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Menalto's G2 integration into VB3
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by whodah whodah is offline 24 Apr 2005

NOTE: Development for G2.1 and vB 3.5 is on this page: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=111931

I was about to post this on Menalto's site until i realized that I'd be publicly posting VB3's code... A no-no!!! heh!

So, I'll post the instructions here, and then refer people to this post on how to do it! (obviously they'll have to log on w/ their licensed account to see it)

Ok, here's how to integrate menalto's G2 gallery into VB3.

Menalto's gallery is sweet.
Menalto's gallery is free.
Menalto's gallery is here: http://gallery.menalto.com/index.php



This works on my system of vBulletin 3.0.7 and Gallery 2 Holy Hand Grenade.

Known issues: VB3 has a password structure that consists of the user's password
plus the salt md5'ed together. It is not possible to strip out just the user's
password
. Thus, this script pushes the users's password plus salt from VB3 into
G2. The outcome - the standalone G2 passwords will not match *just* the user's
password! There is talks of looking into salt'ing in the future w/ G2
integration, but that's the dealio as of this integration technique... If you
are using G2 as 'embedded only', then game on, no worries. If not, then your
users will need to log on through the VB3 install to setup their session, then
can visit the G2 standalone if they wish...

Step 1 - create a new file named 'gallery2.php' as per this thread:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=62164
(thx Gary King!!!)

in that thread, the first box (the gallery2.php file), the contents will be (this is the section that contains the G2 embeded code which is available on Menalto's site... i'll update this thread w/ direct links once it's in place! *only* the G2 code is on their site, no VB3 code in accordance w/ the VB license agreement! ):

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

in the above, you'll need to edit:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

and

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to suit your directory structure...

step 2 - creating the template
as per the same thread, http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=62164 (2nd code box) create a template named 'gallery2' (no tics) and in it, place the following code:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

that's it, enjoy!

oh, forgot to add!

in scouring the net, i've seen a couple of posts where people have offered to pay for this solution. if you are one of them, and are serious, then here's Menalto's donation link!

(nope, i'm not affiliated w/ them... if you wanna donate to me, then i'll redirect you to the donation link to the site that this is for: a non-profit saltwater aquariast club's site! )


edit 2006.01.11
links in navbar don't work w/ rewrite module enabled. you can enable them, but then need to 'hardcode' the links in your navbar templates and do one phrase adjustment. it's still 'dynamic' as the encoding involves vB variables and not your actual url... but a change none the less! see #41 in this thread:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...8&postcount=41

can you put a 'user's gallery' link near the users' posts? yup, see post #65 in this thread:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...2&postcount=65

does it work in 3.5.x as a NON-plugin? yup, if you read through this post, you'll find tidbits here and there on what it takes to get it to work in 3.5.x

does it work in 3.5.x as a plugin? nope, not yet. nobody has coded it as a plugin as of this edit's date.
/edit 2006.01.11

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Old 25 Apr 2005, 00:16
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Glad to see you got it working. So your solution entails running Gallery in embedded mode which basically allows Gallery to utilize the Vbulletin log in system?

Do you have a link to your site for people to see what the results are?
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Old 25 Apr 2005, 01:13
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hello Reeve of shinra!

yup, that's the solution!

G2 was written w/ integration in mind from day one from what i understand. whether it's postnuke, vBulletin, or your own user table you custom coded.

here's a link to how it looks. this site isn't live yet (the live site is just the root domain running postnuke). i hope to have the site migrated and live on VB this week!

just a couple things i need to do still... (banner integration for our sponsors being the sole thing from making it live i think... i've yet to search, but betting there's a solution on these forums, heh!)

i'll probably edit the G2 css to match the VB3 css. i havn't done it yet because i'm not sure what style/colors we'll use in VB3 yet, so why edit G2's twice?

at first i disabled G2's css and of course then VB3's kicks in and G2 matches perfectly. but you loose functionality in G2 if you do that (slideshow and such).

so, w/ the help over at menalto - G2's css is in place as well.

and here's the link! this link will be broken eventually as the site goes live, but then it'll just be the root domain.

http://www.cvreefers.org/VB/gallery2.php
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Old 25 Apr 2005, 18:17
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Awesome work dude. Glad to see someone finally took on this task of integrating the Best Gallery on the planet with the Best Forums System on the Planet.

