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Features inquiry

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by kaiasgram, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    I'm setting up a forum for a local community of health care providers. The features we are looking for:

    * Completely private forum (guests cannot view any part of the forum)
    * Membership must be approved by Admin
    * Style-wise -- Need just two 'sections' (Announcements and Topics) with list of threads on front page, exactly like this example: http://cpaptalk.com

    Are these things doable with XF, and if so, would they involve installing a plug-in or changing code, or built into ACP?

    TIA for your help.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It's not possible to prohibit all access to guests as the basic view permission allows access to some content.

    Manual approval is possible.

    It is possible to set the index page route to a specific forum, which would show a list of threads in that forum on the landing page.
  3. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    That was a fast reply!
    Disappointing info on the privacy issue, but thank you for letting me know.
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  5. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    That's a good idea, I'll do that. Because of the nature of our work (therapists) we really need to have approved members only viewing the discussions on the forum.
    Thanks for the suggestion.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Preventing guests from viewing threads isn't an issue.
    All forums are permission based.
  7. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    OK -- So then, what content could be viewed by unregistered folks? I'll work with the demo later this evening but I also appreciate your input. Thanks again for your replies.
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Currently the Members tab is visible to guests, but that will change with the release of 1.4.

    That should then provide the level of privacy you require.
  9. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    Thanks very much!
  10. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    OK, so I'm trying to create a demo and there seems to be a hiccup on your site -- I'm entering the requested number and my email, and the same page (requesting number and email) keeps appearing. Can't get past that page to create a demo.:unsure:
  11. oman

    oman Well-Known Member

    It's happening to me as well. It re directs back to that page.

    I'm sure @Mike will look into it when he comes online.
  12. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Oops, sorry about that. Demo sorted now.

    I should note that you don't have to give guests viewing permissions. That will make the forum entirely private. (They'll see a login page basically everywhere, except for a few places such as registration and some of the help pages.)
    lazy llama likes this.
  13. kaiasgram

    kaiasgram New Member

    Thanks. I've started working with the online Demo -- going back to my OP can you take a look at the example I posted the link to (the cpap forum home page here) and tell me how I would format a XF site like that? I especially like that the thread titles are bolded in the list of threads. Would "Announcements" and "Topics" on their site be category nodes or forum nodes on XF? I don't want any nesting, just the two sections with the list of threads on the home page.

    Hope this makes sense, and thanks again for your help.
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Thread titles can be styled.

    Topics in phpBB are threads in XenForo.
    Announcements are a specific type of thread.

    There isn't the equivalent of 'Announcement' threads in XenForo, but you can make sticky threads.
  15. Alteran Ancient

    Alteran Ancient Well-Known Member

    Announcements such as those you'd have in phpBB and vBulletin don't exist, per se. However, if you want to make an impression on people visiting a certain forum, you can use the Notices tool to your advantage if you want to highlight something of importance, from which you could link to a thread or page. These can actually be more visible than an announcement item would be.

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