I'm currently deciding between IPB and xenforo as a new bulletin board solution for a photographers community.
I haven't followed the bulletin board-market for 5 or 6 years and I'm kind of amused to see everything is still as in early 2000. Sadly no revolution there. For example, @mentions are only plugins and xen seems to be the first platform to adopt facebook-like notifications. sort of.
Rant aside, currently we're running phpBB with heavy modifications. I was trying to search for similar xenforo plugins, but wasn't successful, that's why I'm posting here.
- Login / Session API: the frontpage is based on Zend Framework, but we want to use the user login and session of the forum. Is there a clean API to achieve this? It's available for IPB and seems to be perfectly implemented there.
- User application process: we are a closed community. Photographers have to apply with a portfolio and a small group of people decides whether they are approved as a member. This can be achieved with a plugin in IPB
- Attachment previews in thread overview: you could call it an awkward form of a gallery
- Responsive design
Thanks in advance