Log into the cPanel area of your website (www.mywebsite.com/cpanel)
Head on over to the “Domains” section, click on “Subdomains
Type in the name for your subdomain. Note that what ever name you assign will automatically create a sub directory with the same name in your root directory (public_html). In my case, it’s “forum”
Installing your forum software on the sub domain
Once done creating a subdomain for your forum, head over to your cPanel home page, scroll down and locate the “Scripts” area. Depending on your hosting provider, you might either be using Fantastico or Softaculous Apps Installer. In my case, it’s Softaculous. But it doesn’t matter anyways. In the script section, locate phpBB, click on it.
Here is the installation page for phpBB. phpBB is a very popular forum software, and every good web hosting company should provide that to their users. If you can’t find it on your cPanel, make sure you contact your Hosting Providers for support. Now, click the “Install Now” button to install phpBB
Here you need to setup the installation and log in credentials to your forum as you will be having a back-end as well. Fill each section accordingly and respectively. Select your domain name, remember a forum folder was created earlier on, make sure you are installing it in that exact folder, so that your subdomain will be able to locate and point to it. Once you are done with all fields, click the “Install” button.
Wait for approximately 3 to 5 seconds for the installation to take place. It also depends on your data connection speed. If all goes well, you should have the result on the next step.
As usual, all my tutorials have to end with a big “Congratulations” 🙂 . If you followed all accordingly, and you filled the installation form right, you should have this message as well! Now all you have to do is visit your forum with the sub domain you created. It is stored normally at (www.mywebsite.com/forum) but since you have already created a subdomain to point to that folder, you don’t need the slash. All you should do is (forum.mywebsite.com) and your forum will be fully ready for work. Check out the next step.
Rocking your new subdomain forum
So, here is it, a forum created in few minutes. Everything is as easy as it looks if you put your attention to it and follow the basics :). The admin log in details of your forum can be found in the step before this where you had the “Congratulations”. All you have to do from here is log in and customize everything about your forum to your taste.
I hope you found that easy to figure out. That’s it on how to build a sub domain forum for your website.
That wasn’t a super long one, was it? I guess not. It’s really easy to setup and build a forum for your website on a subdomain.
Besides, someone else out there might find it hard to do this anyways, don’t feel bad. Feel free to Contact Me anytime and I will help you in anyway I can.
So what are you waiting for? Are you going to build your forum today and start a big community movement?
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