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Postby MGadAllah » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:04 pm


I'd like to ask for an advise regarding something

I'll use Joomla for my website and it will be for news, reviews, tutorials ...etc and will also include a forum or members to communicate
Now I have two options as follow
  • Use a forum that is integrated with Joomla and I have to use something compatible with Joomla like fire bird board
  • Use another forum software and bridge it to Joomla to have one global log in
  • Use a stand alone forum that is not connected or shared or bridged to Joomla which means that users will have to log in twice for Joomla and again for the forum

But I do feel worry about the future updates for both of them (Joomla and the forum)

So the advise I am asking for is which option you think I should go for?

Also which option considered more wise?

Does it really matter to users to log in once or twice?

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Postby dcz » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:45 pm

Well, the answer depends on you, your skills, and the means and effort you'll be ready to put in the whole site.
It as well depends on if joomla is absolutely required or not. Because you could start from the opposite, and first choose a forum and then a portal to go with it, it all depends.

Anyway, with joomla assumed as mandatory, I'd look at this this way :
If you have few coding skills and if you have not much means for the project, using the "official" board packaged with joomla seems to be the easiest way to go.
The bridge solution is as well good, but you'd be more likely to have to deal with the code, since the probability that a bridge would stop from being maintained is higher than the one where Joomla or a forum script would be abandoned.

On the other hand, if the forum used by default by joomla is a tiny project and / or is barely not used by the community, it could as well be abandoned as a joomla module (in the forum case I don't think this could really occur, but generally speaking, it could).
And in such case, it could end up being a real pain to maintain a deprecated module throughout joomla updates.

I'm mainly telling this to you because this si the main pro for the bridge, because a bridge is allowing you to use to main scripts, thus very likely to be maintained in the future, so this mean that you'd only have to deal with the bridge when one or the other gets updated, and this would really not be comparable to a whole deprecated module update.

The last solution you suggested is not the best one, it's saving a bit work on the bridge, but can only be a solution is you do not use the joomla user base or let guest posts in the forums.

To conclude, since phpBB3 is a great script, and we like it here (no need to tell), it could be worth it if you plan to run a big forum to start getting infos on the eventual joomla phpBB3 bridges, there must be some, and it could be worth it to spend some time on it.
We use such bridges here on phpBB SEO to share sessions across the several application installed, and it has the great advantage to allow several script to be working together while being separate enough for dev, mods and updates.

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Postby MGadAllah » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:56 pm

Man I am really thankful and impressed with the info I keep receiving here for any issue I post here.

I think according to what you are saying (and I do trus your knowledge and experience) I'd go for Joomla and phpBB and may drop the joomla user components.

The best one I've found to bridge Joomla and phpBB3 is the rocket werx which really doing a good till I've got a conflict between the bridge and a paid component for Joomla (which I may drop to continue the website using Joomla and phpBB3), plus rocket themes plan to have the same themes for both of Joomla and phpBB3 which is really amazing and brilliant.

I think I know what shall I do now (Thanks to you :)).

Thanks a lot
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