For a new site, I really want to have Blog and Forum software that requires only a single registration to post comments and participate in the forum.
Ideally, I would like to use Wordpress for the blog, as I know it well, and can make themes and plugins myself. However it is not absolute if someone has a great alternative.
I would much rather open source, free software, but could spend $100 or $200 if I really really had to.
I also would want the theme/skin to be consisten across both parts of the site.
Is my easiest option going to be phpBB, find a skin, then build my own Wordpress skin to match it, and then kludge the databases?
Anyone any ideas/experience with this sort of situation?