New users can't access gallery properly
I have a problem with my gallery in regards to new users.
Let me break down what is happening.
Customer joins my forum (i run VBulletin forum 3.7.3) and in turn, they are automatically registered for the gallery, as I have the two integrated.
However, when they go to the gallery, they get an error message saying they don't have permission to view the gallery, and they can't upload. However, they can log out, and be able to see things.
then, as an admin, when I go into the admin control panel, i log in, and it logs me out completely, I click again, log in again, and it logs me out once again, but when I click back on the admin link, instead of actually being logged out, I'm actually logged into the admin.
All of this started happening after I had to recover from a database dump back in October (our forum was hacked, so I had to go back to a dump of the database from 3 days prior). We didn't realize there was a problem with new users accessing the gallery until a week or so later when a couple started reporting the issue, and at first, didn't know what it was related to (as at the same time, I also integrated some better password protected directories to protect my site from another hack.
Anyway, I am currently running Photopost 6.2, as I did the upgrade, hoping it would fix the issue, but it didn't...
I'm assuming the problem is that there is a syncing issue between the forum membership in the database and the gallery membership, or something like that. I'm not sure. And at this point, I don't know how to fix it.
(I'm computer literate, but programming illiterate. I know just enough to set up the forum and gallery through researching etc...but not comfortable enough to do much with the database itself.)
ANY help would be appreciated!