Wordpress & Concrete5

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I am crazy to attempt this, I know, but I am trying to integrate a Wordpress blog into my Concrete5 site. I have identical themes for both. When clicking on the "blog" link on my home page, the user is sent to mydomain.com/blog which is my wordpress blog. I would really like to make this transition transparent to the end user. My main issue, for example, is getting an identical menu bar at the top of both my blog and all the other pages on my site. I am willing to do this manually on my Wordpress site, as I am assuming that's what will need to be done, but am not sure where to begin.

Any ideas? Thank you.

bballhermit
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bballhermit replied on at Permalink Reply
bballhermit
hbartlett replied on at Permalink Reply
hbartlett
It's not so crazy, although I'm not sure why you would want both - but I guess you have your reasons (for a blog, Wordpress can't be beat for sure).

Anyhow, here's what I'd do: create the static html/css page template or templates you want, then drop in your C5 tags for the C5 theme and create that, and then do the exact same for WP. The nav bar should be the same on both, and if it's not going to change anyway you might consider actually making it part of the template files instead of dynamically generating it (if possible depending on your site structure). That way your css and template files will be guaranteed to be the same.
bballhermit replied on at Permalink Reply
bballhermit
Ok, I think I've figured this out by just modifying Wordpress source code.
jordanlev replied on at Permalink Reply
jordanlev
Sounds like you're figuring this out, but just for the record it is NOT crazy to have a C5 and a Wordpress site -- it's just a tradeoff. You will have to duplicate your design and setup efforts in both sites (so if you change the navigation in Concrete5 you'll also need to update it in Wordpress separately), but you gain the advantage of using Wordpress for what it was made for (blogging sites) and Concrete5 for what it was made for (informational/marketing sites).

I have done this for clients and they are fine with it. You'll just want to explain the tradeoffs: it will take you more time/money to build it, and they will have to remember two logins.

-Jordan
Apocryphon replied on at Permalink Reply
Apocryphon
Got any guides anywhere for that? I'm just looking to put a simple WP blog onto my site.
jordanlev replied on at Permalink Reply
jordanlev
Google "how to build a wordpress theme" and you will find lots of tutorials on this. Install wordpress in a subdirectory on your site and you're good to go.
tallacman replied on at Permalink Reply
tallacman
Looks like this blockhttp://www.concrete5.org/marketplace/addons/dynamic-iframe/... was made just for this purpose.