Yes, I had mentioned that the two are not integrated, as far as login goes.
That requires the use of a bridge,and the bridge for smf/wp is discontinued
This is all still new, and I am new to it all so it will take time for me to get it all groovin' better. It is all a matter of when, not if.
Meanwhile, I'm going to just click on the 'Forum' button at the upper right as I've been doing since the change, and cross my fingers (to lazy/busy to bother with changing my FF LGU bookmark.) I haven't had a problem at all, so far.