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  • JohnnyScience


    I’m looking for a really high quality Forum that will allow sub-categories & not put things into groups etc like Buddypress/bbpress does/did. (I haven’t checked Buddypress/bbpress in the last year, so I’m not sure if they’ve changed things or not, but I did NOT like it at all when trying to use it before.

    I’ve been told that there is a plugin to integrate phpBB into WordPress.

    But upon researching this I also found

    Does anyone have experience with one or the other or both?

    I want to incorporate 3 different things equally into one site and have it as seamless for the user as possible as far as navigating & login/account stuff etc. It would also be nice when styling the main website that the forums would take on the CSS as well – is this possible?

    1) General website with photos, articles, other various content etc.

    2) GOOD quality Forum along the line of BBphp that can be customized with sub categories – is BBphp forum able to be incorporated into Zencart? It really seems to have the best setup & customization for forums. The Forums is a very important aspect of the website so it must be very good.

    3) Store/E-Commerce section

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  • WPyogi


    Forum Moderator

    phpBB and SimplePress are not part of WordPress- so you should ask them about their respective products. I’ve seen some sites use phpBB in a sub-directory with WP in the root. As to styling, that would depend on how phpBB works and your skills.

    WordPress can certainly do #1 and #3 (via a plugin for 3).



    Yes but I am looking for feedback from the users of one/both of them to really see the pros & cons.

    I think SimplePress is designed specifically for WP isn’t it? So you would think it would be more seamless. But phpBB is a really great Forums software, even better that it’s opensource.



    I found IPS Community Suite – it has everything I was looking for, CMS, GREAT forums & store/shop with a seamless integration of all of them, including the look of web 2.0

    Does anyone have any cons to this software suite? Seems perfect to me…

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    It’s expensive. And complicated. And huge. I used to use it.



    Yeah it’s $360 to sign up with all of the add ons & then basically $240 a year.

    I don’t mind the initial cost, but the $240 a year is a bit pricey and kinda sucks, but unless there is another alternative that can offer the look, feel & function-ability that the IPS Community Suite can, I think it’s my only option to get the website that I truly want. And the website should generate a substantial amount of money one way or another that the yearly $240 fee is no big deal.

    The only other thing that I think could compare is XenoForo, but it is basically just a forum platform (with possibly a add-on shopping cart, but for sure no CMS – which is a big issue since I want a “General” website along with the store & forum.

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