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Creating a WP blog/deal/community site with SSO

edited June 2013 in Vanilla 2.0 - 2.8


I am trying to create a blog/deal/community site using WP with single sign on. I would also like to integrate vanilla comments on the blog and deal part.

I am new and before I get started I would like to know if this workflow would work:

  1. Install Wordpress
  2. Download and install theme:
  3. Download and install this for deals
  4. Install Vanilla Forums as a stand alone site and point sub domain to it.
  5. Customize Vanilla to look similar to the wp theme.
  6. Install JSconnect
  7. Enable vanilla commenting on blog and deals part?

Would this work? If not is there any other solution that is recommended? I have heard that there are some limitation in embeding VF on to WP so I would rather just have the two separately. Thanks.


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    vrijvlindervrijvlinder Papillon-Sauvage MVP
    edited June 2013

    I have heard that there are some limitation in embeding VF on to WP

    yes but it depends a lot on the theme you use and how you connect the two. I recommend not using a tpl aka embed friendly theme until you get this all working. Any theme will work for embedding but the way they work is a bit different.It resembles the mobile theme. I personally prefer php based theme.

    this means it has a default.master.php instead of a smarty master.default.tpl. Some plugins do not work with tpl .

    I just built a website for a friend who is a writer

    I installed WP in the root as it will be the main site. Installed Vanilla in a subdirectory called it forum. Made a WP page where I embedded the forum.

    Since you can change the links name in WP it makes it easier to use that as a base. once you have it all together then you work on SSO to further connect them.

    Also I recommend one WP theme and it is Mantra. It does not look like much on the screenshot it has but what this has is a whole bunch of options settings to customize it to the max. You can turn that theme into anything you want. By far the best I have used.

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