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Blog + Forum package

Preferably free, using PHP + MySQL

12:14 am on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

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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?


1:25 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Maybe drupal can help you.
9:56 pm on Mar 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Invision PowerBoard offers a blog add-on that integrates with the forum - the license for the forum plus the blog add-on would be at the upper end of your price range.
12:51 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Check out the combination of Joomla and Simple Machines Forum.
3:18 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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vBulletin (forum software) just announced this week that it is adding blog software. If you can wait a few months and can't find a free & integrated solution, it might work for you.
4:50 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The vbDrupal [vbdrupal.org] project integrates vBulletin forums and the Drupal CMS. As their catch-phrase says, "The best CMS combined with the most popular forum." It lives up to its billing there. I've used vbDrupal for over a year now on a corporate Intranet, and have been very happy with it.
8:34 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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vBlogetin + vBulletin is also a option if you want to go the paid route.

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