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Pre-Install Questions

Discussion in 'Installation, Upgrade, and Import Support' started by Neszy, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Neszy

    Neszy Member


    So, I ran a small-ish forum for a little while, and have just chosen to fully reinstall it, for various reasons (primarily for a fresh re-launch and so I can minimise traffic).

    Basically, I've seen a lot of stuff in other forums that I've really wanted, but I've never known how to get it. Firstly, I want the URL's to be like www.domain.com/boards/title or www.domain.com/threads/title. How do I do that? Is it something to do with a plugin, or is it something that needs to be changed within the files themselves?

    I'm also hoping to run XenPorta on this forum, but I want XenPorta to be located at www.domain.com instead of www.domain.com/forum. Will it automatically do that, or do I need to do something?

    Also, apologies if this is in the wrong place, wasn't too sure where to put it since I've no idea if it's actually pre-install or if I can install it and then worry about these things. I just want to make the forum as easy and logical as possible, and I feel that knowing what I have to do from the ground up helps a LOT.

  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You want friendly URLs:


    For that you should install XF in the web root. XenPorta has an option to take over the index route and assign the forum index to /forum. At that point /forum is a route and not a directory, but it appears the same in the URL. You can see an example of this on Jaxel's site (the author of XenPorta):

  3. Neszy

    Neszy Member

    Ah yeah, I think I tried to do the friendly URLs last time, but I had no idea what to do when I got to the "Web Server Requirements and Setup" part, since I understood absolutely none of it.

    By web root, you mean /www, right? Servers still confuse me, not sure how I managed to install it first time round haha!

    EDIT: Actually, I think it's public_html...
  4. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yep. As opposed to creating a subdirectory (/forum).
  5. Neszy

    Neszy Member

    RIGHT, I seeeeee... so just put it straight into /www/ without a folder within /www? Does it matter than cgi-bin is in there?
  6. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member


  7. Neszy

    Neszy Member

    Alright, awesome! Thanks a bunch for the quick replies :)
  8. Neszy

    Neszy Member

    Hey, how would I find out which type I webserver I have (Apache, Nginx, etc)?

    EDIT: No longer needed, turns out we got Apache :)

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