First, let me apologize for this enormous post - but I am quite confident that A.) it will be read, and B.) answered in a civil way.
Okay, I have a problem here. A friend and I are setting up a combination "informational site/discussion forum" targeted at a fairly specific audience. I'm pretty good with HTML and css, but I've never done anything with phpBB, except using it on free forums. We have our own domain now, and the HTML and css files are all uploaded and seem to be functioning well. The problem is this - and I'll just copy and paste the post I left at the member's forum at the host's site:
I hesitate to even ask these questions - I'm truly not a complete n00b at this, though I'm by no means a guru, either.
Issue # 1:
I'm trying to install phpBB 3.0.12 on my site. Following the installation instructions on the phpBB site, I have:
1.) Unpacked and uploaded all files and folders to my site.
2.) Set the permissions in config.php to "666."
3.) Set the permissions to "777" on the following folders: store/, cache/, files/, and images/avatars/upload.
(As an aside, yes, I do have a mySQL database process that is presently running.)
Again, following the instructions to install phpBB 3.0.12 on my site, I should now be ready - and have the ability - to point my browser to the location on my site where the file "index.php" is located. This in turn is supposed to bring up the Introduction screen.
Well, guess what? It doesn't.
Pointing my browser to the correct location (I checked it three times) returns the following error:
Any help in resolving this issue would be greatly appreciated.
500 Internal Server Error
An error has occurred while handling your request. The most common reasons for this are:
A malfunctioning script or CGI application.
An invalid or inaccessible .htaccess file.
Please contact the site administrator for assistance.
If you are the site administrator:
Enable and check your site's error log for more information.
Check to make sure CGI scripts are set properly executable.
Make sure CGI scripts are uploaded in Unix text file format (newline-only).
Edit to Add: I enabled error logs, and tried again to install phpBB. The attempt was still unsuccessful. This is what the log file told me:***************************************
[Sat May 03 15:46:48.555544 2014] [core:alert] [pid 92276:tid 34396976128] [client 172.17.0.142:32659] /f2/sost/public/site_html_files/forum/.htaccess: Invalid command 'Order', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration
[Sat May 03 15:46:53.853864 2014] [core:alert] [pid 92276:tid 34396978176] [client 172.17.0.142:33202] /f2/sost/public/site_html_files/forum/.htaccess: Invalid command 'Order', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration
My site is designed to be a combination of static informational pages and a discussion forum for those who wish to register. Almost immediately after uploading all of the site's HTML and css files, I decided that I wanted to change a detail on one page - namely, remove a link. I did so, and then uploaded the newly modified page to the site, overwriting the file that was there. That was yesterday.
As of today, the server cache refuses to flush the original page. I use Win7, so I tried - repeatedly, both yesterday and today - using Ctrl+Shift+R to force the server to refresh the page, but to no avail. That is still the case today. I closed and reopened my browser, made sure that my browser cache was cleared, etc. I tried everything I could think of to resolve this.
Just how long does it REALLY take for NFSN to flush out the cache?
Again, any help will be appreciated.
Edit to Add: If you need the site particulars to check into this, it ishttp://www.s-st.orgIf further information is needed, please let me know.
So, quite soon after posting the above, I received the following reply:
This error indicates that you're using a .htaccess file intended for Apache 2.2 with an Apache 2.4 site. Either ask the phpBB folks for Apache 2.4 instructions, read the upgrade guide and figure it out yourself, or switch to an Apache 2.2 site. (But the latest PHP is only available with Apache 2.4, and you'll need to switch to 2.4 eventually.)
Invalid command 'Order', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration
I am forced to admit that this rather abbreviated response left me clueless. If anyone can help me in the process of installing phpBB to my site, I would be eternally grateful. I'm using NearlyFreeSpeech.Net as my host; they are are using PHP 5.4 and mySQL. Frankly, I'm lost.