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UTF8 setup

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MyBB 1.2.10 and above feature a new set of UTF-8 tools. These tools allow users to convert their current encodings over to UTF-8 which is rapidly becoming the Unicode standard for many webmasters. However, before you can use these tools we need to make some changes to the config.php.


The following changes are to be made in inc/config.php. At this time you should download that file and open it in an appropriate text editor.

1. Look for the following lines in inc/config.php. If they do not exist go to "Adding the code". Otherwise go to "Fixing the code"

2. Add the following lines right before ?> (located at the end of the file)

 * Database Encoding
 *  If you wish to set an encoding for MyBB uncomment
 *  the line below (if it isn't already) and change
 *  the current value to the mysql charset:

$config['database']['encoding'] = 'utf8';

2. Find the following line

// $config['database']['encoding'] = 'utf8';

And replace it with

$config['database']['encoding'] = 'utf8';

Save the file and upload it to your server, replacing the old inc/config.php. Now that's done, you can continue to run the UTF-8 tools in the ACP.

Please note that once you've converted to UTF-8 there is no supported way to undo this process.

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