Simple Forum

Simple Forum is responsive forum script with private and public mode.

Documentation Version 1.0

Installation Instruction

Requirements: Apache 2.2+, Mysql 5.4+ (only_full_group_by disabled), PHP 5.4+

  1. Copy/Upload the folder and files to your web server using cPanel or FTP
  2. If you are installing in sub folder, please make sure there is no space in folder names
  3. Create mysql database, database user and grant all permission to user for this database.
  4. Open the
  5. Step 1: Pre-install system checklist - If there is any issue with checklist, you will need to fix it first to proceed to next step.
  6. Step2: Provide you Envato Username and Purchase Code to validate the purchase.
  7. Step 3: Provide the database host, database user, database password and database name to proceed to next step. Please make sure you don't have $ sign in your password.
  8. Step 4: Site Config: Please Fill in you Simple Stock Base URL and select your timezone. You must check the site url as installer might guess it wrong
    • Base URL for public_html or www/htdocs folder will be or http://localhost/
    • Base URL for sub-domain will be
    • Base URL for sub-folder will be or http://localhost/subfolder/
    • Base URL must not have space and it should end with a trailing slash
  9. If every thing goes smooth, You will be redirect to final page with login details.
  10. Remove the install folder.
  11. Login using default username and password and add new admin user before editing/delete the default user.
  12. Simple Forum is ready to use.

Request Installation

We will provide the service to install the item for $20 To request the installation, please send $20 to by Paypal or Skrill and email us your license file and hosting control panel details with reference of your payment to

Update Instructions

Requirements: Apache 2.2+, Mysql 5.4+ (only_full_group_by disabled), PHP 5.4+

  1. Backup all your files/folders and database (must do backup before stating update).
  2. Download and save app/config/dataabse.php
  3. Delete all the files/folders from the main directory and upload all the files and folders in new version using cPanel or FTP.
  4. Edit newly updated app/config/database.php and set the correct dbhost, dbuser, dbpass and dbname from the download database.php in step 2.
  5. Open the
  6. Go through the checklist and click next and verify the purchase and follow the step on screen.
  7. You will be redirect to final page and now you can login to Simple Forum with your old login.
  8. Remove the install and update folders. You are done. In case you have any issue after this, please refer to the FAQs section below.

Request Update

We will provide the service to update the item for $20 To request the installation, please send $20 to by Paypal or Skrill and email us your license file and hosting control panel details with reference of your payment to

Live Demo For Simple Forum V0.1

Demo Link:

Login Details:

Role:               Username                 Password
Admin: 12345678
Moderator: 12345678
Member: 12345678


Thanks to all great people who are developing open source software.

  • CodeIgniter - PHP-Framework under MIT License
  • Ion_auth - A simple, lightweight authentication library by Ben Edmunds under the Apache License v2
  • Bootstrap - Most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework under MIT License
  • jQuery - A fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library under MIT License
  • Font Awesome - The iconic font and CSS toolkit under GPL License.
  • Bootstrap-datetimepicker - Under MIT License
  • Select2 - Under MIT License
  • Trumbowyg - Under MIT License
  • SCEditor - Under MIT License
  • SimpleDME - Under MIT License
  • Toastr - Under MIT License
  • Commercial Licenses
    • FormValidator

Thanks to all the friends for their suggestions, feedback and help.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Account and Users

  • What type of account are available?

    These are the account type

    1. Admin - will have all rigths, and can perform any action.
    2. Moderator - will have all admin rights except users, settings and delete
    3. Member - will have standard member rights to add topics and replies and edit their own.

  • I am admin and how do I reset the password for other user?

    Please visit list user and check profile of the user then select edit tab to reset the password.

  • How do I delete account?

    If you want to delete account, please visit list users. All the account are listed on this page and you can delete any of them.

  • Error

  • Why am I getting CloudFlare Security or Blank error on verification while installation the item?

    If you are not getting any error but blank red alert or CloudFlare Security error mean your request is no reaching to verification server. Please check that you server is not blocking the curl request and secondly there are chances that CloudFlare might be challenging your request due to various reasons. Please check with your host and request them to white list CloudFlare ips

    Updating your Anti-Virus and Browser might help. You can check with your host too.

    You can try different host and/or install it locally with any web platform easyphp/lamp/mamp/wamp/xampp.

  • Why I am getting "no input specified" error after install/update?

    Please add the ? 'question sign' after index.php in the .htaccess file, you line will be look as RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?$1 [L]code. You might need to change the Hauth_base_url in app/config/hybridauthlib.php, if you are using the social authentication like Facebook and Google.

    For more information, please visit this guide page.

  • Why the installer/update tool is locked?

