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I need a portal: Brogan's Featured Threads vs. Jaxel's XenPorta2

Discussion in 'Resource and Add-on Discussions' started by imthebest, Jan 4, 2015.


Best suited as a Wordpress replacement?

  1. Featured Threads by Brogan

    12 vote(s)
  2. XenPorta 2 by Jaxel

    10 vote(s)
  1. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120


    I'm about to launch a new project and I need a portal to work as a homepage. On this portal I should be able to write articles and receive comments. I should also be able to categorize these articles within tags or categories.

    I'm not sure which add-on would work best for me: Featured Threads or XenPorta2. Both have awesome reviews and both have well talented programmers behind them: @Brogan and @Jaxel respectively.

    There is also notable price difference between them being FT the most expensive ($60) vs XP2 ($40). Speaking about maturity, FT has been around for 1+ year while XP2 has just been released a few weeks ago, however it is receiving lots of updates from @Jaxel.

    What will work best for my requirements guys?

  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You should use xen porta 2.
    SneakyDave, Amaury, HWS and 1 other person like this.
  3. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    I see what you did there.. LOL
    Amaury likes this.
  4. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    Care to elaborate why you think that it would suit best my needs?
  5. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    This, mostly.
  6. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    But since Brogan's add-on doesn't create a new content type but sticks with threads then I might combine the power of XenTag with his add-on in order to be able to assign tags to those featured threads...
  7. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    lol for all the good that poll is doing you..
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    Fwiw Brogans Portal is a SEO machine not really sure if its a "WordPress replacement" but it is solid and comes with some of the best support on XF... I won't comment on XP2 except that i have licenses for both.
  8. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    Okay brogan has shocked me :p I was expecting this guys requirements to have been widget heavy if he sent someone that way. But I think I figured it out anyways lol.

    The biggest difference between the two for me is that XP has a widget framework and FT does not. XP2 specifically expands to placing widgets throughout xenforo and is unrivaled as a single solution. However this comes from someone who doesn't give a crap about the article system. Which is a major thing for XP and where FT competes with it along with other solutions.
    tajhay likes this.
  9. gfc

    gfc Active Member

    Ft + Widget Framework is extremly powerful. Have that in place and really appreciate it. but as said, it does not fulfill all your requirements. Now it's up to you to decide what values more: a) features or b) excellent support and efficient code.
  10. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    No one likes Jaxel for support. Its worth noting that Jaxel has responded to issues with XP2 within minutes and provided fixes within minutes on several occasions recently. Not to mention going out of his way to support things that just were not necessary. Along with the more realistic time spans of support and fixes as well. As he said, his goal is to be less "German" this year.
  11. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Widget Framework Renderers for FT would make the add-on so much more useful.
  12. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    In your opinion. IMO they aren't needed with already having a portal page and Featured Threads blocks that appear on the forum index, forum view, thread view etc.
  13. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    It does include content blocks above and below the Featured threads/slider, so can easily include extra text, articles etc. though they need to be html as these do not have a rich text editor.

    This is what I do on my home page is to have a welcom blurb at the top, then the FT/slider and then a final bit of blurb. This works will if you are not frequently changing the above/below content.
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    To stop you wasting any more time, I won't sell you a license so your only option is to use xen porta 2.
    cdub likes this.
  15. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    That's an interesting stance but I guess there's some background stuff I'm not aware off.

    Out of interest, I assume licenses are transferable? Would you be able to actually stop someone buying a license and transferring it to whoever they want to?
  16. cclaerhout

    cclaerhout Well-Known Member

    For a BtoC transaction is it legal in UK ? In France, it isn't.
  17. cdub

    cdub Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure he's joking.
  18. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    No, he isn't joking.

    But I'm not sure why he took that decision.

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