, or here is the direct link to the plug-in. As the developer Read More…


How to Install Plugins in WordPress

It’s easy to install plug-ins which gives your WordPress additional features and functionality. Go on your dashboard and over on the left you’ll see plug-ins. Then click the “add new” tab near the top, then just type a search term like “stats” or “polling system” or whatever you’re looking for in the search box, and it will show you all the different plug-ins. You can install and activate them to test out which one you like best. OLI Customers Read More…


A Cool “Hidden” Feature in Google Analytics

How to see which links on your page are the most most clicked: Measuring engagement with websites is getting more and more sophisticated. Many services now show “heatmaps” which are graphical representations of where users click on a page. While paid sites like Crazy Egg and Feng-GUI as well as free alternatives like ClickHeat are great, many of us already have had Google Analytics installed for months or even years. So what kind of link click-through Read More…


7+ Ways to Grow a Strong Online Community

We’ll be adding more tips as we get them, bookmark/favorite this page for updates… Successful online communities share common traits, mainly all focused on engaging their members regularly. Here are seven great ways to help grow traffic and maintain active members in your community:   1. Get Some Moderators It’s great to start with a few people you already know and give them the privilege of being a moderator (also known as an online Read More…

How to Start a Community

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…


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…


SMF Change Forum Name

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…