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How to implement phpBB Forum on a website through cPanel

by | Mar 14, 2021

How to implement phpBB Forum on a website through cPanel? We can help you.

Most of our customers use phpBBo to stay in touch with a group of people. In addition, it can power an entire website.

As part of our Server Management Services, we assist our customers with several cPanel queries.

Today, let us see how to implement phpBB Forum on a website through cPanel.


Features of PhpBB

  • Support for multiple database engines like PostgreSQL, SQLite, MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server
  • Flat message structure
  • User groups
  • Topic split/merge/lock
  • Hierarchical subforums
  • Multiple attachments per post
  • Full-text search, plugins, and various notification options.

Unlike an e-mail list or newsgroup, the phpBB creates a forum on our website that allows users to post questions and receive replies, all from their web browser. Once a forum has been created, we can modify it extensively, from adding new sub-forums to changing the visual appearance of the board.


How to implement phpBB Forum on a website through cPanel

We can easily install the open-source script, phpBB on most web servers through cPanel.

In order to begin, our Support Techs suggest having:

  • A domain name
  • A web hosting account with cPanel, PHP, and MySQL support.
  • cPanel username and password.


Install phpBB forum from cPanel

The installation of the phpBB requires a MySQL database. If our package does not have access to the database or if we need an additional database, we need to contact the hosting provider.

To install PHPBB forum from cPanel, login to cPanel and follow the steps given below:

  1. Initially, click Softaculous (Under Software/Services).
  2. Scroll down to Forums on the left side. Find the phpBB link and click on it.
  3. Then Click, Install.
  4. Fill out all of the boxes. For In Directory type the name of a new directory that we want to create. By default, the box will be left blank to install the software into our main directory. Once done, click Install.
  5. We will then get a confirmation page of our installation.


Tools to modify phpBB

  • MODs

MODs are code modifications created by the phpBB community, often used to extend the functionality or change the display of phpBB.

  • MODX

MODX is an XML-based document format developed by the phpBB MOD Team to describe the steps required to modify the source code of a web application in order to install a modification. It is primarily used by MODs for phpBB.

  • AutoMOD

AutoMOD is a tool by the phpBB MOD Team that parses and automatically installs phpBB3 MODs distributed in the MODX format. Users simply have to upload the contents of a MOD download to their phpBB source directory and run AutoMOD, which will parse the MOD instructions and make the necessary file changes.

AutoMOD is the successor to EasyMOD, a tool for phpBB2 which was also developed by the phpBB MOD Team and performed essentially the same task.


Some common errors

Fatal error: Cannot instantiate non-existent class: sql_db in /home/userxx/public_html/folderxx/includes/db.php on line 60

One of our customers came across this error while accessing the forum using domainname/folder_path.

If the file db.php in /includes folder does not upload properly, it is zero size. This causes this error.

In order to solve this, we upload db.php file once again or upload all the files in /includes/ folder.

phpBB : Critical Error
Could not obtain lastvisit data from user table

An issue with the user table can cause this error

In order to solve this, we repair the table phpbb_users

use phpMyAdmin for that or
in php
$sql = “REPAIR TABLE phpbb_users”

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In short, no other bulletin board software offers a greater complement of features while maintaining efficiency and ease of use. Best of all, phpBB is completely free.


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