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05 Feb 2011

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The WP phpBB Bridge is the evolution of «WordPress to phpBB3 Bridge». The first version of the plugin was designed to synchronize users of phpBB  to WordPress, so when a user log-in to phpBB would be simultaneously connected to WordPress also.


The new version by e-xtnd.it added new features and improvements  to exploit many of the features of WordPress previously were not available. Also has been added one new Widget to give more options for your blog.

After activating the Plugin, the user is redirected to connect and disconnect at phpBB. Also keeps the record within the phpBB3 and not WordPress. If a user does not exist in the tables in WordPress, then a new user is created . It should also be noted that after the activation several of the functions of phpBB will be available in WordPress in widget area.

Feature List:

New Features:

version 2.0.6

version 2.0.5

version 2.0.4

version 2.0.3

version 2.0.2

version 2.0.1

version 2.0.0

version 1.0.3

version 1.0.2

version 1.0.1



Typically it should be similar to this depending on your file structure:

Path to config.php: /home/content/html/wordpress folder/forum folder/config.php
URL to ucp.php: http://YOUR-WEBSITE.com/forum/ucp.php



Support & Consulting

We are able to offer commercial support and consulting services to help clients build successful integrated  websites based on WP phpBB Bridge.

NOTE: We are proud to be listed as WordPress consultants for Europe by Automattic.
Code Poet is a directory of WordPress professionals, web designers, and developers who specialize in building beautiful and efficient WordPress sites brought to you by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com



We can help you with this, and many more. Whether it’s a simple installation, or a custom design and implementation of the engine for an interactive site, we can help.
Below we provide an indicative price list for basic tasks. Note that these prices are only indicative, and will vary based on time required, complexity, ease of access to your server and schedule.
Basic installation does not usually include design services, such as creating a WordPress theme. We can do much more than this — but for more complex requirements, we’ll need a brief , before we can provide a quote.

Support WP phpBB Bridge development

Please note that pricing is relatively low — the aim is to fund WP phpBB Bridge development and cover time costs, while improving WP phpBB Bridge.
Basic services (non-exhaustive list)  Indicative cost in EU€ (varies — Please contact us for a quote)


Integrations, Upgrades & Migration


Initial contact is via e-mail, by filling the contact form below. We aim to respond to all e-mails within 48 hours, but please allow some time due to time differences (we are based in Greece (GMT + 2).
When collaborating on a project, we aim to communicate as much as necessary.


All payment must be made via PayPal. These services do not require you to be a member to pay, and offer consumer protection.
We require a deposit prior to project commencement, with the full balance paid once the final site has been verified, prior to final uploading to your server.
So that we’re on the same page, the commencement of any work is subject to agreement to a few basic terms of service and a statement of deliverables.


Any data, templates and code incorporated into your website will remain your property under your licensing terms during and following any work we perform.
We will not retain any client data or server access information subsequent to completion of our work. However we do request that, you grant us only a temporary (S)FTP account, that is deleted or has its password changed once we have finished.
WP phpBB Bridge code itself is released under the GNU GPL. You can use it however you wish, as long as you (a) attribute us as the original creators; and (b) if you offer it or any derivative for download, you must release it under the same license. Of course, we would prefer to discuss such arrangements first.
Note that this only applies to offering WP-phpbb-bridge for download or installing it as a service to others — not for using WP phpBB Bridge to display your site to users.

470 Responses to WP phpBB Bridge


August 7, 2012 | 18:58  | Reply

To anyone having the problem of being logged out of the wp-admin CP and not being able to get back in due to being redirected to the forum login every time you try:

I've had this very same problem. I found a solution more or less by accident.
Go to your phpBB3 admin CP and click the "Cookies" link under "Server administration". There, make sure the cookie domain is set to the domain you use as your primary URL (for example, if you use http://www.mysite.com as your home adress, and it redirects to your wordpress blog, you enter .mysite.com as your cookie domain). It should be noted that I set up the forum as a subfolder of my wordpress folder, and that both are using the same database. I'm not sure how this will work with other setups, but for me, it worked like a charm as soon as I changed the cookie domain.


