WP_w3all phpBB integration and phpBB profile fields

Original post, shortcoded here is at this URL:
https://www.axew3.com/w3/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=573&p=2300#p2300

About WP_w3all and Profile Fields integration

The WP_w3all integration between WordPress and phpBB, to be fully compatible without any change into his default queries (code), require that profile fields in phpBB are the same as these are into a default phpBB install. If not:

On a default WordPress install (no Buddypress) from WP_w3all 1.7.5, if phpBB profile fields not match the default install fields list, no error is thrown when user update his profile in WordPress, but no updates are done in phpBB except for email and password. So in this case there is no profile fields integration when update is done in WP side for others phpBB profile fields, except for email and password. On a default WordPress install by the way, unique other profile field that can really interest is the user's URL. It will not be updated in phpBB (when update is done via WP) if default number of phpBB profile fields on db mismatch or fields aren't named as a default phpBB install.
This may will be fixed on next version(s).

On WP + Buddypress, if on WP_w3all you go to activate Synchronize Buddypress/phpBB user's profile fields option, then you need to have the phpBB default Profile Fields configuration on phpBB. This is explained in this following procedure:

suppose that on phpBB, one of the default profile fields, let say the Website profile field for example, has been removed in
phpBB ACP -> Users and Groups Tab -> Custom profile fields
On updating user profile in WP, php return an error that +- will look like this: WordPress database error: [Unknown column 'pf_phpbb_website' in 'field list'] UPDATE phpbb_profile_fields_data SET pf_phpbb_website = 'http://php.net/' WHERE user_id = '2' Or suppose you have add one or more custom phpBB profile fields. Also in this case the WP_w3all plugin will return an error similar to the above.
The plugin integration of Buddypress fields with phpBB, as is at moment of this post, require that profile fields in phpBB are the same as these are into a default phpBB install.

If you have add custom (or removed) profile fields in phpBB than the default phpBB install, solutions are only two:

1) Eliminate custom profile fields in phpBB ACP, re-adding needed default fields if you deleted one or some of these, and/or eliminating what added as custom profile fields, if you have not delete any of default profile fields but only added. Follow with this procedure to resolve.

2) Directly edit the plugin queries code to match custom phpBB profile columns on DB. If necessary some help, post a topic on appropriate forum, i will be glad to help understand whenever necessary, if someone want resolve some issue in short. On next versions, the code about profile fields queries will be unified, and all will result more easy and comfortable to customize for any more advanced use of it. At moment of this post, there are some points (queries that are all the same), that need to be edited to match a non default phpBB install, profile fields configuration.

Procedure to reset to a default phpBB profile fields configuration, as it is when phpBB is installed.

phpBB 3.2 > profile fields

On phpBB 3.2 default profile fields are as follow:

phpbb_location, phpbb_website, phpbb_interests, phpbb_occupation, phpbb_aol, phpbb_icq, phpbb_yahoo, phpbb_facebook, phpbb_twitter, phpbb_skype, phpbb_youtube, phpbb_googleplus

On phpBB 3.1 < there is one more by default:
phpbb_wlm

which are referring to: location, website, interests, occupation, aol, icq ... etc profile fields, as you can imagine.

If there are fields you have add that aren't in the above list, and you have not delete any of these default phpBB profile fields, just remove custom fields you've add, and all is done.
If you need to recreate some of these, after you have delete added customs profiles fields, go to recreate these missed default fields in this way:

Open phpBB ACP -> Users and Groups Tab -> Custom profile fields
assuming for example we need to recreate the Website profile field, which is an URL (Link) field type, we'll go to recreate it with same default name for the field in the database, as was on default.
Before to click on Create new field button, choose from the options menu, right on the left of the button, the option URL (Link), than click Create new field button.
The page Add profile field display now.
There are various options to setup, but what is important and that need to be setup precisely with correct phpBB default value is the:

Field identification: The field identification is a name to identify the profile field within the database and the templates.
In this case, as Field identification value we'll put phpbb_website . Setup all the rest as you prefer.
Than click on button Profile type specific options
Than click on button Language specific options
Than click save.

