Configuring phpBB

As with post-2.0.15 versions of the phpBB 2.0.x series, you must now reauthenticate yourself with the board in order to enter the Administration panel, as shown in Figure 8-19. phpBB 3.0 is all about increased security, and this is one of the many measures the developers have taken to keep intruders out. Once you log in, you'll see a confirmation message stating that your authentication was successful and that you're being taken to the Administration panel.



To administer the board you must re-authenticate yourself.

In order to login you must be registered. Registering takes only a few seconds but gives you increased capabilies. The board administrator may also grant additional permissions to registered users. Before you login please ensure you are familiar with our terms of use and related policies. Please ensure you read any forum rules as you navigate around the board.

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Figure 8-19. Reauthentication is now required to enter the Administration panel.

As you can see in Figure 8-20, the Administration panel has been totally revamped. Administrative actions are now logged with the user, the action the user performed, the time, and the IP address of where the action happened. The statistics have been updated to reflect new features such as attachments, and you can refresh these statistics using a drop-down menu. Finally, you are presented with a list of users who have yet to activate their accounts. This is particularly useful for administrators who have set phpBB to screen all new members and require manual activation.

The left pane of the Administration panel is bustling with all sorts of new categories and features. With this reorganization of the navigation pane, it is much easier to find the function you are looking for, as the headings and links generally make more sense.

Figure 8-20. A glance at the revamped phpBB 3.0 Administration panel

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