Well, I'm making a city related portal and I need the folowing:
- a forum
- a blog
- a "places" database where users can comment on and rate restaurants, museums, cafes, cinemas etc
- a multimedia gallery (only photos for now)
- a bunch of static pages about the city
- a unique account for every section of the site
I've decided to go with WP for the blog (already active now for over 7 months) and with SMF for the forum. I've tried the great WP-SMF bridging plugin by jjgallow. The man does a great job updating it, but it's not what I'm looking for.
If all I wanted was a blog and a forum, then that plugin would suffice, but for a portal it's just an ugly way to do it. :)
So I need to somehow make both WP and SMF (and any other application for that matter) use an unique account system. I don't really know what's this supposed to need in order to work, but I'm in for some coding and modifing at least the users tables in both WP and SMF. Not only this would be a more elegant solution, but if I want my users to rate a certain place, then I need a new database. And with what users do I link it? The WP ones? The SMF ones?
The problem is I'm new to PHP & MySQL and I'm still learning. If I manage to really integrate WP with SMF, I'm sure the rest (CMS part of the problem, gallery, "places" database etc) will be ok.
Yeah, I know I'll have BIG problems updating WP and SMF if I do this, but I've decided to give it a try. I'm thinking of this for a few days now and haven't found any other solution to the problem.
So maybe you can help me just a bit. Tell me where should I start.