Help with installing PhpBB?



I’m very new to PhpBB and MySQL, and was wondering if someone could take the time to give me a quick step-by-step on setting up a new MySQL database and using Phpbb’s installation screen. I thought I’d done it right, but everytime I try to install, PhpBB says it can’t find the database. I don’t know if it matters, but I’m trying to install to a subdomain.

Thanks in advance.


You need to log into the control panel > Goodies > MySQL

  • database name (should be unique, write it down)
  • hostname ( <— change that to whatever you want, replace my domain with your domain and the proper extension)
  • on the first user, select CREATE NEW USER write the username and password down that you choose

After that, select new database. It’ll take about 5 - 10 minutes.
Important note: hostname is NOT localhost. It is the domain name for instance (

Hope this helps.


Thanks, I’ll try it out today.