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Starting out with php

I need an absolute beginnners guide to php and phpBB.



2:16 am on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi there

I'm moderately proficient with HTML but have never ever done any database work.

Now I'm building a site for a community access radio station and they want to incorporate a forum section.

Their hosting company recommended the free phpBB system to me - however as I know NOTHING about databases or php or phoBB I don't know where to start.

Can anyone suggest a site that has an absolute beginners guide to inserting a phpBB forum into an otherwise purely HTML site?

As I'm making this website in a voluntary capacity for a charitable station I don't have access to funds to hire a pro so any help would be massively appreciated :)


2:51 am on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You might check with your host. The other day while poking around some of the freebies that my host offers, I saw phpBB. It took about 2 minutes to set up. (OK, it looks like it took 2 minutes to set up too)

I've just finished the first reading of the PHP Bible, and it's not very difficult. If you know html there's a good chance you can grasp php as well.


6:41 pm on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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try this site


You dont need to know anything about a database,if your host supplies a mysql database with your hosting package, all you have to do is what is below, this is the information they gave me when i asked for help in setting one up for myself.


Each account comes with 1 database as default. We can activate more upon request, however- just let us know if you ever need more creating.

The type of database is 'MySQL', and in case you ever need to select the version, it is currently '3.23.56'.

The first thing you must do before you can begin using your database(s), is set your MySQL password. If you login at 'http://your domain/admin/', and click 'Configure MySQL Database / phpMyAdmin', followed by 'Change Password', you will be able to set your password by filling out the form on your screen.

The forum installation script will usually ask for 4 things, these being the MySQL host, MySQL username, the database name, and the password.

The information you should type for each of these is as follows:

MySQL Host/Server: localhost
(inputting 'localhost' lets the script know that the MySQL service is running on the same server as where the script resides).
MySQL Username: password
MySQL Database Name: domainname_co_uk

The MySQL password is whatever you have set it to.
The installation script may also ask for a table prefix, but this isn't really important unless you plan to have more than one installation of this or other scripts, using the same database. For this reason, you can probably just leave it set at what is already entered into this field. If the installation fails, and you would rather not delete everything from the database and start again, you can always just change the table prefix to something else, and you will be able do a new installation. We would, however, recommend that you clear everything from the database, if the installation ever fails, as this leaves you with more free space, and also keeps things more tidy in case you ever need to edit the database in the future.
You can manage your databases at: [ip...] number here/MyAdmin/, by logging in with your MySQL username and password. This system can also be used to clear out your databases.

This information, coupled with that which comes with the scripts own documentation, you should hopefully know everything you need to be able to install the script successfully.

If you need any further assistance, or decide you would like us to install this script for you, please let us know.

Thank you.

Regards Ian

[edited by: DaveAtIFG at 9:31 pm (utc) on May 3, 2004]
[edit reason] Abbreviated signature [/edit]


9:46 pm on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Thank you, both of you.
You have given me the confidence to have a go, and my phpBB forum is looking great! It really is incredibly easy, and to think I know nothing of php!
What an amazing tool, thank again.


10:48 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I also no thing abt PHP...Pls anybody tell me about the topic...

[edited by: mack at 9:18 pm (utc) on May 12, 2004]
[edit reason] No url drops please, they are against tos. [/edit]


1:27 am on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I have also found this guide to be very helpful:


I've been having some email problems with my forum, but aside from that it is working brilliantly!


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