What is Showcase? Showcase is an addon designed for forum owners to provide an interface for their users to "show off" items both visual with an image gallery as well as tabbed content for detail information pertaining to each item.
Official Test Demo: http://addons.nfljunkies.com/showcase/
- Nested Categories – Unlimited Nested Categories.
- Tabbed Content – Each Category can have up to 5 tabs for users to display WYSIWYG information pertaining to the item
- Custom Fields – Unlimited custom fields
- User Permissions – Decide which users or user groups can use Showcase.
- Category Permissions – Decide which user groups can create items per category.
- Image Permissions – Decide how many images and file size of image users or user groups can add.
- News Feed Integration – User activities in Showcase show up in XenForo's news feed system.
- Ratings – AJAX rating system for items
- Reviews – Rate and Review System
- Alerts – Users will be notified when someone likes their Item or comment and when someone replies to their Item.
- bd Widget Framework - Fully integrated with the Widget Framework
- XenPorta - Includes 5 different blocks
Official "See it in action" Sites:
Backcountrypost.com: Trail Guides
This release can be installed and upgraded using the Add-On Installer by Chris Deeming
Main landing Page: Your choice of 3 different layouts (List View, Modular or Grid). Modular contains 4 Main Modules (Featured, Most Recent, Most Popular, Top Rated). Each Module can be turned on or off. Each module has its own setting for the amount of items to be display (groups of 3). They all contain a large thumbnail, title, description, rating and views. List View is like the Resource Manager that has Tabbed Sorting. Grid is a combo of Modular and List. Both Grid and List view are also paginated with all items in Showcase. The Landing page sidebar consists of a Quick Stats Module, Categories List and a Top Contributors list. Items w/o images will be displayed in modules with either a category image (if added) or a custom placeholder (2 provided with the addon).
Category Pages: Each Category has its own area that lists all items (paginated). You can use the quick select to navigate easily between categories. Categories have 2 layouts (Grid and List View). Categories includes a Most Popular Side Bar Widget and Top Contributors (which list per category when on a specific category). Categories contain all childrens items as well as their own.
Category Content. Category Content allows you to add custom content (Plain Text or HTML) to the first page of a category above the items listing.
Tabbed Sorting. You can now sort the Category pages by "Most Recent", "Top Rated", "Most Popular" and "Latest Updates". Each Tab is paginated. NEW: Alphabetical Sorting by Item Title
Member Pages: Similar to Category, cept lists all items for that specific Individual. The Main Members page lists anyone that has contributed to Showcase. Has 2 layouts (Grid and List View)
Tabbed Sorting. You can now sort member items by "Most Recent", "Top Rated", "Most Popular" and "Latest Updates". Each Tab is paginated. NEW: Alphabetical Sorting by Item Title
Member Profile Tab: Similar to Member pages except located on the members profile. The amount of items displayed is an option in the admin CP. Items are ordered by date added.
Categories: Categories are created via the ACP. When you create a category, you also create "tabs" which are used when creating an item. Each Category can have up to 5 tabs associated with it. Category Tab Description: This allows Admins to set descriptions for each tab that will display above the Editor on the Create Item and Edit Item Forms. Category Image: You can now designate a category image that will display in the Showcase Homepage modules for items that do not have any images uploaded into the Items Gallery. You can set which user groups can create items in specific categories. You can set whether to allow Items to be created in a category.
Nested Categories. You can now assign a parent Category to any Category (currently no limit to depth).
Items: An Item is something that a user adds to showcase to "show off". For example, you may run a Mustang site, so you might have categories for each year of Mustang. Members can then create a showcase item for their 69 Mustang. When they create the item, they will be able to upload images and fill in content via the editor which is tabbed for each type of content for that specific category. They can add and remove images and content at any time. Items sidebar consists of a large thumbnail of the item, quick stats about the item (to include a star rating) and if the member has more than 1 item, it will include a list of more item with links to those items.
Custom Fields: Showcase has its own custom fields manager. You can create custom fields for 7 "zones" (Tabs 1-5, a sidebar Module and Self Placement).
Featured: Items can now be marked as "featured". Featured Items are showcased in the Featured Module on the Showcase Landing page. There are also 2 Widgets available in the [bd] widget framework that also display "featured" items. A new Moderator Permission 'Mark Items Featured' allows the marking and unmarking.
Ratings: Each item can be rated with the Star Rating System. When a user rates an item, the owner of the item receives an alert as well as a newsfeed item is generated. There is a user group permission that allows you to set whether a user group can rate an item or not. You can also set a permission which allows the item owner to rate their own items. When rating own items, alerts are not sent and newsfeeds are not posted.
Rate and Review: You can now set (per category) Rate and Review which allows reviews for items. You can also set an option to force reviews (per category). Reviews have their own tab per item.
Discussion Thread Integration: You can set (per category) whether to auto create threads for new items.
Comments: Each item has its own comments section (enabled Per Category) . Comments can be liked, edited and deleted (depending on permissions). The owner of the item receives an alert for all new comments. Users that have made a comment will also receive an alert when new comments are posted (users can opt out of this). Smiles will parsed, but BBCODE is stripped and HTML will not parse.
Likes: Each item and comment can be liked (an unliked). Alerts are sent and newsfeed items are created when items and comments are liked.
Report: Each Item and comments can be reported. Uses the XenForo report system.
Moderation Queue: Items can be placed in "moderation" and handled via the XenForo moderation queue as well as the Item Management System in the Admin CP. You can also set a permission making all newly created items "Moderated" for an individual or user group.
Search: Fully integrated with XenForo search to include its own tab on the Advanced Search.
Newsfeed: New Items are posted to the newsfeed as well as comments ratings and likes.
Alerts: Item owners receive alerts when anyone likes their item, rates their item or posts a comment on their item. Anyone that has made a comment with get an alert when a new comment is posted.
Options: All modules have options to set the amount of content to be displayed. All pages have settings for the amount of items to be displayed per page.
Permissions: To many to list. Pretty much any action that one can do is driven by permissions. Also, the amount of images and the image file size is set by permissions so that you can have different image upload settings per user group.
Daily Statistics: Fully integrated with the built in Xenforo Daily Statistics Tool in the Admin CP. Display statistics for Items, Item Likes, Ratings, Reviews, Review Likes, Comments, Comment Likes, Attachments and Attachment Disk usage.
Images/Image Gallery: I use MOST of the core xenforo attachment system for this, however, I have also overridden parts of it as well so that showcase can have unique image attachment settings that only pertain to it and does not effect the core attachments system. One of these is the ability to set the amount of images per user group that a user can upload to each item. Another is file size. Also, showcase only allows IMAGES to be uploaded (this is not a downloads manager). It also uses different thumbnail size settings to allow for crisp clear large thumbnails without effecting the small thumbnails setting for Threads.
[bd] Widget Framework: Fully integrated with the Widget Framework. Currently includes 5 Widgets (Renderer's) (Featured, Recent Items, Popular Items, Top Rated and Tabbed).
XenPorta: Fully integrated with XenPorta. Currently available are 5 Blocks (Featured, Most Recent, Most Popular, Top Rated and Tabbed). Center Images block with configuration settings.