Mephisto + Beast: ADVICE?

Not to get off topic, but I've been looking for blog and forum
software to integrate into an existing site. Beast doesn't seem to be
used all that much and I ran into a couple of bugs right from the
start. Mephisto I was just about to download and check out.

Anyone have other suggestions? Integration of the authentication
system with an existing rails site is a major consideration, along
with being able to change the look and feel.

Chris

Chris -

Not to get off topic, but I've been looking for blog and forum
software to integrate into an existing site. Beast doesn't seem to be
used all that much and I ran into a couple of bugs right from the
start. Mephisto I was just about to download and check out.

Anyone have other suggestions? Integration of the authentication
system with an existing rails site is a major consideration, along
with being able to change the look and feel.

Chris

Can't help you with an integrated blog solution yet.

But Savage Beast is essentially the Beast forum without authentication, in an rails engine incarnation, with an additional polymorphic "has many" added for dash (so you can associate forums with, well, whatever). And since it's a rails engine you can over-ride views, controllers, etc.

SB was extracted from my integration efforts with the Soup - (you can see it in action http://the-soup.net/ventures/1/forums/1). Since then I've integrated into another railsers commercial site.

blogged here: http://www.nnovation.ca/2007/5/18/savage-beast

the docs still suck, but someone with a little rails knowledge can integrate nicely quite quickly. The demo app currently serves as documentation.

svn: http://svn.nnovation.ca/svn/savage_beast/
demo app: http://svn.nnovation.ca/svn/savage_beast_demo/

Jodi

The client I was working for recently really wanted to use a
ruby/rails based forum and blog. In the end we used punbb for the
forum and a typepad blog. Mephisto isn't bad, but beast is just not
anywhere close to the php forums that are out there. Both in terms of
how nice it looks, how easy it is to customize, and the features.
Plus it's not really under active development that I could tell. Not
trying to knock it, but it is what it is. I chose punbb over phpbb
simply because it's a lot cleaner and smaller, while still having a
ton of features.

Chris

You're going to need at least one application server per application. You can front the whole lot with a single web server though.

The easiest way is to run each application on a different subdomain, e.g. blog.foo.com and forums.foo.com.

Hope that helps.

Regards,
Andy Stewart