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phpBB Forum administration

7.1.1. phpBB Forum administration

Figure 7-31. Administration panel: Forums.

Administration panel: Forums.

Given the length of the administration interface of the phpBB Forum, we will traverse its functions following the order of the menu in the left frame.

Admin Index:

Leads back to the the administration panel of PHP-Nuke (Section 7.1).

Forum Index:

Leads back to the main Forum page.

Preview Forum:

Offers a preview of the forum, keeping the left frame with the administration functions in place.


Here you can create the categories that will form the criteria for grouping the forums, old and new ones. It is also possible to change their order inside a category, lock and unlock a forum, and configure the pruning function for every forum. Pruning is the self-cleaning action that deletes all threads that did not receive a posting in the last N days, N being individually set by the administrator.


Another way to reach the pruning function (instead of the Management link above).

Avatar management:

Deletes unwanted avatars.

Backup database:

Makes a backup copy of the database. Since PHP-Nuke also posesses the same function, it is recommended to use that one from PHP-Nuke's administration panel (Section 7.1). For a do-it-yourself solution, see Section 27.16, but bear in mind that all these methods will fail, if your database has become so large that PHP is exhausting its CPU time limit and breaks execution. In such a case, only the MySQL mysqldump command-line utility can backup your DB.


This is the forum configuration panel. From all the functions present, we would like to bring the following ones to your attention:

  • Flood interval: Minimum number of seconds that must pass between a post and the next one (by the same person).

  • Topics per page: Number of threads per page.

  • Posts per page: Number of posts per page.

  • Posts for popular threshold: Number of posts required to render a thread as "popular".

  • Allowed HTML tags: The HTML tags that the users are allowed to use in their text (e.g. links, tables etc.). See Section 16.1 for the same subject regarding PHP-Nuke in general.

  • Allow username changes: Enables changing one's nickname (don't set this to "yes").

  • Enable remote avatars: Enables linking one's avatar to an image from a remote site (e.g. one's photo).

  • E-mail settings: management of e-mail operations (be it mailing actions or mail notifications).

Mass e-mails:

Allows for mass e-mailing of users or groups through a newsletter. PHP-Nuke posseses this functionality too.

Restore database:

Reloads a backup file of the database (don't play too much with this).


Allows a personalization of the character sequences that will be mapped to smiley icons.

Word censor:

Enables censorship of bad words (the ones you enter in the list). PHP-Nuke posesses a similar bad word list in the config.php file (Section 3.7).

Group/admin management:

Here you can create groups, which can be "open", "closed" or "hidden". In an open group, anyone can choose to join. A closed group is viewable, but only administrators can add members to them. A hidden groups is only viewable by an administrator.

Tip How to add a user to a group

To add members you don't even need to be in the forum's admin section: in any normal forum page click on usergroups, you will see all available groups depending on your access level, if you have admin access you will be able to add/remove/approve users from this page.


You can assign permissions to a group here.

Styles admin:

In the standalone phpBB forum, you can manage the forum themes from here. However, this function does not have any effect on PHP-Nuke, whose themes are still managed from the administration panel (Section 7.1). If a theme does not work with the phpBB forum in PHP-Nuke, you should not try to activate it through this function, it wil still not work. Try to contact the designer instead, and ask for a PHP-Nuke conforming theme.

Ban control:

Allows you to ban a username, an e-mail address, or an IP address (or a group of IP addresses). See Section 8.3.6 and Section 8.3.7 for add-on modules that pursue the same subject.

Disallow name:

You can enter the usernames you wish to make unavailable to users.

User admin/management:

Allows the administrator to manage user data.


Allows the adminstrator to set user permissions.


You can define user "categories" here, the so-called ranks. A user will attain a certain rank, after having posted a threshold number X of forum posts - the rank name, icon and threshold being freely configurable.

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