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February 18, 2011 at 4:40 am #31679
After learning my tits off for the last 4 months Ive decided that I want to write a blog which weekly will be about new subjects. I want comments to be allowed, membership to be an option, weekly emails sent out to subscribers, also the option of downloading a podcast.
This all seems possible with PHP but after discovering WordPress, it might be easier for an inexperienced user of PHP like myself to use this framework instead of trying to do the back end on my own…..?
Is WordPress this versatile and if so can anyone recommend some plugins that will do the trick for me…? Also do the plugins for membership etc speak directly to mysql… that would be cool.February 19, 2011 at 1:14 am #59483
The reason I ask about wp here is because I noticed that Chris mentioned that this site is powered by it.
Does that go for the forun section aswell….?
Thats impressive if soFebruary 19, 2011 at 3:15 am #59485chrisburtonParticipant
The forums are powered by VanillaFebruary 20, 2011 at 2:48 am #59352
Vanilla feels great, Ive also started testing out mybb which is also pretty cool.
Can anyone comment on my original question…?February 20, 2011 at 3:16 am #59353suppermanParticipant
I think that making your own php forum is doable, but it would be easyer to intergrate an existing and supported forum like Vanilla or phpBB. I can’t talk about Vanill but i know phpBB and its super-easy to install-intergrate. You have even a screencast here on css-tricks about stilling your phpBB forum for your site.
link: https://css-tricks.com/video-screencasts/48-skinning-phpbb/ Didn’t watched it tho.
On the other hand, making your own php forum would be an extremely more valuable experience and you’ll learn much more.February 20, 2011 at 4:30 am #59318
Can anyone answer my original question… does anyone use wpress for these purposes….?February 20, 2011 at 4:58 am #59301boxMember
Wordpress is designed for exactly that purpose. There’re are also plugins for you to manage email newsletters.February 20, 2011 at 5:40 am #59304
Thanks man I just wanted to know before I embarked on it that plugins were available for podcasts, memership options etcFebruary 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm #59238ccc630Member
To follow up on @box, WordPress is absolutely exactly what you’re looking for — it’ll save you countless hours of development recreating the wheel. I’d highly recommend you check out http://www.digwp.com — Digging Into WordPress. The site and accompanying book are invaluable resources. You’ll also want to get comfy with the WordPress codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page. Good luck!February 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm #59239ccc630Member
Just saw your follow-up question. There are literally thousands of plugins available. You can browse them at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ or through the back-end of your WP install. Nice thing is that they’re user reviewed so you can find the quality plug-ins pretty easily.
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