Customize styles or themes

How can I personalize my Forum? How can I change the logo at the top? How can I change URL the logo goes to when clicked? How can I change the footer?

Some basic HTML knowledge is recommended for customizing or personalizing your Forum’s theme.

Chapter 1: How can I change the logo at the top?
Chapter 2: How can I change the URL the logo at the top goes to when clicked?
Chapter 3: How can I change the footer?

Chapter 1: How can I change the logo at the top?

How to change the logo-image in the upper left corner of the Forum is one of the most frequently asked questions about PhpBB

To change the logo open your FTP application, open the folder containing your forum, go to "styles" and you will see a folder for each of the themes you installed on your forum.
I will use the prosilver theme as an example. Open the prosilver folder, go to "imageset" and you will find a picture named "site_logo.gif"
That's the file you need to replace with your own logo. Note that you need to rename your logo to "site_logo.gif" and your logo needs to be of the same size as the original logo (which means 139px x 52px in the case of prosilver).

Depending on the theme the name of the logo image and its size may vary. All you need to do is find it and replace it with your own.

Chapter 2: How can I change the URL the logo at the top goes to when clicked?

How can I change the link the logo at the top goes to when clicked?

To do that you need to modify the theme's source files.

Open your FTP application, open the folder containing your forum, go to "styles" now you will see a folder for each of the themes you installed on your forum.
I will use the prosilver theme as an example. Open the prosilver folder, go to "template" and you will find a file called "overall_header.html". Download that file to your computer and open it in a HTML Editor or full text editor.

Once you opened the document perform a search for "logo" on it and you will find a line that looks like this (or similar if you're using another theme):

<a href="{U_INDEX}" title="{L_INDEX}" id="logo">{SITE_LOGO_IMG}</a>

You will need to change that line to

<a href="The URL you want it to point to" title="{L_INDEX}" id="logo">{SITE_LOGO_IMG}</a>

Substitute "The URL you want it to point to" with the web address.

In my WPFAQ.org website the line looks like

<a href="http://wpfaq.org" title="{L_INDEX}" id="logo">{SITE_LOGO_IMG}</a>

Once you changed that and saved the file re-upload it by overwriting/replacing the old one.

Login to your administration control panel

Go to "Purge cache" and hit "Run now"

Now the changes you made will be available on the board.

Chapter 3: How can I change the footer?

To change the text line displaying as a footer on your Forum you need to modify the theme's source files.

Open your FTP application, open the folder containing your forum, go to "styles" now you will see a folder for each of the themes you installed on your forum.
I will use the prosilver theme as an example. Open the prosilver folder, go to "template" and you will find a file called "overall_footer.html". Download that file to your computer and open it in a HTML Editor or full text editor.

Scroll down to the bottom and you will see the footer line displaying on the Forum. They look something like this:

<div class="copyright">Powered by <a href="http://www.phpbb.com/">phpBB</a> &copy; 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
<!-- IF TRANSLATION_INFO --><br />{TRANSLATION_INFO}<!-- ENDIF -->
<!-- IF DEBUG_OUTPUT --><br />{DEBUG_OUTPUT}<!-- ENDIF -->
<!-- IF U_ACP --><br /><strong><a href="{U_ACP}">{L_ACP}</a></strong><!-- ENDIF -->
</div>

Write your stuff right before the <div class="copyright"> (in the image above before the gray highlighted text).

Once you changed that and saved the file re-upload it by overwriting/replacing the old one.

Login to your administration control panel

Go to "Purge cache" and hit "Run now"

Now the changes you made will be available on the board.


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