Installing phpBB
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 23 August 2016 03:23 PM

Installing phpBB

Installing phpBB through softaculous is a simple and easy process however here is some information to help guide you through the process;

First, select either the Install tab at the top of the phpBB overview screen or click on the Install Now button;

phpBB Overview Screen

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Protocol, domain and directory that you wish for phpBB to manage. 

The Domain dictates the level of security your forum has as a maximum if your forum is SSL/TLS enabled then you should select https:// or https://www. else you should select one of the http:// variants.

Choose the domain you wish to have phpBB installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where phpBB will be installed within your domain.

If you wish for it to be installed at the start of your domain for example then delete what is in this field, however if you need to install the software in another directory for testing or some other reason then enter that in here.

An example would be if you wanted to install phpBB at then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

phpBB software Setup

The board settings allow you to change some of the basic information that phpBB will display about your forum and it's SEO. Make sure to have appropriate names and descriptions of what your forum is and is about. In addition you will create a default email address that will be responsible for notifications and correspondence between your forum and yourself. This can be a 3rd party email address or one created through cPanel, it will potentially receive a lot of mail depending on the population you intend to have using your forum.

phpBB Site Setup

 If english isn't your main language or you wish to install the forum to have a different default language then this option allows you to change that.

phpBB Language Choice

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup and maintenance of the phpBB forum. This user will have full control over all features of the phpBB forum so this account should be made highly secure. The Admin email can be an account that you have created for your domain or a 3rd party email which ever you wish. 

phpBB Admin Setup

The Advanced Options are optional, non of these need to be changed or modified by yourself for the basic installation however you may wish to.

phpBB needs a Database to run on your server as a result it will create one when you install it. By default this will be a randomly generated name for both database and table. If you do not wish this you can choose the names of them both through the advanced options.

By Default phpBB will send an email to you should you need to update phpBB or any of the plugin or extensions however disabling Update Notifications will prevent phpBB from emailing you when new versions are available.

phpBB can also be configured to automatically keep itself up to date. Using the most up to date versions of software is always recommended as they often contain security fixes. However you can choose to update manually.

You can also enable backups of your phpBB forum from the advanced options which I would recommend. This safeguards you should any changes be made to your forum on accident that you then want to revert.

When you select to enable backups you will select the frequency of them you can choose from once a day, once a week or once a month, if you are going to be making lots of changes to your forum frequently more frequent backups are preferable.

You should also choose how many backup copies you keep before they begin to be overwritten. For example if you perform daily backups having this set at 7 will mean you will have a copy of backups from the last 7 days. 

phpBB Advanced Options

Finally you should input your email address to have the installation details forwarded to. This will send you a copy of all the details of the installation including admin information and password.

Joomla Installation Details Email

Lastly click Install this will install phpBB onto your server.

phpBB Install

During the Installation you will be presented with a loading screen to show you the progress of the installation;

phpBB Installation Progress

Finally after it completes you will be presented with a screen that will tell you whether the software installed correctly, where it was installed and provide you with the administrative URL in order to access your phpBB forums management. 

In addition you will be presented with important information on setting up your forum that you should follow.

phpBB Installation Success & Management Instructions


Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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