by September 3, 2009 0 comments

PhpBB3 provides you well-categorized options to administer your forum. You
can manage user attachments, prune inactive users, set
permission roles for admins, users and moderators or even assign multi-level
permissions. You can also set rules for username and password, merge topics or
posts in case the same user has posted multiple times and have customized
profiles for users. A user can also mail or print the topics/discussion
directly. Another new feature is the ability to modify the style template,
themes and the image can be set directly from the browser, whereas previously
one had to download the source code, modify it before he could upload it. Jabber
support is also provided, which means you can have Instant Messaging enabled
within your forum. Also, if you want DB or LDAP authentication, the new version
comes with built-in support.

Direct Hit!

Applies To: Web admins
Learn how to download and use phpBB3 for your forum
Primary Link:
Search Engine Keywords: phpbb3


To install phpBB3 on your web
server, download the installation file and dump it into the web root folder.
Open it through a web browser, check for compatibility and click on Proceed.
Specify the type of database
used, host and database name, and user credentials with admin rights over
the database. And click on Proceed.


Under the Administrator
configuration section, specify the username, password and email address of
the administrator and proceed.
Download the phBB3 configuration
file and manually update all the key details in this file, in case the
application does not have the right to modify it.


Specify the SMTP server details,
in case you want to enable email functionality. You can also specify the
domain name, server port and other details.
The installation part is over.
You now need to upgrade your previous version to phbBB3. For this, click on
‘Proceed to convertor’ link.


The software shows you all the
existing phpBB installations on the server. Choose the installed version
that you want to upgrade and click on ‘Convert.’
In the Settings section, provide
details from the older phpBB installation, such as database name, password,
installation path, prefix of the table, etc.


After the upgradation process is
over, the search index needs to be converted. For this, go to Administration
Control panel and select Maintenance.
This is how your forums page
should look like after you’ve gone through the previous steps. Shown above
is the PCQuest Forums home page in phbBB3.

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