July 29, 2012 | 17:48  | Reply

Hello everybody!

Well, I'm French but I have a walkthrough to go to wp-admin. This method is an annoying after a while but hey have to make:

1) Log normal with the plugin.
2) In the address bar, you have this http://www.monsite.com/?sid=xxxxxxxxx.
3) Between / and? put this: wp-admin. Which gives: http://www.monsite.com/wp-admin/?sid=xxxxxxxxx.

That's it.

I also offer my translation for the French, hoping it will be included in a future release.


    August 7, 2012 | 21:41  | Reply

    well, that gets me to the /wp-admin/ page, but anytime I click on a link in the admin panel it kicks me out again.

July 29, 2012 | 05:28  | Reply

Hmmm. I donated – but there's no download. No email apart from the confirmation from Paypal. No email from this site. 🙂 Help, please?


July 25, 2012 | 00:58  | Reply

Is there any ability to set "display_name" to be the same as "nickname" while now it is default the same as "user_login"?
If it is not possible, I think about removing "$new_username = strtolower($new_username);" from php file, but I think that the first option is better.
Help, please.


    July 25, 2012 | 12:24  | Reply

    To e-xtnd.it team –

    in wp_phpbb_bridge.php file, find:
    $new_username = ereg_replace("[^A-Za-z0-9]", "", $user->data['username']);
    $new_username = strtolower($new_username);
    and replace with:
    $new_username = sanitize_title($user->data['username']);

    Moreover, in /wp-includes/user.php file, find:
    if ( empty($display_name) )
    $display_name = $user_login;
    and replace with:
    if ( empty($display_name) )
    $display_name = $nickname;

    Viola! 😉


    July 25, 2012 | 15:03  | Reply

    To e-xtnd.it team –

    in wp_phpbb_bridge.php file, find:
    $new_username = ereg_replace("[^A-Za-z0-9]", "", $user->data['username']);
    $new_username = strtolower($new_username);
    and replace with:
    $new_username = sanitize_title($user->data['username']);

    Moreover, in /wp-includes/user.php file, find:
    if ( empty($display_name) )
    $display_name = $user_login;
    $display_name = apply_filters('pre_user_display_name', $display_name);
    and replace with:
    if ( empty($display_name) )
    $display_name = $nickname;
    $display_name = apply_filters('pre_user_display_name', $display_name);

    if ( $display_name == $user_login )
    $display_name = $nickname;

    Viola! 😉

July 19, 2012 | 14:27  | Reply

i have a problem i've installed the wp phpbb bridge and when i activate it it's taking me out of the admin area and i can't get in (to the wp-admin) any ideas ?


    August 9, 2012 | 21:48  | Reply

    i've got the same problem. Any solutions ?


    August 10, 2012 | 09:23  | Reply

    i''ve got the same problem with a WP prior to 3.0 and a phpbb3 on another databse.


    August 11, 2012 | 03:36  | Reply

    got the same problem. just installed this to try it out and just get kicked away. I cna access the admin panel with the domain.xx/wp-admin?sidXXXX think but can't do anything in there as I get kicked out. seems it does not tell wordpress I am logged in.


    August 11, 2012 | 16:55  | Reply

    seems like it's not working properly with WP 3.4.1 … might be working better if you go back a version or so. I will try that myself later tonight if i get the time.


July 17, 2012 | 14:02  | Reply

hey Admins. have problem with wordpress 3.4.1 and the bridge… "assign forum" doesn`t work anymore… some knows why?


July 7, 2012 | 20:38  | Reply

I have a problem. My phpbb forum has as its two founding administrators.
The installation of the blog as I have done one of two administrators: the same authentication data of the forum.
I installed the plugin phpBB Bridge and everything worked properly.
I logged out.
Soon after I authenticated with data from the second administrator of the forum and here is the anomaly. The authentication is successful, but the user data of the first administrator of the blog is overwritten with the newly logged. Actually not all, the username remains the same as before, whereas the display name and email address are overwritten.
All this does not happen if I truly user data with a simple user, you create a new user type correctly subscriber.
How can I fix? I found a bug?
Thank you!

