Fudla Bridge will offer an integrated forum solution to users of Joomla! CMS by linking Joomla! to a FUDforum installation. There was a version for Joomla 1.5, but its development was abandoned. There is a new version under development for Joomla 3.1.
| 3.1 Version: || Under Development
| Author: || Cpreston
| Download: || Email curtis at truthinit dot com if you're interested
- FUDForum v3.0.3 and above (Native), v3.0.2 (requires code patch).
- Joomla 3.1 (Beginning development in May 2013)
- Both FUDforum and Joomla! must be located under the same document root.
- Maintains FUDforum urls (no Iframes).
- Unified login from Joomla! (users logged into Joomla are automatically logged into FUDforum).
- Unified registration via Joomla!
Information about the Joomla/FUDforum bridge
W. Curtis Preston from [Truth in IT] funded the development of this version, as he needed it for multiple sites that will soon be switching from phpBB2 to FUDForum. Development started in May '13 and is now up and running.
Here are the summary of the functionality of the first version:
It basically moves login and authentication functionality over to Joomla, and then logs the user into FUDforum in the background. This is similar to what the MediaWiki Login component does for Mediawiki. Accounts are managed on the Joomla side, and info is synced to the MediaWiki (or in this case FUDforum) side.
1. Users attempting to login to FUDforum will actually be redirected to Joomla to login.
2. Users logging into Joomla will then be automatically logged into FUDforum
3. Users logging out of Joomla will be logged out of FUDforum
4. Joomla plugin will monitor for any changes in user accounts, and then makes those same changes in FUDForum, including:
- adding a new user
- deleting an existing user
- changing an existing user's login name
- changing an existing user's password
- changing an existing user's email
- blocking or unblocking a user
5. Users logged into FUDforum who want to edit their profile will actually be directed to their Joomla profile, and any changes the make there will be propogated to their FUDforum profile.
6. Plugin will also monitor Community Builder fields and do the same thing, and will allow mapping of CB fields to FUDforum fields.
7. Joomla! search plugin so that a Joomla search yields results from FUDforum
Speak now if you're interested.
Information about the 1.5 version
- The package comes as six separate files.
- FUD_patch.diff: This contains the changes required for the plugin to work with FUDforum 3.0.2. Either apply directly or manually.
- plg_system_fudlamole.zip: Acts as a mole within Joomla! and provides status information to the plugin
- fudforum_auth.zip: This contains the FUDforum Authentication Plugin that logs users into Joomla! if registered on FUDforum.
- com_fudla.zip: This contains the Fudla component responsible for pushing Joomla! html to the plugin
- fudla.zip: The actual plugin to be installed in FUDforum.
- The plugin will place additional load on the server as both Joomla! and FUDforum will be loaded for each request if caching is not enabled.
- Make sure you have the Site Administrator registered with the same details on both applications before activating the plugin.
- Users should ideally edit their templates to remove the login, logout and registration links in FUDforum but in any case, the plugin does the following:
- The quick login form is removed
- All Login, logout and registration links are rewritten to point to Joomla!
- The FUDforum session is subordinate to the Joomla! session. If a user is not logged into Joomla!, they will be logged out of FUDforum by the Fudla plugin (except if requesting an admin page) Similarly, they will be logged into FUDforum by the Fudla plugin if logged into Joomla! no matter what the FUDforum settings are.
- Make sure the FUDforum Administrator has the same username as the Joomla! Administrator.
- If running FUDforum 3.0.2, the provided patch (FUD_patch.diff) needs to be applied.
- Log into the Joomla! Administration interface.
- Create a menu item as an external url pointing to your forum.
- Note the item id of the menu item as it will be needed later.
- Install the fudlamole plugin (plg_system_fudlamole.zip).
- Install the JQuery / Mootools conflict resolving plugin (plg_system_jquery.zip).
- Select JQuery 1.6.1 for FUDforum 3.0.3 and above (1.4.4 for FUDforum 3.0.2)
- You will need to enable the jquery fix in the Joomla! Plugin Manager after installation ("System - Jquery")
- You also need to enable the mootools upgrade ("System - Mootools Upgrade")
- Install the FUDforum Authentication Plugin (fudforum_auth.zip).
- Configure it by providing the full server path to your FUDforum data folder.
- Enable this authentication plugin.
- Install the Fudla component (com_fudla.zip).
- No configuration required.
Install Fudla Plugin
- Unpack the plugin file (fudla.zip) to the FUDforum plugins folder.
- Configure the plugin (you will need the item id of Joomla External Menu item from earlier).