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Hearth.com Forums Moved to XF

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by craigiri, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    All Hail Jake Bunce.....

    Hearth.com forums, active for the past 8+ years, have been moved to XF.
    This was over 22,000 members and 1.1 million posts.

    Visit and let me know what you think!
    http://www.hearth.com/talk
     
  2. borbole

    borbole Well-Known Member

    It is good to see that more and more big forums are moving to xenforo. From what platform did you move away from btw?
     
  3. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Ancient 1.x Expression Engine.
    All Hail Jake Bunce once again...
    ;)
    Heck, he even moved passwords.......and got most of the bugs out in relation to EE importing.

    EE served us well and we are still using parts of the CMS portion. It's great for folks who ALSO have a forum, but not ideal (any longer) if the forum is the main part of the site. The developers are somewhat following the money - and the money is in corporate and business sites, not in forums.
     
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  4. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Well done on moving across, that's a HUGE amount of posts to transfer over! :)
     
  5. dojo

    dojo Active Member

    Now that's a huge forum :)
    You'll need to work on a custom design or at least change the default skin a little, but moving such a big forum to XF is a great accomplishment. Hope you like XF, it's a pretty nice piece of software ;)
     
  6. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    What my members really want is the old smileys back......but I don't see any custom sets like the old plain ones......:)
     
  7. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Good luck.
    I've always read that you shouldn't run a live forum in debug mode.
     
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Hey where did the old thread go ?

    Anyway.

    A few suggestions ...
    hearth.com.suggestions.Sept.2012.jpg

    I thought the words "Hearth.com" in the banner area at the top would be a good idea.

    And then I just threw out some other ideas ... that will hopefully make your great content more accessible.

    Keep up the great site !
     
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I got this popup.
    mobile.app.Tapatalk.message.jpg
    It was effective, and easily dismissed.

    I also thought of this ... which is even easier than my first suggestion.

    hearth.com.logo.tweak.jpg

    :)
     
  10. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    That banner is a notification - add-on!
    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I can fill that top up better as you say.

    We are starting to kick butt at this time of year! Jake is working on finalizing the moving of my stove rating database to the XF look (it will be integrated visually). My site is a never ending work in progress...

    thanks!
     
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  11. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Longest project ever. So damn busy, barely have time. I'll get you done soon. I know this is your time of year.
     
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