phpBB: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Forum

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One of the best ways to drive engagement is to build a sense of community around your website. However, there are many ways to do that. If you’re not sure how to get started, it’s worth considering starting up a forum.

An online forum can provide a lot of additional engaging content for your audience, much of it user-generated. It’s also a place for visitors to interact with you and with each other, helping you build trust and long-term relationships with your audience members.

In this article, we’ll take a quick look at why forums are such a valuable tool. Then we’ll introduce the open-source phpBB software, and offer some advice for getting started with it. Let’s get to work!

An Introduction to Online Forums​

Forums have been popular on the internet since as early as 1994. They provide information in the form of user-created posts, allowing members to comment and interact with one another. Typically, topics are arranged into threads based on their subjects, making it easy for newcomers to find what they’re interested in:

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Forums can drive engagement with your audience in a variety of ways. They can:

  • Add quality content to your website
  • Form a sense of community around your brand
  • Answer readers’ questions
  • Attract new audience members, readers, and/or customers
Although it’s easy to think of forums as an outdated form of communication, they’re actually still both popular and valuable. If you’re hoping to create a strong community of any kind online, a forum maybe your best tool.

An Introduction to the phpBB Forum Software

While there are many forum-building solutions, let’s look at one of the most popular options. phpBB is a free, open-source tool:

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phpBB offers a lot of useful features. For example, it enables you to set up any number of forums and categories. In addition, you can assign specific permissions to different forum members, which makes it easy to assign moderators and create various user groups.

As its name suggests, phpBB is written using the PHP programming language. That and the fact that it’s open-source makes it a fully customizable piece of software. What’s more, there are a host of community-built extensions that you can download and purchase to further extend its feature set.

All in all, phpBB is a feature-rich option for running a forum, either as a standalone project or connected to your existing website. It’s easy to find online help from developers, and the styles database has hundreds of packages to choose from to make your forum look unique.


 
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SirDivarKay18

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Thank you soo much for this guide,,, kindlyrequesting much on the type of users, from moderators, type of administrators etc and their preferred permissions and restrictions as well
 

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Hopefully, this is what you are looking for:

 

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Thanks, im trying to add videos on a sample forum im working on, but its refusing every video format save for other types of media files... also tried a certain plugin it also didnt work, how can i go about it

Hopefully, this is what you are looking for:

 

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Using FTP, create a folder on your server somewhere.
let's name it vids.

now, upload whatever videos you want to play on your board to that folder.

now, create a BBcode like this:

bbcode:

Code:
[vids]{URL}[/vids]
html replacement:

CODE: SELECT ALL

Code:
<video  width="100%" max-width="640px" controls>
<source src="{URL}" type="video/mp4">
Your browser does not support the video tag.
</video>

you can adjust the dimensions as you wish.
you can add more source lines for more video types. just copy the mp4 one like this:

CODE: SELECT ALL

Code:
<source src="{URL}" type="video/ogg"/>

CODE: SELECT ALL

Code:
<source src="{URL}" type="video/webm"/>

now when you want to post a video it would look like this:

CODE: SELECT ALL

Code:
[vids]http://yourphpbb/vids/video filename.mp4[/vids]
or
[vids]http://yourphpbb/vids/video filename.wbm[/vids]
or
[vids]http://yourphpbb/vids/videofilename.ogg[/vids]
 

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