in December I have migrated a forum from phpBB to Discourse. Everybody, the team including the users, are very happy with that decision. For sure, some users and also mods needed a while to adapt to all the new and different things. But that is a “normal” thing when you change a ten year old software and turn everything upside down.
What I was not able to migrate is the gallery we used inside phpBB. We used a plugin named phpBB Gallery and it was full of photos. For this gallery every user gets his/her own gallery and can upload photos, edit title and description, create subfolders and organize the photos and so on. Also users can comment on photos and also rate the photos. But both comments and ratings were barely used. But the main feature was to link the photos in posts with special shortcodes.
When migrating everything to Discourse I manually worked on the posts where the photos were directly linked by shortcode or where links were put to the albums. And I kept the old forum online on a different domain (direct link to the gallery itself) in read-only mode to keep the information where I manually linked the migrated posts to. We talk about almost 2500 photos in almost 40 personal galleries here.
I’m posting here now to maybe find a proper solution to integrate this information into the new Discourse instance. To be honest, it took me years for the migration, mainly because I did not find a proper solution (or any at all) for the gallery. But finally, I migrated nevertheless, because continuing with phpBB was not an option anymore.
So, I am open to almost everything, maybe someone can point me into the right direction here.
Thanks and cheers,