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How To Install phpBB via Softaculous

Softaculous can make a useful way of installing software for creating websites, and for helping to keep the installed software updated. Among the things that can be installed in this way is phpBB.

Note that in order to install phpBB via Softaculous, it is necessary to have a Premium license for Softaculous. If you do not yet have a Premium license for Softaculous, you can purchase one via our Billing Department.

Step 1: Make sure phpBB is available for installation

First, log into WHM and make sure phpBB is one of the scripts being made available to the cPanel users for installation. To do this, log into WHM and go to Plugins → Softaculous Instant Installs”.

Then within the Softaculous frame’s left sidebar, go to “Software → General Scripts”.

Then make sure phpBB is enabled there. To save time later, you can also check the box in the Pre-Download column.

After checking that the boxes are checked, scroll back up to the top of the list to click the “Update Settings” button.

You should then see the success message:

Step 2: Create the cPanel account

If you haven’t already, you will need to make the cPanel account for the site. This is done in WHM under “Create a New Account”. If you aren’t already sure how to do this, you can read more about some of the first steps to getting a cPanel account set up here.

Step 3: Install phpBB

After logging in to the cPanel, scroll down to section “Softaculous Apps Installer”. In the subsection “Scripts”, one of the options should be phpBB.

Then click the “Install Now” button.

Fill in the information in the form. The first three blanks are for determining the URL of the main page of the site. The first dropdown box is to specify if you want to use HTTPS or plain HTTP, and whether you want “www.” as part of the URL or not. The second dropdown box chooses which of the domains or subdomains in the cPanel account to use for the site (in case the cPanel account has more than one). The third box is to type the folder name of the site, in case you don’t want it directly under the domain’s documentroot. Next, you can choose the name and description of the board, and the board’s email address.

You will also need to specify the username and password you would like to use for the administrative account in the new phpBB site. Be very sure to choose a strong password! This is also where you can specify the contact email address of the site administrator, and the language to use for the forum interface. There is also an expandable list of Advanced Options.

Within the Advanced section, you can choose the Database Name and/or Table Prefix, if desired. If WHM has “Require a username prefix on names of new databases and database users” enabled in “Tweak Settings”, you do not need to add the prefix yourself. It is strongly recommended to enable the Auto Upgrades so that the site will have any security patches applied as quickly as possible after they are released. If needed, you can also enable softaculous-level backups of the site, but it is recommended instead to use the automatic backups builtin into WHM. If you do enable the Softaculous-level backups, be sure to enable the backup rotation for a finite number of retained backups. Do not choose unlimited here! Once you have chosen the desired settings, click the Install button at the bottom of the page. If desired, you can first enter your email address in the box below the button, to have Softaculous email you details about the installation.

After clicking “Install”, there will briefly be a progress bar as Softaculous checks the validity of the information you entered into the form. If it worked, you should soon thereafter see the success page.

If you choose to have Softaculous send you an email with the installation information, it should look something like this:

  Return-path: <>
  Received: from phpbb by with local (Exim 4.87)
          (envelope-from <>)
          id 1c4u0O-0005xs-6F
          for; Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:23:20 -0500
  Subject: New Installation of phpBB
  X-PHP-Originating-Script: 0:mail_functions.php
  MIME-Version: 1.0
  Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
  From: Softaculous <>
  X-Mailer: PHP/5.6.20
  Message-Id: <>
  Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:23:20 -0500

  A new installation of phpBB 3.1.10 has been completed. The details of the installation are shown below:
  Path : /home/phpbb/public_html/phpbb
  URL :
  Admin URL :
  Admin Username : hopefullysomethingnotobvious
  Admin Password : ********
  Admin Email:
  MySQL Database : phpbb_phpb180
  MySQL DB User : phpbb_phpb180
  MySQL DB Host : localhost
  MySQL DB Password : ********
  Update Notification : Enabled
  Auto Upgrade : Enabled
  Automated Backups : Disabled
  Time of Installation : November 10, 2016, 6:23 pm

  If you wish to unsubscribe from such emails, go to your Control Panel -> Softaculous -> Email Settings

Step 4: First Login

Once the site has been installed, you can then log into the newly installed site.

Once logged in, click the Administration Control Panel link at the bottom of the page:

You will then need to log in a second time:

From here, you can check some of the initial site-level configuration, or start adding users!