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Questions, questions, questions...

#1
Hi folks,

I've got 3 forums currently running on vBulletin 3.x platforms with various add-ons including vBAdvanced, DJ's media embedding and others. I've held off changing things as long as I could, but I think I'm getting close to the point where it's time to move/upgrade.

Some specific questions about potentially migrating my forums to XenForo:

1. Does XenForo (or any add-on/mod) offer any means to develop a home page showing recent threads (just titles, authors, etc. - not paragraphs of content from each thread/post)? See home page on http://www.coping-with-epilepsy.com for an example of what I'm looking for.

2. Does XenForo (or any add-on/mod) offer any means to develop additional non-forum content pages similar to how vBAdvanced works?

3. Does XenForo (or any add-on/mod) offer media embedding (YouTube, etc)?

4. Can we create custom smilies and bbcodes in XenForo like we can in vB?

5. How does XenForo handle integration with ad code (AdSense)? Is it a template edit exercise? I currently have ad code on my forums wrapped with a bit of code so that it only shows to visitors (not to logged in members). Is this easy to do with XenForo?

6. I'm currently using TapaTalk to enable members to access my forums from their mobile devices. Does Xenforo offer a native solution for this functionality, or would TapaTalk (or an alternative) still be necessary?

7. I'm also currently using vBSEO. It would be nice if there were an easy means to redirect vBSEO urls to XenForo urls after conversion. Is there support for doing this?

8. Any other comments or advice from people who have made similar moves from modded vb 3.x forums to Xenforo? Anything I'm missing that was a challenge you solved?

9. Lastly, does XenForo offer customization services to help fix templates, etc. to achieve a similar look to existing forums?
 

Amaury

Well-known member
#2
1. Does XenForo (or any add-on/mod) offer any means to develop a home page showing recent threads (just titles, authors, etc. - not paragraphs of content from each thread/post)? See home page on http://www.coping-with-epilepsy.com for an example of what I'm looking for.
@Brogan's Featured Threads may be able to do that.

2. Does XenForo (or any add-on/mod) offer any means to develop additional non-forum content pages similar to how vBAdvanced works?
Yes. There are pages.

3. Does XenForo (or any add-on/mod) offer media embedding (YouTube, etc)?
Yes.

4. Can we create custom smilies and bbcodes in XenForo like we can in vB?
Yes.

5. How does XenForo handle integration with ad code (AdSense)? Is it a template edit exercise? I currently have ad code on my forums wrapped with a bit of code so that it only shows to visitors (not to logged in members). Is this easy to do with XenForo?
Template edits.

As for easiness, we don't use ads, but it's pretty easy from what I've seen.

6. I'm currently using TapaTalk to enable members to access my forums from their mobile devices. Does Xenforo offer a native solution for this functionality, or would TapaTalk (or an alternative) still be necessary?
XenForo is responsive, so TapaTalk is not necessary nor is it recommended.

9. Lastly, does XenForo offer customization services to help fix templates, etc. to achieve a similar look to existing forums?
You can style your site however you wish. It's easy. There is support for customization-related stuff (e.g., "How do I style this?"), but XenForo does not offer styling services.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#3
1 can be achieved with various add-ons.

2 can be achieved with the Page node function.

3 and 4 are default features.

AdSense can be added to the built in ad_* templates and conditional statements (links in my signature).

XenForo is responsive by design - resize your browser to see it in operation.

Redirection scripts are available for imported forums.

We do not offer any custom services, you would have to contract a third party.
 
#6
Another question... I had to implement an add-on for one of my forums to give members the option to disable smilies. Does Xenforo have such an option natively, or would this require some custom modification?
 
#8
That's a shame. Please consider passing along a request/recommendation to the development team to add this to the feature list. It's important for accessibility. Photosentive people need to be able to disable animated images (some disable static images too as simply scrolling a page with many colors can be problematic). They don't always have the luxury to make a global change to the way their browser handles images, so having an option in the forum is necessary.
 
#10
Hi folks, two years later and I'm wondering if it's now possible to disable smilies on a per user basis with the latest version of Xenforo (or any available mods).
 

Tracy Perry

Well-known member
#12
Hi folks, two years later and I'm wondering if it's now possible to disable smilies on a per user basis with the latest version of Xenforo (or any available mods).
Not currently and no mods I'm aware of.. but even if there was, you ARE aware that it's simply a matter of someone dragging and dropping an image (like an animated smiley) into the normal flow of the text and using it, correct? poke-eye.gif sweep.gif wacko1.gif

I personally keep some in a directory on my desktop for that very reason since sometimes the "information" that I want to impart by using one is not reflective of the smiley's that are in place on the site.