Customizing phpBB Template Files

I spent the better part of today installing a phpBB forum on a new site (specifically phpBB 3.0.4).  This was my first experience with phpBB, and it looks pretty cool.  I won’t cover the install process here — there are plenty of great resources available for that — suffice it to say that it was very easy to install.

Once I had the software installed, I wanted to make some modifications to the header — include my own logo, etc.  This should have been easy, it’s just a matter of editing the overall_header.html file (download file via ftp, edit in text editor, upload, refresh).  But…no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my changes to show.  After quite a bit of time, I found a solution in a forum (yes, ironic).

To hopefully save others some frustration, I’m re-posting it here.  The key is that you need to refresh your template before the changes will show on the site.  To do this:

Go to Forum ACP->Style Tab->Template->Refresh your Template

That’s it!  Wish I would have known a few hours ago 🙂

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