I am struggling to get people to come to my website and return later, and so I am thinking that adding User Forums to my website where people can comment on Articles on my website and so on would be very beneficial.
I know there are a lot of open-source choices out there, like vBulletin, but my fear is that using a 3rd-Party app will not integrate well with my home-grown website.
For instance, I have spent a lot of time creating User Accounts where you can Register, Log-In, Reset a Password, and Change a Password, and I would want anything associated with the User Forums to use what I already have (or in the very least work using "Single Sign-On").
I had a book by Larry Ullman that explained how to "roll your own" User Forums, but I don't have the book with me and don't know how well a working example would really be.
So can someone help me figure out how to add User Forums to my website, and suggest some strategies that would make this fairly painless?!
I sorta like the idea of building my own basic User Forums myself - I mean I created a basic e-commerce site from scratch for the love of programming, so why stop there?!
Anyways, some wisdom is definitely needed on this topic!!