I have joined the official public SMF forum and asked about customising and adding adsense but no one has responded.
I did a search on the forums and the question of customing is probably the most popular but is never really answered. I did a search as you suggest and came up with nothing. All you get are lists of themes people have submitted but nothing on how to edit the various templates is given (well I can't find it)
I was going to pay $49 and join their private forum but as know one ansered the question I submitted on the public forum I am reluctant to.
I know these are open source and free but I would rather pay and get at least a level of support. Phpbb is free and the support seems sufficiently good to get some basic customisation going at least.
If anyone can point me to a site which tells me how to customise SMF i will gladly read it.
I would like to use SMF as it seems a little faster and I think has a cleaner design (well to me the rounded corners on phpbb look dated but it's probably just me!) than phpbb. I can't find how to insert adesense either.
The support is not as mature (ie developed ) as phpbb and the documentation is brief to the point of being useless for anyone other than a fully fledged php developer.
With phpbb the FAQ is very good. There are answers on how to specifically add adsense in various places eg in topics, threads etc. It is also quite easy to customise the layout (at least to get it looking something like you want)
If anyone has any good pages I can read on how to customise PHPBB it would be appreciated. I have our logo and background image in the header but when i try and add anything else it falls apart- I have tried to make sure I'm using the correct css too.