Browse phpBB with the iPhone/iPod Touch

The iPhone is very use­ful for forum ad­min­is­trat­ors who are of­ten on the road and like to an­swer posts on the train, for ex­ample. Un­for­tu­nately, the de­fault theme of phpBB is hardly us­able on the iPhone (or the iPod Touch). Apart from that, the font size of most dis­cus­sion boards is so small that you con­stantly have to zoom.

The free theme phpbb-iphone-style es­pe­cially de­veloped for the iPhone adds a lot of com­fort. It re­moves un­ne­ces­sary dis­play ele­ments, in­creases font size and im­proves con­trolling the forum with the touch screen.

The theme can be in­stalled very eas­ily. You simply have to down­load the pro­ject’s source code and copy it onto your web server un­der the styles dir­ect­ory. If you like, you can also fol­low the in­struc­tions found in the read-me file, so the forum auto­mat­ic­ally uses the new theme if someone vis­its the site with a mo­bile device. Fi­nally, you may dis­able the theme in the ad­min­is­tra­tion panel, so it can­not be ac­tiv­ated in nor­mal browsers.

I in­stalled phpbb-iphone-style into the Spami­hil­ator sup­port forum. Here are some screen­shots:

Dur­ing the next few days I will add some en­hance­ments, so the theme will fit the over­all style of the Spami­hil­ator web­site.

Posted by Michel Krämer
on March, 3rd 2010.