January 6, 2013 at 8:21 am #9919
There used to be a way to integrate Studio Press with a Forum. Can that still be accomplished or is there another recommendation for adding a forum to a Genesis theme?
D’vorahJanuary 6, 2013 at 9:50 am #9927
There’s no integration between WP’s user data and PHPBB3. You can just set up the forum as you normally would (it will have its own folders and DB tables) and put links on your WP site to get to it, and links on the forum to get back to your main site. You’d style the forum like your site, so it would appear to be 2 parts of 1 whole.
You can also use bbPress or Simple:Press. Both are WP plugins. I’ve made other posts on this forum with the links, so a search should bring those up. Simple:Press is far more full featured, but it is what one might call a semi-premium plugin (downloads are free, support costs $). Support for Simple:Press if you pay is great; it’s relatively non-existent if you don’t pay and don’t connect with someone who knows how to use it. I happen to know, but only support people on our hosting network. bbPress (what StudioPress uses here) is maturing, but still has a long way to go to even attempt to catch Simple:Press on features. One might argue that because Automattic puts its weight behind bbPress, it has a better chance of being around for the very long haul, so if that’s a concern, bbPress might have the edge. If you look at the forum here on forum bugs, most of those are due to issues where bbPress is immature. A Simple:Press forum would have been far less likely to have those problems. But the Simple:Press guys are more outside the inner WP circle (eg, they don’t put their plugin in the WP repo but keep it on their own website even though it’s GPL). Whether you choose to go the plugin route and which one you choose somewhat depends on which team you want to hang out with.
January 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm #9989
Thank you! I”ve used bbPress before and it was very confusing to our users. It also caused problems for my WP site.
I’ve seen simple press, but compared to a forum, like we are on now, it’s not as robust.
I’d like to install a PHPBB3 forum and have links from my main site. I’d like to have it LOOK like it is integrated into the main site, just as this forum looks like it is part of the main studio press site.
What forum software is this one and based on the above – any suggestions?
Thanks again!January 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm #10001
Simple:Press is more robust than the forum you are on now. If it didn’t appear that way, blame that on the site that implemented it, not Simple:Press. The complaints about Simple:Press in the past were not related to lack of robustness; in fact, the concern was that all the powerful features made it slow. They re-wrote quite a bit for version 5.0 to make it modular and get a big speed boost. They’re now up to version 5.2.2, so it’s fast and pretty stable.
The forum you are on is bbPress.
For feature differences, please send me a private message on this forum. Oh, wait, you can’t do that purely in bbPress because there’s not a PM plugin for bbPress. Maybe one comes out eventually. There’s been 1 out for Simple:Press for as long as I can remember. Both plugins have their merits, but if you made a checklist of forum features from phpBB, vBulletin, bbPress, and Simple:Press, you’d find that Simple:Press has a feature set more similar to phpBB and vBulletin. Hopefully, bbPress gets there in time.
Making an integrated look is CSS and creating a forum theme that matches your site theme. That will be true for all of the theme choices. Again, if you see a forum that isn’t like the theme that surrounds it, blame the site owner, not the forum software.
January 7, 2013 at 6:51 am #10098
@ebizwildfire there is a WP phpBB Bridge Plugin that you can configure to integrate some of what you want. Take a look, read all the instructions, etc. – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-phpbb-bridge/.
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