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Considering Xenforo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Ken Kaneki, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Ken Kaneki

    Ken Kaneki New Member

    Hello I'm Christian and I am seriously considering Xenforo right about now. I am also considering WBB and IP Board.

    Presently speaking, I am the owner of a medium sized forum Vbulletin and a large SMF forum. I have been thinking of merging both as they overlap in genres. While the SMF forum seems to really like IPB, our vbulletin crew seem to be the most open to trying all three and were the ones who pointed me in the direction of Xenforo.

    So I hope I can bombard you with some questions:


    We are already needing to upgrade to a VPS. Do any of you know how good these guys are?

    1. Liquid Web
    2. A Small Orange(Vps)- Big fan of shared
    3. Wirenine
    4. Siteground
    5. Site5
    6. EuroVPS
    7. Hivelocity

    1. Is there any sort of way to send users bulk PMs via the ACP?

    2. Is there a CMS that is comparable to IP Content? I'd like to give the users the opportunity to write articles.

    3. Is there a chat add-on component that gives users the ability to private chat with each other? We're using cometchat but the users aren't too fond.

    4. Is there a way to disable the ability to follow users?

    5. is there a virtual store/credits system?

    6. Is it rather simple to alter the log-in/sign-in button? This is one complaint the SMF users had. Something that is similar to Vbulletin/SMF's log-in form would be great. From what I understand, they tend to accidentally hit sign-up instead of having to choose log-in.

    7. Staff hierarchy: We have a hierarchy on our forums and leaders for each ranks. is it possible to restrict users access on what they can see and access in the Admin panel and what types of members they can edit? Mods can't edit super mods for example.

    8. Is there a way to stop it from sending you directly to the first unread post in the thread? Some people would prefer to just go to the beginning?- Another complaint

    9. Can you delete individual alerts? If you don't view them all at that particular time, will it clear all the alerts or subtract the ones you've read?- Another complaint

    10. Does Xenforo have a in-house made blog system?

    11. Can you change the threads per page/posts per page amount?

    12. GIFs- One user said that GIFs were a bit hard to do with Xenforo. Something about the size was too small for avatars and they don't move everywhere on the forums. Does the software support gif avatars in the size of 220 x 220?

    13. One feature I that I did like on IPB and I think Xenforo has here as well is the auto-draft feature? Does this auto-draft feature allow you to save multiple drafts depending on the forum you're in? Like can I have 3 different drafts for 3 different topics?

    Think that is about it for now for questions.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
  2. Crush

    Crush Member


    No, however I have accomplished this with an addon


    Not that I know of EDIT: Unless you were to edit each template that has a Follow option

    Via an addon


    The only restriction that I know of is Administrators can not edit Super Admins

    Not globally

    No, it won't mark them read until you have read them, however it is possible to control what types of alerts users receive via their preferences




    No, only one draft reply
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  3. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    You can test this here, and yes it is possible. You can only have one per thread but if you type a reply here and let the draft save (or do it manually by clicking the disk and then save draft), and then open another thread and do the same thing, you'll see you can have one per thread. As for creating a new thread and saving a draft, you're limited to one per node/forum.
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  4. DaveS

    DaveS Member

    Here is my half cent.

    I visited a site called namepros.com
    that appears to be using xenforo....
    Their blog appears to be an addon...
    not a bad thing, it did look somewhat good.
    They also have a chat, another add-on...
    It wasnt too bad looking either....

    however, not sure if those addons have been
    updated. I seen a blog addon in resources that
    has not been updated since 2014, not really
    sure, maybe it does not need to be updated.
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  5. Ken Kaneki

    Ken Kaneki New Member

    Thank you all for the replies. We actually decided to go IPB, as I never did get my answers questioned until yesterday. Appreciate the feedback though.
  6. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    Well.. we'll see you again I'm sure. ;)
    gldtn likes this.
  7. Ken Kaneki

    Ken Kaneki New Member

    IDK, I am quite happy with it and I got my questions answered within about 12 hours! And I was able to convince both the SMF and Vbulletin forum users to give it a chance. But you never know ;)

    Hopefully if I do take a step back here, it wont take a week for a reply to my answers!
  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Normally you wouldn't. Odds are that it simply got overlooked. I know I didn't have time the last 4-5 days to do much here - I had some stuff going on that was more important than forum related activities.
  9. usAdultAds

    usAdultAds Active Member

    Red Alert!

    nothing is more important then The Forum.
  10. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Wrong... a parent that is in the process of dying (and you are staying with them in shifts of 12 hours a day), then doing all the funeral preparations after they pass WAY outweighs a simple forum.
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  11. usAdultAds

    usAdultAds Active Member

    yep, the forum can wait...
    I completely understand....
    lost my parents a few years back...
    take care of what is important.

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