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Hi guys,

Been doing some searching in the tutorials but haven't found an answer to this…

Can ocPortal have 2 separate forums sharing the same member base and database? Kind of like a MSN (2 sites, 1 forum) but in reverse (1 site, 2 forums). For example: Fictional website for operating systems with 2 forums. Forum one is for Linux users, Forum two is a totally separate forum for Windows users. Both forums use the same database and members.

I know it could be done with 1 forum using usergroups and permissions, but I'm interested in doing something a little different. I run a forum for a programming language in Linux. I have a general forum for questions and answers, but I'm wanting to have a totally separate forum for developers and their projects, with each developer having it's own forum group and hence it's own forums under that. This way the general question and answer forum isn't cluttered by the developers forums, but are still accessible by all members.

Steve
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Community saint

I'm not the expert, but I don't think you can do that.  I would think you would be stuck with a user group for developers and only they have access to the sub forums for them.

Paul
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'Clubs'

 :thumbs:

Take my advice. I'm not using it!

View my working ocPortal site (version 9.x.x) at Anglo-Indian Portal
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Community saint

Clubs is a subset of a forum. I basically would like to install a totally new and separate forum along side my current one.

Steve
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Fan in action

I have been watching this thread and it is an interesting idea…

What if you made a sub directory at the root of your domain call it whatever and the address would  look like this …

micro.mydomain.com

or

linux.mydomain.com

Then you could install a second ocportal and create a redirect for the extra pages

It could work but it would mean 2 databases
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Community saint

Two databases could work if you could set up both installs to use the membership and usergroup parts of one database. You would probably could go into the php code and make the changes, but would be a lot of work I'm not inerested in doing.

I was looking for a simple way of separating unique foruns but keeping the member base the same for both.

I think all this is turning into a moot point anyway because as soon as I add another usergroup the "Permissions Tree Editor" grinds to a halt. On my setup, 21 usergroups is the limit. I have another thread started about this issue.

Steve
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No, you can do this! In a way anyways lol.

You would use one forum, but you would make your forums within it. Make those forums virtual roots and use the power of redirects! I have a whole post about that here!

I was planning on making a CEDI post about all that in the community documentation… but life happened…. Still trying to catch up from said life events lol.

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I wanted to follow up with some links to forum topics created here when I was doing this very thing. Hopefully it can be of help to you!

View topic: [SOLVED!] How do I make Zone themes work throughout the zone? - ocPortal

View topic: Announcement forum for multiple virtual host forums? - ocPortal

View topic: [SOLVED in BETA2!] Redirections in ocPortal 6 beta 1 - ocPortal

Anways, with virtual roots and redirects you can emulate having two (or more) seperate forums on one site, even though in truth you have only one forum. Using virtual roots and redirects you can set up  menu links to your virtual rooted forums, and that would be all they'd see, making it appear like they are on another different forum, sharing your site and member database.

You just need to remember to set up zones for those virtual roots as well :).

Legends of Nor'Ova: A site powered by ocPortal; home of the Legends of Nor'Ova tabletop RPG wiki and community.

Like ocPortal? Want to thank Chris and gang somehow? Then help out in the chat room! It really needs your help! Just open it in a tab everytime you open your web browser, and when you hear a "ding", check it out!

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Thanks, mythus! That is exactly what I'm wanting to do. It sure makes it much easier when someone has walked down that road already.  :thumbs:

I've saved those links for later when I'm ready to start this. I think I'll wait though until V8 is out and I've migrate over to that. No need to create more migration headaches.  O_o

Steve
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Community saint

Sounds like a smart plan.

If you need any help with it, I'll help as best I can. My contact details should be in my profile here.

Legends of Nor'Ova: A site powered by ocPortal; home of the Legends of Nor'Ova tabletop RPG wiki and community.

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Thanks, I appreciate the offer.

Steve
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