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simple:press vs bbPress – which is best option for standalone forums with WordPress

  • Avatar of Roger Coathup
    Roger Coathup
    Participant

    @rogercoathup

    We need to add standalone forums to a new client project, and are trying to find out whether simple:press or bbPress gives the best BuddyPress integration. Does anyone have any recent experience / thoughts?

    Essentially, we want:
    Single sign on, and integration with the user’s activity stream (including click through to the forum post)

    Note: we are looking at a standalone solution for forums; the core BuddyPress group forum approach is not suitable.

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  • Avatar of Paul Gibbs
    Paul Gibbs
    Keymaster

    @djpaul

    I’ve not seen anyone integrate simple press into the activity stream, so you’ll probably have to do that up yourself.

    Avatar of alanchrishughes
    alanchrishughes
    Participant

    @alanchrishughes

    bbPress won’t integrate with Buddypress either.

    Avatar of Jeff Sayre
    Jeff Sayre
    Participant

    @jeffsayre

    @alanchrishughes

    I’m sorry that you are still having issues with deep integration of bbPress with WordPress. Many sites have an integrated bbPress install. In fact, @r-a-y has helped you extensively with the issue of bbPress integration into WordPress, pointing to many resources to help you accomplish that goal. If you are having trouble successfully performing a deep integration of bbPress with WordPress, then you should post on the bbPress or WP forums or ask for help on one of the blog articles to which Ray pointed you. (Have you searched for articles on bbPress and WordPress deep integration?)

    By the way, with the exception of using bbPress for group forums within BuddyPress, bbPress and BuddyPress will never integrate site wide as BuddyPress is a plugin that sits on top of WordPress. What you are really talking about is integration of WP’s user tables with bbP’s user tables, so that they share their user data. BuddyPress does not store login information. BuddyPress does not authenticate users. Those functions are performed by WordPress. This site’s forums (BP.org) used to have an integrated bbPress install with WP. The forums were simply skinned to look like they were BuddyPress themed. But, they were a separate theme controlled by bbPress.

    Let’s get this thread back on topic. I ask that you please refrain from taking this thread off topic anymore as it is impolite to the OP.

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @rogercoathup I just checked their forums some weeks ago or so to look over simplepress as an alternative and found this post. I have not tested this as I opted to go with global forums. Other BP related topics in their forums as well.

    Avatar of alanchrishughes
    alanchrishughes
    Participant

    @alanchrishughes

    @Jeff Sayre are you saying I am taking it off topic? I wrote one sentence about integrating bbpress and buddypress in a thread about integrating bbpress and buddypress.

    Avatar of Jeff Sayre
    Jeff Sayre
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    @jeffsayre

    @alanchrishughes

    I took it a little off topic to provide you with some help. I knew that you were having issues with bbPress and WordPress integration (as you have posted on several threads stating as much). So I was politely trying to provide a little help while asking to not turn this into a bbPress integration discussion. I should not have used the word “anymore” in the last sentence of my previous post.

    Since your assertion was that bbPress does not integrate with BuddyPress, and whereas that is technically true, I knew that you really meant WordPress. Therefore, your assertion is not true. bbPress integrates with WordPress, it is just a tedious, difficult process.

    Yes, this thread is about bbPress but it is also about SimplePress. I did not want it to turn into another “bbPress does not integrate” thread. Let’s compare bbPress and SimplePress integration with WordPress. In fact, I have changed the title of the post to better reflect the true subject.

    Avatar of alanchrishughes
    alanchrishughes
    Participant

    @alanchrishughes

    @jeffsayre I appreciate everyone’s help.

    Avatar of leoplaw
    Leo Plaw
    Participant

    @leoplaw

    @Paul Gibbs

    It seems it is possible to integrate Simple:Press into the activity streams.

    Integrate Simple:Press Forum into the BuddyPress Activity Stream! [Update
    http://blog.slyspyder.com/2010/08/15/integrate-simplepress-forum-into-the-buddypress-activity-stream/

    and here

    Integrating Simple:Press into BuddyPress Activity Stream

    http://simple-press.com/support-forum/simplepress-forum-multisite/integrating-simplepress-into-buddypress-activity-strea

    Avatar of Roger Coathup
    Roger Coathup
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    @rogercoathup

    @leoplaw – if you check the simple:press forums further, you’ll find there are still outstanding issues in integrating with BuddyPress, around login and roles I think. My understanding is that they are talking about providing a solution in a future version of simple:press

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