Just had installed SMF forum software and trying to familiarize myself with it. For those in the know, is this a good one to start off with and is it search engine friendly? Would anyone know which forum is the best for seo and rankings in selected keyword categories?
You will not have any problems with SMF from the SEO point of view, as it does support friendly URLs. More over, the respect of W3 norms, well defined tags and a good semantic (usage of h1, h2, div, li,...) will ensure that your forum will be search engine friendly. But, of course, it will also highly depend on the content and the topic of your forum.
So, my conclusion is that, if you like Simple Machines Forum, I suggest you to keep it and just configure friendly URLs. If you want to test other alternatives, then, simply use our Forum Software Comparator, and pay attention to the Friendly URLs feature.
Hope it helps...
FSR Admin - Vote for 2012.
Smf is a really great forum
Finally, it seems your opinion on SMF is quite good