What is Showcase? Showcase is an "Item Management System" designed for forum owners to provide an interface for their users to "showcase" items VISUALLY through the use of uploaded images & associated images from XenForo Media Gallery and TEXUALLY through the use of WYSIWYG content & custom fields content that provide detailed information pertaining to each item.
- Compatible XF Versions:
- Updates Duration:
- 12 months. Renewable at a cost of $30 (Basic), $40 (Premium) and $50 (Early Adopter) per 12 months.
- Visible Branding:
- 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 Item Fields - Custom Fields for Showcase Items
- Custom Review Fields – Custom Fields for User Reivews
- Prefixes - Prefix system for filtering Items
- Tags - Integrated with Core XenForo Tags system
- Watch Items - Receive alerts & emails when at item is updated, a review is posted or a comment is made.
- Watch Categories - Receive alerts & emails when a new item is created.
- Find-new - Displays Unread/Unviewed Showcase items.
- User Permissions – Decide which users or user groups can use Showcase.
- Full Category Permissions – All usergroup permissions can be set 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 (with Custom Field System)
- Alerts – Users will be notified when someone likes their Item or comment and when someone replies to their Item.
- Multiple Responsive Layouts - List View, Grid View, Article View, Modular Sliders
- Phrased for Translations
- Xen Media Gallery Album Integration
- bd Widget Framework - Fully integrated with the Widget Framework. Includes 6 renderers to create widgets.
- Featured Threads & Portal Integration
Official "See it in action" Sites:
- Backcountrypost.com: Trail Guides
- z22se.co.uk: Garage
- dsmtuners.com: Garage
- yumforum.com: Recipe Book
Official Test Demo (create your own items): Showcase | Xen Addons
NOTE: The Demo is running Showcase 2.6.0 Beta 1
Main landing Page: Your choice of 4 different layouts (List View, Modular, Article View or Grid View). 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. Article View contains a snippet of the content along with a large cover image. Article View, Grid View 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 w/Tabbed Sorting : 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. You can now sort the Category pages by "Most Recent", "Top Rated", "Most Popular", "Latest Updates" and "Alphabetical". Each Tab is paginated.
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.
Member Pages w/Tabbed Sorting: 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). You can now sort member items by "Most Recent", "Top Rated", "Most Popular", "Latest Updates" and "Alphabetical". Each Tab is paginated.
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 (which can be set to any image in the gallery), 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 Item 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.
Custom Review Fields: Showcase has its own custom review fields manager. This allows you to create "fields" that will display on the user review form (star ratings, input, radio, dropdown etc).
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 replied to, 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). Comments and Reply's are fully BBCODE parsed and users can be tagged and alerted.
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. Permissions can be fully controlled at User, User Group and Category levels.
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.
Xen Media Gallery integration: Fully integrated with Xen Media Gallery allowing the Showcase Item owner to associate a XMG Album to their Showcase Item gallery.
[bd] Widget Framework: Fully integrated with the Widget Framework. Currently includes 6 Widgets (Renderer's) (Featured, Recent Items, Popular Items, Top Rated, Image Gallery and Tabbed).
Featured Threads & Portal: Fully integrated with CTA FT Portal. Currently available are 2 main content Blocks (Slider Block and Items Listing Block) and 2 sidebar blocks (Tabbed Items and Recent User Reviews).
Showcase (Item Management System, Reviews, Guides, Garage etc) 2.5.0
Item/Review Fields, Prefixes, Ratings & Reviews, Image Gallery, Category Permissions and Much More!
This would have to be one of the most incredible addons you will find on XF and I very rarely say this about any addon. It has many uses for so many different opportunities to enhance your site, extremely powerful and developed by one of the most respected developers here. Support is 2nd to none. Look for a way you can use this addon in your site and go for it
The best and most powerful add-on available for xenforo at the moment. I use this add-on for school reviews, and absolutely love it.
The flexibility, features and options available are just mind blowing. This is hands down worth a lot more than the price of $60.
Purchase without hesitation, you will have no regrets.
As for the developer Bob, he is one of the best if not the best add-on developer that I have worked with.
Thank you so much for such an amazing add-on!
One of the best add-ons I've ever seen! It has the power to be used for lots of goals. Its not limited. I needed some add-ons to reach different goals, but since I started using Showcase, I saw most of them (if I don't say all of them) can be done with Showcase! Almost all the things can be controlled in each place that we prefer, not one control to whole system! That's awesome! (Also one important point of this add-on, is Bob himself. He always checks support forum and answers threads. Also implements reasonable suggestions ASAP). Thanks Bob for your great work, and wish you the best.
Showcase is awesome. I was searching for a great review system for my site. XenReviews had potential but appears to be in development limbo... In the time I've been waiting on XenReviews, Showcase has improved so much. I LOVE the Pros/Cons, I LOVE the search by custom field. The only thing I think it needs is making the Reviews more prevalent on the item page and an easier to access search function. The best part is though, is Bob himself. He's an amazing developer and took the time to personally help me get my site going and make sure that I liked the addon. His support was near immediate and very helpful. He is constantly working to make his addons better and they are at a great quality right now. I've never run into any bugs and everything works great.
Showcase is very easy to customize as well... I was able to modify it to make a very nice review site on my site FilmSchool.org - check out the showcase part here: http://www.filmschool.org/filmschools/
Seriously great stuff. I want to buy even more of his addons because this one is so great. You won't regret it.
UPDATE: Now it's even more awesome with 2.5.1 - as it adds the new search widget that you can use with Widget Framework.
Now you can have a search widget on the Showcase main page and with custom fields you can have it behave like Amazon as you filter the results to show the items you want. See it in action in the link above.
The position settings for the BD widget to install are in this link:
For anyone looking for a feature-packed add-on to compliment your forum you need to consider Showcase. It's insanely versatile and can be used for several things.
I was looking for something to create vehicle profiles on my site, something where users could add in-depth information about each car they own. Showcase has been better than any other add-on I've ever used, both in XF and in vB. And Bob keeps making it better, using feedback from license holders.
Here it is installed on my site:
I've done some customizing, which is easy to do in Showcase. This add-on is heavily used on my site and the members love it and use it daily - not like a lot of add-ons that get ignored when they're located in their own section outside of the forum - think product reviews, guides, tutorials, articles, etc. Forum owners always have a tough time getting those types of add-ons to stick. Showcase has stuck on my site.
Bob really should charge more for this add-on. And he should charge for a maintenance membership with the level of support he offers with his products. He puts in way more time than he gets paid for. Maybe he should take donations!
Is Showcase worth the money? Yes.
Bob has simply put out one of, if not the, best add-ons going for XenForo. It is a gamebreaker that can easily run an entire site. I have never felt like I have bothered him asking a question, he's always replying to my inane questions like a champ. He goes completely above and beyond all support I have ever seen. This has so many uses it is not funny... reviews, garage, site showoff, recipes, trails, etc. You name it, 99% chance you can pull it off with this modification.
I suggest you to not sleep on this. It is well worth the price tag, and I question each release why he doesn't raise the price point. Amazing all around! Great work Bob.