We ended up fixing our forums ourselves and are now ready to write the gobo (go-between) script that will allow our community software to work with the vbulliten database.
Basically, we want to set it up so that we can transfer all 33000 members data to the new community software. It must be built so that re-registration is NOT required for the users and they can access both softwares with only one login on either side. (ie if a user logs in on vbulliten that they are able to access the community software...or vice versa). We want both softwares to share the same user database. we do not want two databases.
We need for people to be able to log-in only once. Also, it needs to be set up so that when a username is clicked in vbulliten that it links to that persons community profile in the new software instead of the user profile page in vbulliten. basically we are replacing the current user profile page with community software.
please let me know if you have any questions. This job is an immediate need and requires professional attention. The hazard we face is that both softwares are updated at least bi-anually and we must be able to do the updates when vbulliten or the other puts out updates or upgrades. We must not rewrite the code each time there is an upgrade.
We are a large community of artists on the net. We are a non profit organization. We need help with PHP coding.
both softwares are in PHP.