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Offline unclegrundle
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Posted on: November 15, 2007, 09:39:41 PM


I am almost ready to sign up and purchase a membership.  I really like the templates that your company has available.  Unfortunately, there is one major roadblock that is keeping me on the fence with this purchase.

What I need is a forum, preferably SMF but I am open to other suggestions except for PHPBB2, there are too many security issues and PHPBB3 is not finalized yet.

The problem is this:  I am new to Joomla, I do have it installed though and I can install any forum without an issue.  What I can't figure out is how to add a forum to Joomla.  I researched bridging options, most folks seem to be using SMF with the JoomlaHacks Bridge but that bridge is no longer supported and I can't download the bridge from their site even after registered with them.  Apparently there is something wrong with the JoomlaHacks site.  Even if I were to obtain the bridge, I would need step-by-step instructions that a layman can understand.

So here is my proposal.  If you can assist me with the process of setting up a forum with Joomla then you will have my business.  What I will need help with is setting up a link to the forum on the Joomla template, setting up a bridge, and help with getting my forum to match the Joomla template as close as possible.  I don’t expect this sort of help without first making a purchase however, if you can assure me that you can help with this project then we have a deal.  Even if this will cost an additional fee I am willing to pay for it.

Either way, please let me know, I am anxious to sign up and work on my new site right away!

Thanks for your help in advance.

Offline mikek
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Posted on: November 15, 2007, 09:56:04 PM


Joomlahacks is not the only one with an SMF bridge. I have never used this one but you may have better luck with it:,com_mtree/task,viewlink/link_id,1094/Itemid,35/

As far as a tutorial I am sorry but those sites are going to be able to help you better as they are the ones that wrote the bridge. Basically all you are doing is setting up SMF on your server by itself simple machine's website is full of information on how to setup SMF. Then just install the bridge into Joomla and it will ask you what information you would like to sync.

Hope that answers your questions.

Offline jonahh
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Posted on: November 15, 2007, 11:03:53 PM


Have you looked into Fire Board?  It is the only forum that directly integrates into Joomla, its a component so no complicated bridging is required.

Check it out:

They also have a good supply of themes that you can choose from to match a template.


Offline unclegrundle
Free Member
Posts: 2
Posted on: November 15, 2007, 11:31:00 PM

Well thanks for the speedy replys!

I will check out Fire Board, I did not know that they made a forum that intergrates into Joomla.

I just discovered that RocketBridge is coming up with a bridge for PHPBB3 and Joomla.  What are your thoughts on Joomla 1.5 and PHPBB3?

I will install the Fire Board and see if it fits my needs and I will let you know how I made out.

Once again, thanks for the feedback and speedy replys.


Offline thesr
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Posts: 79
Posted on: November 16, 2007, 01:16:40 PM

this might be useful to you what u looking for 

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