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Announcements / GDPR Settings - For forums with EU Members
« on: May 03, 2018, 05:20:10 pm »
GDPR Settings - For forums with EU Members

We just added a section under Admin ->  Forum Settings -> GDPR
Which has some options that you can enable/disable. The main ones are enabled by default.

Allows member to export their data. Their profile and post information
On member deletion clears IP address and email from posts and assigns a new username to all old posts.
Includes a privacy policy page, adds link in the footer and adds a section for consent on registration
Stores the date/time that the privacy policy was changed and option to force to reagree
Stores the date/time that the registration agreement was changed and option to force to reagree

We can not guarantee GDPR compliance. No warranty provided.

For more information on GDPR visit

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Announcements / SSL for Hosted Forums Option
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:55:42 pm »
SMF For Free has just rolled out the option for forum owners the option to turn on SSL for their forums.

This applies for the following domains if your forum is on   this SSL feature will work.
If you are a custom domain user we can setup SSL on your forum for you for a fee of $50 1 year $65 for 2 years or $75 for three years.

Notes: If you have external scripts or css images make sure they are sourced as https instead of http  we proxy images posted in posts or avatars.  If you are using a custom style please resave the server to update our internal urls to https first.

Now if you ready to switch over or test SSL you can do in the following area in your forum:
Admin -> Forum Settings
Then check "Forum Use SSL" and save.

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General Discussion / Add SSL to forums?
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:55:43 am »
I have ssl enabled for the support forum and I added it to

I could do it for forums here. Optionally. The issue is if you have  customs styles/scripts you must make sure all the content is https as well otherwise it will not load.

Announcements / Faster Performance Updates!
« on: May 17, 2017, 08:02:46 pm »
We have just rolled out some new performance updates to all hosted forums.  We we were able to upgrade to PHP 7.1 which is the script engine behind our forums.

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Announcements / Support Forum Upgraded!
« on: January 14, 2017, 01:54:42 pm »
We are starting to prepare for PHP7 for all our sites and forums so we have upgrade our support forum to the latest version of SMF.

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Announcements / Updated Media Embeding System! for SMF For Free
« on: April 10, 2016, 08:49:32 am »
We have just update the autoembed system for media. Now supports over 100+ video sites to autoembed inside posts including facebook videos, vine, instagram, youtube, vimeo and many more!
Just put the link in a post to the media item and it should automatically embed keeping your visitors on your forum.

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Announcements / New captcha installed on sites
« on: March 05, 2016, 06:45:26 pm »
New captcha installed on sites using the new v2 version of reCAPTCHA should be a little easier to solve than some of the word puzzles.

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Announcements / Site move freesmfhosting, mysmf, smfserver
« on: February 08, 2016, 06:13:54 pm »
Site move freesmfhosting, mysmf, smfserver and all other remaining smf sites will be moved today 2/8/2016

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Announcements / Site Move 2/7/2016
« on: February 07, 2016, 02:23:06 pm »
Site Move 2/7/2016

Depending on much time I have today I am looking to move and and today.

Custom domain users I will have a new one way to park domains that doesn't require and ip address and just nameservers hopefully as well!

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Announcements / SMF For Free - Thank you For your Support
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:00:45 pm »
Thank you for your support during this time.  Never had this occur in the 10 years plus I have been doing forum hosting. I am upset for this down time to occur and loss of data for some forums.  I have been working hard coming up with good long term solution to prevent this from happening again.

We will be moving and getting our own server hardware to host the forums. Here is a list of items that I have ordered so far

How you can help. Any upgrades or subscriptions that you order for will help pay for this change.

Or have an option to fund via paypal

We hope to continuing growing and allowing others to make new forums. As this was my first big project I want to see it go forward stronger than ever.

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Announcements / SMF For Free - All Sites Down
« on: January 21, 2016, 03:44:06 pm »
SMF For Free - All Sites Down
Legal issue with our hosting provider. I may need to do donation drive now in order to move elsewhere.

NO Eta when sites will come back up.

Announcements / Updated Gallery,Classifieds, and Downloads System
« on: July 03, 2015, 03:24:09 pm »
Updated Gallery,Classifieds, and Downloads System
To the latest versions on all hosted forums.


Announcements / Updated Tapatalk on all forums
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:16:24 am »
Have updated and installed the latest version of tapatalk on all forums.
We are working with Tapatalk to get all the forums listed with tapatalk.

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Announcements / SMF For Free - Gallery and ezPortal Updated
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:11:05 am »
Updates to Gallery and ezPortal

Have posted some new updates to our Gallery and ezPortal for your forums

Gallery Changes:
+Added moderation logging to log key actions made by gallery admins in the gallery along with a Moderation Log area
+Added alt tags on image listing areas in the gallery using the title of the image
+Custom Fields can now be added globally instead of just category level specific
+Custom Fields can now be edited
+New sharing options added for Reddit and Pinterest
+Updated top userbar tabs in the gallery code optimized
+Unapproved comments now visible to admins/comment owners when viewing a picture/video
+Added index to date column on gallery_pic table for better performance when date searching
!Fixed bug with uploading videos failing if no preview picture included.
+Upgraded Stats page more types of stats now shown. Including total votes, top raters, top categories, average pictures/videos added per day, average comments added per day
!Improved the look of the stats page
+Comment display now includes the total number of comments next to Comments on view picture
!Improved display of quick reply

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Announcements / Data loss some forums affected
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:20:20 pm »
We ran spam cleaning script against forums on sites at,,

Unfortunately it seems in some cases it was too aggressive and removed all posts.

If your forum was affected please open a support forum thread with your forum as that is the only way we will fix it.

The last backup for data is around 9/30 for
For the last valid backup is 9/1

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