PHPFox Configuration Tutorial

This tutorial will cover key configuration tutorial:

  • How to locate and use the main configuration file
  • General configuration guide
  • How to configure SSL
  • How to enable clean URLs in PHPFox
  • How to configure SMTP
  • How to configure registration options
  • How to configure payment gateways
  • How to change the logo on PHPFox website
  • How to change the registration page image in PHPFox

 

Further reading:

How to Install and Upgrade PHPFox

 PHPFox Web Hosting

PHPFox Management Guide

 

How to locate and use the main configuration file

 

This section of the tutorial will provide a closer look to the main configuration file of PHPFox and how to locate/use it. It does not matter if you are a developer or not, the main configuration file is something that you should be aware of. It contains some important information for your website.

 

Access Files

There are two ways of reviewing the files on your account - using an FTP client, following our FTP tutorial, or reviewing them directly through your cPanel account > File Manager, following our cPanel tutorial.

When you access the directory of your PHPFox installation, you need to navigate to:

 

          include/settings/server.sett.php

 

In our case, the PHPFox installation is located directly within the public_html/ directory.

The configuration file contains a lot of data. However, the most important part is the database details and the setup of your website’s domain. You can use that information for your PHPFox configuration, or when creating or restoring backups of your website.

 

$_CONF['db']['driver'] = 'mysqli'
$_CONF['db']['host'] = 'localhost'
$_CONF['db']['user'] = 'example_phpfox'
$_CONF['db']['pass'] = 't3mpp4ssw0rd'
$_CONF['db']['name'] = 'example_phpfox'
$_CONF['db']['prefix'] = 'dbo_'
$_CONF['db']['port'] = ''
$_CONF['db']['slave'] = false;
$_CONF['db']['slave_servers'] = array();
$_CONF['balancer']['enabled'] = false;
$_CONF['balancer']['servers'] = array();
$_CONF['core.host'] = 'www.example.com'
$_CONF['core.folder'] = '/'
 
 

How to edit the General Information in PHPFox

 

This feature will allow you to set the name of your website, site title, copyright information and much more. It is important to configure that properly as it will provide basic details for your users when reviewing your website.

 

Access your website as administrator and then click on the AdminCP button at the top-right corner.

 

Access AdminCP panel in PHPFox

 

Select the Settings button from the top menu and then Manage Settings.

 

Access the manage settings feature in PHPFox

 

In the Global Settings section, choose the General option.

 

Access the general settings manager in PHPFox

 

Edit the following options:

 

  • Site Name: Enter the name of your website.
  • Site Title: Enter a title for your website.
  • Copyright: Enter the copyright information for your website.
  • Official Launch Date: Enter a date when the website will be officially put into production.

 

Click on the Submit button to keep the changes.

 

Further reading:

How to Install and Upgrade PHPFox

 PHPFox Web Hosting

PHPFox Management Guide

 

How to configure SSL in PHPFox

 

We will now review the process of forcing SSL redirect on certain pages on your website, such as registration, login, etc.

 

Step 1Dedicated SSL certificate

 

The first step of the process is to ensure that you have a valid SSL certificate installed on your domain. You can confirm that with the use of an online SSL checker, such as the one available here

 

SSL Certificate

 

If you do not have a valid SSL certificate, you will have to purchase one for your website. For existing FastComet clients, you can get such a certificate via your Client Area.

 

If you purchase an SSL certificate through Todhost, you will be contacted shortly to discuss the best convenient time for the actual installation.

 

Step 2 Force SSL

 

PHPFox automatically detects the SSL certificate on your domain and you will be able to access your website via both the http and https protocol. However, you can also force SSL use on your entire website and to achieve that, you need to access your website as administrator and then click on the AdminCP button at the top-right corner.

 

Access administrative panel in PHPFox

 

Click on the Settings tab from the top menu and then Manage Settings.

 

Access the Manage Settings manager in PHPFox

 

Locate the Global Settings section and then click on Server Settings.

 

Access the server settings in PHPFox

 

Scroll down to the Secure Pages with HTTPS and choose True from the drop-down box.

 

Force SSL use in PHPFox

 

Click on the Submit button to keep the changes.

 

Further reading:

How to Install and Upgrade PHPFox

 PHPFox Web Hosting

PHPFox Management Guide

 

How to enable clean URLs in PHPFox

 

Throughout this tutorial, we will review the process of enabling clean URLs on your PHPFox website. This is a good feature as it will improve the SEO for your website. To enable clean URLs, you need to complete the following steps.

 

Step 1 Configuration file

The first step of the process is to edit the main configuration file of your PHPFox website. Access the file and locate the following line:

 

$_CONF(‘core.url_rewrite’] = ‘2’;

 

and then change it to:

 

$_CONF(‘core.url_rewrite’] = ‘1’;

 

Upload Files

There are two ways of accessing your files to the server - using an FTP client, following our FTP tutorial, or access files directly through your cPanel account > File Manager, following our cPanel tutorial.

 

Step 2 Edit htaccess file

 

The next step is to rename the htaccess.txt file, which is located within the folder, where you have installed PHPFox. You simply need to rename it to .htaccess and make sure that you do not forget the dot (.) before the name of the file.

 

How to configure SMTP

 

How to configure SMTP in PHPFox

 

We now review the process of enabling SMTP on your PHPFox website. This will ensure the proper sending of system emails out of a certain email account on your hosting package. 

 

Step 1 Create an email account

 

The first step of the process is to create an email account on your hosting package. This will be required for the SMTP configuration of your PHPFox website and it will also ensure that all emails from your website are successfully delivered to your users. You can create a new email account via cPanel.

