I wanted to use SMF 2.0 Beta 4 (which is pretty stable for a beta) but the bridge is also in first stage beta and it has a lot of bugs. So I had to settle for SMF 1.1.6 which is the latest stable version. Here is how I combined SMF 1.1.6 and Mambo.
First I created a database and a user just for mambo. I called mine “mambo” but you can call it anything you want. I know fantastico calls it mamb1 or mamb2
Then I downloaded Mambo 4.6.5 which is the latest release I could find. Then using c-panels ftp manager I uploaded it to the public_html folder. After I uncompressed it I made sure the permissions on these files were set to 777:
After that I clicked on the installation folder, then saw the install.php and went to http://www.DomainNam...ion/install.php . Follow mambo’s simple installation steps to create Mambo on your site. Make sure to use the database and database user you created for it. When you finished all that make sure to delete installation folder and everything under it.
You should now have completed the installing Mambo create a new folder in public_html which should be called something like “forum”. Then in this folder upload SMF 1.1.6 which can be found here http://download.simplemachines.org/. Make sure these files are set to 777:
Go to http://www.DomainNam...rum/install.php (where forum is what you called the folder and domain name is your domain) and follow the simple directions to set up your forum. IMPORTANT- When it asks for your database name and database user name use the one that you just use for Mambo. After your forum is set up delete the install.php file in your forums directory.
Now for the bridge. There is more than one bridge for 1.1.x SMF and Mambo but I use the one SMF made called SMF 1.1 Mambo 4.6 bridge 1.1.2. Here is a link to where to find it: http://www.simplemac...wnload/?bridges . Go to the admin panel of Mambo, then go to Installers>Universal. Go to Upload Package File click browse, find the bridge and upload it. Then go to Components>SMF Bridge>Configuration. Set your path and save. Then decide if you want it wrapped or not, which type of registration, and a bunch of other things. When you are done, save it again. Then go to Menu>The which ever menu you want a link to the forum to appear in and click new, component, next. Then name it what you want (forum would be a good choice). Highlight SMF Bridge, save. To make one login go to Modules>Site Modules and unpublish the mambo login and publish the SMF login. Also go to Mambots> Site Mambots, and publish all SMF mambots besides the login and log out.
Some times certain templates (like the one mambo has as the starting default) the forums gets pushed to the bottom when wrapped. This is not the bridge’s fault this is the templates settings. You can either edit the template, try different templates until one works, or unwrap it.
Congratulations you now have a working bridge connecting SMF and Mambo!
Note: I just noticed SMF released 1.1.7 but it is just a security update and everything I said about 1.1.6 above is the same on 1.1.7
If you have any questions about this just ask because it can be confusing. If anyone has something to add that maybe I missed or if I said something that is incorrect please correct me. Thanks.