    July 19, 2012 | 09:27  | Reply

    The plugin seems to assume that the user that set up the phpBB install is also the person setting up the WordPress installation. If the user's ID in the phpBB database is 2, this plugin defaults the WordPress user ID to 1.

    So, if my guess is correct, the second administrator's phpBB user ID is 2, and it's overriding your WP user which has the WP user ID 1.

    How to fix it:

    Go into your database (phpMyAdmin worked well for me) and find the phpBB user IDs for the two of you. They're in phpbb_users. Next, go to wp_usermeta and see if there's any meta_key fields for phpbb_userid. If so, alter them so they match the user IDs you got from phpbb_users. If not, add them. You only need to do this for your second administrator and your first WP user as the plugin should do the rest on its own.

    Lemme know how it goes!


July 3, 2012 | 14:10  | Reply

I'm using the last version of the plugin.
And I can move, delete or edit my Widget on sidebar of Widgets Page.

I desactivated all plugins and let only phpbb bridge activated. And nothing.

What can be ?

June 20, 2012 | 22:15  | Reply

Hi, Great plugin, works like a charm and exactly as I had hoped. I was wondering how I could create login or registration links that redirect back to my main page, similar of that to the sidebar app however because my home page does not have a sidebar I wish to use a link that will return the user to the main page via a redirect automatically.


June 18, 2012 | 19:21  | Reply

Does anyone know if this module will still work if I upgrade WP to the current Version (3.4)?
I am currently running WP v.3.3.2 and PHPbb v.3.0.10.

June 11, 2012 | 12:43  | Reply

I had this plugin running on my WordPress/PhpBB website successfully for a few months then all of a sudden It keeps deactivating itself. If I go back into the dashboard and reactivate it, with no errors reported, it works fine for a few logins then the same thing happens again……..

Any help with this is appreciated……

(as a side note, this plugin is no longer being listed on the wordpress site when searching…….it is still a good project or now stopped?)

June 11, 2012 | 07:06  | Reply

Can't login to wp-admin

June 9, 2012 | 18:36  | Reply

there is a problem with the serial number.
when I writhe the key, the plugin don't save the key ans so the links are always here

June 9, 2012 | 13:25  | Reply

After having this plugin work AMAZINGLY well for a number of weeks, suddenly the plugin has started deactivating itself for no apparent reason.

If I go back into the settings and switch it back on everything works ok as it did before…. Any thoughts?

June 8, 2012 | 23:01  | Reply


Just donated from here on the site through payPal and received the download link. Download and installed perfectly. Activated everything per the instructions and everything is working fine withthe ex eption of my WP site suddenly running *extremely* slower than it had pre-install of the plugin. This is the same issue reported by many others here. It is quite a noticable difference in performance. This sucks because I think the Plugin is fantastic, but cannot run a web site with this type of performance. Is there a fix for this issue? It is taking 30-45 seconds to load the main WP page which is completely and utterly unacceptable.

Another question: I dontated through this web site BEFORE installing the plugin, how do I get the serial code to remove the copyright? It is actually displayed twice on my menu widget (User).

Finally, posting new posts does not post in the related forum which has been setup in the PLugin settings. No errors, just no posts appearing.



May 31, 2012 | 11:04  | Reply

how to put a link to the entry wordpress phpbb3 forum thread??…

May 29, 2012 | 05:49  | Reply

I'd like to report that I've installed this plugin with (almost) no issues. I can access WP's admin section just fine, as well as use custom menus.

