I would like users to submit question on my website. How can I do that.

I am working on a website that users can submit questions for advice.  How can I do that?  Also, I would like to have an active blog.  In other words people can answer on any advice given and give their opinion on it.  I am not sure how to go about that.

Your expertise is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
LucyLu4uAsked:
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conticreativeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
After reading all the posts and your answers, I think it's clear that for simplicity's sake you need to stick with Joomla. Managing a Joomla, WP, PHPBB site is a bit cumbersome for an experienced webmaster (I know because I do) and I assume you don;t want to spend your time troubleshooting 3 sites.

This is what I would do if I were you:

Install MyBlog and Jomcomment -  These two will allow you to publish a blog and users to leave comments on your site.

Install Kunena forum - this will let you and your users start discussions on the site related and unrelated to your articles.

If you also install JCE and look for an old extension that allows you to insert a "discuss in the forum" button in your articles you would give your users the best of both words.

The comment system is a good thing for quick comments while the forum would allow you to expand the discussion to a platform that a bit friendlier for it. Comment systems, because of the anti-spam devices tend to be a bit cumbersome for long winded discussions but they are great for short comments.

All the management panels will be in Joomla and your users won;t need to login twice just to discuss a topic.

If you do want to go for the external site solution (WP-PHPBB) then look into Jfusion. But it's not for the faint of hearth.
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lazysheepmediaCommented:
I would have a look at http://www.fabrikar.com/ which is a forms component and you can do just about anything with it
For a blog take a look at these http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/news-production/blog
Regards
Mark
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Amanda WatsonWeb DeveloperCommented:
Have you considered using a forum?  You can try phpBB3 http://www.phpbb.com/

That way users can register and then post their questions in the forum etc..

You can use Joomla as the base and then install phpBB3 for your forum.  As lazysheepmedia mentioned joomla has got alot of blogs aswell that you can install or you might want to use Googles free blogger (which means the blog is hosted on their server so its easy)  Or another alternative would be to use Wordpress for your blog http://wordpress.org/

Then if you want to install groovy templates for them all Rocketheme covers it all! http://www.rockettheme.com/

Their support is great too on rocketheme, they will help with all little issues you may have with your themes, templates etc.

Good Luck
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freeversedCommented:
Have to agree with snowball77 on this

For your questions & answers - that a forum. phpbb3 is the best GPL one I know.

For a blog - Wordpress is the best one I know

If you want it all within Joomla, using Joomla's native CMS as a blog is fine and there are a few forum components available, also both phpbb3 and wordpress have integrations for Joomla 1.5.
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LucyLu4uAuthor Commented:
Okay I wil try that and get back with you all.


Thanks
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LucyLu4uAuthor Commented:
I went and looked at them.  Which is the easiest to install and manage?
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freeversedCommented:
Hi Lucy,

I would suggest Joomla using components for the other things is easiest to manage. If you integrate Wordpress and/or phpbb3 you have three systems to manage/secure and upgrade.

Didn't realise this was the same user as the other question. If its the same website I'd suggest keeping with Joomla because thats what you have already.


Fre.
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conticreativeCommented:
If you'd like to stay within Joomla and you have a $100 or so, I suggest you buy "MyBlog" and "Jomcomment".

There are other solutions and some of them are free, but if you want a nononsense solution that works out of the box with some nice "blog like" features for Joomla that's the one I am the happiest with out of all the ones I have tried.

More importantly, that's the solution that most of my clients like for its simplicity.
If you are an experienced Joomla guy then there are other ways you can go and reach the same result, but you'll have to work harder at making them work properly.

As far as forums, I manage sites with PHPbb, SMF, and other "industrial strength" forums. Yet, for my own site and for any client with a blog like site that needs a user forum I keep going back to Kunena, which is an incarnation of the old Jomblog.

The nice added benefit of going this way is that if eventually you want to evolve your site into more of a "Community" (facebook style) those components are also supported by JomSocial, which currently is the closest thing Joomla has to Facebook. Community Members would then be able to track their own blogs, comments, and forum posts.

Again, this is not the only solution but it's an easy one and relatively inexpensive with possibility of growth.

Good luck.
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Amanda WatsonWeb DeveloperCommented:
They are all pretty easy to install.

If you are familiar with Joomla then stick to that as your main site and integrate wordpress and phpBB into it.

You can still use an extension for the blog within joomla if you like.  Just install one from this list
http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/news-production/blog

This would mean you don't have to install another database for Wordpress...might be easier..but wordpress is definately the best blog
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conticreativeCommented:
I wanted to also give you an answer about Wordpress. As Snowball pointed out in his last post, WP is indeed probably the best blog out there and very easy to use, install and configure. In the past year or so it's also got closer and closer to being a CMS of sort.

Like Joomla, WP has a lot of extensions available, unlike Joomla, many are not compatible with this or that version of WP. In other words, they are not as "policed" as the Joomla ones are.

WP would be a great choice for a blog that requires no more than an hour to install.

However, there are reasons for wanting to stay with Joomla and I don't recommend having a site with many different scripts and different administrations unless there is a good reason for it.

From what I gather in your post, you would like to stay with Joomla. If that's the case, MyBlog and Jomcomment are good solutions that will be about equivalent to WP as far as difficulty of integration.

If Joomla is not a "must have" for you. Open a free account at the  wordpress hosted blogs and give it a spin. You cna then make a more informed decision.
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LucyLu4uAuthor Commented:
I appreciate all  of your suggestions. I would prefer to stay with Joomla. I am sorry I am confused about this.  Am I understanding this correctly; I would have to install two different components, one for asking questions and another for the forum?  

Thanks
Luz
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freeversedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Lucy,

No, you would only need one - the forum would suffice for asking questions - this site is structured much like a forum.

Fre.
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LucyLu4uAuthor Commented:
So I can just use either this corePHP' WordPress MU for Joomla or this Prof3ta's Blog right?
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freeversedCommented:
I would suggest a forum component instead of bridging to another system or using a blog for what you need.

Install this and see if you like it:
http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/communication/forum/7256

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LucyLu4uAuthor Commented:
Thank you Conticreative.  That's what I was looking for something simple.  I will do that and will not close this question until everything is installed and running,   Also, Conti can you please give me a link to get to those components?

Thanks
Luz
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