Book: phpBB: A User Guide

Authored by members of the Support Team and Community!

This book gives you the power to use phpBB to set up and run your own online discussion forums with ease. The emphasis is on simple and practical guidance for you to get the most from phpBB.

In Detail

phpBB is a free, open source internet community application with outstanding discussion forums and membership management. Written in the PHP scripting language and making use of the popular MySQL database, phpBB is a standard among web hosting companies throughout the world, and is one of the most widely used community software packages in the world.

The book is a specially edited and compact version of the comprehensive guide to phpBB, Building Online Forums with phpBB 2, focusing on a complete set of topics to help you set up and run your own phpBB powered online community.

Written by experienced phpBB administrators and enthusiasts, the emphasis is on simple and practical guidance for you to get the most from phpBB. Packed with step by step examples, this book is your ideal guide to learning phpBB.

What You Will Learn From This Book

This book will give you the skills to set up your own phpBB powered online community:

  • Install and configure phpBB
  • Manage topics, postings, smilies and users
  • Understand phpBB templates and themes
  • Customize the look of your phpBB site
  • Master forum permissions to protect your community


This book takes a practical, hands-on approach to phpBB. Packed with sections stepping you through tasks, this book is the ideal guide to learning phpBB.

Who This Book is Written For

This book is ideal if you are just starting with online communities and want a powerful and free tool. No experience of web programming is required.

About the Authors

Stoyan Stefanov is a web developer and a project manager from Montreal, Canada. He has studied in the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria and McGill University, Montreal. He has more than 5 years of professional web development experience and has worked on award winning websites for companies of all sizes - from multinational corporations to two man startups. He volunteers his spare time administering and programming a Bulgarian speaking phpBB powered community and contributing to the PHP community through code and articles.
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Jeremy Rogers (Thoul) has been developing web based applications in PHP and other languages for a little more than six years. Shortly after discovering phpBB in early 2002 and deploying it on a video game website, he began tinkering with and learning about the internal workings of the software. Since then, he has authored dozens of expansions and tutorials related to phpBB. Jeremy currently serves the phpBB community as a Support Team Member, a capacity in which he has answered thousands of questions regarding the software, it's applications and related topics.
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