Unlike on vBulletin, you have to go into config.php to make someone an administrator on XenForo.
That was just a comment. My question is this: How exactly do you make staff appear under Staff Online Now? You'd think that just by adding them to, say, the Moderation user group, they'd appear under there.
In order to make someone an administrator on XenForo you have to go to Admin CP -> Users -> Administrators or /admin.php?admins/. You only need to edit the config.php if you want to assign someone as a Super Administrator (Super Administrator can not be created or edited by an Administrator and always has all permissions in the ACP).
An user appears under Staff Online Now if you select Display user as staff when you add that user to Moderators (/admin.php?moderators/) or when you edit the user directly and select the same option.
Thanks. We'll wait for the supported 1.2 -- much easier.
Where exactly is the Display as Staff link? Is it user group setting or a setting in each individual member? Just asking for future reference. Also, does it override any template edits done previously to make users show as staff?