integrating user table into forum package

hi,

i'm just planning out quite a large site and want to have one integrated system for users rather than requiring them to login to use the main site and login with a seperate account to use the forums. i can't really be bothered to write my own forums when i know there are plenty out there that are very decent (and free), so what i want to know is how easy is it to integrate a user table into any forum packages. i've only ever used phpbb before even though it's not great and so i don't mind stepping away from it and using invision or something else. any suggestions as to which direction i should go in would be much appreciated

cheers,

loz
LVL 13
lozlozAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

ThGCommented:
shared authentication systems are good, as i have thousands of login/passwords to manage for each site i'm subscribed to. About the forums, well this is not supposed to be an answer, but just a comment.
It is highly forum-depedent, but i would create a "compat" library to make the various accouting systems interact.
Probably I would rather automatically submit the login/password to the various different engines rather than changing the forum code to make it working with my own db..
0
aolXFTCommented:
It is usually fairly easy to use the same username/password combination as your bulletin board, particularly if you are starting from scratch.

the main fields you need in phpBB, are phpbb_username, and phpbb_user_password. Most Forum packages use MD5 Encoding for passwords, AFAIK, so it is basicly a case of using the same tablename as the package itself.

Invision board has(or at least used to have) an API to integrate your site into Invision Board. You can do a search at google for parmeets API, or try phpwiz.net(I think that is where I found it - long ago)

Check out various modding forums, and see how easy the modders find their chosen board to mod, and that should give you a good idea how hard it will be to integrate.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
PHP

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.