July 31, 2008 in Feedback
In IPB 3.0, how difficult will it to be to set up two separate forums (i.e. about two different subject matters), but allow users to register to one and have access to the other. (So, the two IPB installations would share the same user table, and sessions, and whatever else -- but keep the posts, topics, forum structure, and everything else etc. separate).
If this were possible, I'd buy another IPB license instead of clogging my current forum with disorganization. <_<
You can already do this via IP.Converge :) (And in IPB3, you can use your username aswell as email address for logging in)
But what happens with all the members that joined via IP.Converge when I switch to usernames?
Nothing. You (as far as I am aware) don't actually need to switch to usernames, there is a field called Login Name now instead of Email Address/Username, you type whatever you want in (your email or your username) and IP.Converge/IP.Board3 works out the rest. So basically it still uses the email address for login, but for the end user, it appears as if it were using the username instead.
Can somebody tell me in LAYMAN'S TERMS (!!!) how IP-Converge works?
Let's suppose I got one installation, and now I want a new installation but share the users with the first. How will IP.Converge sort it out for me?
User A visits IP.Board 1. They must register as they have no account. When they do, this information (behind the scenes of course) is sent to Converge, a central authentication repository.
User A then visits IP.Board 2. They can login with the same information they use on IP.Board 1.
All information specific to the site is managed separately, but email address and password are centralized and will work at any board that is "converged". The resources site, client area, and our company forums are all "converged" which is why you can login to any of the 3 with the exact same information. If you change your password here, your password for the client area is changed.
not thought of this but is that two way, e.g. user visits forum 2 but isn't registered and registers on there?
Yes, it's all directions. You can register here, client area, or at converge directly (we turned off registration on the resource site intentionally) and you are available on all sites.
IP.Converge is sexy.
I've tried it, and I loved it. Almost worth buying a second license just to use it.
you only need one active IPB license to get access to Converge
You can link 4 sites with the one license
But what's the point of converging one board? :lol:
Yeah, that's what I was getting at.
Unless I own a second license and run a seperate Forum with it, or have a friend who owns a license AND is willing to "share" users between us, there's not much point in setting up Converge.
And I downloaded it long ago to test it out.
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