How to find the best theme for your MyBB (free or paid)

If you want to run a successful MyBB forum, you’ll need something else then the default theme.
You’ll need a MyBB design that makes your site unique. If your site looks like all of the other MyBB installations with the default theme, you’ll get less attention and make less money if you use MyBB for Business.

MyBB Default Theme
The default MyBB theme is no good choice for a Business forum.

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StefanT is the new MyBB project manager

MyBB project manager Tim B. promoted StefanT as the new MyBB project manager. Tim B. retired from the project because he was unable to dedicate the time the project deserves. StefanT will now manage the project together with Chris Boulton. StefanT knows MyBB very well, he owns the german MyBB support website since years.

After all, this change in the project management of MyBB does not seem to cause issues for us, running MyBB for Business. MyBB will remain free and open source.

Color the staff author information on MyBB posts

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to give the author information of certain usergroups a special background color. It’ll look like this:
MyBB Thread Background
Instead of this:

MyBB Post Background

We can achieve this effect for each usergroup. Moderators for example could have a light blue background for their author information, VIPs could have a light yellow background and so on. You can also use background images.
We will use simple template edits for this modification instead of a plugin.

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The best robots.txt for your MyBB

MyBB is not very optimized for search engines by default. One of the biggest problems is that it does not come with a robots.txt file.

Search engines will crawl all kind of stuff in your forum that makes no sense. Examples are the calendar, the archive, new reply pages and many more.

They will also find a lot of duplicated content in your forum because the same posts can be displayed in the archive, using a direct post URL and all kinds of thread URLs with lastpost or newpost.html additions. MyBB does not ship with canonical URLs by default so you’ll have issues here too.

My currently recommended robots.txt for MyBB with activated SEO-friendly-URLs looks like this:

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Prevent adblockers on your MyBB forum

If you want to make money with your MyBB forum, you’ll probably use ads to generate revenue. Google Adsense is a popular choice for example.

But a lot of visitors are using adblockers in the meantime and you’ll loose a lot of money this way.

This is a way to prevent adblockers on your MyBB forum to make a business out of your MyBB.

Open your MyBB Admin CP and visit the Templates & Styles section. Choose Templates.

Open the templates of your theme and find the ungrouped templates:

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Upgrade existing plugins from MyBB 1.6 to MyBB 1.8

MyBB 1.8 has been released to the public. If you’d like to upgrade your MyBB 1.6 forum, you’ll have to update your plugins too.

Most of your plugins will probably be updated by the plugin author. If a plugin author does not update his plugin to MyBB 1.8, you can try to upgrade it yourself.

Simply locate the plugin file in your forum’s inc/plugins folder. Open it with a text editor, I recommend to use Notepad++.

You’ll find a compatibility line that looks like this:

Plugin Info MyBB 1.6

Change it to 18* to support MyBB 1.8, it will look like this:

Plugin Info MyBB 1.8

Now you can upload and install the plugin. In most cases, the plugin will now work with MyBB 1.8.