February 03, 2004

Some good reasons for using phpBB as your Movable Type comment engine.

Posted at 11:08 PM Notebook, Reviews

I've integrated my phpBB forum installation to run comments on my Movable Type blogs. ((Here's how.) There are several very good reasons for doing so.

  • I already had phpBB installed and running on my site.
  • phpBB provides all the anti-spam protection MTBlacklist does, and more.
  • One user registration for blogs and forums.
  • Registered users gain additional functionality.
    • phpBB provides email notification when new comments are posted to a topic (How can I do that?)
    • I've modified phpBB so registered users can be notified whenever a new message is posted on one of my blogs. (How can I do that?)
    • phpBB provides user profiles for registered users who can set their own level of security--send messages privately between members while keeping your email address secure.

Now, all that said, I've still got some more work to do. The current integration level of the two programs remains somewhat awkward. I'm working on ways to, for example, have the email notification direct users directly to the blog individual archive. Currently, the email provides a link to the phpBB forum ghost-topic. More integration coming in the future.

Posted by Patrick at February 3, 2004 11:08 PM

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