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Hi all,

 

A client would like me to develop a forum community on their site. I'm using DMS.

 

A few questions:

 

- Does anyone have some advice on the best forum plugin, DMS-tested, easy-to-use, and preferably free/open-source? I remember (on Framework) there was a Vanilla Forums section or helper, but I don't see it on DMS.

- Are there any possible negatives to using a forum plugin within DMS? I'm at the beginning of the process, so I could still use a different theme/template for this site, but would like to use PL.

- Anything else would be appreciated.

 

Thank you!


Joe Eglash

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eglashcreative

Anyone have any thoughts here? Thanks.


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Danny

HI,

 

The problem isn't DMS, your issue is Wordpress itself. I've ran a number of forums in the past from large forums to small ones and I have never opted to use a Wordpress forum plugin such as bbPress or SimplePress. I would always choose to use a third party forum script like XenForo or IPB, which offer all the tools you would want as a forum administrator.

 

You have two choices:

 

1. If you plan on running a simple and small forum, then you would probably want to check out bbPress or SimplePress. Vanilla forums for is nice, but is pretty bare bones and is better suited to a Q&A forum, rather a community forum. However, thats not to say it can't be ran like that, check the Penny Arcade forum, that uses Vanilla and is awesome, although it is a custom build I think.

 

http://forums.penny-arcade.com/

 

2. If you want to run a large scale community, then you will probably want to use a fully fledge forum software like XenForo or IPB, which come with tons of options, a great extensions community and all the options/settings a forum administrator could want. However, if you want to have your forum user be able to login via the Wordpress login form and by doing so, be logged into your forum at the same time, you will likely need to use a third party script such as aMember, which bridges your user base.

 

This is where things can get complicated, as aMember to a new user isn't easy to configure.

 

So the choice is up to you.

 

http://www.amember.com/

http://xenforo.com/community/

http://www.invisionpower.com/


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eglashcreative

Danny,

 

Thanks so much for the insight. You're confirming what I already suspected, which is very helpful. Thanks again.


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Danny

No problem.


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