Hi Joshua, this is very similar to what I am looking for, but I'm wondering if this may be overkill for me. My situation: I have a website with a guest and member side. To access the member side the user must have an account and log in. This database is on the same server as my WP installation, but was put together before I started infusing my site with WP elements outside of their "template blog" environment. So there is NO reason whatsoever, so far, that a member logged in has a reason to leave a comment, or post a reply, or anything...asside from a contact form there is nothing for them to input data.
I found a polls application that can log usernames of those answering polls. I'd love to use that feature to keep track of what users vote for what items in that poll application. I don't want my users (over 1,000) to have to create new logins with wordpress just for the sole purpose of making it possible to log their entries in the polls.
On the member side of my site, after the user logs in, there is a session created and a cookie. Do I need your External Database Authentication Reloaded plugin just to make it possible for my polls application to log the user data from my other user database?
Or, is there a simple way of modifying the polls code to use the user data in the user session that I created? I'm no expert in PHP and higher coding languages, but I can follow along and do some more research if you can point me in the right direction.