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 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 mybboard.de 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.
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:
Instead of this:
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.
If you want to host MyBB on a Windows Server with IIS instead of a Linux server with Apache, you’ll need a web.config file instead of a .htaccess file for seo-friendly URLs. Windows Servers are often used in intranet solutions and MyBB can extend intranets very well.
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: