phpBB FAQ (37 Articles)

How to disable PhpBB3 search functionality for guest users?

Often the phpBB3 search functionality is abused by different spam bots. They perform searches as guest users. This significantly increases the size of the search_wordmatch table. It contains pairs of data of which posts include which words from the search_wordlist table. Usually, when the table is large slow MySQL queries are generated. As a solution […]

How to enable RSS in phpBB?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication - a web feed format for publishing frequent updates of site content such as news, blog posts, etc. Publishers benefit from RSS feeds because this lets them syndicate their site content automatically. Readers benefit from web feeds by getting timely updates when something new is posted on their favorite […]

How to protect phpBB2 from spam?

In order to protect your phpBB 2 forum from unwanted messages, you can use the Akismet mod for phpBB 2. This module is based on the Automattic Kismet (Akismet) project, which is dedicated to fighting spam. To use the Akismet mod, you should first install the Spam Words mod for phpBB 2. Then you should […]

How to optimize phpBB for better performance?

phpBB is one of the most popular free bulletin board applications. Here are some tips on how to improve the performance of your phpBB forum:  Disable the search function for guests and allow it only for registered users. Information on how to do this for a phpBB 2 forum can be found in this article. […]

How to configure phpBB 2 to work with a new domain?

In case you wish to use your phpBB 2 application with another domain, you should change the server_name option in your phpBB database. You can do this using the phpMyAdmin tool available in your cPanel. Once in phpMyAdmin, select your phpBB database and browse the table phpbb_config (provided that your database prefix is phpbb_). Find […]

SMF vs phpBB Forum application comparison

phpBB and SMF are two of the most popular free bulletin board applications. If you are looking for a free forum application, you will most probably end up using one of the two. Here we will discuss the pros and cons of each one. SMF Forum Application Pros: the installation/uninstallation of additional mods is done […]

How can I see the exact version of my phpBB?

The version of your phpBB can be seen in the admin area of the forum. The other way to check your phpBB version is to look it up directly in the phpBB database. Go to cPanel > phpMyAdmin. Then from the left bar select the database for your phpBB installation. Browse the table phpbb_config and […]

Can I bridge phpBB and Joomla 1.5?

Yes, you can bridge phpBB and Joomla 1.5.x using the JFusion component. It is installed as any other Joomla 1.5 component and with it you can easily integrate phpBB with Joomla 1.5.x. Please note that the component works properly only with phpBB 3. More information on how to manage your Joomla 1.5 is available in […]

Can I bridge phpBB and Joomla 1.0.x?

The integration of phpBB and Joomla 1.0.x is possible, although it rarely works properly. This is why the best solution for Joomla 1.0.x is to use a stand-alone forum component. The most popular forum component for Joomla 1.0.x is FireBoard. It is installed as any other Joomla component and it offers all features that you […]

How to convert my phpBB 2 forum to phpBB 3

Converting an existing phpBB 2 forum to phpBB 3 is not that difficult. All you have to do is first install a fresh copy of phpBB 3. Then, after the installation is finished, you should click on the Convert tab in the installation menu. There you will have to enter the MySQL information about the […]

How to prevent bots from abusing your PHPBB2 search feature

Very often search bots abuse forums' search features and cause excessive CPU load. Such overloads may violate the AUP / TOS of hosting providers. In order to prevent such problems in PHPBB2 it is recommended to allow the search function only for registered users. Here is how this can be done: Go to your forum's […]

How to prevent bots from abusing your PHPBB3 search feature

Very often search bots abuse forums' search features and cause excessive CPU load. Such overloads may violate the AUP / TOS of hosting providers. In order to prevent such problems in PHPBB3 it is recommended to allow the search function only for registered users. Here is how this can be done: Go to your forum's […]

Additional phpBB resources – mods, themes and hacks.

The official phpBB website. The official phpBB documentation. The official support forum of phpBB. The official phpBB extensions. SiteGround phpBB tutorials. SiteGround free professional phpBB templates. You need help with an application? SiteGround is specialized in hosting and supporting more than 200 scripts. Sign up for our web hosting services and let us help you […]

Initial phpBB installation and configuration

There are two ways you can install phpBB on your account: Manually, by downloading the script to your computer and uploading the installation files and folders to your account. Automatically via the Fantastico autoinstaller. For a detailed step-by-step information on how to install it both ways, please visit our phpBB Tutorials pages and the phpBB […]

What are the detailed phpBB requirements?

The minimal phpBB server requirements are listed below: A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System A SQL database system, one of: MySQL (3.22 or higher) PostgreSQL 7.0.3 or higher (preferably 7.1.x or 7.2.x) MS SQL Server (7 or 2000) directly or via ODBC MS Access (2000 or XP) via ODBC […]

What is phpBB?

phpBB is one of the most widely used forum script currently on the web. It is free/open source, easy to install and administer and allows flexibility in terms of design and organization. You can learn more about phpBB from our great tutorials and from phpBB's official website. You need help with an application? SiteGround is […]

How can I upgrade my phpBB application?

In order to upgrade your phpBB2 version, you can follow the instructions described in the phpBB 2 documentation. You need help with an application? SiteGround is specialized in hosting and supporting more than 200 scripts. Sign up for our web hosting services and let us help you with your application, 24/7!