Forums are a popular discussion tool on websites that help create close-knit communities. MyBB (Opens in a new tab) It is free and open source (Opens in a new tab) The forum software option is multilingual, easy to manage, and extendable with hundreds of themes and plugins.
In this guide, we will show you how to install MyBB on Hostinger (Opens in a new tab)Covering all the steps you need to take to publish your new forum.
Step 1: Select MyBB in Hostinger Auto Installer
MyBB is one of hundreds of apps that auto install on Hostinger.
On your Hostinger site admin panel, click on Website and choose Auto Installer. Click the Select button below Others to bring up a selection box of other options. These are not in alphabetical order, so scroll until you find MyBB, then tap Select.
Second Step: Install MyBB
You have several options for the initial setup of your forum. Enter the address of your website, as well as the email address and username of the administrator and the password that you will use for your forum.
Click Advanced to see more options. Here, you can specify whether MyBB is installed in a subdirectory on your hosting plan, and specify whether to use an existing MySQL database. (Opens in a new tab) or create a new one.
Creating a new database will keep MyBB data separate from the data of other applications, so this is preferable. You must specify a new password if you are creating a new database, or enter the correct password for an existing database.
Click Next to continue.
Step 3: Select the app version and update schedule
On the next page, you can choose which version of MyBB to install, and whether or not to always update to the latest version. The settings default to installing the latest minor (non-beta) version of MyBB, and only update when minor versions are available. We recommend that you stick to these default settings.
Click Install to continue.
Step 4: Log in to MyBB as an administrator
After MyBB is successfully installed, the URL of the app will be listed in the Hostinger admin panel under Installed apps. Click on the link to visit your new forum.
Click Sign in and enter the administrator username and password you created earlier. Once you are logged in, you will see a link to Admin CP in the top menu bar. Click this to access the administration section of your MyBB forum.
Step 5: Create your forums
MyBB is a highly configurable program with hundreds of settings to tweak. Now it’s installed, let’s create forums for users.
Go to the Forums and Posts tab. Your new MyBB installation will contain one forum that you can edit by clicking Options, and you can add more by clicking Add New Forum.
Besides setting a title and description for each forum, you can choose more advanced options like user permissions, passwords, and forum style in this section.
Step 6: Choose a topic
It’s easy to change the overall look and feel of your MyBB forum using themes. Click Templates and Styles and select Browse Themes. Here you will find hundreds of themes that will fix the whole look of your forum.
Click Download to copy a theme to your computer. To use this theme on your board, go to the Import Theme tab and click Choose File. Select the XML file you just downloaded and choose Import Theme.
Go back to the Themes tab and select the options next to the newly installed theme. Select Set as default to make it the new default theme for your forum.
Step 7: Other settings
You’ll undoubtedly want to customize your forum, and the configuration tab of MyBB is where you’ll find a wealth of settings.
Important sections include Site Details, where you can set your forum URLs and contact details, and Global Configuration, where you can define things like Image Captchas. (Opens in a new tab) And moderate forum posts.
Plug-ins are another exciting section here. You can browse and install more than 500 extensions for your forum, to add fun and interactivity.
MyBB is a powerful forum software option for websites. It can be installed in a few minutes using Hostinger’s automatic installer, and quickly configured with a few configuration settings.
An alternative to installing MyBB is to use a WordPress forum plugin (Opens in a new tab) Like bbPress (Opens in a new tab). You can also interact with your audience through social media (Opens in a new tab) Using the latest social media management tools (Opens in a new tab).
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