in this post, I will show you how to install MyBB on a Linux server with Let’s Encrypt SSL.
Table of Contents:
- Step 1: Choose a Linux Server Provider
- Step 2: Connect to Your Linux Server
- Step 3: Update Your Server
- Step 4: Install Apache Web Server
- Step 5: Install MySQL Database Server
- Step 6: Install PHP and Required Extensions
- Step 7: Configure Firewall
- Step 8: Install Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Step 9: Download and Extract MyBB
- Step 10: Set File Permissions and Create MySQL Database
- Step 11: Install MyBB
- Step 12: Secure Your MyBB Forum
Step 1: Choose a Linux Server Provider
First, select a reliable Linux server provider that meets your requirements in terms of performance, resources, and budget.
Step 2: Connect to Your Linux Server
connect to your Linux Server via SSH
Step 3: Update Your Server
update your server:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 4: Install Apache Web Server
Install Apache on your server:
sudo apt install apache2
Once the installation is complete, start the Apache service and enable it to start on boot:
sudo systemctl start apache2 sudo systemctl enable apache2
Step 5: Install MySQL Database Server
MyBB requires a MySQL database to store forum data. Install MySQL on your server:
sudo apt install mysql-server
During the installation process, you will be prompted to set a password for the MySQL root user. Make sure to choose a strong, unique password and keep it secure.
After the installation, start the MySQL service and enable it on boot:
sudo systemctl start mysql sudo systemctl enable mysql
Run the MySQL secure installation script to further secure your MySQL installation:
Follow the prompts, such as removing anonymous users, disabling remote root login, and removing test databases.
Step 6: Install PHP and Required Extensions
MyBB is built using PHP, so you need to install PHP and some required PHP extensions on your server:
sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql php-curl php-gd php-mbstring php-xml php-xmlrpc php-zip
Once the installation is complete, restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:
sudo systemctl restart apache2
Step 7: Configure Firewall
Configure a firewall to only allow necessary incoming and outgoing traffic. You can use the UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) utility to set up a firewall:
sudo apt install ufw sudo ufw default deny incoming sudo ufw default allow outgoing sudo ufw allow ssh sudo ufw allow http sudo ufw allow https sudo ufw enable
This will allow SSH, HTTP, and HTTPS traffic while blocking all other incoming traffic. Make sure to enable the firewall on boot.
sudo systemctl enable ufw
Step 8: Install Let’s Encrypt SSL
Install Certbot for SSL
sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-apache
Generate and install a SSL certificate for your domain:
sudo certbot --apache -d your_domain.com
Replace “your_domain.com” with your actual domain name. Follow the prompts to generate the SSL certificate and configure Apache to use SSL.
Step 9: Download and Extract MyBB
Next, download the latest stable release of MyBB from the official MyBB website:
Extract the downloaded ZIP file to the Apache web server’s root directory:
unzip mybb_1833.zip sudo mv Upload/* /var/www/html/ rm /var/www/html/index.html
Step 10: Set File Permissions and Create MySQL Database
Set the file permissions for the MyBB files and directories:
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/ sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/
Create a MySQL database and user for MyBB:
sudo mysql -u root -p CREATE DATABASE mybbdb; CREATE USER 'mybbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'mypassword'; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mybbdb.* TO 'mybbuser'@'localhost'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT;
Replace “mybbdb”, “mybbuser”, and “mypassword” with your preferred database name, database username, and password.
Step 11: Install MyBB
Now, you are ready to install MyBB. Open your web browser and navigate to your domain (e.g.,
https://your_domain.com/). The MyBB installation wizard will appear.
Follow the instructions to configure your forum, including the database settings (use “
localhost” as the database host), and administrator account.
Step 12: Secure Your MyBB Forum
To further enhance the security of your MyBB forum, there are a few additional steps you can take:
- Update MyBB: Make sure to regularly update your MyBB installation to the latest stable version to ensure that you have the latest security patches and bug fixes(how-to-upgrade-mybb-version).
- Enable CAPTCHA: MyBB has built-in CAPTCHA support that can help prevent automated spam bots from registering on your forum. You can enable CAPTCHA in the MyBB Admin Control Panel under the “Configuration” tab.
You have successfully installed MyBB on your Linux server with Let’s Encrypt SSL. By following the steps outlined in this post, you have created a secure MyBB forum. Remember to regularly update your MyBB and enable CAPTCHA.