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Install Simple Machines Forum with Softaculous

If you want to install a fresh instance of Simple Machines Forum (SMF) on your cPanel account you can do so very easily with Softaculous. Softaculous is an auto-installer for cPanel that can auto-install over 266 useful scripts.

Note: if Softaculous isn't currently available in your cPanel account (Shared hosting customers get it by default) you can request to have it installed by our friendly and helpful support staff! It's a mere $3 a month, and one of the best features of Softaculous is that you can set it to auto-update your WordPress version! As each new version of SMF includes valuable security patches that keep your site safe and secure, we think Softaculous is a worthy buy.

To get started:

  1. Login to cPanel for the domain.

  2. Navigate to the Software section and click Softaculous App Installer.

  3. Hover your mouse over the SMF icon and click Install.
    SMF - Install button

  4. On the Install screen in the Software Setup section:

    • Protocol can be left unchanged unless you have a SSL certificate installed on the domain or prefer the 'www' prefix to exist for the site address.

    • ​Choose your target domain from the dropdown menu.

    • If you would like to have the software installed in the root of your domain, leave the In Directory option empty; otherwise input directory name relative to the domain's folder.

    • Leave Database name as is unless you'd like a different name.

      SMF - Software Setup

  5. In the Board Settings section:

    • Fill out Board Name and Site Description as preferred.

    • Input a valid and working email address for the Board Email.
    • Leave Table prefix with the current defaults unless you'd prefer a different prefix.
      SMF - Board Settings

    In the Admin Account section:

    • Important! Change the administrative username to something other than 'admin' to minimize risk of someone guessing it.

    • Choose a strong password for Admin Password or click the Key icon to generate a random password.

    • Enter a working email address for the Admin email. 

      SMF - Admin Account

    • Select the appropriate language for the board in the Choose Language section.​

    • Click the arrow to the left of Advanced Options and alter the configurations as you choose, you can also email the installation details to a chosen email address.

    • Click the Install button.

The login address will be displayed once the install is complete.