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How to Edit Terms and Conditions in phpBB

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PhpBB does not have pre-defined terms and conditions as it is being used for building online communities that could define their own terms and conditions. Mostly all phpBB based forum owners create their own terms and conditions by simply creating new threads and posts where they define all the rules that must be followed by the users. However, it is possible to set quite similar rules that are visible for the visitors before doing registration. This way visitors can be informed about existing terms and conditions in the forum they are going to sign up.

Follow These Steps to Edit Terms and Conditions

Begin with connecting to the hosting account control panel and open directory in which phpBB was installed. Then find the file named “ucp.php” in directory “language/en/ucp.php”. The same file can be found by connecting to the server through FTP.

Open the file for editing and locate the following the following lines:

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$lang = array_merge($lang, array(
	'TERMS_OF_USE_CONTENT'	=> 'By accessing “%1$s” (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “%1$s”, “%2$s”), you agree to be legally bound by the following terms. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all of the following terms then please do not access and/or use “%1$s”. We may change these at any time and we’ll do our utmost in informing you, though it would be prudent to review this regularly yourself as your continued usage of “%1$s” after changes mean you agree to be legally bound by these terms as they are updated and/or amended.<br />
 
	Our forums are powered by phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “www.phpbb.com”, “phpBB Group”, “phpBB Teams”) which is a bulletin board solution released under the “<a href="http://opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php">General Public License</a>” (hereinafter “GPL”) and can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.phpbb.com/">www.phpbb.com</a>. The phpBB software only facilitates internet based discussions, the phpBB Group are not responsible for what we allow and/or disallow as permissible content and/or conduct. For further information about phpBB, please see: <a href="http://www.phpbb.com/">http://www.phpbb.com/</a>.
 
	You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws be it of your country, the country where “%1$s” is hosted or International Law. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us. The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that “%1$s” have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should we see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, neither “%1$s” nor phpBB shall be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.
	',
 
	'PRIVACY_POLICY'		=> 'This policy explains in detail how “%1$s” along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “%1$s”, “%2$s”) and phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “www.phpbb.com”, “phpBB Group”, “phpBB Teams”) use any information collected during any session of usage by you (hereinafter “your information”).<br />
 
	Your information is collected via two ways. Firstly, by browsing “%1$s” will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded on to your computer’s web browser temporary files. The first two cookies just contain a user identifier (hereinafter “user-id”) and an anonymous session identifier (hereinafter “session-id”), automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software. A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics within “%1$s” and is used to store which topics have been read, thereby improving your user experience.
 
	We may also create cookies external to the phpBB software whilst browsing “%1$s”, though these are outside the scope of this document which is intended to only cover the pages created by the phpBB software. The second way in which we collect your information is by what you submit to us. This can be, and is not limited to: posting as an anonymous user (hereinafter “anonymous posts”), registering on “%1$s” (hereinafter “your account”) and posts submitted by you after registration and whilst logged in (hereinafter “your posts”).
 
	Your account will at a bare minimum contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “your user name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid e-mail address (hereinafter “your e-mail”). Your information for your account at “%1$s” is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your e-mail address required by “%1$s” during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of “%1$s”. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated e-mails from the phpBB software.
 
	Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across a number of different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your account at “%1$s”, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with “%1$s”, phpBB or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password for your account, you can use the “I forgot my password” feature provided by the phpBB software. This process will ask you to submit your user name and your e-mail, then the phpBB software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.
	',
));

Provided text below is displayed by default before visitor is going to start with registration. Since it’s possible to edit this text, it can be modified by adding our own rules or deleting unnecessary ones. As this method requires to edit text via php file, it needs to be done carefully as one simple mistake might crash registration form or even entire forum.

Once done with editing, save and close the file. If it was edited through FTP, ensure the file was updated with the remote file in order for the changes to be applied. Then visit phpBB registration page to find new terms and conditions for the new visitors.

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  1. Mark Harmon

    Excellent tips. I am using phpBB forum and I little bit confuse about the how to add rules and regulations on my site. After reading this post I learned how to add that specific page on my site.

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