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considering Xenforo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by webducknj, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. webducknj

    webducknj Active Member

    Hi folks, worn out from site development that started with vBulletin, then went to Simple-Press, and now possibly considering xenForo.

    Long list of requirements though;
    • Full time, professional development team
    • Active 24 hour forums and support
    • CMS magazine style homepage
    • Fast (I mean really fast)
    • Tapatalk compatible
    • mobile functionality built in
    • ability to upload up to 100 photo files per post (gallery in a photo in a post would be great)
    • Photo browser to view collections of photos within a post without having to click-view-close each one individually
    • Robust registration spam control
    • integration with mass email services (MailChimp would be nice)
    • username character flexibility (to include spaces, period, underscore, ampersand, etc.)
    • can display thumbnails or full size photos within a post
    • instant or digest email notifications of subscriptions
    • real-time new posts list (doesn't need refresh to remain updated)
    • can turn subscription and message notifications off
    • users can start groups (private or public) and have friends designated and displayed on their profile pages
    • centralized control of account settings
    • Forum groups can be hidden and displayed separately via a link to another page
    • video embedding in post
    • individual users can be designated moderator status for individual sub-forum
    • integration with advertising management software
    • multi-quote support
    • guest can read forum content but not see photo attachments
    • manageable back end for new Admin guy (me)
    • polls
    • control of edit parameters for members
    • achievement based user titles
    • users can flag spam and inappropriate posts
    • etc.
    • etc.

    If it can do all this then I'd like the name of a pro development team that can copy our current site into Xenforo and migrate our database as well.

    Am I expecting too much?
    Thanks,
    Bart
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014
  2. webducknj

    webducknj Active Member

    I can't post to the service requests sub-forum but if any pro developers read this and would like to contact me please do so via PM. Also, please feel free to visit our website at www.giantscalenews.com as that is the site we're considering moving to xenForo.
    We'd also consider moving www.multirotorforums.com if the GSN migration is successful.
    Thank you,
    Bart
     
  3. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    Hi, I have a minute here so I will play some target practice with the bullet list.

    The devs are quite professional and down to earth.
    Like a 711
    This can be done multiple ways and based on taking a quick look at your site and is completely possible with either of two nicely built addons that I can think of off the top of my head.
    Xenforo is the fastest modern forum software out of the box that I know of, speed of course is determined by many things other than the script running but as for xf itself, it is indeed quick.
    I don't use this myself by I am pretty sure there are people around here that do use it.
    Xenforo is responsive by default which you can check by making your browser window smaller right here in this post.
    You can set limitations for attachments in the backend and as far as an embedded img gallery bbcode this could be custom made it a multitude of ways.
    If you upload a couple images in a post here (dragging and dropping an image file in the editor will upload an image) you can select to embed full size images or thumbnails and then once posted if you click on the thumb in the post you will see the lightbox popup with all images in it, there is also settings in the ACP for much to many things to list here.
    There are anti spam measures build it.
    I haven't done this yet myself but I have seen quite a few posts around here where people mention doing as such.
    You can define a list of unavailable names and you can also use regular expressions to define a pattern that users names must match. On a testboard I just registered . _&|&_. as a user name and it works just fine, I believe commas are not allowed though.
    Yup, mentioned above
    There is on board alerts and optional email subscription to threads
    This could be done with an addon if it is needed
    yup
    you can start group conversations in the inbox but I believe you would need an addon to have publicly joinable groups.
    If you click on your name in the navigation bar all account settings are right there.
    Can be done in a couple ways.
    bbcode mediasites autoembed, for instance if you paste a link to a youtube video it auto embeds it when posting.

    Yup
    there is no direct integration with any ad management but it is quite easy to add ads
    optional
    It is simpler to use while sacrificing less than the backend to any other web software I have tried.
    built it
    yup

    Not at all, seemed like a bunch of valid questions to me.
     
  4. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Yes.

    Yes.

    There are add-ons for that.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes to uploading files.

    No to the gallery. However, @Chris D has a gallery add-on.

    Yes.

    More or less, yes.

    Yes.

    That would require an add-on.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.
     
  5. webducknj

    webducknj Active Member

    thank you very much for your replies.
     

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