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Considering XenForo, Have Questions

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Kenneth Holland, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Kenneth Holland

    Kenneth Holland Active Member

    I have a Wordpress Blog that is doing quite well and now I am going to add
    either a message forum and or a 'social network'. I used to be a vbulletin
    customer several years ago and went back to post what I'm posting below.

    Shocked to find no one from VB will even answer my pre-sales questions.

    Guess things have changed there.

    I hope you guys and gals out there in this community (and WITH THE COMPANY) can help me out.


    Here is a rough outline of what I want to do...can XenForo (either through the core or developers) accomplish
    the following or be extended to:


    1. Are there any social network plugins/mods (also see #4 below)? I know this is a bit vague but something
    that can expand the core XF beyond what is is now? Maybe it's just a more elaborate groups feature?


    2. Photos: Photos and videos will play a BIG part in my forum/sn. A place where members can create a
    gallery and upolad photos/videos (as well as hi-res ones) plus watermarking and copywriting (like Flickr).
    Also, does a mod exist for users to sell images?


    3. Photos: Voting and sharing on images?


    4. Can individual posts in threads by shared to Facebook and Twitter? I'm surprised no one is doing this!


    5. Does XF have a built in cache or is there a mod for this?


    6. Awards and/or gameification: Are there any mods in this area?


    7. Is Facebook and Twitter login available? Mod??


    8. XF integration with Wordpress: Is there any level of integration by chance with WP or an add-on/mod?

    9. I've heard that XF does not have a mobile application yet. Anyone know when that will be out OR
    is there a developer that can build one for me?

    10. Can XF be configured to work with a CDN network? I currently use MaxCDN for my blog.

    11. Are there third party themes available?


    That's basically it for now...and I thank all of you for taking the time to read this and to the ones who
    respond...it's much appreciated.


    Ken
     
  2. M@rc

    M@rc Well-Known Member

    There are third-party addons which you can purchase such as CometChat, ArrowChat, etc. Those are live chatting addons, btw. (that's all that I can think of atm)

    I've seen a gallery add-on (not sure if it still works so you have to do a search) and I've heard one is being developed by a third-party developer (King K or something is the username).

    Search :
    1. http://xenforo.com/community/resources/
    2. http://xenforo.com/community/forums/add-on-releases.72/
    Keyword "gallery" search Via Resource Manager (should find some results) : http://xenforo.com/community/search/2027177/?q=gallery&t=resource_update&o=date

    Also, for videos you can use this addon: http://xenforo.com/community/resources/8wayrun-com-xenmedio-media.97/
    Although I've only used it to grab YouTube videos but I'm not sure if you can do more with it, ;)

    ...?
    For a gallery add-on or something?

    Yes!
    Thought you meant threads alone.. Nope (from the core features), I don't think you can (if you want one post from a thread to be on a separate page to be shared Via Twitter/FB).

    http://xenforo.com/help/cache/

    There is the build-in xenForo Trophies but I'm not sure if that's what you want.

    FaceBook - built in core.
    Twitter - I've seen an add-on and several forums using it.

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/wordpress-3-bridge.5398/
    I have not tested to see if it works but the developer is active, ;)

    I've read that a mobile theme is planned for the future. You can install TapaTalk and ForumRunner as well, (y)

    TapaTalk - http://xenforo.com/community/resour...enforo-ios-android-blackberry-mobile-app.263/
    ForumRunner - http://xenforo.com/community/threads/announcing-forum-runner-xenforo-iphone-ipad-android-app.12070/

    Yes. Have a look in the Resource Manager : http://xenforo.com/community/resources/categories/styles.29/
    You can always search Google for "xenforo themes", "xenforo skins", etc. (just make sure that you don't run into a warez website)
     
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  3. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    1) XF already has several social features, like the "follow" system and the profile post system. Here is an addon for social groups:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/social-groups-for-xenforo.267/

    2) Here is a video gallery:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/8wayrun-com-xenmedio-media.97/

    Image gallery:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/simple-gallery.414/

    User albums:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/xfr-user-albums.54/

    I don't think any of these allow users to sell images.

    3) Probably the user album addon (linked above).

    4) Threads can be shared. I am not aware of any "post sharing" feature.

    5) There is built-in support for caches which can be installed on your server:

    http://xenforo.com/help/cache/

    6) Here is an arcade:

    http://xfarcade.com/

    But I think it's still in testing.

    7) Facebook login is built-in. There is no Twitter auth.

    8) Here is an addon:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/xenscripts-wordpress-to-xenforo-bridge.604/

    9) A mobile style is being developed for XF 1.2 which is due out in Q2 2012. Of course a mobile style is different than a mobile app. Many people use this third party mobile app which supports XF:

    http://tapatalk.com/

    10) Yes you can use a CDN for certain content. For example, here is a setting from the Admin CP:

    Screen shot 2012-04-13 at 8.56.01 PM.png

    And this post explains how to use MaxCDN:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/anyone-use-maxcdn.19155/#post-275709

    11) Styles here:

    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/categories/styles.29/
     
  4. Sadik B

    Sadik B Well-Known Member

  5. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Almost everything on vBulletin is better except for the software, speed, SEO, customer support and ease of use. I think I pretty much narrowed it down for ya.
     
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  6. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    If you look at the bottom of this thread, you will see a "Share This Page" function that links to Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook.
     
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Clicking the # number on each post will bring up an overlay and allow the individual post to be shared on various social networks.
     
  8. Kenneth Holland

    Kenneth Holland Active Member

    Hey Everyone,

    Wow, thanks. People on here actually responded to help! Now THAT'S refreshing! :)

    I'm going to look through all the answers today and post a follow-up to what I find.

    My sincere thanks.

    Ken
     
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  10. Kenneth Holland

    Kenneth Holland Active Member

  11. Kenneth Holland

    Kenneth Holland Active Member

    Hello Helpful Xenforo Peeps,

    First follow-up question on my quest for message board nirvana (you like that??):

    Installation/SEO/Database question:

    My forum will be installed in either a subdomain or a subdirectory (Wordpress Blog is in the root).

    So which one would be better? Subdirectory or Subdomain?

    Is there an SEO benefit/disadvantage with either one?

    Anything else I should be aware of?

    Thanks!

    Ken
     
  12. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Be aware that XenForo uses "forums" in SEO URL, so don't name your forum folder (forums).

    Example:

    Otherwise you'll end up with this:

    Do what they've done here and call the folder "community", as "community/forums" makes sense reading and SEO wise.
     
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  13. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Yeah it would be a better idea to name your forum directory 'boards' like ign does.
     
  14. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Hmm. "boards/forums" doesn't make sense to me. I find "community/forums" much better. But each to their own.

    Even this is good "discussion/forums"
     
  15. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    how about board/forums
     
  16. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's fine. Just the S before was the thing for me
     
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  17. Kenneth Holland

    Kenneth Holland Active Member

    Ok I'm confused.

    I'm actually not going to call it any of those. Does XF attach a name to it automatically?

    Because I definitely don't want that.

    It's either going to be 'hangar.airnation.net or airnation.net/hangar

    Ken
     
  18. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    no. it asks u to create a folder called community. instead of creating community, create hangar
     
  19. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    So what's wrong with "airnation.net/hangar/forums" and "airnation.net/hangar/threads"? :confused:

    Sounds OK to me. Pretty neat in fact, and more in keeping with site topic SEO wise
     
  20. Kenneth Holland

    Kenneth Holland Active Member

    So I take it that subdirectory is my only choice?
     

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