Best way to have a forum on my site?

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  • #789702

    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.

    #789931

    auxclass
    Member

    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

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

    #789933

    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

    #789934

    auxclass
    Member

    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.

    #789935

    auxclass
    Member

    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.

    #789938

    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?

    #789939

    raincoaster
    Member

    You have to check that out with the forum host.

    #789942

    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?

    #789943

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

    #789944

    timethief
    Member

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

    #789945
    #789946

    timethief
    Member

    I posted what you can do above > https://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

    #789947

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

    #789948

    raincoaster
    Member

    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/

    #789949

    I love you. Thank you so much.

    #789950

    timethief
    Member

    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.

    #789951

    timethief
    Member

    I apologize for missing the boat. :(

    #789952

    raincoaster
    Member

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

    #789953

    timethief
    Member

    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.

    #789954

    auxclass
    Member

    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

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