Has anyone here integrated an advanced CMS (like Wordpress) with Xenforo?

In the same way that combining a website (that has quality content) with a forum is often considered to be a winning combination, is there anyone here who has integrated an advanced CMS (like Wordpress) with Xenforo? How easy was it, and what were the results like? Care to share your website URL (including forum)?

Also... I know that the code for Xenforo can be altered... And if one were to take this approach, how easy would it be for the CMS to act as the "article", whilst the Xenforo forum is placed underneath and acts as the "comments"?
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
There are a couple of integrations.



 
There are a couple of integrations.



Which would you say is the safer option?

Also... My WP site is currently being built, and it's too late to turn back now. I have worked too hard and have spent far too much money on it. So I am "stuck" with WP whether I like it or not.

I know that XF is probably one of the most feature-rich forum software frameworks out there... But given that it's based on a completely different tech stack to WP, is it wise to look towards integrating both technologies?

My WP site has had a lot of custom work done. And I don't know if it's better to "compromise" my forum functionality by keeping everything as WP tech (via BBPress), or still look towards XF as being a viable solution.

I'm concerned that there will be a lot of potential conflicts if I decide to join both WP and XF - from a plugin and signed-in user perspective.

Should I stick with BBPress (WP), or should I still look towards integrating XF as a forum that will replace the comments section in my WP site?
 
I've never used WP and I'm not familiar with the add-ons so I can't help, unfortunately.

Hopefully others who have used them will respond.
Thank you for that... I also upvoted your comment.

I'm one of those people who wouldn't mind having Reddit style functionality in the comments section. The ability to vote is something that XF allows, and I believe threaded comments (via custom coding) is also possible.
 

arn

Well-known member
Our setup is like this

https://www.macrumors.com -- Wordpress, sorta. We use the Wordpress backend, but our rendering is custom PHP pulling off the Wordpress database.
https://forums.macrumors.com is both our comment section as well as a traditional forum.

Article: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/12/14/apple-employee-giving-program/
Discussion thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...arious-causes-over-the-last-10-years.2327560/

We pull "top comments" into the article page based on number of likes/reactions.

Ours is very custom, but it's not that sophisticated. I haven't used this, but I'd think https://xenforo.com/community/resources/xftowp-xenforo-to-wordpress-integration.8161/ would serve the same needs and is probably more robust than our solution, since our solution fulfills a very specific need.
 
Our setup is like this

https://www.macrumors.com -- Wordpress, sorta. We use the Wordpress backend, but our rendering is custom PHP pulling off the Wordpress database.
https://forums.macrumors.com is both our comment section as well as a traditional forum.

Article: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/12/14/apple-employee-giving-program/
Discussion thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...arious-causes-over-the-last-10-years.2327560/

We pull "top comments" into the article page based on number of likes/reactions.

Ours is very custom, but it's not that sophisticated. I haven't used this, but I'd think https://xenforo.com/community/resources/xftowp-xenforo-to-wordpress-integration.8161/ would serve the same needs and is probably more robust than our solution, since our solution fulfills a very specific need.
I actually found out about MacRumours a good while ago... It's actually a really good showcase of what XF is capable of.

However, I didn't find much evidence of the WP framework on the main page.

I also couldn't see any evidence of WP as a framework for hosting articles.
 

HomerJ

Member
Our setup is like this

https://www.macrumors.com -- Wordpress, sorta. We use the Wordpress backend, but our rendering is custom PHP pulling off the Wordpress database.
https://forums.macrumors.com is both our comment section as well as a traditional forum.

Article: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/12/14/apple-employee-giving-program/
Discussion thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...arious-causes-over-the-last-10-years.2327560/

We pull "top comments" into the article page based on number of likes/reactions.

Ours is very custom, but it's not that sophisticated. I haven't used this, but I'd think https://xenforo.com/community/resources/xftowp-xenforo-to-wordpress-integration.8161/ would serve the same needs and is probably more robust than our solution, since our solution fulfills a very specific need.
In your WP install - are you using the XF2 API to automatically post your WP articles to XF as threads? Then using the response info (e.g. thread id) to store a reference to the thread in your WP database for each post?
 

arn

Well-known member
In your WP install - are you using the XF2 API to automatically post your WP articles to XF as threads? Then using the response info (e.g. thread id) to store a reference to the thread in your WP database for each post?
Yep, we are using the api where we can. We did it with a custom add on but there is a public add on that seems to do the same thing.
 

TheLaw

Well-known member
Yep, we are using the api where we can. We did it with a custom add on but there is a public add on that seems to do the same thing.
Arn - thanks for sharing. I've always enjoyed your efforts for many, many years. We'll be doing a major upgrade that will also include several other content additions. The challenge we had was in trying to make it simple to integrate articles with the forum, e.g. statistics, management, etc. At some point I'm not sure it really makes much of a difference if publishing will primarily be from a source secondary to the forum, which I think has been the basis of your model and it's done very well. Kudos.
 
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