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Simple Machine Forum

Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.

The first thing a person wants in his software which he is using is how much user friendly his software is and how much full control does he have to access things and keeping all these things in mind, the simple machine forum has a powerful custom made template engine and the user has full control over the layout of the message board he is using.

Not only this, but this forum also provides SSI which is called Server Side Includes which helps a user’s forum and website to interact with each other.

Miri Infotech is launching a product which will configure and publish Simple Machine Forum, to produce free implementations of distributed or otherwise scalable and high availability which is embedded pre-configured tool and ready-to-launch AMI on Amazon EC2 that contains PHP and MySQL.

The best thing about SMF is that it requires very less number of server resources which indirectly also means less complications more flexibility and reduce costs.

From a user’s point of view, one can have a large variety of templates or we can say Themes by using this Simple Machine Forum. It is best suitable for them to use and also they can select any of them according to their specific requirements and if they don’t get the specified one according to their need then SMF also provides the option for custom made templates which helps them design their own of a kind.

After understanding what a simple Machine Forum actually is and what it does, we can now move our view towards its amazing features and get to know more about their functionalities in a better way.


Advanced permission and user management

This is the amazing part about SMF which users enjoy the most and are at very much ease by using it as it has an out of the box user management system which is also very user friendly and also allows its users with almost all levels of permissions granted which is not there in any other application.

Users coming up with any query at any time and at any place are always given proper guidance by the experienced team of SMF.

Tracking of new and old unread topics, not just from your last visit

The problem that each one of us faces is we are not able to remember by mistake that we have missed one of our unread or important topics and after few days, and we need to take action on that but unfortunately we miss those things which can even impact our work so SMF brings a solution for this problem.

It provides you a feature of tracking our old and unread and missed topics at any time we want with full ease.

Attachment filenames can be encrypted to increase the security

This is an important point from security point of view. Security is the major feature one has to consider either from the user part or from the organization’s part.

If we are able to encrypt the filenames in the attachments to the person or the important organization we are sending to then, our important information won’t get leaked by any means and we can securely handle all the things in an organized manner.

This feature is provided by Simple Machine Forum and with this you can even upload your .php files also without any worry. 

Configure permissions for each member group on the board level

The permissions are configured for each member of the group is another feature provided by SMF. Users have different permissions at different levels and at those levels configurations are being done to help people to easily use it and face no difficulties.

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You can subscribe Simple Machine Forum to an AWS Marketplace product and launch an instance from the Simple Machine Forum product's AMI using the Amazon EC2 launch wizard.

To launch an instance from the AWS Marketplace using the launch wizard

1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

2. From the Amazon EC2 dashboard, choose Launch Instance.

On the Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) page, choose the AWS Marketplace category on the left. Find a suitable AMI by browsing the categories, or using the search functionality. Choose Select to choose your product.

3. A dialog displays an overview of the product you've selected. You can view the pricing information, as well as any other information that the vendor has provided. When you're ready, choose Continue.

4. On the Choose an Instance Type page, select the hardware configuration and size of the instance to launch. When you're done, choose Next: Configure Instance Details.

5. On the next pages of the wizard, you can configure your instance, add storage, and add tags. For more information about the different options you can configure, see Launching an Instance. Choose Next until you reach the Configure Security Group page.

6. The wizard creates a new security group according to the vendor's specifications for the product. The security group may include rules that allow all IP addresses ( access on SSH (port 22) on Linux or RDP (port 3389) on Windows. We recommend that you adjust these rules to allow only a specific address or range of addresses to access your instance over those ports.

7. When you are ready, choose Review and Launch.

8. On the Review Instance Launch page, check the details of the AMI from which you're about to launch the instance, as well as the other configuration details you set up in the wizard. When you're ready, choose Launch to select or create a key pair, and launch your instance.

9. Depending on the product you've subscribed to, the instance may take a few minutes or more to launch. You are first subscribed to the product before your instance can launch. If there are any problems with your credit card details, you will be asked to update your account details. When the launch confirmation page displays.


Simple Machines Forum (SMF) is a next-generation community software package that is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources and it is one of those package which uses minimal amount of resources which also reduces complexities in using it.


Development is available to any member of the eFront community. All fixes and improvements are done through pull requests to the code.

Deployment Instruction

Open the URL: http:// : IP address of the running EC2 instance.

Step 1: Fill the primary authentication form with the following details –

Username: Admin

Password: <instanceID>


Step 2: Click on – “Continue” button at the bottom of the SMF Installer page.

Step 3: Fill the following details on the Database Server Settings –

Server name: localhost

Username: mirismf

Password: <instanceID>

Database name:  smfdb

And then click on the Continue button

Step 4: Click on Continue button on the forum settings form page after filling the forum name –

Step 5: Click on Continue button on the “Populated database” page 

Step 6: Click on Continue button on the “Create Your Account” page after filling details.

Your username: Please fill the Username as per your choice

Password: Please fill the Password as per your choice

Email address : This field is not mandatory. If you want to enter your email address then type else leave it

Database Password : <instanceId>

Step 7: Installation is over now. Please follow the instructions on the screenshot -

Now installation is over. Login to the system with the credentials, you filled in Step 6 with the login form by the below url –

http://<instance ip address>/index.php?action=login

SSH using root user is disabled. ec2-user is the sudo user with root privileges with access using the key pair created during launching the instance.

MYSQL can be accessed only with SSH

MYSQL User : root

Password : <instanceID>

Note: You are not supposed to change it.




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