Apr 22

bbPress and BuddyPress integration groups forum support

In this article we will provide you with step by step instructions how to integrate your WordPress MU/BuddyPress with bbPress for groups forum feature support.

First, you should make sure that you have WordPress MU installed on your hosting account. For detailed step by step instructions on how to install WordPress MU, please refer to our tutorial.

As soon as you have WordPress MU installed and configured you should download the BuddyPress latest trunk version. This can be done via the following URL:

http://trac.buddypress.org/browser/trunk

On the bottom of the page you will find a link via which you can download the zip archive of the latest BuddyPress version.

Unzip the archive on your local computer and access your hosting account via FTP. First you will need to create the following folder on your account wp-content/plugins/buddypress. Please upload all the content from the BuddyPress archive except the bp-themes/ directory.

As soon as you have all the files and folders uploaded under the wp-content/plugins/buddypress directory, please proceed with the upload of your themes. You should upload the bp-themes/ folder under the wp-content/ folder of your account.

Additionally, to install the default BuddyPress home theme move /wp-content/bp-themes/bphome/ to /wp-content/themes/bphome/.

Now you should have the following paths:

/wp-content/bp-themes

/wp-content/themes/bphome/

When you complete with the upload process, please login as administrator in your WordPress MU and activate the BuddyPress plugin via the plugin menu. Then, navigate to the “Site Admin > Themes” menu and select the “Yes” radio option for “BuddyPress Home Theme”. Next, go to “Appearance > Themes” and activate the “BuddyPress Home Theme” for the root blog.

Now you should proceed with the bbPress integration. Please download the latest trunk version of bbPress from the official site here. Be advised that you need the Trunk version. When you have the archive downloaded on your local computer, please unzip it and upload all the content of the archive under a subdirectory of your WordPress MU called forum.

Then access the installation wizard of your bbPress at http://yourdomain/forum. Click on the link to proceed with the installation process: “Ready? Then let’s get started!”. On the first step input the MySQL database name, username and password tht you have used to install WordPress MU into. These values can be found in your wp-config.php file. This file can be accessed and edited via your cPanel -> file manager -> navigate to your WordPress MU folder and click on the wp-config.php file, then edit it via the Edit option from the top menu.

On the next step, you will need to integrate bbPress with WordPress. Check the “Add integration settings” box, and leaved the “Add cookie integration settings” box unchecked.

- Add your table prefix (usually always ‘wp_’)

- Add your WordPress database settings found in wp-config.php

- You can usually ignore the “character set” and “collation” boxes

- Leave the “Custom user tables” section blank.

On the 3th step enter anything you like for your site name and first forum name. Select “Admin” from the dropdown to use as your keymaster user. Now you will need to login into your bbPress via /bb-admin with your WordPressMU/BuddyPress admin username and password and then refer to the settings menu. Check the “Enable XML-RPC” option, additionally, please check the “Enable Pingbacks” option just below.

From the following page download the buddypress-enable plugin via the Download in other formats: Original Format link on the bottom of your page.

This file should be uploaded under /bbpress-plugins/ folder of your forum directory. As soon as the file is uploaded (via your FTP client or cPanel -> File Manager) you should login into your forum and activate the plugin via the Plugins tab from the menu on the left.

Head back to your BuddyPress installation and sign up as a new user. Once you have activated the new user, make a note of the username and password given. Having the newly registered user, refer to your bbPress installation and login as administrator. In the Administrative panel of your bbPress refer to the “Users” tab and look for the new user you signed up. Click edit next to the user and select “Administrator” as the user type for this user. Save the changes by hitting the “Update Profile” button.

When the user is applied as administrator you should edit your bbPress configuration file via your cPanel -> file manager or by downloading it locally on your computer and then reupload it. The following line should be added after the opening php tag:

$bb->bb_xmlrpc_allow_user_switching = true;

After the line is added, please log into your WPMU admin interface and head to “BuddyPress tab > Group Forums” and fill in the details on that page. Make sure you don’t leave out the ending slash on your bbPress URL. (http://example.com/bbpress/). Enter the username and password for the user that you signed up in and set as administrator for your bbPress.

Once you have saved those details you can create group forums. Existing groups you will need to head to the group admin settings page, disable then enable the group forum setting to generate a new forum.

Be advised that if you experience any difficulties to perform this integration our technical support will be glad to install bbPress for you. Additionally, if you are not an existing customer you can take advantage of our free website transfer promotion and unused months compensation and sign up for your professional BuddyPress hosting.

You may also review our BuddyPress tutorial.

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Apr 14

Claroline hosting

Although many applications meet the functionality required to create and administrate an online learning website most of them fail when it comes to user-friendly interface and easy site navigation.

