[wp-hackers] P2 in a subfolder

Shea Bunge info at bungeshea.com
Thu Sep 12 08:32:11 UTC 2013

You should make your P2-powered area a separate WordPress install. Then, you can set the CUSTOM_USER_TABLE and CUSTOM_USER_META_TABLE constants in wp-config.php. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#Custom_User_and_Usermeta_Tables for more details.
> Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:44:30 -0400
> From: david at ernsts.us
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: [wp-hackers] P2 in a subfolder
> Short question:
> What's the smartest way to configure a P2 child-theme to a subfolder of my
> root (TwentyTwelve-based) WordPress install? This new subfolder would
> need its own wp_posts table but use the same wp_users.
> The details:
> The current set up uses a child-theme of TwentyTwelve. There's a static
> homepage and most of the site is organized around Pages. So
> foo.com/bananais the permalink for the Page 'Banana'. There are about
> 40 or so Pages at
> the moment.
> And foo.com/blog is the current Blog Index, so the Post 'Pineapple' lives
> at foo.com/blog/pineapple . There are only a few posts right now, and only
> admins can post.
> WooCommerce is also installed, using the /shop/ subfolder. It treats
> eCommerce orders as a custom post type.
> Then there's another custom post type 'fish' with some
> elaborate accompanying wp_postmeta that's rendered and semi-editable on
> foo.com/fishtank, using a htaccess rewrite + custom Action URL. Each user
> can only see the fish-type posts they created.
> Now what I'd like to do is create a discussion space at foo.com/talk/.
> Unlike the current blog index, all users (& maybe guests? Haven't decided
> yet) should be able to post here. The objective is for this to have a
> real-time chat room feel, but like a forum also allow for longer
> posts, keep an archive, and provide links to individual threads. Matt's
> post "How P2 Changed Automattic" <
> http://ma.tt/2009/05/how-p2-changed-automattic/> inspired me to think P2
> could work well.
> Because this may generate tons of content, and the current wp_posts is
> already pretty busy, I'd rather give it its own wp_posts table, if possible.
> Is this an unnecessary concern and over-complicating things? I'd still like
> to use the current wp_users table.
> Does this setup make sense? Has it been done before? Am I being crazy? Is
> there documentation for these sort of scenarios? Would it be much simpler
> to use a fresh install of WordPress in a subfolder? Is there a sane way to
> share wp_users between these two spaces?
> I'd appreciate any thoughts, concerns, and suggestions :-)
> Much thanks,
> David
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