We recently started exploring PHPBB as a forum setup option for Grishbi itself. We have done alot of testing here and there and still have a very basic knowledge about PHPBB. Resultant of this research we expect to share alot of information which we learnt during this process. This article is the first one in the series.
phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website. With an extensive database of user-created modifications and styles database containing hundreds of style and image packages to customise your board, you can create a very unique forum in minutes.
While maintaining efficiency and ease of use. Best of all, phpBB is completely free. PHPBB is available with most Web host as auto installer script and can easily be setup on your new website. There is a huge support community available if you run into issues with this software.
MOD’s in PHPBB
MOD’s are modification packages provided by various other provider to customise PHPBB for a certain change or probably to integrate their product with it, It wouldnt be totally incorrect to suggest that MOD’s are like plugins to wordpress. Installing a MOD requires changing/Editing/Adding multiple files and this can become difficult and error prone. To make this task easy we need to install AUTOMOD on the PHPBB instance. Once AutoMod is installed then we can upload the whole Mod package under Automod and then it will make all the required changes to PHPBB as per the instrutctions in the MOD Package.
Installing AutoMod isnt too difficult but not quite same as various other installation which Windows Buffs like me are used too 🙂
Step1: Download AutoMod Package from here and save it on your PC
Step2: Extract the AutoMod Package and it should look the following image
Step 3: Upload following directories to your PHPBB Root folder. Suppose if the name of your site is forum.contoso.com and its installed at /public/consoto/forum then this is where you need to copy the following files, refer screenshot
Step 4: Open your website URL/Install to install AutoMod on your PHPBB instance. So if your URL is Forum.Contoso.com then URL you need to open is Forum.Contoso.com/Install and it should look like the following screen shot, Leave it on default options and click submit.
PS: Please Select Install under Actions and Not Uninstall :), like in the following screenshot
Step 5: After a successful install you should be able to see the following AutoMod tab under the PHPBB ACP (Administrative Control Panel)
This is it, you have working AutoMod, use it to install all the MOD packages provided by various vendors.
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