Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites needs some extra work compared to WordPress like PHP MySQL based softwares. Here is full guide. MyBB is Open Source Free Software, we published guides to install XenForo and vBulletin before, but both of them are paid. MyBB recently got in to focus for very rapid development and the fact that MyBB supports MySQL as well as SQLite and PostgreSQL. We will write the difficult points for Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites, the difficulty of any Forum software is due to the fact, it can not be cached like our WordPress. There is WordPress Plugin for BBPress, which makes the installation easy and there is practically no need to avoid WordPress if BBPress is considered.
Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites : Needed Resources
As usually the requirements for Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites like any other PHP MySQL softwares is very few despite the steps are a bit difficult :
- Download MyBB frpm official website (mybb.com/downloads). It is quite light in size.
- Any SFTP software like WinSCP for Windows
- Rackspace Cloud Sites Account
- A good text editor like Gedit (although you will not need it)
Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites : Steps
We will use MySQL as database inthis guide for Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites. After uncompressing the downloaded MyBB zip file on your desktop, you will find two folders – Documentation and Uploads. You need to upload the contents of Uploads folder to root of your www folder with a SFTP software, these are the files :
Now login to Rackspace Cloud Sites account and create a database (if you are new to Rackspace Cloud Sites, please check installing WordPress on Rackspace Cloud Sites guide for creating database in detail). After upload to FTP is complete, CHMOD to 777 these folders recursively :
- inc/languages (recursively as we are using English version)
And CHMOD to 777 few files :
- inc/config.php (Change the name from a default name to this name too)
For recursively doing CHMOD to 777, in WinSCP, right click on the folder and click select Properties menu to invoke this dialog box :
Please note the red box bounded tick marks. Click OK. If you point to the installer folder from browser, like this :
http://<span style="color: #ff0000;">your-site.com</span>/install/
The installation wizard will start which is actually the final step for Installing MyBB Free Forum Software on Rackspace Cloud Sites. You will use MySQLi as database in that Wizard. MySQLi is MySQL Improved and Rackspace Cloud Sites Database supports it. Easy wizard, simply complete it. After logging in, From setting menu, click the Server and Optimization Options and enable Enable search engine friendly URLs and enable Gzip, otherwise it MyBB will load like a snail. You can CHMOD config.php to 644 on SFTP for security reasons.