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Offline Mulsiphix

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Which Hosting Packages Meet These Requirements?
« on: October 25, 2015, 02:47:02 PM »
I need to setup phpBB v3.1.6 (latest version). I need to know which, maybe all?, hosting packages meet these requirements (quoted below).

Quote from: phpBB v3.1 Requirements
phpBB has a few requirements which must be met before you are able to install and use it. In this section, these requirements are explained.

  • A webserver or web hosting account running on any major Operating System with support for PHP
  • A SQL database system, one of:
    • MySQL 3.23 or above (MySQLi supported)
    • MariaDB 5.1 or above
    • MS SQL Server 2000 or above (via ODBC)
    • MS SQL Server 2005 or above (via the native adapter, SQLSRV)
    • Oracle
    • PostgreSQL 8.3+
    • SQLite 2
    • SQLite 3
  • PHP 5.3.3+ (>=5.3.3, >6.0-dev (compatible)) with support for the database you intend to use.
  • getimagesize() function enabled
  • The following PHP modules are required.
    • json
  • The following PHP modules are optional, but will provide access to additional features.
    • zlib Compression support
    • Remote FTP support
    • XML support
    • Imagemagick support
    • GD support

Offline MrPhil

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Re: Which Hosting Packages Meet These Requirements?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2015, 03:48:32 PM »
Shared Linux servers should handle all these requirements. They should all be at (at least) PHP 5.3.5, with a program underway to upgrade to 5.6. MySQL and MySQLi are supported. json is supported. If getimagesize() is a standard function, it should be there. zlib and GD are definitely there, and I know Imagemagik has been supported in the past and presumably still is. I don't know about remote FTP and XML, but if they're fairly standard, they should be there.

VPS/cloud and dedicated servers are more under your control, so you should be able to add anything missing. Windows servers are pretty up to date, but I don't use any so I can't tell you for sure.

People have hosted phpBB at Lunarpages for a long time, and Softaculous offers phpBB 3.1 for installation on LP shared servers, so I would assume it's still supported. Why don't you look at the hosting plans at, and then email to inquire about specific plans' technical details (ability to host phpBB). Get a commitment for a full refund if it turns out your server can't support phpBB, but I would be very surprised if that is the case.
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Offline Mulsiphix

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Re: Which Hosting Packages Meet These Requirements?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2015, 03:52:30 PM »
Thank you so much for going over all of that MrPhil. I'll go ahead and send sales an email as you've suggested. Thank you for that tip :happy:. You are awesome  :thumb:

Offline ranul

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Re: Which Hosting Packages Meet These Requirements?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2016, 02:06:48 AM »
As MrPhill said all shared, VPS/cloud and dedicated servers can handle your website. But if I were you I would choose a shared Linux hosting packages. In my opinion, VPS and dedicated servers are wasting money for you.
On the other hand, my recommended forum software is MyBB. I run several MyBB and SMF boards. I like both for various reasons. I have/will never run a phpBB board, I've never liked it at all so I can offer no input on that front (except apathy, but I have no shortage of that).

SMF's biggest downfall is the fact that all plugins (or rather, mods) are still just direct edits to core files, this can get very messy (particularly with upgrading). I very much like SMF's pacakage manager. It is possible to search their mod and theme database from within the admin panel and directly install mods that way. It makes it very easy for anyone to use.

I can't really compare the two in terms of performance as my MyBB forum is on a VPS that I pour effort in to optimising and my SMF one is on shared hosting, but SMF seems to perform fine given the difference. MyBB is certainly my preferred choice for a forum.

Before making your final decision about choosing your forum software, I strongly recommend having a look at the following pages:[
You can also see on
That MyBB is listed as one of open source programs useable with your Lunarpages account.

Hope this helps.
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