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Setting up Invision Power Board

Invision Power Board (IPB) is a professional forum system that has been built from the ground up with speed and security in mind, taking advantage of object oriented code, highly-optimized SQL queries, and the fast PHP engine. A comprehensive administration control panel is included to help you keep your board running smoothly. Moderators will also enjoy the full range of options available to them via built-in tools and moderators control panel. Members will appreciate the ability to subscribe to topics, send private messages, and perform a host of other options through the user control panel.

Dollarhost Demo: http://forum.samplesite.biz/

This tutorial will guide you through the Invision Power Board setup and installation process on our servers. It is assumed that your account has support for PHP and MySQL database and that you have already created your database.

Part A - Downloading the Script

The script can be downloaded from the Invision Power Board website at http://www.invisionboard.com/download.cgi?subc=trial.

The file that you will download is saved in .zip format; this is a compressed bundle containing the files in the Invision Power Board distribution. Unpack this archive in a temporary directory on your computer using a decompression software.


Part B - Uploading Files to Server

Start your FTP software and after connecting to your web server and create a new folder on your server named /forum in the /var/www/html/ folder for your Invision Power Board files.

In your unpacked Invision Power Board files you will find a folder called /upload. Upload the entire contents of the /upload folder to your /forum folder on your server.

In your /forum folder on your server, set the file permissions of the folders /archive_in, /archive_out and /uploads to 7-5-5 or:

  • Owner: Allow Read, Write, and Execute
  • Group: Allow Read and Execute
  • Others: Allow Read and Execute

To change file permissions using CuteFTP, select the folder by clicking on it once on the remote system side and then right-click on the file to bring up the option menu and select CHMOD.

In your /forum folder on your server, set the file permissions of the conf_global.php to 6-6-6 or:

  • Owner: Allow Read and Write
  • Group: Allow Read and Write
  • Others: Allow Read and Write


Part C - Software Configuration

Before you begin Part C, please ensure that you have created your MySQL database on your web server via your Website Management Panel. View the database creation tutorial.

Access the Invision Power Board installation script with your web browser, http://www.yourdomain.com/forum/sm_install.php.

(Replace yourdomain.com with your domain name.)

Click Proceed >>.

Enter your forum URL (eg, http://www.yourdomain.com/forum/)

(Replace yourdomain.com with your domain name.)

Enter your installation info as follows:

SQL Host:

SQL Database Name: Your database name, for eg, yourdomain_com_-_db

SQL Username: Your Dollarhost Admin ID

SQL Password: Your database password

SQL Table Prefix: leave blank

Enter your Admin account Username, Password and Email Address.Click Proceed >>.




Part D - Security

Using your FTP software, delete the file sm_install.php located on your server at /var/www/html/forum to avoid unauthorized persons re-configuring your forum. This file is no longer needed.

Installation of Invision Power Board is complete.

For more supports on Invision Power Board please visit the Invision Forum: http://forums.invisionpower.com/index.php/


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