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Announcements / Outage on March 30, 2024,
« on: March 30, 2024, 09:51:54 am »
We had an outage on March 30, 2024, 4:42 am CST till 9:38 CST.

Initial findings appears to be some aggressive bots from china which overloaded the servers.
We restored services as soon as we were aware of the issue.
Will see what we can do to increase resources to handle those events.

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Announcements / Outage Report 5/14/2020
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:57:28 pm »
This morning at around 7:30am CST on 5/14/2020 our datacenter which hosts SMF For Free experienced a power outage due to storms in the area. Normally the backup power would kick in and keep everything online but in this case it failed as well.

This resulted in servers being rebooted and we had to fix some database issues resulting from the unexpected power loss.

We are till waiting on a full incident report from our datacenter normally happens within a few days of the incident.

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Announcements / File Manager and Contact Page Added
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:58:58 pm »
We have added a file manager in the Admin Area.  This file manager allows you to upload images, css, js files to your forum.
You can use these files to help customize your forum. Such as when customizing images for your site if you do not have a file host.

This feature can be found under Admin -> Style Manager -> File Manager

We have also added a Contact page section as a new feature. You can enable this under Admin -> Features and Options -> General
Then check and “Enable Contact Page”. Then a new menu item will appear. By default we use the webmaster email address as the contact address. Otherwise it will use the contact email address that you added.

Announcements / Bookmarking system for SMF Forums
« on: September 21, 2018, 04:49:15 pm »
Rolled out a new bookmarking system for all forums!

Bookmarking system which allows users to bookmark their favorite topics, and keep a list of them.

You can check it out yourself inside a topic click the "Add Bookmark" option near reply on the bottom of a topic inside your forum.

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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.

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