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.

About PHPBB

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

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

AutoMod Files to be Copied to PHPBB Root

AutoMod Files to be Copied to PHPBB Root

 

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

PHPBB Automod Install URL

PHPBB Automod Install URL

 

Step 5: After a successful install you should be able to see the following AutoMod tab under the PHPBB ACP (Administrative Control Panel)

 

AutoMod Tab under PHPBB ACP

AutoMod Tab under PHPBB ACP

 

This is it, you have  working AutoMod, use it to install all the MOD packages provided by various vendors.

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An automobile enthusiast at heart and computer geek by profession, started my Career with MS in 2005.Left Jobs and started Pledge Technologies (the parent company to Grishbi) back in 2009.We have been providing IT consulting to various Small and Medium businesses across US and UK since then.Our company specialises in Microsoft Server technologies like AD, Exchange, the rest and with numerous Office 365 migrations under our belt, we quite an expert with that too. Whatever we learn in our day to day life, we share it back on Grishbi as a Thank for all the love and support our customers have given us.
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