I have a website that has product search capabilities and online forums. The website is PHP/MySql based and the forum is phpBB based. For now I use two seperate user account sytems for product search and forums respectively. Users are complaining of the double work they have to do in registration and sign in. Is there a good way to combine them into one? My goal is that a user only needs to register once at a single place and will be able to log in to search for products and particapate forums.
Our contract developer tried to integrated the two account systems into one, but didn't make it. Saying that the phpBB user table is quite complicated, which makes it very very hard, if ever possible, to combine with the user accounts for product search, which only contains a limited few fields like username, password, email, and organization.
So we need some ideas that can point us to the right direction.
Thanks in advance for your help.