What's New Tweak

What's New Tweak 2.0.9

No permission to buy (€15.00)
Compatible XF 2.x versions
2.1
Additional requirements
Compatible and tested with default theme and UI.X 2
Updates duration
One-time purchase (see FAQ)
XF 2.1 comes with a redesigned What's new page. After upgrading to 2.1, 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. Most important feature is probably auto refreshing the What's new page!
  • 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. Users have the option to enable or disable auto refreshing with one click.
  • User select refresh frequency [option]
    The admin can define a set of refresh frequency options in the admin panel. This lets your users select a desired refresh interval.
  • Add a refresh button to the What's new section
    Extra button to make refreshing the What's new page easier.
  • Add a "All posts" menu item
    This will call a page which contains all the new posts (read and unread)..
  • 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 for desktop view. For mobile view this menu bar could be handy, so you can leave it on for mobile view if you like.
  • Hide search id from New Posts page [option]
    Hide the search id that is normally visible in the browser's address bar. This makes it easier for your visitors to refresh or bookmark the New Posts page.
    Example: https://www.domain.com//whats-new/posts/326902/ will be replaced by https://www.domain.com//whats-new/posts/ in the browser's address bar.
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 (but not needed!) to modify some navigation items to make things more intuitive / consistent. This will really help your users understand what is going on:​

  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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  5. Last thing you could change to make things more clear is:
    Rename 'New posts' to 'Unread posts' (phrase nav.whatsNewPosts and new_posts)
    Rename 'All posts' to 'Latest posts' (phrase (phrase nav.MrJinx_WhatsNewTweak_AllPosts)
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Screenshots

Users can turn on/off auto refreshing with one click:

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Refresh frequency selectable:
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Refresh in action:
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If you select "New posts" from the sub-menu, the What's new tab stays selected (instead of the Forums tab):
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If you select another page, the auto refresh will be disabled but you can still manually refresh the page (auto refresh only makes 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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Option to 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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Replace the URL with number in it. This is the search id which makes the page sort of static:
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Admin control panel:
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Author
Mr. Jinx
Views
2,373
First release
Last update
Rating
5.00 star(s) 5 ratings

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  3. [2.0.7] New feature

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Latest reviews

Absolutely fantastic addition - starting a new website it's extremely overwhelming look through this site for resources that help achieve what you want but this was nice, effortless and really achieved a great result.

Thank you for your time and effort!
Highly useful little addon. Absolutely no issues even with custom UIX styles. Author constantly improving it which is great to see.
Mr. Jinx
Mr. Jinx
Thank you, always trying to improve things with small steps.
Tested it on my test site. No problems. Immediately implemented on my live site. Works perfectly. I was looking for something like this many months ago. Thanks!
Mr. Jinx
Mr. Jinx
Nice to hear, thnx.
A company called ForumCube wanted US$400 for an add-on something almost exactly like this. I turned them down because of cost. I had my old vB 3.8.9 forum set up to do this.
Mr. Jinx
Mr. Jinx
That sure is a lot of money, but I must say I also spent a few hours on this. It was fun doing this!
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!
Mr. Jinx
Mr. Jinx
Thanks!
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