In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Simple Invoices on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, miniBB aka Mini Bulletin Board is a PHP based standalone, open source program for building your own Internet forums. Comparing to the other forum software available on the market, miniBB just brings what it’s created for: an easy, lite, and speedy quick forum. If you want a simple and stable message board attached to your existing website at the deepest integration level, incl. the customization of the layout to the look of your website, or even synchronizing with the existing membership system, you’ve just came across to the forum solution, developed exactly for such purpose.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Steam on a CentOS 7 server.
Install miniBB Forum on CentOS 7
Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
yum -y update
Step 2. Install LAMP server.
A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install required PHP modules:
yum isntall php php-gd php-common php-mysql
Step 3. Installing miniBB Forum.
First thing to do is to go to miniBB’s download page and download the latest stable version of miniBB Forum, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.2.1:
Unpack the Simple Invoices archive to the document root directory on your server:
unzip minibb.zip -d /var/www/html
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/minibb
Now, open the ‘setup_options.php’ file which contains almost every common option of miniBB:
### nano /var/www/html/minibb/setup_options.php
$admin_usr = 'ADMIN_USR';
$admin_pwd = 'ADMIN_PASSWORD';
$admin_email = 'firstname.lastname@example.org';
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for miniBB.
By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:
Configure it like this:
- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the miniBB. Run the following command:
mysql -u root -p
This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for miniBB installation:
CREATE DATABASE minibb;
CREATE USER 'minibbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `minibb`.* TO 'minibbuser'@'localhost';
tep 5. Configuring Apache web server for miniBB.
We will create Apache virtual host for your miniBB website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:
Next, create the virtual host:
Add the following lines:
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Require all granted
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 6. Accessing miniBB Forum.
Simple Invoices will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/_install.php or http://server-ip/_install.php and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed miniBB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing miniBB on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official miniBB web site.