I'm in the process of revamping my website Alpha Company, which caters for LEGO Military modellers and role-playing enthusiasts. The website homepage, which previously was a phpBB-based forum, is now a WordPress blog. However, the forums is still accessible and both software are installed in the same folder (phpBB's index renamed to forum_index.php).
My first crucial step has been successfully bridging the user authentication between WP and phpBB using e-Xntd.it's WP phpBB Bridge, which now allows our users to use their phpBB login credentials to comment on blog entries (as evidenced by the various test posts and responses).
I'm now at the stage where I wish to reskin WordPress to use the same theme as my phpBB forum.
The theme I'm using is a private custom-authored one called alphacompany2, based on Daniel Exe's Cerulean theme (which in turn was derived from ProSilver). The alphacompany2 theme can be seen in action here.
A two-pronged problem
- Needless to say, both WP and phpBB have their own syntax and coding standards, so it's not a simple matter of telling WP to call phpBB's template-building functions.
- Part of the integration also needs to go the other way, in that I would like my WordPress dropdown menu to also be available on phpBB pages.
Given how complicated this may sound, I've rolled out a diagram to explain what I'm aiming for. The blue and red boxes represent phpBB and WP components, respectively.
(And in retrospect, I accidentally gave the phpBB template files .php extensions instead of the correct .html ones - Derp! )
What I'm asking for
I'm would like to know who here has experience working with WP and phpBB theme integrations, and could possibly lend some pointers as I figure this whole thing out, especially with how to integrate those WordPress drop down menus into phpBB pages.