Before I begin, I used to run a popular bulletin board system in my local area back in the late 80s and early 90s. It was a fun hobby during that period of my life and lately I've been missing it something fierce. So I've decided that I'd like to try to get back into the general swing of things by setting up a message forum.
Currently, I'm retired and have a ton of free time on my hands. I'm also a quick study, particularly when it comes to scripting languages (despite not having delved into anything beyond HTML or CSS in almost two decades). I've looked over PHP some, and it doesn't look too complicated to me, so I'm confident I'll be able to pick it up with only a minimum of effort.
With that in mind, I was hoping you guys could tell me if you think XenForo will meet my needs/desires. Below is a list of the key features I'm looking for in my software.
- The option to go minimalist as far as appearances go. I really hate all the extraneous information most forum software adds to their pages.
- I'm not sure what the term for it is, but the ability to make a front page that displays the major forums in this style rather than the more traditional method.
- Fine control over user permissions. Particularly, I'd like to be able to let users create their own subforums, gaining moderator status for that subforum (and that subforum only) in the process. I realize that I'll probably have to code the first part in, but I'd like for the software to be able to handle the latter part wtih relative ease.
- The option to create custom BBcodes, such as floating images or text, dice rolling (including multiple variants), nested tables, BBcodes that add specific image files (like custom horizontal rules), use of imbedded fonts, and things of that nature.
- The ability to edit/change existing BBcodes, such as changing the way LISTs look and things like that..