Thanks a lot!!!
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Old 25 Apr 2005, 18:54
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yer welcome jugo!

and i agree on the gallery/forum combo!
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Old 03 May 2005, 21:17
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anyone get this working and has a demo for me to look at?
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Old 03 May 2005, 21:26
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Originally Posted by subnet_rx
anyone get this working and has a demo for me to look at?
http://www.cvreefers.org
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Old 03 May 2005, 22:16
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thanks!
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Old 03 May 2005, 22:44
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currently fighting a couple of things... didn't notice them right off the bat until it had been running a while...

a) mod_rewrite - i can enable mod_rewrite and it works for the gallery2 installation, but not the embedded installation. i've done preliminary research on it and see that some embeded mod_rewrite issues were resolved w/ the latest CVS which i'm not runnin...

b) the menu to the left to add/edit/delete items is not appearing for all users... again - i've yet to dig too deep into this.

remember that G2 is still beta!
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Old 04 May 2005, 02:01
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http://www.ao1-squad.com/bb/gallery2.php

And yes to the issues stated above. I was going to post those.

But so far the installation works as far as integration where users are concerned

It' be cool if the theme would be inherited as well.
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Old 06 May 2005, 23:39
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I've been looking for a Menalto Gallery integration for vBulletin and this was great news! Right now I'm just running a test board to see how it works and have the intention of migrating an existing board over to it after testing.

Regarding the side-bar missing when integrated, I don't ever seem to be able to get it to show. My install is as vanilla as it can be, no mods, out of the box install for both Gallery2 and vBulletin.

Just wondered if you could shine any light on it at all. I noticed it works like a champ on your site AND with the CMS addon, this is exactly what I'm hoping to achieve.
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Old 06 May 2005, 23:59
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as for issue:
b) the 'missing side bar' was a line of code i overlooked. not a bug, a feature!

i'm actually quite embarassed i missed it...

see the lines in the gallery2.php file in the first post:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

well, if u comment out that showsidebar false, it works.. heh!

i.e., change it to:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

what's going on there is that i saw a sample code using that and they are not showing the side bar so they can make it a block in their CMS manager.

for instance, i'm using vBAdvanced and eventually plan on making the 'sidebar' controls a block on the left hand menu.

why? real estate... i'll get my left hand VB menu, PLUS my gallery2 left hand menu. (only on the G2 pages of course!)

i havn't figured out how to do that just yet (havn't messed w/ it much) so in the interim, i've just commented out that line and you'll instantly get the side G2 'bar'.

revisiting issue:
a) mod_rewrite

G2 'holy hand grenade' has integration mod_rewrite issues. it has already been corrected according to the G2 developers, and u can grab it via the CVS if u like.

i'm going to wait about a week or so and hope that the next beta release of G2 comes out. looking at their timeline, they have seemed to release udpates about every 4-5 weeks. if this pattern holds, we should have a release soon!

if not, i'll go the CVS route.

as for the other known issue, the VB salt pw vs. G2's 'regular' pw, no news on that front. but... as long as your users enter through the VB site, all is well!

HTH!

and lmk if u guys come across any other bugs!! once i get around to putting the G2 sidebar into vBAdvanced, i'll post that too! (no ETA, it's low priority compared to the other gazillion things i need to do to the site from the migration of postnuke)
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Old 07 May 2005, 00:00
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This is great!!


How hard would it be to get 3 random images to show up on forum home??? I know..... this belongs in the hack request forum but I would love that hack intergrated with this one...... Nice work!!
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Old 07 May 2005, 00:06
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very doable!

there are random block and newest pic and random album and newest album and....... blocks built into G2 which INCLUDE integration blocks!

i've started to research this a bit, and don't quote me 100% because i got distracted during the research (pretty butterfly!!) but i believe that similar to issue a), there were some integration block issues that have been sorted out and are on the CVS.

i plan on revisiting this once i do the next G2 update, so i'll post that too (unless of course someone beats me to it! )

but oh man, u just GOTTA have a random pic block or four, heh!
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Old 07 May 2005, 00:08
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Awesome!!! I will be waiting for that!!!

Thanks again,

Rich
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