anybloodyid wrote:Do I have to install the phpBB board from scratch and start again?
Or you *really* have to know, what you are doing there (and in fact, you have no idea). If you like to run a copy of your public phpBB on your local PC, you must copy the folder which holds the PHP scripts, as well as the MySQL data folder. You must either override your local MySQL data folder (back it up before!) or apply appropriate changes to my.cnf (the MySQL Configuration)
If you cannot copy the full MySQL data folder (due to missing rights, depends on your provider), you must export the database which holds your phpBB forum data and import it to your local MySQL. In that case your also have to add a new MySQL user to your MySQL installation with exactly the same UseriD and password as on your public server (seems that it is called 'web35-whoisit', but i dont know the password, you have to know it!).
Last not least you have to apply some changes to your hosts file in order to redirect all requests to the public domain (i.e. www.yourdomain.com
) of the forum server to your local PC. This step might be skipped, it depends on the installation of phpBB (whether it uses "hard coded" domain name in generated links - i am unsure about that).
You see, it's not an easy task to copy the full forum down to your PC. If you dont need a copy, but only a fresh install of phpBB, you must do a new install locallly.