Hello to all - I thought I'd share my journey so far with dolphin with the group - and hopefully someone out there will have some answers to help us out.
I run an online financial website and we began a transition to dolphin 7 a few weeks ago. Now for the drama.
First - everything seemed fine - we have been able to set up the dolphin platform fairly easily - but we had been using a phpbb3 forum setup - and decided - to retain functionality - we'd attempt to integrate the existing phpbb3 with the new site/platform. Let me first say - before any of you consider it - be highly wary of any technicians on the net offering an integration. Most that seem to exist are only partial answers. In three cases with us so far - you couldn't even reliably get the technicians to support the integrations. One set of technicians operates in the phillipines - the other in western europe - another in england - for the most part - NONE of them is easily contacted - and if there are issues - you will never get a fast answer.
As it stands - we have ended up with a partial integration - the new clean phpbb3 installation.
which does us little good - new users that will register with our dolphin apparently still can't access the forums without logging in a second time. In fact - even if you do login to the forums - several parts of the integration actually direct you back to dolphin and don't work properly.
Before you decide that we didn't thoroughly plan or take time to map things out - we spent over two months - and I have been managing sites for several years. My downfall is SQL - and finding out how to run the proper query to manipulate the old phpbb3 data - transfer it into the entries in SQL for the dolphin setup - and then getting it all to work correctly. This is complicated - so be warned - don't try this unless you have alot of time to spend on troubleshooting.
Now that you know the background - if there's anyone RELIABLE - who understands how to integrate phpbb3 and dolphin CORRECTLY - give me a call. I need it done as soon as possible. Any advice or technical notes any of the more experienced readers can provide would help significantly.