Best way to set up bbpress for future changes
I am looking at different forums to use and I like the idea of bbpress because all of my web development is within wordpress. I like the idea of being able to integrate the forum with wordpress. I installed simple:press just to take a look at it and I like how the forum is on the wordpress platform because it uses use my existing wordpress theme with all of my widgets and site navigation already there. Now that I hear bbpress is going to do the same, I am leaning toward going with bbpress instead of simple:press since I am guessing long term that is where the most development and compatibility will be. For example, bbpress appears to integrate with buddyppress and mingle but simple:press does not.
What I would like to know is, if I do decide to go with bbpress, how should I set bbpress up now before it becomes a plugin to make the transition better when it does become a plugin?
Should I set it up to use my wordpress database or give bbpress its own database? I am not sure if the separate database will be an option after it is a plugin.
Or is there a way to set it up bbpress now as a plugin?
Is it simple to import simple:press data to bbpress? If so I may just use simple:press for now until bbpress becomes a plugin and gets any bugs straightened out and then import the forum to bbpress.
I would also like to hear any comments about my reasoning here.
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