I had just upgraded from vBulletin 4 to XenForo and needed something to replace the vBulletin 4 CMS. XenPorta2 was perfect for this. All I wanted was the ability to give XenForo a front page which could show some news / recent events on it, along with recent forum posts from various different categories.
I found this very easy to achieve with XenPorta, Jaxel was very helpful in providing answers to my newbie questions when making a few customisations.
After struggling for over a year to make WordPress work as front end that would serve as a launching point to both the forum and user generated articles I stumbled across XenPorta 2. The original XP wasn't right for me, I looked at other article and zine systems and none really fit my needs, so I felt forced to WordPress.
XP2 is a revelation. It's intuitive, easy to install and configure (watch the videos and read the threads, 99% of what you need is there and the author will respond to the other 1% (and even to the 99% already covered, but do us all a favor and let's try to limit Qs to those that are unanswered).
What I have now makes wonderful use of the Xenforo core to present as if I have a much more full bodied CMS than I actually do. This is a great thing. The ability to customize widgets, move them about as you please, spread them into parts of the core forum areas -- it's all fantastic. No more aggressive WP upgrade schedule, no more having to bridge (or suffer a divide) between different databases and user sets. Complete freedom to make your front/article pages look as you please, and it's a breeze to promote threads into articles and/or features.
This is exactly what I wanted all along, and I couldn't be happier (well, only if it had existed 3-4 years ago when I left vB).
Works brilliantly with xf1.5, plays well with everything from s9e's media embedding to Bob's SportsBook, and the drag and drop layout manipulation is so well done. Home run by Jaxel, and well worth the wait.
Good addon but support very very terrible. should consider before spend for this addon because you don't have receive support sincere from author (support reluctantly). The first time was the last time I buy addon from Jaxel ... A developer wretched ... I'm very disappointed!
This is a really good system for forum article and layout management. It offers functionality that other plugins just don't match.
The article/feature system offers a great way to highlight content in visually appealing wrappers. It can be a bit confusing to use at times as there are a lot of controls, but the controls are good.
The layout management is robust. It would be nice to have some more customization of positioning, but for what it offers, as visually as it does, this is amazing. No other plugin matches how easy this is to use, with this flexibility. That being said, it would be even more awesome if the configuration were streamlined a bit more - but as it is, it offers a lot of functions.
Some of the styles may appear a little strange with some XenForo themes. It would be nice to see a style properties panel added to the XenForo admin cp. For example, on my forum there is a difference with hyperlink styling in messages and the color palette styling, but XenPorta only recognizes the palette styling.
I'm sure people who could code, or are very familiar with CSS can go beyond what XenPorta can offer. But for those who are not, or who are looking for something useable, stable, robust, and flexible, XenPorta is it.
The last thing I would as for, is better written documentation. There are several videos on YouTube by jax (which are not even linked here), but written documentation would go a long way too. -- that gives me an idea, maybe i'll try to help write stuff up.
Really happy with this add-on. I bought it, installed it and within an hour had it almost exactly how I wanted it, so I bought the branding free! Saved me lots and lots of hassle installing and styling a wordpress blog for the front end.
I'd prefer if the sliders where fully responsive, but if everything worked perfectly I wouldn't be looking forward to future releases would I?
I have tried many other portals both on XenForo and vBulletin to me Jaxel -8WayRun- has done a remarkable job adding functionality to this Portal addon which isn't just a Portal Addon it's an Article/News presenter and Widget Manager with a built in Slider.
It's also prepacked with a lot of useful widgets and there are a few addon and Style developers adding widgets to their addons made just for XenPorta 2
You can create multiple instances of the same Widget with Different Settings under Option Sets. My favorite is the HTML Widget! ;)
With release of XenPorta 2 version 1.2.2 you can now manage your Widget Layout with your mobile device be it a cell phone or tablet. The Widgets are simple to drag around and drop into place!
Very impressed with this add-on. Had previously tried XenPorta1, and was not happy - this versions seems to solve all those issues and more! Great integrated into the forum and a solid front-end. Wish I had started using this sooner!
A fantastic addition to my website and more importantly, the support is outstanding... If you cant get answers to your problems quickly, then whats the point.... The Dev stands by his product, has great tutorial videos and quick and concise in helping troubleshoot problems... Kudos!
While XenPorta does offer some much needed features, they are poorly executed. After just a few usability trials, we ran into multiple cosmetic and severe issues. We had to manually adjust, insert and cut out code to overcome most of these issues, but we continue to run our heads into the underlying code, which looks like it was designed by a toddler. For the price of $40, this product narrowly escapes a 1-star review.
The add-ons of 8wayrun.com work well, and are quite advanced with a fair bit of features. However: after purchasing, expect not much support. you get the product what you paid for, and you unfortunatly have to do with it. I can try reporting bugs or ask for support, but i feel ignored and dumb. I have gotten a reply back only a couple times with a short reply of where to find something i need to then fix myself. Not just theming/css. Like he tells me "go learn how to code".
I can understand that the person behind it is quite busy with his awesome add-ons, but yeah...i would wish for some support.
So -2 stars out because i feel you are alone after your purchase. i have gotten other add-ons, some cheaper, wich all come with ubersuper great support, and also very friendly. I don't ask for alot. i ask for explanation, report bugs or ask for a modification if its possible or difficult to do. i do not get replies back.
I will update the review if the situation changes :)
I purchased this add on to give my forum a portal like many others, as it seems the best Xenforo solution at the moment without resorting to bridges to other CMS software.
I am a user of the orignal Xenporta 1.0 as a free add on, and my first impressions are that this paid 2.0 version more than justifys the price tag.
The orignal add on worked fairly smoothly with Xf, but this version intergrates even better and feels to be much more polished and like I would imagine KAM would have made a portal for XF if they did one.
I was a little confused at first by some of the way some features are named and the way they worked didn't seem that intuative at first, but after a bit of trial and error, understanding dawned and I was able to work with it. (Perhaps I was just used to other CMS systems?)
I have seen a fair few other reviews saying that Jaxel's support is poor, but I can't confirm or deny that, as I was able to get the portal working exactily as I wanted it with a combanation of reading the FAQs on the prpduct, searching the resource discussion and googling stuff, so I never had to ask for any support directly.
Overall, it gets a thumbs up from me and 5 stars as it does just what I wanted and I have encountered no errors or stumbling blocks, and I think the asking price is justified.
I am a new Xenforo customer after using vBulletin for over 10 years. The first 'add-on' I required for my website was a portal / article manager, and after doing my research I was a little hesitant to purchase XenPorta due to the supposed lack of support. However after reading the FAQs and especially watching the very helpful youtube videos by @Jaxel, I was totally sold on the software.
The quality is amazing, and I have been able to find all the answers to any configuration questions on the support thread. Support *is* sometimes a little demanding of advanced knowledge of Xenforo or CSS, but as an out-of-the-box solution, XenPorta just works flawlessly. It is extremely powerful, and it is up to the user to know what they are doing if they want an advanced configuration.
I look forward to seeing the development of this product continue, as I believe @Jaxel is an extremely talented developer and his software is very user friendly.