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Is it possible to create a professional sales site with XenForo?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by mljother, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. mljother

    mljother Member

    I was wondering, because I am seriously considering XenForo, and adapting it to a CMS kind of site. Thing is, I am planning on offering services through the site, so I was wondering if it would be possible to set up XenForo in that way, a kind of "commerce" system?

    I do not think so, but just wondering. I just hate having different software (like ZenCart) that don't match in looks.

    EDIT: Kind of like how the XenForo site has seemless integration with their purchasing page and the cart and everything. I don't need something extremely extravagant, something like that would certainly work. :)
     
  2. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

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  3. mljother

    mljother Member

    I have read about that already, thanks for the link. How "powerful" would you consider the page node in XenForo to be? I have come to understand, (as stated in the article), that such functionality is not representative of a CMS, far from it, it is to create basic pages. While a basic page is still perfect for me (seeing how I want my homepage to be a static page, maybe with some AJAX pulling from the forums in certain categories), creating a custom page in order to purchase services may be out of the scope of XenForo. That is what I am trying to determine really.

    I guess a better question would be, does the XenForo site use XenForo to manage their product purchase page, or did they custom code it themselves and wrapped it in the XenForo-like theme?
     
  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Q: Is it possible to create a professional sales site with XenForo?
    A: not without modifications.

    Xenforo 1 is designed to be a forum only.
     
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  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Pages can be as simple or as complex as you like, if you utilise the PHP callback functionality.
     
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  6. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Okay, I'm wading in here because it can be done:

    Site: http://www.secretcitydesigns.com
    Forum: http://www.secretcitydesigns.com/forum/
    Shop (using Zencart): http://www.secretcitydesigns.com/shop/

    The reason my shop is not connected to my site is that it is not live. I had surgery last week and am still recovering. Once I am back up to speed, I'll have the shop connected to the site.

    Liz
     
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  7. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Getting a security warning on your first link in IE Liz.
     
  8. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Can you give me a screen shot as I don't ever see one, please?
     
  9. mljother

    mljother Member

    Thank you guys for the responses, if I could +REP you guys I would, I promise! :)

    I will check out some things, though I am definitely leaning towards getting XenForo. Is there an online help base detailing these PHP callback functionality good sir?

    Lastly, I read that once XenForo is released, plugins will be paid? What exactly does that mean?
     
  10. mljother

    mljother Member

    I never said it couldn't be done, but you're site has three different themes that, while looking similar, is not what I am trying to achieve. I am going for a seemless look on all parts on the website, from the forum to the shop, to even the front page, you get me?
     
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  12. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    See the "like" in the bottom right next to the reply on each post? That's our "rep" system, LOL. Brogan has a great tut on pages along with Mike's excellent explaniation
    Nope, most add-ons will be free.

    Liz
     
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  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  14. mljother

    mljother Member

    Click on Buy XenForo, then click on the link that says details near the top, after the description of purchasing a license. The line I am referring too is the last one. :)
     
  15. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The extensions refers to the 12 months support for updates, not plugins.
     
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  16. mljother

    mljother Member

    Wow, you are right. This is all done in the XenForo wrapper too I see, using the XenForo breadcrumbs too. I'll have to look around some more, but very nice! Now I guess I would have to learn up on some code to effectively create my own shop-like system within the XenForo header and footer, yes? I just want a seemless experience, in my opinion there's nothing more jarring to a potential customer or user than a site that changes from one style to another (like going from a 'forum-based' experience to a wordpress experience).

    Ah, I guess I read 'extensions' as another word for plugins, I apologize for the mistake. :(
     
  17. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Using the same background? The same header for two of them, yes I changed the header slightly for the shop but used the same font, same style.
    Oh well, considering it's three different software packages I think I did rather well getting the three looking good together.
     
  18. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Looks great BroBrogan, keep up the good work on your portal.
     
  19. mljother

    mljother Member

    I hope I didn't come across critiquing your website or putting it down, I was not aiming for that. The fact that you're using three different softwares and managed them to look similar is a great feat in itself, that is exactly what I am trying to avoid. I'd rather just use XenForo as a stop-all solution, and I am not afraid to get a little dirty doing so, I just want to make sure it's possible before splurging. :)

    Thanks again for all the replies, you guys are great. :D
     
  20. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    There you go Liz, I am getting the very same warning when I hit the XF homepage as of today.

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