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Making a decision about XenForo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by MatthewH, Nov 12, 2013.

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  1. MatthewH

    MatthewH Member

    Before I get started. I want to state that I was reading through threads for and hour and a half or so.
    So far vB is completely out, unless vB4 suits my needs more than XF or IPB.
    Looking at reviews, threads, and so on I've come to the conclusion that XF is by far better than it's competition; here's the thing though. The way I am setting it up there will be monthly subscriptions that will communicate will my programs.

    So. Main things I need to focus on is security, flexibility, communication, and customization.

    Security - Since I am messing with real subscriptions, I want to make sure that the forum software is secure. Obviously this is important for every administrator of any forum.

    Flexibility - I want to be able to mess with my forum enough to allow my own plugins or custom code, still keeping it secure of course. Also allowing collaboration between 3rd party plugins.

    Customization - This is theme based, obviously I want to be able to customize the forum to my liking.

    Communication - Some might think this is communication between users, posts, etc. No. I do not mean this. I mean something else. My standalone software will do the following.
    > = sending information

    Program launches
    Username/Password > Forum Forum > Incorrect/Correct login
    Logs in. Requests user level > Forum
    Premium/Member/Admin/etc. > Program

    The program will allow access to certain items depending on access level (Admin, moderator, premium, etc.). That's what I mean by communication. Communication between programs and forum.
    I'm not asking how to do it that's just something I am focusing on as well.

    There's always other things that factor in like price, compatibility, plugins, etc.

    Price - I need something that is reasonable in price but still is good. XenForo is what I'm thinking because vB is not worth the money in my eyes. IPB is good, more or less, but charging every 6 months? Really? I don't like the fluctuating charge either. I like the consistent $40 per year with XenForo. So price wise. I'm thinking XenForo.

    Plugins - I need a wide variety of plugins. Not saying I'll use every single plugin in creation. I'm just looking for a software that has a wide variety for any use I may need, though I may code custom plugins in the future.

    Compatibility - I need something that is easy to use. Simple as that.

    User Interface - One of the things all administrators look for is the user interface. How hard is it to navigate? Is it easy to understand? And so on. I'm talking about the forum itself here.

    CPs - ACP, MCP, and UCP. As I increase in size, I want to make sure editing settings is simple for the users. Also, if I have a new admin that's new to XenFero, I want to be able for him/her to learn the ACP fairly easy.

    Mobile - I want a forum that has a mobile version built in because most people are on the go and would be on their phones.

    Custom Pages - I really would like this also built in so I can do a custom page with the same header and overall current theme so I can embed like a video or something of the sort into the page.

    Usergroups/Tags - Flexible groups, I can customize it how I want. Simple as that.

    Extra - External/Social connections are another thing I would like to have. Connection a twitter account and broadcasting the feed on a homepage of some sort. Also allowing users to sign up/in via Facebook and Twitter.
    Notifications, I know it doesn't seem large, but notifications are a huge thing to me. Pop ups on the homepage or whatever giving someone important info. Also, the ability to adjust those notifications based on user groups.

    Also. I am currently using MyBB. I need something that I can switch from MyBB to easily and/or quickly.

    I hope I gave you some insight into what I am needing. I tried to make this post as detailed as possible for clarity and so I don't get responses like, "Well I use it for this and this."
    I'm sorry. I don't care what you use it for unless it's similar to what I'm using it for. Like with the communication between a standalone program and the forum. Don't mean to sound like a **** or anything. I'm just being straight forward about it.

    Anyways. I hope you guys can help me make my decision. If you can please refrain from short answers like, "XenForo cause it's awesome."
    I would prefer you explain why. Defend your choice. Sell it to me, that's actually kind of what you're doing.

    Thank you guys in advance!
    - Matt
  2. Liam W

    Liam W Well-Known Member

    Security - xenForo is very secure. It has only had one security patch update in its history, and this was for a 3rd party library which xenForo were the first to fix.

    Flexibility - I would say xenForo is very flexible.

    Customization - I found it easy to create a simple theme for my forum - others have commented on the ease of theme creation.

    Communication - Anything can be coded in with a good enough developer.

    Price - You answered your own question here.

    Plugins - Click the resources link at the top of the page :)

    Compatibility - In my own opinion, xenForo is very easy to use!

    User Interface - Check for yourself - I believe it is modern, and very easy to use!

    CPs - I believe the ACP is easy to use - it does take a few hours getting used to, but the same can be said for everything :)

    Mobile - xenForo 1.2 is responsive by default. Resize this page to see!

    Custom Pages - You could use page nodes.

    Usergroups/Tags - Usergroups are fully customizable, at least imo.

    Extra - Facebook login is core, as is post sharing.

    I don't believe there is a MyBB converter by default, however I haven't really checked - so I'm probably wrong!
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  3. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    - Xenforo is very secure to put it in a nutshell.
    - styling your theme is very, very very flexible and if you know basic html/css (and it sounds like you do) you'll find the styling system a pleasure to work with with it's styling properties, color palette, extra.css. You can also create your own set of styling properties (framework) which others have done @Russ & @Steve F have done, also @Audentio, @John and @Forsaken for additional flexibility. The styling system in xenforo I find is very good and the better of all the paid forum software, easier to maintain and I've never had a upgrade of my style to take longer than 5 minutes to take when updates to the xenforo are released.

    Notifications - xenforo has a notice system built in but I would highly recommend @Chris Deeming - Notification add-on which is very good and also very customizable

    There are plenty of plugins/add-ons, I'd suggest you look in the resource manager and take a look to see what you want. Anything that might not be there can always be requested by respectable developers on the forum @borbole @Waindigo @ExtraLicense and many others, those are just a few.
  4. MatthewH

    MatthewH Member

    Thank you both for your quick and insightful responses!
    So far I am definantly sold to XenForo. My only worry is when I switch from MyBB to XenForo. I've never just switched forums so I am clueless in that area. If someone has a link to a thread explaining this process. That would be wonderful.

    Again. Thank you both!
  5. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Usergroup tags? I'm assuming this is usergroup markups giving them a unique look? If so then yes, this can be done by going into each of the usergroup settings and inserting your own custom css

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  6. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    @Brogan and/or @Jake Bunce might jump in here about the process of switching Matt, since Jake has done many conversions and knows all the in and outs but everyone I know who migrated over have never had issues but I'm sure one of them or others will guide you to some links that will help you.
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  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  8. MatthewH

    MatthewH Member

    @Shelley More or less. I'm sure it's very easy to use though so it's okay. And thanks for tagging them! Haha

    @Brogan Thank you! I will take a look and test it later today.
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