Installing MyBB

How to install MyBB v1.6.7

MyBB is an open-source, PHP-based discussion board. This article provides step-by-step instructions for installing MyBB v1.6.7 to your hosting account.


  • Your FTP account log in and server information provided in the Nexcess Welcome Email.
  • An FTP client application installed on your local drive. For information about installing FTP client applications, refer to FTP client programs.
  • A file archiving or compression tool to extract the .zip installation file, such as 7-Zip or WinZip.

Before proceeding

Before installing MyBB, it is recommend that you create a MySQL database, for MyBB to use for storing data. For instructions on creating a MySQL database through your SiteWorx account, refer to Creating a new MySQL database user account. Retain the database and user information for later use during the MyBB installation.

1: Configure installation

Follow the steps below to configure the MyBB files before running the installation script.

  1. Download the most recent version of MyBB v1.6.7 from the MyBB Downloads page.
  2. Use your preferred file archive or compression software to to extract the file.
  3. Log in to your SiteWorx account and then select File Manager.
  4. Create a destination directory within your web root /html for the MyBB installation.
  5. Open your preferred FTP client and connect to your hosting account.
  6. Type the contents of the Upload directory to the destination directory that you created in Step 4 of this section.

2: Run installation script

  1. In a web browser, type the following web address, replacing with your actual domain name. Follow the your domain name with the name of the directory created in Step 4 of the above section.

    MyBB Installation - Welcome Page
  2. Click Next.
  3. Read the GNU License Agreement. If you accept the terms of the agreement, click Next and the script runs a system check.
    MyBB Installation - Requirements Check
  4. Click Next to continue. The next window prompts you to enter details about the database you created in Creating a MySQL database.

    MyBB Installation - Board Configuration

    Attention: When typing database information, be sure to enter the full name of the database, include the first eight characters of your domain name prefixed to the database/database username, for example examplec_myBB.

  5. Type the database information, and then click Next. If the script is able to connect to the specified database, it displays a message indicating that it will be created.
  6. Click Next to continue. The script will add default data to the tables.
  7. Click Next to proceed with populating the tables. The script inserts the default theme and template sets.
  8. Click Next to begin configuring basic options for your bulletin board.
    MyBB Installation - Board Configuration
  9. Type the desired settings in each of the Board Configuration fields, and then click Next.

    MyBB Installation - Create Admin Account
  10. You will  now configure the administrator account for accessing and managing your bulletin board. Type your user name for the administrator account.
  11. Type a secure password. Refer to Generating a secure password for advice and best practices as necessary. 
  12. In the Email Address field, enter the email address to serve as the contact address on your bulletin board. Enter the address to display when a visitor clicks Contact Us on your bulletin board.
    MyBB Installation - Installation Complete
    Attention: For security reasons, you must delete a directory from the root of your website.
  13. Return to your FTP client and click on the directory you created for MyBB.
  14. Delete the /install directory. To start configuring your new bulletin board, use the log in information that you created in Steps 10-11.

External resources

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