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How to Install phpBB2 yourself

Postby robert adams » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:38 pm

Lumpy Burgertushie wrote:Installing phpBB

Installing phpBB is a very simple process. People tend to make it much more complicated
than it is.

Follow these steps exactly and in order and you will have a phpBB board up in just a
few minutes.

1. download the current version of phpBB from here:
phpbb version 2.0.23

2. unzip it to your computer

3. using your hosting account control panel, create a database with a username and
password. write down the database name, username and password for later)
( If you do not know how to do this, contact your hosting company. )

4. using ftp only, upload all the phpBB files to wherever you want them on your
server.
If you want it in a subfolder, then upload that phpBB2 folder , if you want it as your
site, then upload all the files and folders inside the phpBB2 folder but not the phpBB2 folder.
You can change the name of the folder later if you want to.

5. right click on the config.php file and set the chmod/permissions to 666

6. in your browser, go to;
yourdomain.com/yourphpbb/install/
or
yourdomain.com/install/
( see #4 above )

7. fill in all the blanks with your info including the database info you wrote down
in #3 abover. ( remember, localhost is not always correct, ask your host)

8. click the button to install

9. using ftp again, go back and reset the config.php file to 644

10. go back to the install page and click the "finish" button and you are done.
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Postby KnoxWAHM » Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:39 am

Thank you, Robert.

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Postby oroyb » Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:16 pm

Robert,

Thanks for the great info. You make it look simple.

I've never used phpBB (or any other forum platform) but I have been thinking about adding it to one of my websites.

Can you tell me, is it difficult to add a members only area, either free or paid, to the forum?

Thanks again,
Roy
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Postby karynsolo » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:28 pm

Even easier especially if you use HostGator is to go into your control panel, to Fantastico and click on phpbb there and you can directly install it very fast very easily and begin working with it in minutes.
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Postby robert adams » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:38 pm

yes, you can install phpbb ( and many other things) using your hosting control panel.

the problem is that fantastico and others, change the cod in the programs install function so that it works the way they want it. They also sometimes change directory structures, etc.

This causes major problems when you need to upgrade or if you are trying to add MODifications to the script, etc.

In the case of phpbb, if you install via any type of "one click" method from your host, you will not get support from the official site for the reasons mentioned above.

My opinion on this is that if you are going to have and maintain a website, then you really should learn a bit about how to do it yourself. I dont' mean you have to become an expert in any of it, but this kind of thing is so easy to learn that it just makes good sense.

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Postby robert adams » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:40 pm

oroyb wrote:Robert,

Thanks for the great info. You make it look simple.

I've never used phpBB (or any other forum platform) but I have been thinking about adding it to one of my websites.

Can you tell me, is it difficult to add a members only area, either free or paid, to the forum?

Thanks again,
Roy

Hi Roy,
There are several methods to do what you want.
You can simply password protect the directory that your board is installed in.
That is not a very pretty method, but it would work.

You can make any access to your board protected by using the board's own permissions systems.


As for paying for access, there are several different methods to accomplish that.


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