What I'm trying to do.
Apologies if this is a long post, but it may help other people.
My phpBB board has been running now for about 15 years. I want to wrap it in a WP site, so I can add more content and use what WP is good at. I don't want to migrate the phpBB forum to a WP forum, because
- I like phpBB.
- I don't want to lose 15 years to Search Engine placement and have to start all over again.
- Users may have got so used to the forum as is, that I may lose some if I migrate it all somewhere else.
My forum is located in a sub-directory of the main domain: /forum. I was thinking the WP site will be in the root directory and the forum remain where it is. So both will be in the same domain: -
- WP Site: https://thepompeychimes.net
- Forum: https://thepompeychimes.net/forum
I have a few questions though.
I've been looking around the various help pages, but am still a little confused. I'm not 100% sure on how this installs. Is it just a phpBB extension, or is there also a WP plugin (I'm assuming there must be)? If both, I'm not clear on what order they are installed (or if in fact it matters). Is there a very simple step-by-step guide to installing this?
Dev / Live
Whilst I develop the WP site, I have installed it in a staging sub-domain. If I do the installation, should I do this from a copy of the live phpBB forum, or to the live forum? If I do it to a copy of the forum, what issues could there be when I move the WP site live? What happens to any users that may have registered in the live forum since I copied it to the staging sub-domain? Would it be prudent to copy the phpBB forum to the sub-domain anyway, just so I can test the whole process and then start from scratch again?
2. phpBB Forum Access
Once it is all installed and integrated, can the phpBB forum still be run independently, or does it have to always be integrated in the WP site? So, in my example, can the phpBB forum still run directly from https://thepompeychimes.net/forum?
Is the phpBB forum always integrated using an iFrame, or does any WP plugin retrieve the information and display it? If (as I'm assuming) it is all in iFrames, does this mean existing Search Engine indexing will remain the same. If so, how do I redirect any traffic form a search engine to a specific forum thread, such that the WP site loads and the requested thread is loaded in the iFrame? I really don't want to screw up the Search Engine indexing that has taken so many years to get to where it is now!
Are there any example sites I can see where this is all installed? Is there any "showcase" area listing such sites? I'm assuming after 15 years, this must have been used in a lot of sites. In fact, as phpBB is so much better than the WP forum offerings, I'd assume a lot of people use this from day one on there WP sites.
Again, apologies for the length of the post, but unless I am singularly