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1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:58 am
by 800PoundGorilla
We are evaluating a few forum options and I was hoping to get some help on validating if phpBB can achieve what we are looking for. We are looking to have the following functionality:

1. One WordPress or Joomla instillation that links to several phpBB forums. So when a user registers at the main website, they have instant access to all phpBB installations.

a. I have seen a few plugins and the ratings all over the board. I am also not sure if one of them can handle this scenario.
b. I also want to make sure when we add new phpBB forums, all of the main websites resisted users have instant access to the new forum.

2. We would also like any user that signs up for a class to have access to a special locked section of the related phpBB forum.

a. I know this can be completed manually, but we are hoping if we can assign a user to a permissions group after they sign up for a class, that permissions will update in phpBB. Allowing that user to have instant access to a few locked threads in the related phpBB forum.

We are leaning towards WordPress, due to their great class plug-in, but are open to Joomla.

Any assistance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:39 am
by Mick
1. You would need to speak to WP and or Joomla - or have a search here.
1a. If you've seen 'plugins' that you think may do the job you want you should speak to the plugin author.
1b. That would need an extension unless the WP/Joomla plugins as in (1) above can handle that?
2. Not sure what you mean by 'class' but the permissions in phpBB3 will handle private forums etc.
2a. Once again, this would require an extension.

I suggest you have a search of the extensions forums to see if there's anything that suits your purposes and, if you don't find anything you can make an extension request. The extensions writers discussion is also a good source of information. There's also a lot of documentation about such as the 3.0/3.1 User Guide and if you have a specific question a search, either here or Google, very often finds something, there's not much that hasn't been asked before. There are no threads in phpBB they are topics.

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:56 pm
by Lumpy Burgertushie
and we need to clear something up.

the whole thing is called the board.

in the board, you have categories and forums.
under the forums you have topics and posts.

now, you are saying several phpbb installations and then you say several different forums.

if you want to install several completely different phpbb boards that makes things much more difficult and is usually not needed.
if you are talking about one phpbb board and several different forums on that board, then it all becomes a lot easier and most of what you ask can be done with the permission system of phpbb.


Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:37 am
by 800PoundGorilla
Thank you for the replies. I have already searched the third party extensions and I was hoping to feedback from phpBB users that have gone down this path and how it went for them. There are several options when it comes to forums. I would like to use phpBB, but want to make sure it is the best fit.

I was not familiar with your lingo, but here is what we are trying to accomplish.

1 website & several phpBB boards

A. We would like each board to be its own standalone experience. It will link to each class and have several categories and forums specific to that particular class.

B. We were also hoping to give access to restricted forums in one board to students who have signed up for that particular class.

I have searched and not found someone who has tried something similar, so I wanted to post this to the community and see if anyone has tried this set-up before and could provide any recommendations or feedback.

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:22 am
by Lumpy Burgertushie
like I said, you can do this with one phpbb installation.
setup a different forum for each class ( instead of different installations.

using the built in permission system you can decide who has access to what in almost infinite ways.

trying to connect different phpbb installations this way is very difficult because you have to share tables in different databases and/or different tables in the same database etc. all the tables in phpbb are interconnected within the one database but trying to share any of them across different databases becomes a problem because of duplicate IDs in several areas, among other things.


Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:13 am
by 800PoundGorilla
The only challenge is we would like to have them located on different pages, preferable different websites, like using WordPress multisite. If that could work via one phpBB instillation, that would be great. We just need the illusion of separate boards, it doesn't matter if they are all connected

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:36 pm
by 800PoundGorilla
I found this post, that I think we can make work:


If we took this approach and had the following:

[*]1 board
[*]Hundreds of Forums
[*]Thousands of Topics

Would phpBB have any issues with the size of the board or amount of posts it would generate?

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:43 pm
by Oyabun1
Depending on server resources you may hit problems with more than about 300 forums.

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:46 pm
by 800PoundGorilla

Thank you. We will try mapping this out first, to see where we land. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

Re: 1 webste + Multiple phpBB Boards

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:19 pm
by themindfactory
Anyone had luck with this I too want to accomplish this!