What's New Tweak

What's New Tweak 2.0.1

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
2.0
XF 2.0 comes with a redesigned What's New page. After upgrading to 2.0, our regular forum members had some trouble using the new system with filters.

This addon will change some of the What's New features in such a way that it is more consistent and easier to understand:
  • Add a refresh button to the What's New section
    Normally, users will hit the browsers refresh button. However this will just refresh the cached What's New page. By hitting the new refresh button, a new page will be served.
  • Add a "All posts" menu item
    This will call a page which contains all the new posts (read and unread).
  • Auto refresh / update the What's New page [option]
    This will automatically refresh the first page of What's New section every x seconds. Active users will like this feature if they have a window opened to watch your forum.
  • Always highlight the What's New menu
    If you select "New Post", xenforo would normally highlight the menu "Forums". To be more consistent I choose to always highlight "What's New" for all items related to new stuff. Same goes for "All new profile posts".
  • Remove the extra (redundant?) menu bar [option]
    The What's New section contains an extra menu bar with basically the same items as the normal navigation menu. This is confusing so you can turn it off.
Installation
  1. Copy the contents of the folder "upload" to your forum
  2. Go to your xenForo admin control panel > Addons
  3. Install the new addon
Post Installation

After installation it is recommended to modify some navigation items to make things more consistent:​

  1. Go to your xenForo admin control panel > Setup > Public navigation
  2. Disable "New posts" under the "Forums" section (this will force your users to use one place for new items).
  3. Disable "New profile posts" under the "Members" section (this will force your users to use one place for new items).
  4. Modify the "What's new" section, change the link to: {{ link('whats-new/posts/') }}
    The "whats-new" link is basically the same as "whats-new/posts/" but with different layout. To make things more consistent, I choose to always use "whats-new/posts/" as this is the best way of presenting new posts.

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Screenshots

If you select "New posts" from the sub-menu, the What's new tab stays selected (instead of the Forums tab).
You also see the extra refresh button:
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If you select another page, the auto refresh will be disabled but you can still manually refresh the page. We found out that the auto refresh only made sense for the first page:
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Show all new posts, including read and unread, this shortcut removes the "unread filter":
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All posts in the extra navigation bar:
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Hide the extra navigation bar:
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If you select the "New profile posts" sub-menu, the "What's new" tab will stay selected:
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Admin control panel:
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Author
Mr. Jinx
Downloads
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First release
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Rating
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Latest updates

  1. [2.0.1] New features

    Added 'All post' menu item to the extra navigation bar Added support for non friendly URLs

Latest reviews

Simple but cool little addon, makes some tweaks that streamline the What's New menu and maybe makes it a little more intuitive. For one thing, I had always thought that it was a questionable design choice that the Forums menu was highlighted when you clicked the What's New menu: I guess it didn't really bother me TOO much or I would have found a way to resolve it myself, but this addon did it for me and I have to say now that I probably *should* have done it earlier. Thanks!
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