Installing Extensions

You can manage extensions using the Extension Manager extension, which comes pre-installed with all Flarum pods on PikaPods. Navigate to Administration > Features > Extension Manager in your Flarum pod to enable and use it.

To persist extensions during pod updates and edits, you also need to add the vendor/package-name in the file /data/extensions/list. This file can be accessed via SFTP. Be sure to have a new line at the end of the file. (We are working to get rid of this step.)

Send email with SMTP

First login to the Flarum forum as an administrator and then follow these steps:

  1. Go to Administration > Email.
  2. Under Choose a Driver, select SMTP.
  3. Fill in the following settings:
    • Addresses: The email address from which the emails will be sent.
    • Host: The hostname of your SMTP server.
    • Port: The port number of your SMTP server. Typically 465 (for SSL) or 587 (for TLS)
    • Encryption: The encryption type. Typically ssl (for port 465) or tls (for port 587).
    • Username: The username for your SMTP server.
    • Password: The password for your SMTP server.
  4. Click the Save button.

Once you have completed these steps, Flarum will be able to send its verification emails.

If you receive an error message when sending the test email, please check your SMTP settings carefully and make sure that they are correct.

Changing initial admin user

You MUST setup email with SMTP before editing the initial admin user.

Step 1: Change username

  1. Go to Administration > Users.
  2. Click the Edit button next to the user flarum (default admin user).
  3. In the new popup, change the username to the desired one.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Step 2: Change email

  1. Go to Profile > Settings.
  2. Under Account, click Change Email.
  3. In the popup, change the email in the first field, and enter the account password (default flarum) in the second field.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. You will now receive a confirmation email to the new email address. Click the link in the email to verify the changes.

Step 2: Change password

  1. Go to Profile > Settings.
  2. Under Account, click Change Password.
  3. In the popup, click Send Password Reset Email and check email.
  4. You will now receive a password reset email to your account email. Click the link in the email to reset password.