May 20, 2012 | 01:42  | Reply

I have followed the directions to the letter multiple times and yet I am still running into the issue where it keeps going back to the phpBB login when I try to go to the WP-admin tool. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

May 19, 2012 | 13:18  | Reply

Hello, admins. Ihave russian lang pack here for 2.0.6v. It is translated by me. http://technolog.xe0.ru/?p=279

May 18, 2012 | 11:57  | Reply

Hello all. Non-oficial Russian langpack for 2.0.6v of plugin you can find here http://technolog.xe0.ru/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=3&…
or here http://technolog.xe0.ru/?p=279

Неофициальный перевод плагина wp phpBB bridge версии 2.0.6вы можете найти тут http://technolog.xe0.ru/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=3&…
или тут http://technolog.xe0.ru/?p=279

April 28, 2012 | 05:30  | Reply


When I create Menu's (Appearance —> Menu) I get the following errors:

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/badr/firstborn.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-phpbb-bridge/inc/wpbb_functions.php on line 534

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/badr/firstborn.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-phpbb-bridge/inc/wpbb_functions.php on line 534

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare utf8_str_split() (previously declared in /home/badr/firstborn.us/forums/includes/utf/utf_tools.php:623) in /home/badr/firstborn.us/forums/includes/utf/utf_tools.php on line 638

Can you please help me?


April 19, 2012 | 23:30  | Reply

Previously, I used WP phpBB Bridge 1.0.4, everything works fine. Installed on a local server the new version 2.0.6 plug-in and after the activation of the site falls with error 504. That's the last line of the error.log – [20/Apr/2012: 01:14:44 +0400] "GET / forum / ucp.php HTTP/1.0" 504 183 "-" "-" "-"

April 9, 2012 | 13:24  | Reply

I have just found this plugin and got it installed and running….. Looks good so far. Only have 1 issue. When a new member registers on the phpbb forum, the member is NOT being copied across to the WordPress Users list……… Any help appreciated….

April 9, 2012 | 04:19  | Reply


I have been using the latest "WP phpBB Bridge" plug-in for a while now and it is a great plug-in but lately it has been slowing down my site by a lot. I've donated to you guys and now would like some assistance.

Website : http://abcgamingclan.com/

It takes 20-29 seconds to load the website due to "WP phpBB Bridge" plug-in. It just started doing this for no reason and can't figure out why. Please help a donator, thanks.


April 5, 2012 | 15:59  | Reply

Is it possible to add a link below an article when crossposting to a forum. I want my forum users to be notified if there is a new blog post by using phpbb's new topics-search-feature and.


March 17, 2012 | 15:15  | Reply


I created a WordPress blog with a PhpBB forum. To link the two, in terms of user connections, I use the plugin WP Phpbb Bridge.
Since some time, I use the "Assign forums" which is great. But it makes me the entire article in the forum, making a duplicate with WordPress.

In fact, I wish that when I create a new section in WordPress and I publish it, this one appears in new posts in the category pre-selected with the title of the article and the article link to WP (and not not see any view the article in the forum).

Could you help me know what (s) code (s) I need to change to do this?

Thank you in advance.


March 14, 2012 | 00:32  | Reply

Any update on when the bugs will be addressed? This plugin has great potential but its issues need to be fixed. Especially considering that many of us have donated for it. Read some of the threads @ http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wp-phpb


    March 15, 2012 | 00:11  | Reply

    can you provide us a link to the page so we can check it ?


      March 22, 2012 | 22:50  | Reply

      I responded the the link in my previous post, that you had replied to. The issue of being abel to access the WP Admin with the plugin is still the bigger issue. The site is http://chowchow.org/, however I don't have the plugin activated because I can't access the WP admin with it activated.

      The WP site lives on http://chowchow.org/ the phpBB Forum lives on the subdomain of http://forum.chowchow.org/

      I want to use the plugin so that my phpBB users can begin to use the BuddyPress community/social features on my site, however I can not enable those features until the plugin is updated to allow full access to the WP Admin when activated.

      Any idea on when it will be updated and available again?


March 12, 2012 | 09:04  | Reply

Can you help me? How to change the translation into Russian?


March 9, 2012 | 11:16  | Reply

Great plugin, I too have experienced issues with the slow loading of my site since installing this plugin. A way I have come to combat this issue is with another plugin "Quick Cache". Basically caches your website for super fast loads. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-cache/


March 7, 2012 | 14:30  | Reply

I get the error info, my wordpress show me a 500 error
PHP Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class cache in /public_html/bannedbook/includes/cache.php on line 452

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