Turn on Topic Reply Notification by default in phpBB

In phpBB3, topic reply notification is set to “Off” by default. Unlike vBulletin, where you are automatically subscribed to threads which you reply to, in phpBB, you have to manually check “Notify me when a reply is posted” from the “Post reply” page to subscribe. However, there is an easy file edit that will keep […]

Essential custom BBCodes for phpBB

phpBB comes with a multitude of BBCodes that perform various functions. While most of these are sufficient for day-to-day forum activity, power users who crave for mre functionality on their boards, need custom-made BBCodes to satisfy their needs. Here is a list of most commonly used bbcodes on phpBB boards. Video sharing YouTube BBCode usage […]

Add canonical links to phpBB

It’s old news that Google and other major search engines have added support for the <link rel=”canonical”> tag to help cut down on duplicate indexing of web pages. While plugins for WordPress, Drupal and Magneto E-Commerce have been released, there has been none such modification for phpBB, where it is, arguably, most needed. phpBB administrators […]

Prevent duplicate indexing while moving threads in phpBB

Moving a thread from one forum to another cause duplicate indexing issues in phpBB3. In such cases, both the old URL and the new URL return a “200 Found” header response, even though the thread doesn’t exist in the old forum. Ideally, the old URL should 301 redirect to the new URL. In this post […]

Error: [phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/functions.php on line 3526: Undefined index: HIDDEN_USERS_ZERO_TOTAL_AND

After updating phpBB to v3.0.4, this error suddenly popped up after changing the language to something other than English : [phpBB Debug] PHP Notice: in file /includes/functions.php on line 3526: Undefined index: HIDDEN_USERS_ZERO_TOTAL_AND It means that the language pack is outdated and “HIDDEN_USERS_ZERO_TOTAL_AND” isn’t defined in the common.php file in the corresponding language directory. The […]