Repeat these steps for each field you need to recreate, choosing the field type you need to recreate, following this list hint:

Field identification -> phpbb_location -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_website -> URL (Link)
Field identification -> phpbb_interests -> Textarea
Field identification -> phpbb_occupation -> Textarea
Field identification -> phpbb_aol -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_icq -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_yahoo -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_facebook -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_twitter -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_skype -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_youtube -> Single text field
Field identification -> phpbb_googleplus -> Google+


phpBB 3.1< contain by default one field more (about Windows live messenger) that is the follow:

Field identification -> phpbb_wlm -> Single text field

WordPress Shortcode: phpBB posts into WP post

WP_w3all 1.7.4 or >

see also:
WordPress phpBB Latest phpBB Topics shortcode how to
Latest phpBB Topics by specific forums ids shortcode how to

and all others listed under the “common how” to section

phpBB posts – WP post shortcode how to

To add a WP_w3all shortcode, and display a phpBB post into a WordPress post, you need to choose a phpBB Post ID (note: post ID NOT Topic ID) to display, and add it into WordPress post, like this:

Change the value 1202 with the post ID you need to display.
( POST ID NOT TOPIC ID )

If you want display the post as plain text (so the bbcode will be removed from the output) use:

The simple bbcode parser function, display all default bbcode tags, excluded flash, attachments and email, check the list on this phpBB help page, phpBB bbcode how to
which are:

[b] [u] [i]  [list] (all lists type) [size] [color] [url] [image] [code]

added: [media] bbcode parsing (video etc embed)
useful if in phpBB is installed the media embed  mod.

Note: on this phpBB installation, is not installed the phpBB Media Embed mod to display media/video into phpBB posts,  by the way, adding the [media] bbcode into a phpBB post like this:

in this case the [media] bbcode into the real phpBB post will not be parsed (because  the Media Embed mod has not been installed in phpBB) but will be parsed into the WP post, because recognized and parsed by the WP_w3all plugin code.

It can be considered as 1.0 version, that work quite fine until bbcode tags structure is respected.

Here an example for a phpBB postID 2249
which you can see in phpBB at this link: https://www.axew3.com/w3/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=566&p=2249#p2249

the shortcode used into this WP post to display the phpBB postID 2249, with bbcode formatted, will be this:

Shortcode output for post id 2249 is right here:

This is huge red text
so i want this text bold,
and after i like to display a piece of code: <?php function test() { $foo = "local variable"; echo '$foo in global scope: ' . $GLOBALS["foo"] . "\n"; echo '$foo in current scope: ' . $foo . "\n"; } $foo = "Example content"; test(); ?> then i want display a big test but without colorize it:
WoW! i like it ...
and i hev some list to display:
  • The first possible answer
  • The second possible answer
  • The third possible answer
in different format
  1. The first possible answer
  2. The second possible answer
  3. The third possible answer
and i want underline text
or quoted text:
una canzone per te
so a nice image:

then more strange bad code: <test />$find = array( '~\[img\].*?\[/img\]~si', // if there links/text for the image elsewhere, remove. Done above '~(^(\r\n|\r|\n))|^\s*$~m', ......... ); an url with text
Visit phpBB!
and an url
https://www.wordpress.org/
and more code for bbcode parsing: // partial bbcode regex $find = array( '~\[b\](.*?)\[/b\]~usi', '~\[i\](.*?)\[/i\]~usi', '~\[u\](.*?)\[/u\]~usi', '~\[quote\](.*?)\[/quote\]~usi', '~\[size=(.*?)\](.*?)\[/size\]~usi', ); and an image link also:



NOTE: on this phpBB example is not installed the phpBB Media Embed mod, to display video into phpBB posts, but if i add this bbcode into this phpBB post like this:

it will not be parsed into this phpBB post, because the mod has not been installed in phpBB, but will be parsed into the WP post because recognized and parsed by the WP_w3all plugin code.

you cannot add, expecting it will be parsed: an attachment, flash or email bbcode tag.
see the result of this post parsed into a WordPress post via Shortcode here: https://www.axew3.com/w3/2017/07/wordpress-shortcode-phpbb-posts-into-wp-post/

you need a more improved version of the function that do this? email me here: me@you.us
As you see was not so important to add email parsing .... (what?)

Cheers to all cool people!

How to connect to external database using phpBB db classes

This is the simply way to connect to an external database in phpBB (we go to use mysql lib here, but you could use another of these available in /phpbb32/phpbb/db/driver folder changing namespace (if on php7> you need to use mysqli and NOT mysql or you’ll get error) using phpBB db classes

This is it.

Note: if on Php7 > change line

$phpbb_c = new \phpbb\db\driver\mysql();
into
$phpbb_c = new \phpbb\db\driver\mysqli();

to switch and use mysqli.

