Welcome to XenForo 1.5. We're now ready to upgrade XenForo.com and start putting the new code through its paces. Following this, we will start the public beta process. All customers with active licenses will be able to download and test the new version. However, please be aware that beta versions are not supported and should not be installed on production sites.
There are still some other assorted improvements coming in XenForo 1.5 that we haven't covered yet, so let's look at those...
Link title conversion
When a post is made, links can automatically be converted to show the title of the page they link to. If enabled, a "simple" link like this:
Would be automatically converted to:
The ability to Email Users from the Admin CP based on user search criteria has been part of XenForo since its very first release. In XenForo 1.5 we have enhanced this and added some additional ways of contacting your users.
Using the same search criteria that can be used to email users, you can now mass send Alerts to your users. By default, an alert will appear to be from your own account. Alternatively you can leave this blank (a default avatar is shown instead) or enter the valid username of another user.
Most alerts sent on the forum have at least one "PopupLinkItem" link. The purpose of this is so that when the alert is clicked, it is that particular link which is navigated to, e.g. if you click on a watched thread...
Tags are a common method of adding keywords to content to aid searching and discovery. In XenForo 1.5, we're adding support for applying tags to threads, as well as a framework for add-ons to add tags to their own content types.
Thread tags apply to the thread itself (rather than individual posts), so they are displayed at the top of the thread view, independent of any post.
Clicking any tag will take you to a page displaying all content that has that tag attached to it:
These results pages will be accessible to search engines (and of course end users) to help them relate the tagged content to each other.
To edit the tags in an existing thread, clicking the "edit" link shown in the first screenshot will bring up an overlay with...
Today, we're showing you some exciting changes to Notices that we're bringing to you in XenForo 1.5:
Displaying an image
With the introduction of the above option it is now possible to display an image on a notice. You can either display the current visitor's avatar or provide a path or URL to one:
This addition should help draw more attention to your notices.
It is currently possible to hide notices with relative ease using some custom CSS. You can still do this to have tighter control, but the new option makes it even easier.
The exact breakpoints will depend on the properties set on the style used.
In XenForo 1.5 there are now two types of notices. Block notices behave in the familiar...
Account security has become a hot topic recently. There are seemingly endless stories about password databases from popular sites being leaked. Because password reuse is common, we've started to see brute force login attempts using these leaked passwords. Maintaining account security has become a big priority. To help this, we've added a few new features.
Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, requires you to provide two pieces of information to login. The general form is expressed as "something you know and something you have". "Something you know" is your password. "Something you have" is the new part. You may have seen this with other services, such as Google accounts. If you're...
Today we'll be talking about some smaller improvements that we have made in XF 1.5 which have been heavily requested.
Ability to disable trophies globally
The above option appears below the Trophy list in the Admin CP and in the User Options option group which makes it easy to switch off the Trophy system.
When disabled, trophies will no longer be awarded, nor will the UI display anything that mentions trophy points. The "User Title Ladder Field" will automatically switch to "Messages" if trophies are disabled.
No "Most Points" tab on the Notable Members page.
No Trophy Points stat on the visitor panel...
...or the member card.
Threads with the latest posts in the sidebar
In XenForo 1.4 we introduced the "New Profile Posts"...
Compared to profile posts themselves, profile post comments have been missing tools for user interaction and moderator management. XenForo 1.5 sorts this by adding an array of new, but familiar, functionality to profile post comments.
This screenshot should give you a good idea of some of the changes :)
Ability to like profile post comments
This is actually specifically one of the most popular suggestions and is pretty self explanatory. Profile post comments now support the like system.
Of course if someone likes your comment, you get an alert just as you would expect:
And we have also added support for comments appearing in the News Feed / Recent Activity:
Soft deleting profile post comments
Until now the only way to remove...
Welcome to the first Have You Seen thread for XenForo 1.5. Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting more of these to show you how the new features in XenForo 1.5 are going to work. We expect to install XenForo 1.5 on XenForo.com for initial testing by early July, with a public beta process to follow.
Today, we're going to look at the responsive admin control panel. XenForo 1.2 made the public-facing components fully responsive, supporting screen sizes from desktops and tablets of varying sizes to phones. The admin control panel remained designed solely for full-size desktop screens. If you were in a pinch and needed to make a change in the control panel on your phone, you could, but it was far from efficient as you zoomed in and out...