Forums are still in fashion
because they offer a broad
platform for people with the
same interests to discuss matters
together and to help others with
issues related to their topics.
If you have an idea about a good
topic - a popular digital product,
for example - you can create a forum for either
business needs or personal interests to attract
people who are interested in the product or have
real experience in using it.
MyBB is among the best forum software which is used to create forums only. The application is easy
to install and use, which earns it a high reputation.
If you have purchased a domain name and a MyBB hosting package, you can start the steps below now to get a forum configured properly and to
learn how to manage it.
How To Install Mybb
As MyBB is an open source application, you need to
install it on your server at first.
There are several
ways to finish the task, but we suggest you to use
the auto app installer integrated with your hosting control panel. As usual, we will take Abollyhost.com cPanel as an example to explain the detailed steps.
1. Login into cPanel with your username and
2. Find Softaculous Installer and click on the icon.
3. Hit the green button saying "Install New Scripts".
4. In the scripts list, find MyBB in the Forums section,
and click on it to get the description about the
5. Click on "Install" on the new page.
6. Select the domain that you want to install MyBB
7. Open "Advanced Options", fill in the information
required, confirm the terms of conditions, and then
click "Install Now".
Congratulations. Now you have installed MyBB on
your server, and you can start your journey now.
How To Login Into Your Forum
The screenshot above is the default page you get
when you have installed MyBB successfully.
To make customization and to develop your forum,
you need to access the admin area of the forum
with the username and password you gave before
in the installation process.
The admin URL usually appears in this format: http://yourdomain.com/admin
When you have logged in, you are directed to the
homepage of the dashboard. The dashboard is
where you can manage what and how contents are
displayed on your front-end forum.
If you are unfamiliar with MyBB features, we will now guide
you through publishing contents and setting up new forums.
How To Add New Category Or Forum In Mybb
The first skill you need to acquire is to add a new
forum on your board to allow others to have a
You can achieve this task by visiting the
Forums & Posts section in the admin control panel
and click on "Add New Forum".
A long form will appear asking you to fill in some information.
Basic Information In Adding A forum Or Category In Mybb
In the "Add New Forum" form, you can select the
forum type between Forum and Category, add the
title, add a description, select the parent forum, and
choose the display order.
There are several things that need attention. for the forum type, forum refers to a forum where you and other users with permissions
can post questions and answers in, and category is a place which includes one or more forums. if the category/forum you create is a sub-
forum or sub-category that needs to be
included in another group that already exists,
you should select a parent forum in the drop-
down menu. the display order decides where the new
forum is displayed in its category, or where
the category is listed in its parent category or
To give an example, we start with adding a
completely new category so that the forums
created later can be well categorized. We want the
category to be displayed at the first place on the
homepage of our board.
The long form of permissions allows you to set
different permissions for different user groups
according to your needs.
The permissions decide who can do what in the category or forum. There
are 4 permissions altogether including View, Post
Threads, Post Replies and Post Polls. You can just leave the form to the default value by
checking the box next to "Use Group Default", or
you can also change any permission for any group
by dragging the permission type to the
Allowed Actions" or the "Overview: Disallowed
Actions". Our suggestion is that you should deal with the permissions for Guests, Awaiting
Activation and Banned carefully to keep your
board away from spam.
Between the forms of "Add New Forum" and
"Permissions", there is a link saying "Show
Additional Options". Clicking on the link you will get
another form related to some options about the
new forum or category. You can protect the forum
by using a password, choose whether to show the category/forum in the front-end, decide whether to
allow users to post in the category/forum, and
configure other options about how the category/
forum will function.
If you cannot make decisions to the options, keeping the default value is still OK
in the case that you have no special requirements.
Once everything is done, do not forget to click on
the "Save Forum" button on the bottom of the add-
new page to save the category/forum.
Manage Forums & Categories
You may be wondering why the newly created
category "Getting Started with Web Hosting" is not
displayed at the first place on our board. The
answer is that there is a conflict between the new
category and the default "My Category" created in
In this case, you need to make some changes in the Forum Management.
The Forum Management section lists all the
categories and forums on your board and gives
options to configure them. The "Options" button
comes with several choices for editing, changing
permissions, copying forum, delete forums, and so
on. To get the new category listed at the top of the board, you can edit the "My Category" category and
change the value of the order to be "2".
Add & Manage Forum Announcements
Forum announcements are used to inform users of
some important news or information related to
your board. For example, if the board will be
maintained for a period of time when people
cannot access it, you need to inform all users in
advance to reduce the bad effect brought by service unavailability.
To add a new forum announcement, you can go to
Forums & Posts > Forum Announcements > Add
Announcement and fill in the add-new form. In the
form, you have to enter the announcement title, the
start and end data, the message you want your
users to know, and the forums that the announcement will be in. For news and information
about a certain category or forum, you can select
the category/forum only, while if the news is about
your whole board, you need to select "All Forums"
to get all people notified.
In the screenshot above, we have created a global
announcement for maintenance. Now people
getting into any category or forum can see the
Manage Users & Groups
Entering the Users & Groups section, you can
manage all the users and groups of your board.
The Users subsection allows you to browse all the
users in table/card format, find users, create users
and merge users. Now we'd like to discuss how to create a new user.
In fact, the creation is more than easy, because you can have it done by filling in the
form after clicking on "Create New User".
Now you are directed to the Edit User page which allows you to edit the user's profile, account
settings, signature, avatar and other options.
Back to the Users page, you will see the new user is
The Options button enables you to delete the
user, ban the user, see his/her IP address, etc.
The User Groups subsection allows you to manage all user groups, browse all users in each group, and
add group leaders.
Adding a custom user group is
also quite easy as you can simply accomplish that
task within a minute. As the administrators group has default admin
permissions shared by multiple people, you may
want to change the permissions of some individuals to keep them away from certain admin
areas of your board.
In this case, you can go to the
Admin Permissions subsection under Users &
Groups to customize the permissions of the
Moderate Posts and Threads
MyBB offers a wide set of custom moderation tools
which help you moderate the threads and posts on
your board easily.
To moderate actions quickly, you
can visit your forum, login as admin, and perform
inline moderations directly on the site. Or you may
also enter the Mod CP (moderation control panel) to take more actions.
With the access to the moderation control panel,
you can accomplish the following tasks, as well as
many other moderations.
The people in the moderators group also have the following rights.
moderate threads – approve/unapprove, delete/restore, stick/unstick, move, and delete
add, delete and edit forum announcements.
view moderation queues and approve threads and posts.
access the moderator logs to see what other moderators have done.
ban any user for a certain period of time.
view warning logs to see the full list of warned users, why they are warned, and other
Delayed moderation is a fairly new feature
introduced in MyBB 1.6. The feature is helpful
because it allows you to delay the actions of
moderations to get them performed a certain
period of time later. For example, when you set to
delay the deletion of a thread for one day, the thread will not be deleted until one day later. All
moderation tools can be delayed.
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