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That’s a good question.
I did some research as well, and planning to give BuddyPress a try soon. I just finished going WPMU from WP and finding it very interesting. I love it so far.
I think the answers that you and I are looking for would depend on community system.
To simply put, you won’t have problems with WP if you’re not planning to create a huge community-based websites. A portfolio website, or any kind of your personal or single-topic website wouldn’t have too much problem with it. WP actually has better participations from people around the world than WPMU. And with bbPress, you can setup your community with ease. The main reason that you would want to use bbPress with WP is the user integration. People who registered at your blog can go to forum and post without creating another login, or vise versa.
As you know, WPMU can have a single unified user DB so any users who registered from maindomain.com, site36.maindomain.com and hax0r.maindomain.com can post any other websites as long as they’re within your WPMU system.
BuddyPress is pushing that idea further, bringing everyone on your WPMU system, using the famous Facebook-like wall system, but not limited to.
Let’s say your maindomain.com is about cars, but the website that you gave out to your friend is area51.maindomain.com which is about UFOs. You have two separate websites of two separate interests. And let’s say each website has their own bbPress forum, then odds are that your car people has no chance of meeting UFO people, because they’re not sharing the same interest, therefore no reason to hop over to the other website’s forum. That doesn’t mean the people who like cars don’t have interest in UFOs, but since it’s two different interests that members wouldn’t go back and forth just to share their everyday discussion. Many people are used to the people on their favorite forum, so they stick to the forum.
With BuddyPress, you can bring these people into one place. Anyone can start a discussion about anything. And with BuddyPress, there’s enhanced profile, friend connection and private message systems that bbPress would require plugins for.
bbPress is like a meeting room, people gathered for the same interest.
BuddyPress is like a lobby, where everyone can meet and make connections.
If you want a lobby for everyone to come together, then BuddyPress will help you just that.
If forum system works right and if you’re not interested creating a lobby for everyone, that’s cool too. It’s all about how you want to manage your community.
And where did you hear about the WP and WPMU integration? That would be a great news for WPMU users since we’ll have more community participating for catching bugs and making plugins.In reply to: Spam Registration
I use Akismet and reCAPTCHA for both WP and bbPress. Then once in awhile I use Mass Delete to get rid of users with zero posts. Not a single spambot problem since then.
nevermind. I’ve fixed it.
Hope this would help you as well.
I fixed it.
It wasn’t simple, and honestly, I really hope that the integration with WP was a basic feature, not an option. Otherwise, it’s the best forum for WP-enabled website so far, and I’m so glad that I installed it.
The following steps are what I did, and might have unnecessary steps, but whatever made it work, made it work. I’ll also assume that you have followed the integration steps that involves matching keys of config files. I would also assume that you have used the correct keymakers for the bbPress version.
bbPress 0.9: https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.0/
bbPress 1.0: https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/
1. Install the “bbPress Integration” plugin for WP. Set up everything accordingly until you see the “Manual Cookie Settings”. It told me to add “define( ‘COOKIEPATH’, ‘/’ );” on wp-config.php, but it didn’t work. I had to remove / for the path because I read it somewhere that if you add /, it’ll add an extra /, making it // for the cookie path with is invalid. So I added “define( ‘COOKIEPATH’, ” );” instead, above the “AUTH_KEY” section in wp-config.php.
2. I’ve added the following lines above the ?> part in the end of the bb-config.php :
$bb->bb_xmlrpc_allow_user_switching = true;
$bb->cookiepath = ”;
$bb->sitecookiepath = ”;
This tip can be found in other tutorials, but notice that again, I took out / for the path.
3. In WP Settings -> Writing, I’ve enabled XML-RPC.
4. In bbPress Settings -> Writing, I’ve enable XML-RPC.
5. I’ve cleared the cookies of the browsers (IE and FF).
Everything should work as it is. At least it did for me.
Now I can simultaneously be logged in for WP and bbPress without any problems.
I really hope that one day, either from bbPress settings or a one simple plugin would resolve the problems that some of us had.