Software Update: Simple Machines Forum 2.1

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Simple Machines Forum is open source forum software. After several years in development, the developers have finally released the final release of version 2.1. The package needs at least version 7.0 of php and as database MySQL 5.6 or higher, or PostgreSQL 9.6. In version 2.1 we find, among other things, a new wysiwygeditor, messages can be saved as drafts and mentions can be used. Below is a summary of the major improvements made in this release:

SMF 2.1.0 Released

Simple Machines is pleased to announce the official release of the long awaited SMF 2.1. This release marks the transition of SMF 2.1 into the current stable release of SMF. This means that:

  • SMF 2.1 is now the recommended version for use on live production forums. We encourage everyone to start planning for an upgrade to SMF 2.1.
  • SMF 2.0 remains supported and will continue to receive security updates for the foreseeable future, but this release officially marks the end of further 2.0 development. We will release a separate announcement for any future changes to SMF 2.0’s status.

Notable changes in 2.1
The changes between SMF 2.0.x and SMF 2.1 are too many to count, but here are a few highlights:

  • New features for users
    • A new WYSIWYG editor, SCEditor
    • Real-time alerts in addition to email notifications
    • A new default theme with full support for mobile devices
    • Draft messages (you can save & resume later)
    • Mentions using @name syntax
    • Drag & drop attachments
    • Attachments can be embedded directly into post text
  • New features for moderators and administrators
    • An improved Administrator Control Panel
    • Support for moderator groups, not just individuals
    • Many security enhancements, including support for optional Two Factor Authentication
    • IPv6 support
    • Designed with GDPR support
  • New features for modification and theme authors
    • A massive expansion of the number of integration hooks available
    • More powerful BBCode possibilities
    • background tasks
    • New capabilities in the Package SDK

You can learn more about the many new features and changes in SMF 2.1 here† Please refer to the Online Manual for more details about installation

Version number 2.1
Release status Final
Operating systems script language
Website Simple Machines Forum
License type GPL