MyBB setup - one critical missing instruction

I ran across MyBB this weekend and decided to give it a try. It looked cool because:

  • It's a PHP app, and thus simple to install and keep it running
  • It uses SQLite as a database, which I find much easier to work with
  • It has all the features I would want
  • Easy to customize

There was one missing critical piece in the instructions. If you're going to use SQLite as the database, you'll be asked for the "path" to the database. Well it's not really the path as we usually use that term. It's the path including the filename. In other words, it's a strange choice of letting you choose the name of the file holding your database, rather than just where you're going to store it, and they don't tell you that you need to provide the name of the file anywhere in the instructions.

After I did that, I was able to get it running, and it works quite well. Hopefully if you decide to try MyBB with SQLite, you can save a little time.


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