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.

If you need professional assistance to choose your BuddyPress hosting, please do not hesitate to contact our representatives via our live chat.

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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.

If you need professional assistance to choose your Claroline hosting, please do not hesitate to contact our representatives via our live chat.

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Mar 23

Magento hosting

In this article we will summarize the most important points that should be covered when you are looking for a Magento hosting. Be advised that these topics are based on the official documentation, recommendations and forum of Magento as well as customer feedback and search engine key words research.

  • System requirements compatibility
  • Extra fees and installation services
  • Knowledge base, tutorials and extras
  • Technical support and eCommerce experience
  • General Hosting plan features

System requirements compatibility

The first and most important point is that your future host should be fully compatible with Magento system requirements. Most of the modern hosting companies should be compatible with some of the Magento requirements. Still, be advised that your host should be fully compatible with all of them for best performance. It is important to mention that no a hosting service which does not fully cover the official requirements is not absolutely qualified for the Magento eCommerce platform.

You can easily check a hosting server about its Magento compatibility by the official Mangeto check script. For example, below are the results that should be displayed if your hosting is fully qualified for Magento application. The results are from our TMDHosting server:

Congratulations! Your server meets the requirements for Magento.

  • You have PHP 5.2.0 (or greater)
  • Safe Mode is off
  • You have MySQL 4.1.20 (or greater)
  • You have the curl extension
  • You have the dom extension
  • You have the gd extension
  • You have the hash extension
  • You have the iconv extension
  • You have the mcrypt extension
  • You have the pcre extension
  • You have the pdo extension
  • You have the pdo_mysql extension
  • You have the simplexml extension

You can download the Magento compatibility check script from here.

If you would like to perform the Magento compatibility check on your end, please click here.

Extra fees and installation services

It is very important to be aware of any other fees that are applied in additional to your hosting plan. For example, if your hosting company charges for Magento installation services or any extra fees are applied for modules, components and themes installation.

As most PHP/MySQL based applications the Magento installation is a straight forward procedure and you should not be charged for this service due to the fact that it does not require any development or specific technical support work nor additional time of exclusive work. Furthermore, Magento team has developed a very easy-to-use fully automatic module installation feature fully integrated in the Magento application. Thus, no additional fees should be applied for modules, components and template installation as well.

Considering the facts above, TMDHosting provides free Magento installation as well as free modules, language packs and templates installation included in our Magento hosting package.

Knowledge base, tutorials and extras

It is very important to check your future host knowledge base and tutorials available. The more information is provided by your hosting company, the more experienced their representatives are with the support and hosting service of the Magento application. The most important information you should be looking is a straight forward guidelines on how to install, configure and maintain your eCommerce Magento website.

We completely understand that as much as possible information should be available for our customers. Thus, we have created a content-rich tutorial base for Magento, as well as many video tutorials.

Additionally, we have created unique Mangeto templates which are freely available for our customers. Please note that these templates are not available for public download and only as a TMDHosting customer you can take advantage of having your unique look and feel for your eCommerce website.

Technical support and eCommerce experience

Even with the best knowledge base your Magento host should provide excellent support. This is of a great importance in order to make sure that you will be able to build your eCommerce website trouble-free from the first to the very last step. Only a support team with good understanding of the eCommerce concept and a lot of experience with online shops can provide accurate and timely assistance.

General Hosting plan features

Despite all the Magento related configuration settings and requirements you should be looking for a feature-rich hosting plan. Most probably you will need email accounts, additional databases for other applications as well as FTP accounts and statistics of your website visits. Last but not least, SSL feature should be available for you as a hosting feature upgrade in order to make sure that your website will be able to provide secure payment process. All of the above should be unlimited and freely included in your hosting package.

In our desire to create a complete all-in-one eCommerce Magento hosting package we have collected all the required basic hosting features such as Emails, MySQL database support and FTP as well as specially optimized hosting environment for the Mangeton platform. Please review our Magento hosting package and feel free to contact our experienced representatives via the live chat.

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