Hi everyone. I've been shopping around for forum software for my WordPress site. Simple:Press is a nice piece of software, but apparently you have to pay to get access to plugins like Private Messaging. That's a deal breaker for me, so I want to turn to phpBB or SMF.
Is it possible to integrate either of these forums into WordPress so that logins are shared and my sidebars (and header bar) show up around the forum? From the user's perspective, I want it to be as seamless as possible.
I've done extensive Google research on this but I found some plugins that were out-of-date and some disagreement as to how well these things integrate. If anyone could share some personal stories, I would greatly appreciate it. In fact, any guidance is appreciated! Thanks.