How to Enable SSL in phpBB

Posted on December 23rd, 2016

phpBB is a PHP based forum management software. It is an open-source and free Forum Management System that provides all the features you will ever need to manage a forum. Forum management is easy with phpBB. But, Protecting the data of your users with an SSL certificate is the most important. It is very important to have an SSL certificate on your site.

If you do not want to invest in a paid SSL certificate, you can also generate it for Free from Let’s Encrypt. There are many tools online that will provide you an SSL certificate for your domains for Free. In this tutorial, I will show you how to secure your site by enabling SSL in phpBB. phpBB provides a simple way to enable SSL certificate requirement on the forum.

Note: Enabling SSL certificate from the admin panel means all the URLs will be executed on HTTPS port. However, before you can follow this tutorial, You must have an SSL certificate installed on your server.

So, Let’s get started with the tutorial.

Enable SSL in phpBB

Step 1: First of all, log in to the administrator panel of your phpBB using admin credentials.

Step 2: Click on the “Server Configuration -> Cookie Settings” option from the left sidebar of the admin panel.

Enable SSL in phpBB - Step 1 and 2

On this page, you will find all the settings you can modify for Cookies. To enable SSL, we have to focus on “Cookie secure” option.

Step 3: Find the “Cookie secure” option and click on “Enabled” if not already enabled.

Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button given after the form to apply changes.

How to enable SSL in phpBB - Step 3 and 4

In a few seconds, you should see a success message just like the following image.

How to enable SSL in phpBB - Success

So, this is how you can enable or disable SSL in phpBB. It is important to make sure that your site is secured with an SSL certificate. It is also an important ranking factor in Google.

We hope this tutorial was helpful for you. If you have questions, please feel free to let us know in the comment section given below. If you are an active InterServer customer, contact our awesome support staff for quick help!

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