 

Email Accounts

 

Our hosting package allows you to create unlimited email accounts. Have a look at our tutorial on how to manage email accounts in cPanel.

 

Step 2 Configure SMTP

Once you have your email account created, you can proceed with the actual configuration of your PHPFox installation. You need to access your website as administrator and then click on the AdminCP button at the top-right corner.

 

Access administrative panel in PHPFox

 

Click on the Settings from the top menu and then Manage Settings.

 

Access the manage settings feature in PHPFox

 

Locate the Global Settings section and choose Mail.

 

Access the mail configuration feature in PHPFox

 

Edit the following options:

 

  • Send Mail Method - Choose SMTP from the drop-down box
  • From - Enter your name
  • Email - Enter the email account created in the previous chapter
  • Signature - Choose a signature for the system emails
  • SMTP Host - mail.example.com (change example.com to your actual domain)
  • SMTP Username - Enter the email account created in the previous chapter
  • SMTP Password - Enter the password for your email account
  • SMTP Port - 25 or 2525

 

Click on the Submit button to keep the changes.

 

How to configure registration options in PHPFox

 

In PHPFox, you have the ability to specify the exact way your users will be allowed to register on your website. You can even disable registration and you will be the only person that can add new users.

 

To edit the registration options, you need to access your website as administrator and then click on the AdminCP button at the top-right corner.

 

Access administrative panel in PHPFox

 

Select the Settings button from the top menu and then Manage Settings.

 

Access the manage settings feature in PHPFox

 

In the Global Settings section, choose the Registration option.

 

Access the registration options feature in PHPFox

 

Some of the options that you can edit here are:

 

  • Allow User Registration - Set this to True of False depending on your choice.
  • Verify Email At Signup - When a new user registers, you can ask them to verify the new registration via email or not.
  • Captcha on Registration - Enable/disable captcha on registration in PHPFox. This is important in order to avoid spam bots registering on your website.
  • Date of Birth - Enable date of birth during the registration step.
  • Gender Field - Enable gender during the registration step.
  • Location: Enable location during the registration step.
  • Hide Main Menu - This will hide/show the main menu on the registration screen. This will restrict access to certain features on your website until the user registers.

 

Set register configuration in PHPFox

Further reading:

How to Install and Upgrade PHPFox

 PHPFox Web Hosting

PHPFox Management Guide

 

How to configure payment gateways in PHPFox

 

Receiving payments from your website is important, especially if you have already configured the subscription packages and advertisements. To configure that as well, you need to access your website as administrator and then click on the AdminCP button at the top-right corner.

 

Access administrative area in PHPFox

 

Click on the Settings tab on the main menu and then Payment Gateways.

 

Access payment gatways feature in PHPFox

 

You do have the ability to use 2 payment gateways for your needs – 2checkout and PayPal.

 

Click on the arrow drop-down button next to the payment gateway you wish to edit. Then, simply click on the Edit Gateway Settings button.

 

<img alt="Choose a payment gateway to be used >

 

Edit the following options:

 

  • Title: Set the title of the payment gateway.
  • Description: Enter a short description for the payment.
  • Active: Set the payment gateway as active/inactive.
  • Test Mode: Set the payment gateway in test mode or not.
  • PayPal Email (dependent on payment gateway): Enter the email for your PayPal account.
  • 2Checkout Vendor ID Number (dependent on payment gateway): Enter your vendor ID for 2Checkout.

 

Click on the Update button to keep the changes.

 

How to change the logo on PHPFox website

 

If you are running a community website, you may want to place the logo of your organization. This will make sure that your website’s users are aware of the actual community they participate in. Also, this is a good way of advertising the actual organization that you represent.

 

With PHPFox, you have the ability to change the logo on your website with a feature present within the AdminCP area of your website.

 

Access your website as administrator and then click on the AdminCP button at the top-right corner.

 

Access administrative area of PHPFox

 

Select the Extensions tab from the top menu and then Theme > Manage Themes.

 

Access the themes manager in PHPFox

 

Click on the Arrow drop-down button next to the current active theme on your website and then Manage Styles. This is usually the Default theme of PHPFox.

 

Select and manage default theme style in PHPFox

 

Select the Arrow drop-down button next to the style that you have set on your website as active and then Change Logo. This is usually the default style for the default theme of PHPFox.

 

Select the Change Logo option in PHPFox

 

Select the logo image from your local computer, choose if you need the system to automatically resize it.

 

Upload logo in PHPFox

 

Click on the Upload Logo button to keep the changes.

 

That’s it. Once you complete the steps above, you can refresh the front-page of your website. The logo will be displayed properly on the top-left corner of all pages.

 

How to change the registration page image in PHPFox

 

The registration page of a PHPFox website is presenting a world map image. However, the concept of representing that the community is world-wide may not match your actual needs.

 

PHPFox world image

 

If you want to change that image to a custom one, which is related to the actual purpose of your PHPFox community, there is an easy way for achieving that.

 

Log into your cPanel account and locate the File section. Then, simply click on the File Manager service.

 

Access File Manager in cPanel

 

Access the location of your PHPFox website. In our case, this is the public_html/ directory. Then, you need to navigate to:

 

          /theme/frontend/default/style/default/image/layout/

 

Rename the file called banner.png to something else.

 

Click on the Upload button at the top menu and then upload the image that you wish to place on the registration page of your website. Make sure that it is using the same name: banner.png

 

All done! When you access the front-end of your website, you will be able to see the new image placed properly.

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