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Best way to have a forum on my site?

  1. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Hi there,

    I am wanting to host a forum on my site. I want it so that it can be at http://tubbycraft.com/forums/ or something similar. I basically want to keep the domain name. I want to install the plugin "bbPress", but I am not on WordPress.org. I am using WordPress.com. What would be the best way for me to setup a forum? I have the domain "tubbycraft.com" hosted with WordPress.com. Please help me!

    Thanks,

    Jake

    The blog I need help with is tubbycraft.com.

  2. You can't embed a Forum in your site - you can link to an outside forum - use a custom menu to set the link to your forum up.

    The Post below has the links

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/question-about-inserting-a-poll-and-possibly-forums-and-a-podcast-archives-page?replies=7#post-572068

  3. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Thanks, but I went to that link and don't really understand what you want me to do. If I make a forum form a third party website and link to my WordPress.com blog, it won't have the domain name registered with the blog! How would I link the two so they work together seamlessly? Like so:

    1. I click the "forums" link on my WordPress.com blog.
    2. I get to a page that looks something like: "http://tubbycraft.com/forums/

    Thanks again,

    Jake

  4. You need to go to the outside forum - I have never worked with the forums but look on the forums and see if they have some sort of domain mapping option to get your a bit more integration than tubbycraft.some-free-forum.com. I would be amazed if they do not have some way to use part of your domain name -

    Sorry can't be much more help, but the forum issue comes up several times a week and that is why I saved the link to the four forums so that at least you did not need to start from scratch.

  5. I looked on ProBoards and FreeForums and they both offer some type of domain mapping so I would expect the other two forums to offer the same option. The fine print on the domain mapping seems to be a bit hidden, so I don't have anymore info than some sort of mapping is possible.

  6. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Thank you very much. I have found a forum in which I can use my domain. I do not want to register http://tubbycraft.com/ as my domain, however. If I create a page on my blog called "forums", so it makes a URL called http://tubbycraft.com/forums/, can I use that URL as the domain for the forum host?

  7. You have to check that out with the forum host.

  8. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Thanks, but here's a better explanation of what I want to do:

    I already have a WordPress blog with the domain http://tubbycraft.com/.

    I also have a forum. The forum link is weird like this: http://forum.forumotion.com/

    I want to put the forum onto my WordPress blog, but make it do that the forum link is like this: http://forum.tubbycraft.com/

    How would I do this?

  9. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Here is a link on what (I think) I want to do. If it helps.

  10. You create a custom menu and include a custom link (the forum link) in it.

  11. jakerobertfavre
    Member

  12. I posted what you can do above > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/best-way-to-have-a-forum-on-my-site?replies=11#post-783154

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or custom links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus

  13. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Thanks, But I want the URL to have forum.tubbycraft.com when the menu is clicked. Is this even possible?

  14. Yes, see here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/domain-management/

    If you have a WordPress.com-mapped domain (any domain with nameservers pointing to us), then you can use the Edit DNS feature to add subdomains that point to outside services.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/custom-dns/

  15. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    I love you. Thank you so much.

  16. The forum you created has a URL and that's the only URL it can have. The URL is irrelevant to anyone who is on the blog itself as you create a custom menu and in it your include that link. The result will be a Forum tab in the horizontal menu along with Home
    About
    Forum
    Join Server
    Ranks
    Rules
    and when that "forum tab is clicked your visitors will be in your forum.

  17. I apologize for missing the boat. :(

  18. I didn't think it was possible either, but then I checked again.

  19. I knew that but it slipped my mind.

    Mapping a subdomain with the Domain Mapping Upgrade costs $12.00 per subdomain, per blog, per year.

  20. But I want the URL to have forum.tubbycraft.com when the menu is clicked. Is this even possible?

    One forum also says yes you can do that -

    http://support.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=gotopost&board=support&thread=407221&post=4711819

  21. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Thank you all for your help. Please keep this topic open until I actually succeed in doing this, because I may need to ask more questions. You are all very helpful. :)

    Jake

  22. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Okay, so I've successfully navigated to the "Custom DNS" part of my blog's dashboard.

    Now, I'm not the most code-savvy person in the world. I've pulled some information from my forum provider on how to do this:

    I have already a homepage, can I link a subdomain with my forumotion board?
    [ex.: forum.my_domain.com]

    Yes, of course - it's almost the same procedure as above. Just assign the CNAME to your subdomain instead:

    When you choose the sub-domain which you wish to use on your forum (forum.my_domain, for example, is a sub-domain of my_domain), you have to create the corresponding CNAME entry in the DNS administration of your domain: a CNAME entry allows to point an url towards the other one in a transparent way. That way, you can link forum.my_domain with forumotion board YourForum.forumotion.com.

    Any recorder of domains names possesses different interfaces, and thus different methods to create such CNAME. However, in a general way, the process takes place as described below:

    Connect to your user account on the site of your domain name provider, and go to the DNS management.
    Check that the chosen sub-domain is not already used.
    In the generally entitled field "source", "origin", or "alias" enter the prefix of sub-domain (i.e. "Forum" if you want to use the sub-domain forum.my_domain).
    In the generally entitled field "destination" or " target host ", enter the original url of your forum, address.my_forum.
    You will maybe have to inform the TTL (Time To Live): define the maximal possible value here.

    The link to my forum is http://tubbycraft.forumotion.ca/. I want to make it so that (like I said above) I can put that on my blog, and when it is clicked, it directs the user to my forum and the url of the forum at the top of the screen is http://forum.tubbycraft.com/

  23. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Bump? Sorry if im not allowed to do this...

  24. This is how to create a custom DNS record. Please study this, and if you're still having problems creating a CNAME record, don't hesitate to come back here.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/custom-dns/#adding-custom-dns-records

    And in response to your question...

    Bump? Sorry if im not allowed to do this...

    Not forbidden per se, but frowned upon here. So try to avoid it in the future :-)

  25. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Thank you, but I'm ashamed to say that I still do not understand. I am not code savvy. Would you be able to show me how to add it? What is the code I would type in to make: http://forum.tubbycraft.com/ ?

    Sorry again!

  26. Try this:
    CNAME forum http://tubbycraft.forumotion.ca.

  27. Sorry, that should be:
    CNAME forum tubbycraft.forumotion.ca.
    (No http://)

  28. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    So I just paste that code into the box?

  29. Yes. Did you read the link I gave you?

  30. jakerobertfavre
    Member

    Yes I did but I still don't really understand the coding part.

    1. So I went to my dashboard and navigated to custom DNS records
    2. I pasted the code you gave me into the box.
    3. It says "custom DNS records saved."

    Now what?

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