Can Forum be used by a membership and be completely secure?

Have posted about keeping BBPress user profiles private with the rest of the forum setup with the WPMU membership plugin. Have had no joy. The BBPress user profiles can be accessed if you have the direct url with user name.

I might be interested to replace BBPress with Forum if all of it can be secured with the membership plugin. Also, is there a feature that sends email to users when someone answers to their topic? And, can the forums be managed entirely inside 'pages' and integrated into the twentyeleven theme?

Asking this before I install, as I am getting tired of installing and uninstalling plugins that don't quite live up to expectations. Thanks.

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Personally I'd stick with bbPress for its simplicity.

    Are you using BuddyPress as well? I see that when both are enabled then members profiles are handled by BuddyPress. Membership has options for protecting that by Access Level.

    If not then you could create yourself a URL group and add the following:

    /bb-forums/bb-users/[\w\W]*

    Enable regex as well, the last part of that url is matching everything so anything on the end / will be protected.

    If this is a negative rule then this will be protected and all others not.

    If this was a positive rule then this would be available and all others would not. If you needed others available then you would add on another line just a slash:

    /

    I was just testing and seems good for me.

    Take care.

  • Pixeldrummer
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Timothy, I think you got it. I saw your post just as I was sending an email asking a friend about how to construct a regular expression. The url group with the expression would be a negative rule. I'll try it of course.

    Enable regex as well what does that mean? I have a Protected Content page I can redirect to.

    I'll let you know how it goes. I am OBSESSED with this thing and would be so happy to have it fixed.

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    This should also do it for you, regex:

    /bb-forums/bb-users/.+

    I included that in the manual.

    The .+ is a Regular Expression, this will allow you access to the category but then protect all the contents (single pages/posts/custom post type). This could be great for online magazine where you want your readers to see the archive page but restrict the goodness within to those paying subscribers.

    Here is a cool Regular Expression Cheat Sheet: http://www.cheatography.com/davechild/cheat-sheets/regular-expressions/

    Take care.

  • Pixeldrummer
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    HALLO! IT WORKS!

    Thank you so very much. You have no idea what a breach birth this site was. Everything became an obstacle. When testing this I realized that a direct URL to the forums page or individual topics were also not protected. With your short expression .../[/w/W]* all of it could be blocked. The expression .../.+ did not block the topics. AND it was redirected to the Protected Content page.

    Interesting to note that I had to include both https:// and http:// full URLs, but hey, it works. I love you... like a grandmother would. :slight_smile:

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Excellent! :slight_smile:

    Ya as you saw there was a difference between those two. But both can do similar things.

    I would have thought if you just did the path like:

    /bb-forums/bb-users/[\w\W]*

    You wouldn't need http and https as it should append that to the end of your domain. Interesting.

    Thanks for letting me know its sorted! :slight_smile:

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