After some extensive research, I’ve now implemented the following software strategy starting with my own websites.
* Sites that require blog software will use WordPress
* Sites that require both a forum and a CMS will use WordPress bridged with SMF. This has been implemented on TRIM User Network
* Sites that become large and require more features than SMF will use the XenForo forum.
As I’ve posted previously, I performed a trial migration of the Yellow and Black website from Invision Power Board 3.1.4 to XenForo 1.0.4. This was a complete success and was completed in about an hour. Not bad for 360K + posts and 2600+ users! The resultant test site performs superbly. I’ve added the XenPorta portal which really makes the site look fantastic!
A screenshot of the homepage appears on the left.
My only issues are migrating the IPB Gallery to the new structure and whether to impose another software change on the site members a year after moving from vBulletin to IPB. Until I can migrate the Gallery, the latter isn’t a concern as the site will stay as is.