There is a limitation for every webmaster is to create and update his blog/website regularly. But user generated content like that in forums and social networking sites is automatic and a little moderation and selection would result in extremely targeted traffic and revenue. There are different kind of forum softwares available in internet, both free and paid. Every good webhost will be having auto script installers which includes free forum softwares like phpbb and SMF (simple machines forum). But its difficult for a newbie to understand the installation process and it gets more complex in free web hosting services like 000webhost. So here we will discuss the manual installation procedure of phpBB forum software on 000webhost.
Sign up with 000webhost here.
First we need to point nameservers of the target domain to 000wehost account. Go to your control panel provided by domain registrar and enter nameservers as ns01.000webhost.com and ns02.000webhost.com.
Now Wait for 24 hours for the complete DNS transfer.
After this open your 000webhost account and click on create new button on top left.
Now you need a sub domain to which phpbb forum can be installed.
As shown in the above screenshot , go to control panel and select sub domain from domains option.
Crete a sub domains shown above.
Now go down through control panel and select “another file manager “, and double click on public_html folder. Here as shown above, I have created a sub domain com.thodupuzha.co.in . In my case it will create a new directory in public_html folder as shown below. This com folder is where we are going to install phpBB software.
So in browser the forum will out put as www.thodupuzha.co.in/com . You can alternatively use forums instead of com.
Lets start installation by downloading phpbb forum software here.
Unzip the files to desktop.
Upload the files to forums folder using a free FTP software like CoreFTP.
Use View FTP details from Control panel to fill FTP options on CoreFTP. You can use this tutorial if you are new to CoreFTP software.
Make sure that you have uploaded all files from the unzipped archive.
Run phpbb installation by typing http://www.mydomain.tld/phpBB3/install/ or browser URL bar.
Now phpBB installation window will appear. Click on continue.
In next page the phpBB software will check for compatibility issues with server and file types and shows few errors.
The above files in the phpBB installation directory are unwritable. Open com(sub domain ) folder > phpBB3> Now you will see a set of files associated with phpBB installation. Find the above unwritable files from above pic and change its permissions as shown below.
Make all file writable and proceed with installation.
Next step is to create databases.
Open 000webhost control panel and click on MySQL. Create a new mySQL database for phpBB installation.
Now you will be redirect to a summary page with details of database. Use these details to fill create database process in phpBB installation. No need to enter database server port.
Now the process of installation of phpBB is 000webhost is almost over. Click on continue and complete the general forums settings, admin user name, password etc. In final page you will see a warning message. This is because we gave write permission to sensitive files in phpbb installation directory. Revert back them to original one, and then login to your new phpBB forum .
[Editor’s Note: This post is submitted by our guest blogger Smartin. Smartin is a Blogger, web designer and SEO enthusiast from Kerala, India. You can know more about him at his website www.smartin.in or @smartinjose on Twitter .