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cPanel Control Panel – Installing and Setting Up phpBB Forum


Creating an online community and fostering meaningful discussions is a powerful way to connect with your audience. phpBB, a feature-rich and open-source forum software, allows you to build engaging forums and manage conversations effortlessly. To streamline the installation process, cPanel, a user-friendly web hosting control panel, offers a range of tools to simplify phpBB setup. This Support article will guide you through installing and setting up a phpBB forum using the cPanel control panel. Let's get started!

Section 1: Understanding phpBB and cPanel

phpBB Forum: phpBB is a popular free forum software known for its flexibility and extensive customization options. It provides a user-friendly interface allowing website owners to easily create and manage online communities.

cPanel Control Panel: cPanel is a popular web hosting control panel that makes website management activities such as domain management, database development, and file management more effortless. Its intuitive design makes it a perfect companion for installing and managing phpBB forums.

Section 2: Accessing cPanel

Log in to your hosting provider's website using your account credentials.

Locate the cPanel login link and click on it.

Enter your cPanel username and password to access the control panel.

Section 3: Creating a Database for phpBB

In cPanel, navigate to the "Databases" section and click "MySQL Databases".

Create a new database by entering a name and clicking "Create Database".

After creating the database, scroll down to "MySQL Users" and add a new user. Remember to note the database name, username, and password for future use.

Section 4: Downloading and Uploading phpBB

Visit the official phpBB website (www.phpbb.com) and download the latest phpBB version to your computer.

Download the file and save it to a folder on your PC.

In cPanel's "File Manager," navigate to the public_html directory (or your website's root directory).

Upload the extracted phpBB files to the public_html directory.

Section 5: Installing phpBB

Access your website's URL in a web browser. The phpBB installation wizard will be launched.

Select your preferred language and click "Proceed to the next step".

The installer will perform a compatibility check. Ensure all requirements are met, and click "Proceed to the next step".

Enter the database information you generated (database name, username, and password).

Click on "Proceed to the next step" to establish a connection with the database.

Configure the forum settings, including the board name, description, and administrator email.

Create the administrator account by providing the necessary details.

Click on "Proceed to the next step" to complete the installation.

Section 6: Configuring phpBB Settings

Log in to the phpBB admin control panel using the administrator account credentials you just created.

Configure forum-specific settings in the "General" tab, such as board-wide announcements and user registration options.

Navigate to the "Board Configuration" tab to set up board-related settings, including board styles, user permissions, and moderator options.

Customize your phpBB Installation.

Choose a Custom Theme: phpBB offers a variety of themes to personalize the appearance of your forum. In the admin control panel, navigate to "Customise" and click "Manage styles" to install and activate a custom theme that suits your forum's aesthetics.

Add Extensions: Enhance your forum's functionality by installing extensions (plugins). Browse the phpBB extensions database and install extensions catering to your forum's needs. There's an extension for almost everything from SEO optimization to spam prevention.

Organise Categories and Boards: Structure your forum by creating categories and boards. In the admin control panel, navigate to the "Forums" tab and click "Manage forums" to develop and organize categories and boards that align with your community's interests.

Set User Permissions: Define user groups and assign appropriate permissions to ensure smooth forum operation. In the "Permissions" tab of the admin control panel, customize user permissions for each forum section.

Section 7: Managing phpBB Extensions

phpBB offers a wide range of extensions (plugins) that enhance the functionality of your forum.

In the admin control panel, navigate to the "Customise" tab and click "Manage extensions" to browse and install extensions that suit your forum's requirements.

Section 8: Creating Forum Categories and Boards

Organize your forum content by creating categories and boards.

In the admin control panel, navigate to the "Forums" tab and click "Manage forums" to create and configure categories and boards.

Section 9: Moderating the Forum

As an administrator, you can moderate forum discussions, manage user accounts, and enforce forum rules to maintain a friendly and engaging community.

Section 10: Launching Your phpBB Forum

Review your forum settings and content to ensure everything is in order.

Invite users to join your forum and start engaging in discussions.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed and set up a phpBB forum using the cPanel control panel.

By following this step-by-step guide, you now have a fully functional and engaging online community. phpBB's user-friendly features and cPanel's easy-to-use interface ensure a seamless forum setup and management experience.

Remember to continuously monitor and interact with your forum community to foster a positive and active environment. Happy forum building!

Useful links / Resources

  • Download PhpBB (Official)

  • How to Install phpBB using the cPanel Hosting Control Panel (Host Advice)

  • Support Article (in Spanish)

  • Support Article (in Portuguese)

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