How To : Make a Forum Website [With Images]

Online forums are the best way to have a discussion with people on various topics, currently there are forums on every possible topic in the world from technology to fashion just about everything. Best part about forums is content is contributed by the users, for the users. Now if you would like to create your own forum then this is the article for you. I will guide you will all the steps in setting up an online forum.

To make a forum we need to have a forum software, these softwares are generally coded in php and use mysql as its database. There are premium and free versions of the software. In this article we will be using free forum software called mybb. I personally like mybb alot because of its simplicity and extensible plugin system. There are alot of mybb themes present in the market also. I have used it for all of my forums till now.

Some other popular free forum software are

    phpBB

    Yazd

    YaBB

    Vanilla Forums

    Simple Machines (SMF)

But as said earlier in this article we will be using mybb. So lets get started.

Step 1 – Download Mybb

Firstly you will need to download mybb forum software. You can download it directly from the official mybb site. To visit follow this link mybb.com. Current stable version of Mybb is 1.6.5 and size is 1.83 MB

step 2 – Extract and Upload

Extract the archive that you downloaded from mybb.com. It will be containing 2 folder i.e. Documention and Upload. Upload all the files in the upload directory to your webserver through ftp or cpanel. If you want your forum on the main site then upload files in www directory of the webserver, if you want it in sub-directory then just create another directory in www and upload all the files there.

Step 3 – Database Setup

As said earlier these php forum softwares uses mysql as backend for storing data of your website, you will need to create a new database from Mysql wizard present in your control panel. Create a seperate user who has access only to this newly created database, this is recommended for the security of websites. After that edit privileges of new user to all.

Step 4 – Installing Mybb

Now comes the main part, which is actually installing the forum. If you have uploaded files in at yoursite.com/forum then just visit yoursite.com/forum in the browser and it will automatically redirect you to the installation page. If it doesn’t redirects to installation page or gives you a mybb internal error then you will have to manually visit the installation page i.e yoursite.com/forum/install. Installation is as simple as installing any other desktop software. Following set of images will guide you through the process.

mybb-installation-step1

mybb-installation-step2

Now next is requirement check step for mybb where it checks to see if all the needed extensions are installed and all the needed directories are accessible. In my case everything is installed and writable. If in your case certain extension is not installed you will have to contact your hosting provider to install that extension (PS : Extensions needed by mybb are present on all hosts). If certain directories are not writable then you will have to change their permissions using chmod to 777 if you are on linux server. If you are on a windows server you will have to contact you hosting provider and ask him to make those directories writable.

mybb-installation-step3

mybb-installation-step4

After you click on next, mybb will automatically create tables in the database. Simply click on next after this step. Now it will ask you to insert data into the tables, simple click on next and let it insert the data such as themes. After one more next it will ask for the board configuration. This is where you put the name of you website and forum. Also, put a valid contact email in this page.
mybb-installation-step5

Next is the last step of the installation, here you will put administrator username, password and email. These login details will be used to login into the admin panel of mybb. To login into mybb admin panel simply visit yoursite.com/forum/admin

mybb-installation-step6

Everything is done now you can visit your forum at yoursite.com/forum and admin panel of forum at yoursite.com/forum/admin

If you have any doubts or issues related to installation of mybb or if you would like to contribute your experience with mybb then please use our comment section.

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17 Responses to How To : Make a Forum Website [With Images]

  1. really nicely explained with images.Great work

  2. Akshay Jain says:

    I have used myBB also and experienced also :) But never found a good tutorial like this :)

  3. Mr. Macbook says:

    I guess, You should give the No Follow to the Out Going Links in the Post.

    Well Article look awesome and helpful :)

  4. Hussain says:

    Very well explain that how to make forum it’s really easy to follow your steps very easily and accurately.Nice sharing

  5. Thanks it’s good to make website and it is very easy.

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  7. Tauseef Alam says:

    Which is the best forum application. is it PHP BB, MY BB or else

  8. Dev says:

    thanks… it will really help me…
    Can u email me your site’s theme name pls?
    I will give you 200 fb likes

  9. Obvious tutorial.. I am planning to start a forum on Educational niche.. But I prefer PhpBB.. May I ask you whether both are similar?
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