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This tutorial will help you understand how to install phpBB using Softaculous within Cpanel of your account. phpBB is one of the most widely used open source forum solution available through Softaculous.

The first step, as always is to login into the cPanel using your credentials.

Now, navigate to the Softwares section within cPanel. It looks like below Joomla installation using Softaculous

Go to the Softaculous Apps Installer and click on Forums.

Inside the Forums section, you will see phpBB as one of the options.

phpBB is one of the most widely used bulleting board system in the world. Whether it is staying in touch with a small group of friends or setting up a large multi category board for an MNC, there are multiple features in phpBB that you can utilize for yourself or your organization. It also provides some of the most intricate features without having to edit code.

At this moment, it is important to understand that Softaculous is a an apps installer within the cPanel. You have an option to install multiple apps like WordPress, Joomla, phpBB or other scripts.

Again, important to mention that most of these are no-code (or low code). You don’t have to get into databases, code etc. All that is automatically created for you.

Now that you are inside Softaculous, let us see how you can install phpBB inside it.

Click on Install in the Install Now tab. Once you do, you encounter the following page:

A quick method is to simply choose your domain name (within your existing domain/add on domains) – and select a directory if required. You can interestingly also chose the version of phpBB that you’d like to install.

Select “Quick Install” to create a new phpBB installation.

You can also set customized admin log in details via the below prompt on the same screen Joomla installation using Softaculous

Another option is delve into details, and press the Advanced Options (+ sign). This gives you an ability to edit database and backup details

For example, in the below figure, the database will be named as paulhughes_ph455, and each table will have phpbbw4_ as a prefix in order to understand that it belongs to this phpBB installation. You can edit all other details too.

Once the installation finishes, you will be given a login URL for you to access the phpBB Dashboard. Its that easy. You can also have it emailed to a particular ID.

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