A very important factor to consider in building your e-learning education website is that it will be used by students or other visitors interested in the courses or information published on your website. Thus, your website should be as easy as possible for navigation and content management. Additionally, a LMS platform should be powerful, yet simple to use in order to save you valuable time to actually create your content instead of struggling in the numerous menus and tools.

To meet this demand TMDHosting created an optimal hosting environment for Claroline learning management system. Claroline is a Web Based Course Management System which allows teachers (professors or lecturers) to create and administer course websites for schools and universities through a browser in just a few clicks.

Teacher on Claroline only needs to be familiar with his/her favorite browser. They will be asked to type text in forms, to click on OK and to prepare locally on their own computer quality documents to be uploaded on the website. Using the powerful tools available in the course management page you can easily create different assignments, notifications or exercises in additional to your e-learning materials. Detailed list of the key features of Claroline are available on their official webste.

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Claroline support documents in any format (PDF, HTML, Office, Video). Additionally, you can create public or private discussion forums where your students may assists to each other in the learning process.

For detailed tour of the Claroline functionality you may review our step by step text tutorial as well as the video tutorials available.

If you are looking for a professional hosting environment on which you can start your building your e-learning website using Claroline you may review our Claroline hosting package.

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Apr 09

WordPress MU and BuddyPress Hosting

In this article we would like to present you one of the greatest open source projects today — WordPress MU and BuddyPress . WordPress and its logo are one of the most recognizable symbols on the open source market as popular as names such as Joomla, Mambo, Moodle, osCommerce and etc. Alike the others, WordPress has formed an extremely large community and has never stopped to evolve.

Today WordPress is one of the most commonly used blog platform world wide. Still, the great development team of WordPress did not stop with the creation of the best blog application. Another branch of WordPress is the powerful blog network application based on code of its predecessor the multi-user version. WordPress MU extends the functionality of WordPress to a whole new level providing you with the ability to create literary unlimited number of blogs. Additionally, your visitors may register and sign up for their own WordPress blog which will be created automatically without any actions required on your end.

Using the WordPress MU you can create your own blog network where your visitors can register and create their own stand alone WordPress blogs without any actions performed by the webmaster. Unfortunately, most hosting companies do not support wildcards (required both by WordPress MU and BuddyPress) due to some configuration settings that should be applied both in the DNS and Apache virtual host. Still, in a properly configured hosting enviropment this can be easily achieved and these requirements can be met without any additional charges.

After the WordPress MU the development team has released a new set of plugins and themes that extended the WordPress MU functionality even further. By releasing the BuddyPress pack, WordPress stepped into the social network field with almost unmet functionality and features. BuddyPress is a set of WordPress plugins and themes which extend the multi user version of WordPress with many social network features such as extended user profiles, private messaging, friends lists and groups as well as user wall (wire). BuddyPress contains all the features you would expect from WordPress but emphasize on the members social interaction.

If you would like to take advantage of these great applications and create your own blog or social network using the WordPress MU and BuddyPress platform with wildcards support you may review our WordPress MU and BuddyPress hosting packages.

Furthermore, our professional technical support will perform the following service in a timely manner free of charge:

  • FREE WordPress MU and BuddyPress Transfer
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  • FREE WordPress and BuddyPress Upgrades

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Apr 06

Docebo hosting

In one of our previous articles we have provided you with some general guidelines on how to start your own academic website. This time we will present you the Docebo e-Learning platform which can be used by both teachers and students to create academic community websites or online classrooms and courses.

Docebo is an Open Source e-Learning platform (LMS and LCMS) used in corporate and higher education markets. The Platform supports 18 languages and can support different didactic models. Including: Blended, Self-Directed, Collaborative and even Social Learning through Chat, Wiki, Forums and 53 other different functions. This functionality provides you with the ability to create multi language content on your website published on a single CMS or LMS platform.

It is important to mention that Docebo application is not just a new kid on the block on the e-learning platforms marked but a feature-rich, highly customizable and powerful application. Furthermore, it includes integrated modules such as CMS platform, forum, polls and e-commerce solutions which put it even one step ahead in compare to applications such as Moodle and aTutor.

Unlike most CMS systems which categorize the content in different sections and categories and use the pages to simply display one of them, Docebo divide the page on blocks which can be used to display any blocks such as text page, forum, poll or chat. As a result you can insert any component, module or block on any page without the need to integrate additional applications such as chat, polls or forum.

For those of you who are looking for a software which provides the functionality to create real live video/audio conference for online traning purposes Docebo can provide you with DimDim and Teleskill support. DimDim and Teleskill provide services which allow you to schedule and create virtual class rooms with complete audio/video conference support as well as presentation mode.

For more information regarding the Docebo e-Learning platform you may review our hosting plan and tutorials. With TMDhosting Docebo LMS Hosting Package you can get a Professional FREE Docebo installation service performed by our experienced technical support team! If you need professional assistance choosing your plan can always contact our representatives via our live chat.

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