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I learned from the link below that we can add a forum via a sub domain. But will users have to login twice?


http://community.brilliantdirectories.com/thread/add-a-forum-to-my-website/


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Hi Luis, two questions:


Q1. Have you had a chance to do the test ie install wordpress on the BD site and host the wordpress files on it, and have the database on another server?


Q2. As an alternative option, are we able to install wordpress and the mysql database on the BD server which would be easier? 


Regards

Christopher




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Hi Alton, sorry for the delay. For your forum question, yes, they would need to login twice. This is because the Database for both sites (Your own BD site and the Forum Ste) are on separate places. Now, if you choose the option of having both on the same database you could change where the forum searches for the users data and simply create a way of both databases to migrate / communicate with each other. This way they would only need to login once. This is of course a big hard to do because it would need knowledge of SQL, PHP (Particularly for the Forum software) and anything else to make it work with one login.

The following is a post I made on the old forum in regards to this same question to the user Barterzen, that might give you an idea on how to proceed:

 


Hi barterzen, for the time being, Brilliant Directories has no plans on offering an internal blogging feature (Which does not mean that in the future this could not be done). I do however have several suggestions because I understand the need for a blogging platform which would create a way of offering easier access to information for your clients in a way they would be familiarized (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Prestashop….). The ideas are simple:


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IDEA 1 – Have WordPress files in your site under a sub folder (eg: mysite.com/blog) and the database point to your hosting server (or vps or dedicated).


1. Create a sub domain on your site (eg: mysite.com/blog or blog.mysite.com)


2. On your non brilliant directory hosting site create a database (eg: mysitedb)


3. Put all WordPress files on your brilliant directory site’s sub folder (eg: mysite.com/blog) and follow the WordPress installation on it.


4. When wordpress asks for the database information, provide the information given to you by your hosting service where you created the database.



BENEFITS



  • Have all wordpress files on the same brilliant directory server
  • Have database on your private hosting server
  • Have blog URL look something like http://mysite.com/blog or http://blog.mysite.com


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IDEA 2 – Have WordPress files together with your database on your own non brilliant directory site (eg: mysite.com)


1. On your non brilliant directory hosting site create a database (eg: mysitedb)


2. Put all WordPress files on your hosting site and follow the WordPress installation on it.


3. When wordpress asks for the database information, provide the information given to you by your hosting service where you created the database.


4. Modify the HTACCESS on your brilliant directory site or create a PHP redirect file in the folder you wish to use as the name of the blog (eg: mysite.com/blog, mysite.com/wordpressblog)


BONUS –  Make sure that the URL stays the same or keeps your brilliant directory so that when the user opens the wordpress sites it still looks like mysite.com/blog. This can be done via HTACCESS with some Google powers ( http://lmgtfy.com/?q=redirect+http+but+keep+url )



BENEFITS


  • Have all wordpress files and database on your site
  • Have blog URL look something like http://mysite.com/blog or http://blog.mysite.com
  • If you wish to have multiple Brilliant Directory sites pointing to one blog site



This are just 2 ideas that might open new possibilities in the way clients can dynamically visit your sites. Really hopes this gives some insight in cool ways of accomplishing your blogging ideas. Please let me know how it works out since am very interested in knowing how it went. Big hugs.



Hi Luis, We are looking to add a wordpress forum on our website. So can you please confirm that Option 1 means we can host the wordpress forum site on BDs servers?

Hi Chris, Option 1 makes mention of another site that is not bd, meaning, the BD site you own and another (your non-bd site) site. This means than on your site (Not BD site, but another site you own), you would do the steps mentioned there.

Hi luis, I understand that another site is needed for the database, but in step 3 it says: "3. Put all WordPress files on your brilliant directory site’s sub folder (eg: mysite.com/blog) and follow the WordPress installation on it." 

You are correct, the point in those steps is to only "host" the files on your BD site using your FTP, and to have the database in another place.


Just in case and since this is a 5 months old post, I could help you this week but actually testing this theory to see if wordpress actually let's me do this (Have files on BD site, have database on external site) and provide you with a result.

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Hi Luis, two questions:


Q1. Have you had a chance to do the test ie install wordpress on the BD site and host the wordpress files on it, and have the database on another server?


Q2. As an alternative option, are we able to install wordpress and the mysql database on the BD server which would be easier? 


Regards

Christopher