How To Install PunBB on Ubuntu 15.04

Install PunBB on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of PunBB on your Ubuntu 15.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website. With an extensive database of user-created modifications and styles database containing hundreds of style and image packages to customize your board, you can create a very unique forum in minutes. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation PunBB on the Ubuntu server.

Install PunBB on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Install PunBB.

Download the latest stable version of PunBB, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.4.3:

cd /opt/
wget http://punbb.informer.com/download/punbb-1.4.3.zip
unzip -o punbb-1.4.3.zip -d /var/www/html/
mv /var/www/html/punbb-1.4.3/ /var/www/html/punbb/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

hown -R www-data /var/www/html/punbb/

Step 4. Configuring MySQL.

By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MySQL.

mysql_secure_installation

Next, we will need to log in to the MySQL console and create a database for the PunBB. Run the following command:

mysql -u root -p

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MySQL root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for PunBB installation:

mysql> CREATE DATABASE punbbdb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON punbbdb.* TO 'punbbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
mysql> quit

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for PunBB.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache with the following content:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/punbb.conf

Then, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/punbb.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/punbb.conf

Alternatively, use the a2ensite to enable the punbb.conf configuration in Apache:

a2ensite punbb.conf

Next, create the virtual host:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/punbb.conf

Add the following lines to it:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin admin@your-domain.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/punbb/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/html/punbb/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
</Directory>
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

Now, we can restart Apache so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing PunBB.

PunBB will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/admin/install.php or http://server-ip/admin/install.php and complete the required steps to finish the installation. Once the installation is complete, log in at http://your-domain.com/admin/index.php as administrator user and configure your PunBB forum according to your needs. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PunBB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing PunBB on Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official PunBB web site.

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