How to Make Your Poster Information Panel Neat and Compact

We all know and love that spot that shows who posted the post we’re looking at. The poster information panel is one of the most important aspects of forum posts…or is it? We place so much information in there it actually becomes the most ignored part of the post. Information overload takes over and we block it out as we read.

Other websites use this area differently and bring back the importance of this information through minimalism. Reddit and Tumblr only display usernames, while Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Digg, and blog comments display only a username and avatar. Forums have somehow fallen behind this trend; Forums are the only places where the poster information panel includes post counts, karma, gender, group info, and more.

Besides being messy, many of the buttons are completely unnecessary. We don’t need any buttons for going to the members profile, viewing their website, emailing them, what gender they are, or their social networking identities when their name already links to their profile – where this information is much better served. Having this information on members posts can double or even triple the length of posts, forcing viewers to scroll more and driving readers away. Continue reading

Next Level SMF

How Next Level SMF Gets You Up & Running Perfectly From The Start

When you purchase a hosting plan with us you don’t just get a hosting plan, you get a managed hosting plan pre packed with peace of mind! Your set up is valued at over $75 but you get it all free…

 A domain!  We can do almost any TLD/gTLD such as .com .org .net .us .info and .biz.

An SMF Forum set up with anti spam and up to 12 mods and themes. *

An extended set up period which lasts the entirety of your first month!**

Continued support you can trust for the duration of your stay with us (see what to expect after the setup below!).

Wow that’s a lot of free stuff for a new forum! Let’s go over the process a little closer…
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Mod Showcase: Users Mass Actions (Mass Member Actions)

When it comes to modifications we often think of “cool” things that add features to our forums to make them shiny and awesome in some way. Rarely do we go looking for mods that will make small changes that will save us time and effort in little ways that can often have a huge impact…and these are the overlooked hidden gems of the mod list. Continue reading


SMF Spotted in Deep Web Movie Trailer!

Simple Machines Forum has been sighted in a movie trailer for an upcoming documentary about an area of the internet called “Deep Web”. Deep Web is home to Silk Road which is an online black marketplace used mostly for drug trafficking.

In 2013 Ross William Ulbricht was arrested and accused of being “Dread Pirate Roberts” who owned and created Silk Road. This brought the whole thing out into the open, and this documentary strives to set the record straight and explore the ramifications of Silk Road and how the arrests made could impact our freedoms when it comes to technology in the future, for people all around the world. Continue reading