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  • VuoriLiikaluoma


    I have a main site with it’s own user database and registration system, what I want is to create some sort of relation between this user database and a WordPress user database. Or it might be simpler to just let WorPress use the custom user database to begin with.

    The purpose of the custom user database is that I eventually want to also integrate it with other projects of mine and third party projects like phpBB etc. to allow for a single account throughout all those web-pages/-apps.

    I’m not really comfortable with MySQL so I don’t really know what the best way to do this would be. That’s all I need to know though, after that I’ll be able to get back to working on this.

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  • Hey there VuoriLiikaluoma,

    What you’re asking for really isn’t a simple task unless your own main site with it’s own user database and registration offers an API that a programmer could tap into to pull out all your users and then write a plugin/script to add all your users into your WordPress site.

    I would highly recommend that you use WordPress as your main database and ditch the other systems so you have everything in one database.

    In terms of the third party projects like phpBB then if you can hold off a month or two then there will be the release of bbPress as a plugin. This is forum software for WordPress. It ships with BuddyPress and is amazing. That way your ‘single account’ which is often referred to as ‘single sign on’ will work through all your projects.

    If you need to brand your sites differently then you can setup WordPress Multisite and have different themes and sites all running off the one database.

    You might want to track down a WordPress consultant in your area for some good advice on this!

    Hope that kinda helps to get you on the right track!



    That would work for simpler sites, but as I stated this “single sign on” as you called it will be used in far more than WordPress and phpBB.
    Also different sites and applications will require/use different user info and password encryption etc. this is far more easily maintained using a separate user database in my opinion.

    Maybe I wasn’t clear in my previous post but what I wanted to know was whether it would be better to set up some copy or relation between WordPress’s database and the user database or if altering WordPress to access the user database directly would be more beneficial.

    I appreciate that you took the time to answer even though it was not the answer I was looking for, maybe now others will better understand what I wanted to know.

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