Monthly Archives: September 2007

How to develop a phpBB MOD.

Many times I have been asked how to develop a MOD for phpBB.

Developing a MOD for phpBB is not really diffucult. But before you begin, you need to have some basic knowledge of the following things:

  • PHP. phpBB is written in php, you can’t write a MOD without php knowledge.
  • (X)HTML. phpBB uses in his templates HTML. You need to have some knowledge of it to modify the templates.
  • CSS. To modify the style of your board.
  • The knowledge of read english texts, help people in english.

Before you start you need firstly think about what MOD you want to write. After that you can best look at the forums at phpBB.com to look at the MOD forums to see if there is a MOD that does the same.
If you dont found a MOD that does the same the next thing is to start a plan. You can’t create anything without a plan 😛
Before really start the coding know you need to read the phpBB code guidelines, and MOD docs (See www.phpbb.com/mods/documentation/). Also, reading some of the code of phpBB can be usefull.

Now you can start the real writing of your MOD. Follow the code correctly, and test it :). This looks easy, but I can’t write it more difficult 🙁

When you finished, and think you are to give a shot you can post it at the DEV forums at phpBB.com to let it test by users. After that, and again when you think you are ready for it, you can submit it the the MODDB to let it validated by the phpBB.com MOD team.

Dont forgot that you can’t learn php in a day :). It can take months till years. And be patient when writing your MOD ofcourse 😛

phpBB.com offline en server problemen

Sinds vanacht is phpBB.com offline voor onverwachts onderhoud. Sommige mensen zoals ik zitten er zo vaak op dat ze opeens niets meer te doen hebben 😳
Daarom besloot ik vandaag maar wat anders te doen. Het begon met het updaten van het gamehuis naar phpBB 3.0 RC5 (We draaiden nog steeds RC4). Dit ging echter mis bij het mergen van een file waardoor ik een backup van de files moest terugzetten.
Daarna was het tijd om wat andere dingen op Sandy (De server van hosthuis.nl, waar oa het gamehuis op draait) te updaten. Hieronder viel oa php, apache, dovecot en phpmyadmin.
Alles ging goed, behalve php.
Php besloot niet meer te compilen, maar een foutmelding te geven over iconv. Na bijna 3 uur proberen en proberen werkten het allemaal eindelijk weer, en draait Sandy weer zoals moet en is alles uptodate.
Nu moet ik alleen nog wat bedenken voor vanavond…

phpBB podcast

The phpBB teams have published last week the second official podcast.
Within the podcast some teammembers discuss some phpBB features, phpBB questions and more.
I think its for all users a great idea to listen to this podcast, as it give a bit more a idea about how the teams are.

For more information, and podcast download visit the podcast site @ http://podcast.phpbb.com/