View Full Version : Best PhotoPost integration?
September 7th, 2011, 02:20 PM
I'm looking into replacing our vBulletin forums for something different. I was really excited to upgrade to 4.0 with the new CMS features, but after the upgrade I have to admit, I am not that impressed at all. So, time for a change:)
I am currently running vbGallery and was going to switch it over to PhotoPost Pro prior to switching over our forums but I'd like to know what other PhotoPost Pro sites are running and what they think of the different forum integration features (http://www.photopost.com/featuresphp.html). How tightly are they integrated?
I'm also looking at CMS containers such as Joomla, Drupal or even Wordpress that will also need to be merged with the forum and PhotoPost Pro accounts.
I've been digging and digging but haven't found any decent solutions that would allow me to bridge all three systems.
September 7th, 2011, 02:41 PM
Well there are no forum integrations that integrate as greatly as we do with vbulletin. I have not been impressed with vbulletin 4 myself however I do not see any other forums close to vb4 so I have stuck with them. Otherwise I would have switched myself.
Trying to bridge 3 different systems is touch since any integration is built upon one system being integrated with one other not two.
Probally Invisionboard or Xenforo are probally the best forums out there besides vBulletin.
September 7th, 2011, 04:01 PM
I was looking at Xenforo and Invisionboard, both look pretty solid:) How tight is the integration between them and PhotoPost Pro? Do you have any links to sites running both that I could check out?
September 7th, 2011, 05:10 PM
well do not know who is running what off hand since we do not ask you all which type of integration your using.
They employ the level of integration stated which is style colors and login.
Here is a test install with xenforo I have up with PP8
A community photo gallery - My Photo Gallery (http://www.omegatron.net/photos/index.php)
September 8th, 2011, 10:26 AM
By any chance, are there plans in the works (or even better, beta tests) for Drupal or Joomla integration?
September 8th, 2011, 10:31 AM
There has been no new work on new integrations. We stand at about 20 different integrations currently and all time has went into the new Pro 8 beta as well as working out kinks in the new vb4. Pretty much what we support right now is keeping us busy so no new work is planned currently. Once Pro 8 is released I need to turn my attention to Classifieds and ReviewPost.
September 8th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Boy, can I relate to your issues. Big time. I had a vB 3.x forum.
I was waiting for a long time for the holy grail of vB4 to come out. I was waiting and waiting and so looking forward to a built-in CMS. The site that I have my much loved forum on is on an ancient html infrastructure and in dire need of a CMS.
I'm a die-hard Joomla fan and all of my sites are now built on that. But that html site was built before I discovered Joomla (actually in the Mambo days).
So, vB4 finally comes out and was a supreme disappointment. Huge. Then I started looking for alternatives. There weren't any that could handle my forum with all the add-ons AND the photo integration AND do anything to help with either a Joomla integration or Joomla replacement.
I continued waiting and hoping and investigating and still nothing was really going to do the trick.
Just recently, I FINALLY decided to just bite the bullet and do the dang vB4 upgrade. One of my issues was that there just were NOT any templates out there that didn't look like a vB4 forum. I do not like the look at all. I stumbled across a template vendor who had a look that I really liked a lot and that helped.
I've lost a little bit of functionality after the upgrade, but most is okay. I've still got some fine-tuning to do on my template, but it's pretty decent. I'm looking forward to PP8. I'm waiting to fine-tune the PP integration and look until I get that upgrade done.
After I get PP8 installed, then I will work on getting a Joomla template tweaked to get as close as possible in look to my forum template. And also hope that jFusion will work well enough to do user single-sign on. I've already done the Joomla migration from the html, but have not made it live yet.
You can see my forum here: Guinea Pig Cages, Care, Store, Photos of Guinea Pigs and More Forum! (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum).
If you figure out any magic of Joomla integration, please let me know!! I will absolutely be doing the Joomla/vB4/PP8 combination on this site.
I was going to go with a Joomla version of forum and users instead, but JomSocial and Kunena cannot handle the same functionality that we have with vB4 and PP. Nor is there any photo gallery software out there for Joomla that will work (IMO). I think I've tried them all on various sites.
September 8th, 2011, 02:13 PM
I do not much care for the look either.
I did some work in PP8 in regards to vb4 as to trying to match up variables in the styles kind of like we do in vbGallery to make things a bit more friendly when try using multiple styles etc. Obviously also any plugins I created for vbulletin 4 are included in PP8. I also made sure with the plugins active that any relative profile links go the user users forum profile and all gallery profile content is displayed there. Lots of long time features users wanted.
The style changes I did because I too hate the default vb4 look and I recently bought a new style to test things out with. Trying to maintain consistency with so many styles can be a nightmare.
I one day when I have free time want to look into a Joomla PP integration it is all about finding the time. Who knows I found some time to do Xenforo and Wordpress. Not much time though after product support and development though to work on new integrations so things like that can take a long while.
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