Update: I no longer use the mashup described below. I’m now using the TNG/Wordpress plug-in available here.
Finally, the new look of the website, with WordPress and TNG integrated is unveiled!
As I posted a few weeks ago, I was attempting to follow directions to integrate WordPress and TNG. I had a few problems, but after playing around and implementing some workarounds, it all works exactly like I’ve wanted since I first set up this website almost a year ago.
If you decide to go this route, I highly recommend setting up a webserver on your local machine so that you can work on a test site. I used Wampserver. I’ve also found this setup useful for working in TNG when I’m in an offline environment. From a development standpoint, it takes a lot of the stress out when you don’t have to worry about breaking the live site.
The problems I was having with the mashup were related to the include paths to point to files in the “other” piece of software (i.e. from WP to TNG or from TNG to WP). On my local machine, I was able to set up an include directory and put all the joint files in one place. This requires that you have access to the php.ini file in order to point said file to your include directory. I couldn’t figure out how to do this on the live site, so I came up with another solution. I simply placed a copy of the joint files in the wordpress theme directory and also in the TNG directory. It’s not as elegant, but it works.
Thanks to Bridget for all the work on her own site and for generously posting her mashup instructions. I couldn’t have done this without her work and I could not be more happy with the results.