phpBB is a free open-source flat forum bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people in a small discussion forum or can power your even an entire website! It is downloadable freely at phpBB website. For how to install ad configure the software upon download, see this tutorial: How To Install phpBB 3 Forum Software.
Prior to phpBB 3.1, we have been used to phpBB 3.0 and phpBB modifications. Mods apply to phpBB 3.0 while Extensions apply to phpBB 3.1. A Mod is different from an Extension. They do not work interchangeably and their different modes of installation are different.
How to Install a phpBB 3.1 Extension
The following are the steps to install a phpBB 3.1 extension:
1. Requirements: On each extensions description page is a list of the phpBB extension requirements. It is safest to ensure you meet these requirements before your proceed. Requirements may include the phpBB version (3.0 Mod will not work on phpBB 3.1, neither will a phpBB 3.1 Extension work with phpBB 3.0), MySQL version, search backend type, table types (INNODB or MYISAM) et cetera. Once you meet the basic requirements, then you can proceed to step 2.
Found any extension you desire? Visit the phpBB extension customization database and download it. These approved extensions are grouped as follows: Official Extensions 6
Cosmetic, Tools, Security, Communication, Profile/User Control Panel, Add-Ons, Anti-Spam, Entertainment, Miscellaneous, Styles, Convertors, Official Tools, Bridges, Language Packs, and Custom BBCodes. This is based on the funtions of the respective extensions.
Upon download of the zipped folder into your local computer, proceed to step 2 below.
3. Upload and Extraction:
Upload the zipped folder into your website server via FTP or the cPanel interface and extract the content of the zipped folder to the /ext directory of your phpBB installation root folder. Once done, proceed to step 4.
4. Install and Enable:
Log in as an administrator to your phpBB Administration Control Panel and select the CUSTOMIZE tab. There, select MANAGE EXTENSIONS. Here you will see a categorized list of any extensions you have uploaded on your board - installed, enable or disabled. Now select you new Extension and ENABLE it.
NOTE: If you cannot find the mod here, then you have not correctly extracted the content of the zipped folder into the /ext directory in your phpBB board root. If done correctly, in the ext directory, you will see the Extension brand name folder, opening that, you will nee a single sub-folder in the exact extension name. Opening this will now give you the several contents (including the ext.php and the composer.json files). It must be these two sub-folder steps. Otherwise, the extraction as not done properly.
After installing and enabling your Extension, proceed in the Administration Control Panel now to the EXTENSIONS tab. There you will see all your enabled extensions and you can now configure them properly to suit your desire. That will be all.
That is the complete tutorial on how to install and phpBB 3.1 Extension.
How to Deactivate and Uninstall a phpBB 3.1 Extension
To remove an extension, simply follow steps 5, 4, and 3 highlighted above in reverse order.
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