So if i use the option "Force the forum to only be accessible through this url (embedding url)" does that mean search engines only see Iframe and can't index the forum content?
Basically a search engine can index any public content. However historically it has not followed content or links in iframes.
Google has started to do so, but bing and yahoo, don't really do it yet
grep is your friend.
Yeah i noticed search engines haven't recognized it yet at all, neither have started to crawl it. So i was just wondering will using this option prevent them to do so. So it's better to not use that option then?
I can be nice to have identical header and footer and menus, but sometimes I wonder why people are so obsessed with it, in almost every case. When actually there is also branding strategy which differentiates different parts of the site.
It's a matter of taste and design. So not use the option if one wants indexed forum?
You would have to submit a sitemap. It is no ideal but would index, it is still better not to embed, if SEO is critical.
Then I will be embedding it for better user experience, but i will not force the forum to only be accessible through embedding to please the search engines. I guess that will benefit both users and search engines.