phpBB forum: "be sure there are no files there now"

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#1

Hi;
I want to do the one-click install of a forum (phpBB) to my website hosted
here at Dreamhost. As I begin the one-click install,
I am asked to select one of my domains. The choice I want to make is there, http://www.priscillanhk.com (though I don’t need or use the “www” part; ie I simply use http://priscillanhk.com).

Two questions:

  1. There is a caution statement below the domain selection boxes,
    which says “be sure there are no files there now”. This is what has me concerned because my entire website - all the html files and subdirectories are under http://priscillanhk.com. I don’t want to accidentally cause everything to get written over and lost.
    I am GUESSING that the answer to my second question will resolve
    my concerns …

  2. There is a second box on the same line as the domain name
    and there is a slash / between the first and second box. I am GUESSING that I need to put something in that box, which will then become the subdirectory where the one-click install phpBB files will all go. So should I just enter something like “forum” in that box after the slash? And if I do that will all the phpBB go into
    http://priscillanhk.com/forum and it won’t clobber - write over -
    all my html pages and such in my main directory (priscillanhk.com)?

I think I understand it correctly - but I just want to make sure, that’s all.

Priscilla


#2

Given what you’re describing, YES, you want to enter “forum” in that box so that it’ll install to a subdirectory.

The installer won’t destroy any existing files if there’s already stuff in the directory you specify. But that’s because it’ll refuse to go forward with the install at all!


#3

Thank you!
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Okay, now I’m faced with having to fill in details I know nothing about:
How do I get these bits of information:

The Database Type - the database you will be using.
The Database server hostname or DSN - the address of the database server.
The Database server port - the port of the database server (most of the time this is not needed).
The Database name - the name of the database on the server.
The Database username and Database password - the login data to access the database.

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Oops!
I see that the info I need came in an email from Dreamhost!
I’ll see if I can complete the install now…
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Looks like the install went okay.
Now I just have to learn how to change the time-zone
and get familiar with using the thing.