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Note: phpBB2 Bridge is just that: an auto-login bridge. Members who are logged in on the main site are auto-logged on the forum too. There's no other integration provided. You will have to take care (if needed) of the links to profile, contact, logout, etc provided by phpBB2. A deep integration between Etano and phpBB2 is possible but not in the form of a ready made plugin. We can do this as a custom job for you: links to profile in the forum redirects to the site profile, links to messaging redirects to the site internal messaging system, member avatars are automatically set to the main photo the user has on the site, etc. Contact us for more info.

To install the phpBB2 bridge you need to follow these steps:

  1. Download phpBB2 from
  2. Unzip the package you downloaded from them.
  3. Move the "phpBB2" folder from the archive to "<site root>/3rdparty/". (You should have now on your server <site root>/3rdparty/phpBB2, <site root>/3rdparty/phpBB2/admin, etc). Note that the letter case is very important: the two BB letters in "phpBB" must be capital letters.
  4. Install phpBB2. We recommend you to use a separate database from Etano to keep things clean and not overload the database. Follow all steps required by phpBB2 and make sure phpBB2 is working.
  5. If you downloaded the phpBB2 bridge from the Datemill server you need to copy the archive to <site root>/tmp/packages. No need to unzip the package.
  6. Go to your admin panel - Package Manager and click on install next to phpBB2 Bridge integration addon and follow the steps in the installer.
  7. Now go to admin panel - Access Levels. You have a new access level here: "forum". Adjust the access for the level as you wish and click on Save. Even if you do not need to adjust the levels you have to click on the Save button to regenerate the access level cache.

Once phpBB2 and the bridge are installed you need to put the link to the forum somewhere in your pages. The link is in the form

If you want us to install phpBB2 and the bridge for you we need:

  1. Your ftp user/pass to transfer the files
  2. Your admin panel user/pass
  3. Access to a phpmyadmin tool (usually in your server control panel)
  4. Obviously you need to purchase (or pay for) the phpBB2 bridge from us.
  5. The fee for 30 minutes of work.
  6. You can pay using the custom payment form on You can find our current fees there too.
phpbb2.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/18 12:05 (external edit)