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Integration Strategies for Seamless Websites

Stephen Yagielowicz

For adult webmasters seeking the benefits of WordPress, but wanting to use existing or new task-specific solutions, such as a forum, gallery post, member’s area or tube script in conjunction with the platform, several options are available to choose from.

The following are a few simple tips that you can use to make this choice easier:

Never underestimate the value of iframes when integrating WordPress with other platforms.

The first decision you’ll need to make is which of your sites’ technologies you want to be dominant, i.e. do you want to add WordPress to your tube site, or add your tube site to WordPress — the integration methods in either case may be similar, but choosing the foundation for your site’s infrastructure requires careful consideration.

For example, a paysite powered by Mansion’s popular MAS backend might benefit from the addition of a WordPress frontend, to provide a deeper and more dynamic tour. In this case, adding the necessary WordPress template files into the MAS CMS may be the way to go. This approach leverages the unparalleled strength of a dedicated adult member’s area engine, with WordPress’ search engine friendliness and other benefits.

In some cases, concurrent installs may be appropriate, such as when adding a blog to an established TGP, where the easiest and perhaps best option is to simply install the core WordPress files into a subdirectory, such as “/blog.” It is then a simple matter to match the WordPress theme to the site’s existing style sheets.

Other times, you may wish to, for example, incorporate a TGP script into your blog’s sidebar region, or use a trade script with your blog roll. The choice of which platform should host the other will depend upon the strengths and weaknesses of the other scripts you wish to use.

According to the official WordPress codex (codex.wordpress.org), the platform can be as complex or as simple as you wish.

“With this in mind, how much you want to use WordPress with your existing website is totally up to you,” the Codex states. “There may be only a few features of WordPress you want to use when integrating it with your site or you may want your entire site run with WordPress.”

The site offers several specific code examples along with a tutorial on how to make a WordPress blog look like the rest of your site, as well as a guide to moving a current site on to the WordPress platform.

Finally, never underestimate the value of iframes when integrating WordPress with other platforms — they provide HTML5 friendly workarounds to many incompatibilities.

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