    After successfully installation/update, the installer/update tool will be automatically locked.

    If you having any issue after installation or like to perform the installation again, please upload the files again.

  • Why am I getting 404/500 error page after installation?


    1. make sure that your apache mod_rewite is enabled
    2. check that .htaccess file is successfully uploaded and exists in the main directory of installation
    3. base_url in app/config/config.php
    4. check your database settings in app/config/database.php
    5. check your folders/files permissions (folders should have 755 and files should have 644 permissions).

    If you are using godaddy or iPage, please visit the codeigniter official guide here. You might need to check and modify you .htaccess files too.

    You can always check your error log to get more information about the issue.

  • Why time is different from my computer time?

    Forum will use your server local time, please check your timezone in index.php and make sure that you have set the correct time zone. You can find your timezone at

  • Why I can't send emails?

    Please update your email protocol in settings, if you need check the semd_email method, the file will be app/libraries/tec.php and look for send_email()

  • Why I can't login and getting time out error?

    Timeout feature has been enabled. The user will be timed out after 3 unsuccessful login attempts for 10 minutes. You can disabled this in app/config/ion_auth.php by changing the $config['track_login_attempts'] = TRUE; to $config['track_login_attempts'] = FALSE; or you can increase the attempts from 3 to any number you like.

  • Why I can't upload any file?

    This could be due to permission on the /uploads. Please set 777 permission to /uploads and all other folder in the /uploads/

  • Why I getting db error and can't login?

    Please check your db configuration in app/config/database.php

  • Can I use this on Windows server with IIS?

    Yes but we haven't tested this and don't provide any support for setup.

    If URL Rewrite module is not installed, please install it from here Please check the complete web.config file. Place this in the main installation folder where the index.php is placed.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
                    <rule name="Imported Rule 1" stopProcessing="true">
                        <match url="^(.*)$" ignoreCase="false" />
                        <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAll">
                            <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsDirectory" negate="true" />
                            <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" negate="true" />
                        <action type="Rewrite" url="index.php?url={R:1}" appendQueryString="true" />

  • Can I use this with NGINX?

    Yes but we haven't tested this and don't provide any support for setup.

    You can follow the guide Your nginx.conf file will look like this.

    server {
        server_name domain.tld;
        root /var/www/codeignitor;
        index index.html index.php;
        # set expiration of assets to MAX for caching
        location ~* \.(ico|css|js|gif|jpe?g|png)(\?[0-9]+)?$ {
            expires max;
            log_not_found off;
        location / {
        # Check if a file or directory index file exists, else route it to index.php.
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;
        location ~* \.php$ {
        include fastcgi.conf;
        location ~ /files {
        deny all;
        return 404;

  • Why Wordpress showing 404 page when I access the Simple Forum?

    You can exclude sub-directory from RewriteRule of wordpress by adding the line below to your .htaccess file in main directory of wordpress.

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(mydir|mydir/.*)$

User Guide







Adding Language

Please be informed that some javascript libraries are not translate able. You can translate all the general language for Simple Forum

  • Please create new folder in app/language/ and name it yourlanguagename
  • Folder name should be without space and all lower letters.
  • Copy all the files from app/language/english/ and paste then to app/language/yourlanguagename/
  • Now you can translate these all file to your language
  • Download flag image (format: png, width: 16px, height: 11px) and paste it in themes/default/assets/img/
  • You can add new key to language array. (See Code Section)

Please replace the yourlanguagename with your language For example, spanish, french, chinese etc

To add select option in setting's language

Please open themes/default/views/settings/index.php and search for ( $available_lang = ) You can replace the default with your theme if you are using different theme. You can add new array key for your language as following:

$available_lang = array(
'english' => 'English',
'yourlanguagename' => 'Your Language Name',

yourlanguagename must be same folder name that you created in app/language/

If you are getting the error "Unable to load the requested language file: language/yourlanguagename/form_validation_lang.php" Then you will need to add your language in lib/language/ as you did above for app/language/ and translate the system language files to your language.

Request Installation

We will provide the service to install the item for $20 To request the installation, please send $20 to by Paypal or Skrill and email us your license file and hosting control panel details with reference of your payment to

Request Update

We will provide the service to update the item from v3 for $20 To request the update, please send $20 to by Paypal or Skrill and email us your license file, v3 installation path/link with login details and hosting control panel details with reference of your payment to

Custom Modifications

Yes, we do provide customization services to modify/enhance the item functionality to suit your needs. We charge $50 per hour. Please email to to check availability, estimated cost and time.

Feature Request

Yes, we would love to listen your requests/feedback. Please prepare the details with examples before emailing to