Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Its quite easy to install Simple Machines Forum using SOFTACOLOUS. Follow these steps:

1. Login to your Cpanel and click on Softaculous in your software category.

2. Scroll down to Forums. Find the SMF link and click on it.

3. Click on Install.

4. Fill out all boxes provided. For In Directory type the name of a new directory you would like created. By default, the box will be left blank to install the software into your main directory. After you finish filling the boxes, click Install.

5. You will then get a confirmation page of your installation.

That's how easy it is.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to place adsense in SMF post

This is guide that would teach you how to place adsense code below first post in each topic on SMF to increase your earnings. Google Adsense is the best approach when it comes to getting steady income from your Forum.

placing adsense in smf post

Here are the steps below.

1. Log Into Your Control panel (i mean where your files are hosted not the admin panel)

2. Navigate and click on the Themes Folder .

3. Then Click on Default folder.

4. Then click and Edit your Display.template.php file.

After you’ve opened that section, Locate this code (press Ctrl+F then type the code)

<div id="msg_', $message['id'], '">',$message['body'], '</div>

After you’v found that, then replace the entire code with this:

<div id="msg_', $message['id'], '"', '>';if ($message['id'] == $context['first_message'])echo '<div style="float:right; width:270px;"><script type="text/javascript"><!--google_ad_client = "pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";/* 250x250, created 9/07/11 myforum post ads */google_ad_slot = "xxxxxxxxxxxx";google_ad_width = 250;google_ad_height = 250;//--></script><script type="text/javascript"src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"></script></div>';echo '', $message['body'], '</div>

Then save your file.
Remember to change the "pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ” to your publisher ID on adsense.

And that's it. View your SMF forum's full site. And all topics first post would have adsense embeded.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
I'll show you several ways to Make your SMF Forum Search Engine Friendly.

smf + seo

Normally, Smf forums are not, but here are a few tips necessary.


Search engines really value a more descriptive URL. By default, SMF uses URL’s that are SEO useless. I'll introduce you to an SMF mod, called Pretty URLs, it would re-write your forums URL for a search engine to readilly visit. Pretty URLs is very simple to install.

Notice the difference below

(these links all go to the same post):

Default SMF URLs: http:// www.cyvin.com/index.php?topic=2969.0

Search Engine Friendly URLs: http:// www.cyvin.com/index.php/topic,2969.0.html

Pretty URLs: http://www.cyvin.com/offtopic/unleaded-gas/

Pretty URLs use the title of the post topic as part of the URL. This will help in search engines optimization.


With robots, search engines won't penalize you thinking a thread pages are different topics. Set your Robots.txt as follows.

: User-agent:
* Disallow: /*?action*
Disallow: /*sort=*
Disallow: /*msg*

H1 Tags

Next is the H1 tag. Like the URL, H1 tags are used heavily by search engines to classify the content on a page. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do this with a mod. It requires some modification of the theme you are using.

Meta Tags

Meta tags are used heavily by search Engines to classify webpages. To edit your meta tag, edit the "index.template.php" file to describe the site. Users of SMF version 2 can use the vBulletin Style Meta Tags mod to update the tags based on the thread that a person views.

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Vbulletin Style Meta Tag

Vbulletin Style Meta Tag is a Simple Machines Forum (SMF) mod that edits the meta tag of each Topic in the forum. It is of great SE0 benefit to SMF Forums.

Click Here to Download Vbulletin Style Meta Tags Mod
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Pretty URL

Pretty URL is a Simple Machine Forum Mod that re-writes the URL structure of your SMF forum and make it more Search Engine friendly.
All these point to the same topic

Default SMF URLs: http:// www.cyvin.com/index.php?topic=2969.0

Search Engine Friendly URLs: http:// www.cyvin.com/index.php/topic,2969.0.html

Pretty URLs: http://www.cyvin.com/offtopic/unleaded-gas/

Pretty URL is of great SE0 benefits to SMF forums.

Click Here to Download Pretty URL

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

How to send Message (pm) to all SMF forum members

Simple Machines Forums (SMF) administrators who do not know how to send private messages (pm) to all their members at the same time, this should be your guide. Here i would teach how to send pm to all your forum members because of the several email request concerning this.
Steps. -

1. Log into your forum, then you click on the ADMIN tab.

2. Now click on News and Newsletter, now click on the Newsletter Tab.

3. Click on Next, then type in the message subject and message.

4. Click on the “send to members pm” radio button. - Then send it and thats all.

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How to install SMF using Fantastico

fantastico smf
These is a step by step guide to tesh you how to install Simple Machines Forum (SMF) using fantastico in your Cpanel.

1 - Login Cpanel (Control Panel)

2 - Click on Fantastico.

3 - Select SMF from the list given.

4 - Click on "New Installation".

5 - Choose the domain name from the drop down menu (note - only if you have subdomains or addon domains).

6 - Choose the directory you want SMF to reside under (note - only if you want to install it in a directory type the directory name, otherwise leave it blank for the root folder).

7 - Fill in the admin username (most people use "admin" but feel free to choose any username) and the password

8 - Choose the nickname under which you'll be posting and fill in your email address.

9 - Fill in all other necessary fields required.

10 - Click install - on the next screen click finish installation (if there are no errors) and you're done.

Possible errors -

warning directory exists "images" - solution - login via FTP or Cpanel->File Manager naviagate to public_html and delete the directory - then start over -

warning file exists ".htaccess" - solution - login via FTP or Cpanel- >File Manager naviagate to public_html and delete the file - then start over.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Balanced ~ SMF theme


Balanced is a color balanced and warm theme that is easy on the eyes. Balanced is good for sites that have members that require a color balanced and appropriate contrast theme for ease of reading. The warning and success responses from member actions are appropriately colored for the theme in the general area and the admin area. The theme uses enhancements and variations of some icons as well as colors as visual cues that will gently draw the eye to areas of importance while at the same time the theme is quite easy on the eyes during extended reading. The theme does not provide a logo other than the theme logo. You will need to create a logo with the dimensions of 1206px wide by 151px deep. The Forum Title field in Configuration/Server Settings can still be set to have the forum name appear in the linktree area however, the forum name will not appear in the header area of the theme. As mentioned previously, you will need to create a logo for your site.

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What is Simple Machines Forum (SMF)

Simple Machines Forums or SMF as it is commonly called is a free forum software package that allows you to set up an online community within minutes. It is written in PHP and also uses MySQL Database. It has lots of MODS, and hence makes it possible for your forum to be very much customizable. The best of it all is that it would always remain a completely free forum software.

I would always keep you updates on smf mods, new releases, tips and tricks and lots more. Keep visiting this site for more.
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