Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about BridgeDD. If you have a question and do not see an answer here, you can ask that question after becoming a member on the support board.
Q: What are the known BridgeDD compatibility issues?
Please read this topic for a detailed discussion of BridgeDD compatibility issues.
Q: BridgeDD doesn’t work. Why?
The most common cause of problems is trying to activate and configure BridgeDD while certain types of cache programs are active. In order to integrate phpBB with WordPress, BridgeDD makes a number of modifications to the filesystem and database of both phpBB and WordPress. Cache programs such as XCache or eAccelerator can interfere with this process. Please disable these programs before before activating and configuring BridgeDD. They can be safely enabled after BridgeDD is configured and running.
Q: I selected my phpBB installation, but the URL and preview for my board are wrong.
This means that the settings for your phpBB board’s URL are incorrect. Since you are already logged in with your admin/founder account, go to the phpBB ACP. Click the Server Settings link near the bottom of the left sidebar, and in the Server URL Settings block, enter the correct Domain name and Script path for your board and click Submit. Now refresh the BridgeDD Settings page in WordPress, and you should see the correct URL and preview for your phpBB board.
Q: I selected my phpBB installation, then went to phpBB and wasn’t logged in. Why?
You must be logged in to phpBB before activating and configuring BridgeDD for the first time, or automatic integration will not occur. Once you log in to phpBB, your two accounts will be integrated.
Q: I selected my phpBB installation, but BridgeDD doesn’t integrate logins and logouts.
The WordPress and phpBB installations must be in the same domain, and WordPress must be able to save a cookie that phpBB can read. BridgeDD will not work if, for example, WordPress is installed at http://wp.mydomain.com and phpBB is installed at http://forum.mydomain.com.
Q: Why is default registration handling set to phpBB?
Even with plugins, WordPress does not offer the level of protection against spambot registrations that is built into phpBB. If you decide to use WordPress for registrations, however, you will be able to use the ban lists in phpBB to stop certain types of registrations — thanks to BridgeDD!
Q: How do I integrate my themes?
Becoming a BridgeDD subscriber will give you access to BridgeDD PRO, the ultimate WordPress↔phpBB bridge which gives you the ability add your WordPress header, menus, and widgets into your phpBB style, creating a seamless look to the two sites.
Q: Does BridgeDD support phpBB 3.1 and 3.2?
BridgeDD PRO fully supports phpBB 3.1 and 3.2. BridgeDD will not be updated to support either version.
Q: Why are all cross-posts excerpts?
You can thank Google for that. Their search algorithms penalize sites which have duplicate content. Cross-posting an entire article would create the very type of duplicate content that causes your site’s SERP to be penalized. The full article can be viewed by clicking the Read Full Article button.
All About BridgeDD
As the logo states, BridgeDD is a WordPress↔phpBB bridge that…works.
You can log in and out from WordPress or phpBB as you always do, and you will be automatically logged in/out of both applications. There is no need to worry about “integrating” existing members into both applications — BridgeDD handles it automatically using a breakthrough technology.
And best of all, the bridging is done using another breakthrough technology that eliminates the bloat and sluggishness of other WordPress bridge plugins and phpBB bridge MODs. It…works.
You can obtain support by visiting the BridgeDD support board. Becoming a member on the support board will give you access to pre-release versions of BridgeDD, as well as other accessory plugins/addons that enhance BridgeDD. Members can also ask support questions.
If you like what BridgeDD offers, please consider becoming a subscriber. Subscribers will gain access to a private forum where you can download BridgeDD PRO, the bridge everyone has been waiting for. With BridgeDD PRO, you will be able to add your WordPress header, footer, and widgets directly into your phpBB templates without loading WordPress. BridgeDD PRO gives you the ability to create a seamless bridge without the bloat and ugliness of forcing phpBB to be loaded inside WordPress. There is a separate, more-detailed article about the benefits of subscribing, and I ask that everyone read it.
A lot of time went into the design and coding of BridgeDD, as well as into the creation of the custom themes used on this WordPress site and on the phpBB support board. I hope you think it was worth the effort!