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tmlander:
Hello out there!!

Been looking around for a little bit but not quite sure where to turn for some advice...

I have a site I am working on that is a subscription style site....

Basically I need a means to manage users and a billing profile and I am wondering how to take my next step....

I bought a basic user management script but then I realized I would like a forum on this site and I could probably manage users that way instead anyway....

Basically I am thinking that I could use SMF to manage users with some tweeks and then I could set up a different table to handle billing profiles....

I read some and realized there was some talk about in SMF.... out of SMF... using integration hooks.... etc.... so I think I could handle login logout with SMF anywhere on my site... but not sure where I should set up other data... Should I set it up on the same database as SMF... will it matter...?

Any advice would be appreciated....

Thanks...

spottedhog:
OK, this is just my personal preference here.  Let SMF provide the members table, the membergroups table, and the subscription table.  If you do this, you will not need to mess with any integration hooks. 

The basic idea is to include the SMF file called SSI.php in whichever php files you are using.  SSI.php brings in EVERYTHING from SMF so can code your PHP files accordingly.  Permissions and member info is contained in the $context variable.

Of course there are more details, but that is it in a nutshell.

tmlander:
Thanks for the info....

Of course, it will be more than just a paragraph of work but it give me an idea of what is possible and I appreciate that...

I will have to do some more reading to get a better idea....

Basically I would use my own header, footer, etc. and then drop the forum into the body...

I am hoping that is easily accomplished...

Thanks for your help

Kindred:
Actually, no... Doing that is not actually all that simple.

Linking to another system canbe a bother, hut is fairly straight forward... Getting the forum wrapped in another system is  less so.

vbgamer45:
Example page and browser used?

I see some pages have an extra topic title in the center area on topic display.

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