I am looking for a forum to add to my site. My site is being developed in .NET with C# MVC Razor.
I was wondering, is it possible to connect vanilla forums to my .NET application? I know that there is a jsConnectdotNet repo on Github, but would like to know if anyone has had experience with this.
My goal is to use the forums, but importantly, use the underlying functionality to build my user profiles upon. I would like to make use of Vanilla's friends, messaging and other services in a custom profile, so I need to be able to plug into these features and add/retrieve/remove data.
I have obviously looked into solutions based more around my sites platform, ie, MVCForum and Yet Another Forum, but have had a lot of trouble with integrating the memberships while using a CMS. For example, if I do my own custom site implementation and use the membership provided by the 3rd party forums (in my case MVCForum and YAF), this is possible. However, when I use a CMS like Orchard, I find that one membership fights another, making it near impossible to have an integrated membership system.
I'd like to use a CMS, like Orchard and so I would also like to have users sign into my site and also be signed into the forums. I don't want users to have to register twice (once on the site and once on the forums), nor do I want them to have to sign in twice.
Any advice would really be appreciated.