WP_w3all for WordPress MS MU (Multisite, Multiuser network installations)

To configure WP_w3all on WordPress MS MU please read all the follow:

WP_w3ll plugin from 1.7.0 – WordPress MU MS  . The plugin can be also network activated, but the linked phpBB on each subsite, need to be the same (same path and same url setting value). If plugin is network activated, it is mandatory that the sub admin or super admin, setup/configure  into (each) subsite the same config of the main site for the integration plugin, because if not, when an user login into a subsite where the plugin is not configured, the phpBB cookie will not be released, and when same logged user visit the main site or another subsite where the plugin run instead configured, the user will be logged out. Registered phpBB users are added as users only into the FIRST WP site (or subsite) where users will login or that they will visits while coming already logged in into phpBB. *But you could use a plugin to add coming phpBB logged users, into each or just few WordPress site/subsites they visits, see more below.

NOTE: from 1.9.0 patched at date of this post ( or from 1.9.0 > ) it is NOT more necessary to execute this step editing the wp-config.php file
but check an hint and a warning more for WP mums installations more below on this same post.

OPEN wp-config.php file:

search for line (value wp_ can be maybe different):

immediately after ADD:

 

BEWARE that if a different phpBB is linked on subsites, the integration in this state lead to unpredictable results! … in true it is very predictable what can happen, but really long to explain and too hard for my Eng! In short, it is NOT possible to link a different phpBB into WP network subsites with actual code.
Setup into sub-sites, if the plugin is network activated, same path and url in WP_w3all config, with same values of main site.

*Hint: you could use a plugin to add coming phpBB logged users, into each WordPress they visits, or just to few, and with several different features:  search for Join My Multisite plugin at WordPress plugins directory.

NOTE: WP_w3all phpBB integration plugin when an user is deleted in WordPress (so it become deactivated in phpBB, and then you may go to delete this user in phpBB) also clean up from signup table in WordPress this user. This is necessary for compatibility (as the code is) with phpBB integration to avoid that another user register with same email into phpBB (if you allow users to register also on phpBB side, and you have also deleted this user also in phpBB) while the user has been deleted in WP, but his email/username remain stored into WP database signups table for some more time.

WP_w3all overall_footer.html for iframe JS/Ajax: PM on address bar and right click/copy links

OLD OBSOLETE

follow the new iframe v3 template procedure

OLD OBSOLETE

Since 1.7.2, follow iframe  instructions installation:

Embed phpBB into WordPress template:iframe responsive how to

WP_w3all .htaccess and Javascript for phpBB: rewrite URLs to point iframe how to (Spiders friendly)

Open .htaccess file of your phpBB root folder, search for this line:

just below add the follow:

Change on lines

RewriteRule . /yourwp/index.php/forum/?%3post_id=%5%6 [R,L]

and

RewriteRule . /yourwp/index.php/forum/?%3 [R,L]

the relative iframe URL that need to point to your correct WP forum page (leave index.php in place).

To help understand, this is the correct .htaccess code for this online working example:

WP page forum URL (that contain and display the iframe in this case): https://www.axew3.com/w3/forum/

Resulting .htaccess code based on this will be:

 

To complete the redirect flow to the iframe phpBB, embedded into WP page, for phpBB email notification messages links to point to iframe follow also with these two steps (get ready files for phpBB 3.2 on bottom of this page):

For email notification links that you want to redirect to iframe forum page of WP, assuming we point to three main behaviors we are interested in, which are for example PM notifications, New posts and Topics on forum, we need to change so 3 phpBB files in this way:

open folder  your-phpBB/phpBB/notification/type

on this folder, as working example, we go to open and so modify the following files:

pm.php, post.php, topic.php

on each file, you’ll find very similar code like this (in pm.php there is only one to change, on topic.php and post.php there are 4 or 5. Do not apply this edit to the last one string on post.php and topic.php):

you should change these urls, adding iframe=true& on each line, exactly after the ? char, like this:

Ready files for phpBB 3.2 zip:
notification-pm-post-topic-x_phpbb32_ready

How are users identified when you add/transfer existent user
integration of same username/email users

Problem: i have WordPress users and I have phpbb users, they have different usernames but the same email addresses.

Solutions:

user A into phpBB with email C
user B into WP with email C

user A into phpBB come to try to login WP: NOT added can’t login WP side.

If you use the transfer process of WP users into phpBB:

user A Same above.
user B transferred into phpBB, B now can login into both phpBB and WP.
You’ll have two users into phpBB with same email, which is possible as option into phpBB.

