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Forum directory - name?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Morgain, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    So in about a week I will have the add-ons I need to finally do my LIVE install.
    This is on an existing VB install which I allowed to fade a year ago.

    I want to keep some of my existing static site pages.
    So I put XF in a directory.
    What to name it?

    This is for a community about philosophy, history, mythology, politics, etc with quite strong personal issues in it too - family, pets.

    I have used these directory names in the past.


    Can anyone suggest anything interesting?
    I want it ONE WORD + SHORT + EASY SPELLING! but something to fit my community profile.

    I guess there is an issue between the tried, tested and familiar e.g. community
    which is instantly recognisable
    and the more interesting niche type of name e.g. circle
    not quite so recognisable, but also not so forgettable.


  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

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  3. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    TUT! I wish it did not do that. It makes the URL unnecessarily long.
    For a user they need to see -
    I am on THIS SITE - in the FORUMS - on THIS PAGE
    The Breadcrumbs and sidebar does the rest.
  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Did your installation instructions give you information about this issue ?
  5. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Do you have to install it in a sub-directory?
  6. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Geeks yes because I have some top level entry pages already in place for years with good google status.
    They are not simple pages so I don't want to make them XF Pages without access to the Page headers.

    DigD there's friendly URLs but I don't think that removes the extra /forum or /pages directory name.
    I did not try it out on my test install. Not sure whether to try that as I have URLs hard coded as navigation all ready to transfer to the live install.
  7. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I don't make long folder names myself, instead I opt for a single letter, ie.
    • /c/ for community
    • /f/ for forum
    • etc.
    Keeps URL's short...
  8. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Anthony I like that too. But is it easy to forget because it's just one letter and kind of hides between two slashes?
    I know I'm fussing but this is my pet project this time.
  9. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Its a personal choice I think... there is no hard or fast rule about it. I use the first letter typically of the word, that way I know whats what, which as the admin, is the more important than what users see or know.
  10. chousho

    chousho Well-Known Member

    If we're going by word choice, forum would win over forums. Forum is the plural of fora. Forums is like saying childrenses to me.

    Community works, as well, as it gives the idea of people coming together around a topic. Discussion seems a bit bland.
  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    If you don't use the root of your public folder, /c/ or /community/ is what I would consider going with.
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  12. chousho

    chousho Well-Known Member

    /c is also nice since it can double for "chat", "community" or "cats"
  13. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Personally I prefer to use community as an introduction page to various community elements.
    Such as on site community, off site chat room, or off domain social networks / newsletters.
  14. rollthebones

    rollthebones Active Member

    I like community. If you ever install a gallery addon or something, /forums/gallery just looks weird.
  15. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I'm very tempted by Anthony's one letter strategy especially C

    but also considering "circle" - it's a niche word for us that means group or community or powerful space and it's pretty.

    Criticism please?

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