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    Question * CMS + vBulletin : 13 best possible solutions...

    Hi All,
    I am planning to build my community around vBulletin since vBulletin 3.7 (to be released shortly) is seriously moving towards Social Networking features. Also because of the fact that vBulletin is proven to handle very high traffic.

    However I don't want my website to be totally a forum. I would like to have a blog/CMS/portal that can integrate with vBulletin.


    By integration, I mean :-
    1) Single login for users. The users should be able to register only once but can login either in the application (CMS) or forum (vBulletin).
    2) I should be able to display the latest forum threads of vBulletin on the home page of CMS/blog.


    Now my question :-
    What are the various good CMS applications that offer integration with vBulletin ?

    Note : I don't mind paying for CMS as well along with vBulletin

    Please reply with whatever you know. Even if it can be integrated by using a 'bridge', it's fine.
    Also try to mention pros & cons of that particular CMS / bridge.
    If you built any sample sites, that should be great.


    Please keep in mind that I am aiming to build a community of around 2,00,000 people where thousands of users online at any time.

    Feel free to comment / suggest on below options or any new ones.

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    I will start with few I know :-

    :: Drupal + vBulletin : Can be integrated using the bridge at http://www.vbdrupal.org

    My Comments : I am most favourable for this solution, as I feel Drupal is the best CMS and vBulletin is the best forum software. But not sure how reliable is this vbDrupal bridge. Also Drupal is known to give few problems for high traffic websites (especially when so many users logged in at the same time). But still vbDrupal looks a good one, as the developers are constantly updating it for latest version.

    Look at http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=153543 for this vbDrupal solution.



    :: Vivvo CMS + vBulletin : Vivvo.net offers vBulletin integration with Vivvo CMS.

    My Comments : Looks good at outset though slightly costly. Will be considering it because VIVVO particularly says their application can handle high traffic. However it's not a complete integration with vBulletin. Just a basic integration.



    :: Joomla + vBulletin : http://bbpixel.com offers this integration for a fee.

    My Comments : I am okay with this solution if Joomla can handle high traffic. But it seems Joomla is resource intensive and gives performance problems for high traffic (I will be happy if I am wrong.)



    :: vBuleltin + vBulletin Blog :

    My Comments : Both from Jelsoft. So should integrate well. However I don't like vBulletin blog. I will consider only if there is no other option.



    :: vbAdvanced : http://www.vbadvanced.com offers solutions for vBulletin integration

    My Comments : It offers vBadvanced CMPS, vBadvanced Dynamics, vBadvanced Links Directory for little price. Don't know it's capabilities. It's good that they already upgraded their products to integrate with vBulletin 3.7.



    :: SubDreamer CMS + vBulletin : SubDreamer is paid but not costly. It is known that SubDreamer offers the most seamless integration with vBulletin.

    My Comments : I have read too many negative comments about SubDreamer. And mostly it seems to suit only personal / medium sized websites that don't plan to extend toomuch in future.



    :: WordPress + vBulletin : Look at the bridge for this @ http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=134521

    My Comments : Not well supported and not fully convinced about this integration, as there are many limitations.



    :: PHPCOW + vBulletin : http://www.phpcow.com offers integration with vBulletin

    My Comments : Not sure how good is PhpCow for large websites. Also I did NOT like the given templates.



    :: vbPortal : http://www.vbportal.com offers a portal that integrates with vBulletin

    My Comments : I don't think it's extensive enough portal. And even the portal pages look more like forum.



    :: Miraserver + vBulletin : http://www.miraserver.com/contentmanagement.htm

    My Comments : Not sure how reliable it is, as not many people discussing it. It's $ 159 and anyway Miraserver is going Open Source soon.



    :: PHPFOX + vBulletin : http://www.phpfox.com has a plugin for integration with vBulletin

    My Comments : PhpFox dropped official support and development for this specific vBulletin plug-in. So PhpFox ruled out from my options.



    :: MAMBO + vBulletin :

    My Comments : Not interested in this solution, as I don't think MAMBO is heading in right direction.



    :: Typo3 + vBulletin : Look at http://typo3lab.ru/en/typo3-services...-to-typo3.html

    My Comments : Costs $ 650. Not much interested in this, as I don't want to use (or unfamiliar with) Typo3

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    Feel free to comment / suggest on above options or any new ones.

    My knowledge is limited and so please excuse me for any ignorance in making above comments.

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    What I might suggest is coming up with some rough designs illustrating how your community should look, and that may help move you toward the option with the features you like the most. I think several of the options you provided would be workable, but much depends on how much labor, money and programming you are able to put into it. You might want to consider starting with just vBulletin first.

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    I only have experience with vBdrupal so I have nothing to compare it to but it is a good solution. Works perfectly, never had any php errors or anything like that. It offers some nice integration features (shared theme, drupal blocks on vbulletin end, vbulletin modules on drupal end), the only issue with it is that it's not easy to set up. That's probably while it's not running on as many sites as you'd think.

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    I only have experience with vBdrupal so I have nothing to compare it to but it is a good solution. Works perfectly, never had any php errors or anything like that. It offers some nice integration features (shared theme, drupal blocks on vbulletin end, vbulletin modules on drupal end), the only issue with it is that it's not easy to set up. That's probably while it's not running on as many sites as you'd think.
    Can you PM me your vbDrupal based site so that I can see how it looks.


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