Category: WordPress

bbPress and WordPress Integration

Here is a quick guide if you are looking to integrate WordPress and bbPress so that your WordPress users can log into bbPress and your bbPress users can log into WordPress.

  1. Download/install/configure WordPress. You will need to upload the WordPress files to your web site directory and create a WordPress database. The installation process for WordPress is painless.
  2. Download/install/configure bbPress. For the easiest and painless experience, upload the bbPress files into the same directory your WordPress files are in (most likely your web root folder).
  3. Do not create a bbPress database, rather define use your WordPress database settings in the bbPress config.php file. At the bottom of the config.php file for bbPress there are preferences that you will need to set so that bbPress knows to share cookies and authentication. This is documented in the config.php file so just follow directions.

That is it. Once you have both bbPress and WordPress set up and configured, your users can then enjoy having accounts to log into both systems using the same user name and password.

SDAC Recommends: WordPress Plugin: WordPress Reports

After you put all your time and effort into creating your WordPress blog or WordPress web site, it is important to keep an eye on where your visitors are entering and exiting your site, what they are viewing (and not viewing), where they are being referred from, and how many people are reading your RSS feeds. Fortunately – if you sign up for the free Google Analytics and/or Feedburner services, you can easily view your site’s statistics using the WordPress Reports within your WordPress Admin. Definitely check this plugin out if you are at all serious about increasing your web site traffic.

SDAC Recommends: WordPress Plugin: Fold Page List

If you are using WordPress pages with your WordPress based web site and are looking to make your web site more dynamic – check out Fold Page List plugin. This plugin will allow you to dynamically create drop down menus for your site without any hassle. The developers of this plugin are helpful and are open to suggestions. (The last release addressed a feature I requested)

SDAC Recommends: WordPress Plugin: Update Manager

A number of bugs can easily be solved by making sure you have the latest version of a particular plugin. If you are like most people, you do not have time to go to each and every plugin’s web site and confirm you have the latest version, but the Update Manager plugin will. The plugin is relatively new and somewhat in beta, but it has already saved me countless hours – and hopefully will do the same for you.