I'm looking for a forum solution that integrates well with the site I'm currently building. Until now I had planned to roll my own (basic) solution. However, NodeBB seems pretty awesome and it provides the needed OAuth support that would easily let me integrate both sites. Still, there's a bunch of questions on my mind now.
I need a solution where I can have a handful of "main boards" that are visible to all users. In addition to that, users on my site will be able to form their own sub-communities and these sub-communities need their own forums (which I'd also love to power with NodeBB). Basically, I suppose that this is a pretty extreme use case for forums.
- Any suggestions how I should go about achieving that? If I had an API on NodeBB that lets me create sub-forums when a user creates a new sub-community on the main site, that would do the trick, I suppose.
- I could possibly add every sub-community as a group on NodeBB. Is it currently possible to restrict visibility of certain forums to certain user groups in NodeBB? Would that be a reasonable use of groups in NodeBB?
The second thing I need in my forums is the ability for users to place smart links to items on the main site (imagine a shopping site where people can ask in the forums for a specific product and an employee or simply another user can respond with a product thumbnail as part of their response).
I suppose that could be done as a NodeBB plugin. That plugin would either
- query a Web API on the main site to retrieve the data for the product thumbnails (either at the time of posting or at the time of Markup rendering), or
Any comments or suggestions on that? These are just two ways of doing this that come to my mind, I'm sure there are more. Maybe you can think of a better way? Any existing plugins that do something conceptually similar?
I'm not too scared of modifying NodeBB's source code to my needs despite having never used NodeJS before. However, if there is a way I can stay compatible with NodeBB upgrades, I'd definitely want to stay on that route.
Any case, I'd be totally happy if you can help me decide whether this is the forum I'm looking for and if you can give me a few hints how you think it would be easiest to achieve what I need.