Bulletin Board

CPanel allows you to install a pre-made forum called PhpBB. The PhpBB Forum is a PHP web-based bulletin board. Unlike an email list or newsgroup, the PhpBB Forum creates a forum on your web site that allows users to post questions and receive replies, all from their web browser.

This allows you to choose from a variety of graphical interfaces and smilies – little faces that communicate the mood of the writer Smile. Once a forum has been created you can modify it extensively, from adding new sub-forums to changing the visual appearance of the board. Be sure to visit the PhpBB Forum web site – http://www.phpbb.com/ – for more information on how to customize and use your PhpBB Forum

Note: Keep in mind that each separate installation of PhpBB forum takes up approximately 2.7MB, and will grow in size with the popularity of the forum.

To install an PhpBB forum:

  1. Click on the PhpBB Forum link in the Tools area.

  2. Enter the name of the forum folder in the available field. Note that the folder must be on the top level of your site.

  3. Click on the Install button button.

  4. Click on the login link. You need to do this immediately as the first registered user is automatically created as an admin user.

  5. Click on the Register link at the top left corner of your browser window.

  6. Once you have registered you can now continue to set up the forum. Refer to http://www.phpbb.com/ if you need more information.

Modifying a forum

You can modify all aspects of an PhpBB Forum from the admin user’s Control Panel. You can access this from the forum’s address.

To modify an PhpBB Forum:

  1. Go to the forum’s URL. This will be something like http://yourdomain.com/forum/

  2. Login using your admin username and password.

  3. Click on the Control Panel link in the top left corner of your browser window. You can now modify the forum. Refer to http://www.phpbb.com/ if you need more information about how to modify the forum.