Installing SMF
Posted by Matthew Jeffels on 08 August 2016 02:28 PM

Installing SMF

Installing SMF through softaculous is a simple and easy process however here is some information to help guide you through the process;

First, select either the Install tab at the top of the SMF overview screen or click on the Install Now button;

SMF Install Location

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Protocol, domain and directory that you wish for SMF to manage. 

The Domain dictates the level of security your forum has as a maximum if your forum is SSL/TLS enabled then you should select https:// or https://www. else you should select one of the http:// variants.

Choose the domain you wish to have SMF installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where SMF will be installed within your domain.

If you wish for it to be installed at the start of your domain for example then delete what is in this field, however if you need to install the software in another directory for testing or some other reason then enter that in here.

An example would be if you wanted to install SMF at then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

SMF Software Settings

The board settings allow you to change some of the basic information that SMF will display about your forum and it's SEO. Make sure to have an appropriate name for what your forum is and is about.

The Visual verification allows you to change the difficulty of the default captcha for users to register to your site. This can be changed in the boards options later. However you can choose how difficult the capture will be now, this will hopefully prevent bot programmes from registering to your forum and abusing it as a means to advertise.

In addition you will create a default email address that will be responsible for notifications and correspondence between your forum and yourself. This can be a 3rd party email address or one created through cPanel, it will potentially receive a lot of mail depending on the population you intend to have using your forum.

SMF Forum Settings

 If english isn't your main language or you wish to install the forum to have a different default language then this option allows you to change that.

SMF Language Setting

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup and maintenance of the SMF forum. This user will have full control over all features of the SMF forum so this account should be made highly secure. The Admin email can be an account that you have created for your domain or a 3rd party email which ever you wish.

SMF Admin Creation

The Advanced Options are optional, non of these need to be changed or modified by yourself for the basic installation however you may wish to.

SMF needs a Database to run on your server as a result it will create one when you install it. By default this will be a randomly generated name for both database and table. If you do not wish this you can choose the names of them both through the advanced options.

By Default SMF will send an email to you should you need to update SMF or any of the plugin or extensions however disabling Update Notifications will prevent SMF from emailing you when new versions are available.

You can also enable backups of your SMF forum from the advanced options which I would recommend. This safeguards you should any changes be made to your forum on accident that you then want to revert.

When you select to enable backups you will select the frequency of them you can choose from once a day, once a week or once a month, if you are going to be making lots of changes to your forum frequently more frequent backups are preferable.

You should also choose how many backup copies you keep before they begin to be overwritten. For example if you perform daily backups having this set at 7 will mean you will have a copy of backups from the last 7 days.

SMF Advanced Options

Finally you should input your email address to have the installation details forwarded to. This will send you a copy of all the details of the installation including admin information and password.

Joomla Installation Details Email

Lastly click Install this will install SMF onto your server.

SMF Install

During the Installation you will be presented with a loading screen to show you the progress of the installation;

SMF Installation Progress

Finally after it completes you will be presented with a screen that will tell you whether the software installed correctly, where it was installed and provide you with the administrative URL in order to access your SMF forums management. 

SMF Installation Success


Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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