You can also merge posts/users into one user in this way:

Change email to the user B in WP.
Login with the phpBB user A into WP, that will be added, as no same email found.
Now delete user B in WP, and retain posts assigning to A.

Result: an unique user, with all his posts on both phpBB and WP.

NOTE: This is just to give an idea on how to resolve common problems about an integration with pre existent users in phpBB that may have same email. But there are several more possibilities: in phpBB ACP there are many options to manage users and posts, and combining these and from the above, you should get the way to resolve any possible scenario.

Based on this topic: How are users identified? (when adding/transfer existent users)

 

Install phpBB WordPress domain/subdomain integration: how to hints

phpBB installed at plugins.w3tasks.com
WP installed at w3tasks.com

To install wp_w3all on a subdomain/domain i have use the custom config.php option, as we are here in subdomain installation. I’ve see it was not working about connession. It was failing because, the custom wp_w3all phpBB config.php file, was lacking the follow setting, which was REQUIRED to connect on my/this server correctly (as on plesk config setting i had set allow only from localhost connections), so:

(this my setting, check your host/port)

So, on phpBB ACP cookie setting:
i had as default phpBB cookie value:
plugins.w3tasks.com
i’ve modify it to:
.w3tasks.com
I have also set admin of phpBB with same email of WP.
NOW I’VE LOGOUT from phpBB.
SO I HAVE CLEAN COOKIES on browser, and login successfully.
All working nice.

(For security reasons by the way, should be not good practice to have an administrator named admin: commonly it should be removed and replaced by someone not so clear as one named admin, if no other security measures applied on wp).

The above suppose you have follow also steps about phpBB WordPress integration here:
http://www.axew3.com/w3/cms-plugins-scripts/wordpress-plugins-scripts-docs/wordpress-phpbb-integration/

Configure phpBB
to set cookie available all over domain

To configure phpBB to set cookie to be available all over the domain (and subdomains), you need to setup cookie domain and path into phpBB ACP

Open phpBB Admin Control Panel, go under

Server configuration -> Cookie settings
Cookie domain value should be set like the domain name is: so if your site domain is as in this example, axew3.com, the correct value to set is:
axew3.com
in this way cookies become available all over axew3.com and any subdomain like mysubdomain.axew3.com.

Cookie path setting should be set as a single fraction slash: /
Save settings.
If changed cookie setting in phpBB in this way, logout, CLEAN cookies from browser, and re-login.

NOTE:
if on localhost, may leave the value as is. If on subdomain, like myforum.mysite.com, set it as above using only domain name mysite.com)

( Older browsers still implementing the deprecated » RFC 2109 may require a leading . (dot) to match all subdomains, so .mysite.com )

NOTE: if cookie setting changed to be available over all domain because it was not, then all phpBB users may need to re-login using new board’s cookie settings: in this case, you may would like to force all phpBB users to re-login in case they saved their session cookie with a ‘remember me login’. This can be done by accessing phpBB ACP main page: check for option
Purge all sessions
Purge all sessions. This will log out all users by truncating the session table.
Click the Run now button.
Be sure that the cookie setting is correct before to execute these steps, or you’ll be logged out by your board until you’ll not reset to the correct cookie domain!

mysite.co.uk OR mysubdomain.mysite.co.uk, correct setting will be: mysite.co.uk (while if you are on a subdomain hosting plan like mydomain.myhostingprovider.com, than the setting will be mydomain.myhostingprovider.com, but this is a more rare case)

The following help hint hint here is obsolete as latest patched wp_w3all 1.8.9 version.

from latest patched  1.8.9 plugin version it is just required that the phpBB cookie setting is set correctly to be available over all the domain: then the plugin code will setup correctly at any time the same value for himself in WordPress. The follow is here for reference, but not more useful or needed in effect.

If still in trouble with cookie setting (you can’t login with user via WP login after path to config.php has been setup) follow this step:

just in case, this is the way to fix any problem:

open file wp_w3all.php and +- on top you’ll see these lines:

change the second line, removing the two // in front, so the above become something like (change .domain.com with your domain name)

if on localhost, setup as ‘localhost’
save/overwrite the wp_w3all.php file, then test the login. If all ok, then the cookie setting for the plugin is ok now. Re-add the two // slashes in front of the edited line on wp_w3all.php to deactivate it (or remove the line), and save/overwrite the file wp_w3all.php.

That’s all here!