DAP currently integrates with all WordPress-based Forum plugins (some of them mentioned below) as well as two non-WP based (vB & XenForo).
So if a member logs in to your membership site via the DAP login form, then they will also automatically be logged in to your forum. That’s called “Single Sign-on” and DAP supports it with all of the above forum software.
Which Forum To Use With DAP?
The WordPress-based forums listed above (Simple:Press, Mingle, etc) are not really full-featured (like XenForo or vBulletin). DAP doesn’t – and cannot – protect individual forum posts or threads if you used the basic WordPress-based forums. But they’re all free, have pretty decent forum features, easy to set up and use, and will work just fine for most people.
However, if you want a more full-featured forum software that will give you greater control over many details, allow you to protect content at a thread or forum level, and want tons of user and admin features, then we highly recommend going with XenForo (XF) or vBulletin (vB). XF and vB are not free, have a slightly bigger learning curve than the simple WP forum plugins, and require more setup and maintenance overall. And if you want the best forum plugin, and are willing to pay the price (dollar-wise as well as effort-wise) and put in the time to set it up, then XF is the way to go, and DAP integrates extremely well with XF.
Now, the rest of this post is about integration of DAP with the WordPress-based forums.
(For XenForo integration details, click here)
Integration with BuddyPress, bbPress, Simple:Press, Mingle, etc
What this essentially achieves, is that once your forum plugin has been integrated with DAP (explained below), anyone who is a member in your DAP-powered membership site, will also be automatically be logged in to your forum when they log in to your membership site.
So they won’t have to log in twice [like, once into DAP and once into your forum].
Here’s how you set up the DAP/forum integration.
- Download the 3rd party WordPress forum plugin
- Install it as per their instructions. We don’t support the installation or setup of the forum plugin itself.
- Log in to your DAP Admin Dashboard and click on “Setup > Config”.
- You have two settings on the page that applies to forum integration:
“Sync DAP User data and WP User data”
“Sync WP data only for PAID users“
- Pick “Y” or “N” for each of them, and you’re all set.
Now, a quick explanation of both settings.
1) Sync DAP User data and WP User data
If you turn this to “Y” (for “Yes”), then every time someone logs into DAP, they’re automatically logged into WordPress too (with a “user” WordPress role). And because they’re logged into WordPress, that means they’re also logged into your forum (because you are using a WordPress-based Forum Plugin which already integrates with your WordPress installation)
2) Sync WP data only for PAID users
This one matters only if you have set (1) above to “Y”.
So once you have decided to turn on the DAP/Forum plugin integration, then if you want only your “PAID” members to have access to the forum, then set this to “Y”.
If you want both FREE and PAID users accessing your forum, then set this to “N”.