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  1. ausip
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am planning a setup for a network of wordpress blog sites and I need some setup advice. It will consist of 3 - 5 domains, all using the same theme.

    http://www.domain1.com
    http://www.domain2.com
    http://www.domain3.com

    Each domain is also going to have it's own forum. I would like to use PHPBB3, but this is not set in stone.

    http://www.domain1.com/forum
    http://www.domain2.com/forum
    http://www.domain3.com/forum

    I would love to have single sign on across all 3 wordpress domains and forums. If Single Sign On is too difficult, or not possible, I do want to have user accouns synced between all three wordpress installs and forums.

    I welcome any advice or plugin recommendations for this wordpress network.

  2. Single sign on works with Multisite, phpbb3 for forums like that won't.

    bbPress would, though.

  3. ausip
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have done a bit of reading on phpBB3.

    What if I setup my multisite in the following manner using phpbb3 Sub-Forums

    http://www.masterdomain.com
    http://www.masterdomain.com/forum

    http://www.domain1.com
    http://www.domain1.com/sub-forum1
    http://www.domain2.com
    http://www.domain2.com/sub-forum2
    http://www.domain3.com
    http://www.domain3.com/sub-forum3

    I would need to use CNAME's or .htaccess redirects to achieve the required sub-forum URL's but in theory, this may do what I want.

    Any ideas or objections?

  4. I suppose you could (I know nothing about phpbb3 - last time I installed it, they were on 2 something...), but remember that domain1.com/forum and domain2.com/forum will point to the same place. Ditto domain2.com/sub-forum2 and domain1.com/sub-forum2

    Basically if a PHYSICAL folder is in a place, all the sites will use it. So as long as no one catches on to that, you should be fine.

  5. ausip
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have been doing some more testing.

    I am not sure if I will get phpBB3 to work the way I want. It doesn't have SEF URL's for the Sub-Forums our of the box, so at the moment I have put this in the too hard basket.

    I installed bbPress. This will work exactly the way I want, as it is a genuine wordpress plugin, yet the functionality of bbPress is very limited compared to a phpBB3 or vBulletin.

    Any other recommendations of possible forum installations that may do what I want?

  6. Depends on what you want, eh? Not a mind reader ;) (hint: This means 'please list what functionality you're missing.' There are lots of plugins)

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