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RaceDepartment now on XenForo

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Bram, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Hello fellow XF lovers,

    We have moved away from vBulletin to Xenforo last week. After a week of many hours of work, lots of coffee and hardly any sleep it's time to dump the site link here in the XF community forums:

    www.racedepartment.com (wordpress integrated with xenforo)

    We are a motorsport and sim racing community hanging around the web since December 2006. "Sim What?" I can hear you think. Yeah ehm this for example :)

    Started like many boards on a free PHPBB forum and moved to vBulletin after a few months. During the heydays of vBulletin 3 we were extremely happy how the board performed. But ever since we have moved to vB4 in December 2009 and purchased the full suite the problems got more worse with every software upgrade eventually resulting in pages hardly loading anymore (up to a minute or more).

    Now we have imported almost a million posts and over 100,000 members we can only say that things have REALLY speed up. Pages load in a second and the social features of XenForo are second to none. Loving it so far.

    Will update this post once we have completely finalized the site and forums.
     
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  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    site looks great.
    When I was here: http://www.racedepartment.com/leagues/about.php
    I was looking for a way to get back to the home page. I tried clicking
    [​IMG]
    but that didn't work. - can you make the logo clickable and take you back to racedepartment.com ?

    did you skin WP and XF to look like each other or are you using XenDynamic ?

    For WP News ... I prefer categories as tags vs. the dropdown.

    Do you have any login integration between WP and XF ?
     
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  3. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    That page is an old point scoring system we use and a real pain in the *** to work with. Still on the to do list as its neither XF or WP but as its based on php it might be integrated fully at some point.

    WP is manually skinned to match the forum yes. Colors look similar to our old forum to make the change not to dramatic.

    There is a login integration between WP and XF. Once logged in you can comment on both the site as well on the forums.
     
  4. lazer

    lazer Well-Known Member

    Looking good Bram :)

    How are the members taking to things?
     
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  5. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Majority is adapting pretty well i must say :) Pretty straight forward software XF :)
     
  6. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    Pros
    • well organize
    • easy to navigate
    • content
    Cons
    • the logo is off place
    • you need one header for both wordpress and xenforo
    wish you the best bro(y)
     
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  7. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Hey kkm, what do you mean with one header for both wordpress and xf? As far as i know both have the same header :) Only need to update the links in the navigation bar if that is what you mean?

    Thanks for the feedback though :)
     
  8. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    We are almost done now. Only three things left to do:
    - add a site description widgets that explains who we are and what we do
    - add proper download software for our mods
    - add various items to the navigation bar on the frontpage and forums

    Have a look and tell me what you think www.racedepartment.com
     
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  9. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Our members are getting impatient now and also need a resource manager for XF. They even made a movie to explain it to the complainers its coming soon'ish :)

     
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  10. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Need or Want ?
    FYI: Zero ETA on the RM.

    Love your site.
    What is this Calendar ?
    http://www.racedepartment.com/online-racing/

    It looks like you are already using Wordpress ?
    Doesn't wordpress have a download addon ?

    :) Nice
     
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  11. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Yes Wordpress has various download managers but they cant beat the XF resource manager in terms of looks and user friendliness.

    We have abandoned vbulletin plus the downloadsII mod of RS Jelle in November '11 and we said to ourselves that the next downloads manager will be a permanent solution. Hence the purchase of XF :)

    The calendar is a Wordpress plugin that you can download here. Pretty cool and does the job perfectly :)
     
  12. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    +1 for star trek.

    The sad thing is that I know every word they are saying despite no audio.
     
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  13. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I love the look of the website and you have a great community. I actually sat here and read this thread about this guy getting banned from some arcade site?
     
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  14. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    And you didn't want shoot yourself after reading it lol. Not really our average level that thread :)
     
  15. dojo

    dojo Active Member

    Really like the integration. The red in the logo is a little too dark on the background, but the theme choice for the forums was excellent and you don't feel like they're two separate scripts.
     
  16. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you need a Download in the NavBar that redirects to the download forum ?
    race.department.download.jpg
     
  17. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Preferably to the resource manager :) The RM is a central place where we can actually store all the files easily. Now the resources are scattered over many subforums throughout the board.

    Also we are renting a massive server to cope with all the bandwidth we used to have. Now its like having a Ferrari 599 but we can't get out of first gear :D
     
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  18. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    had I known it would be this long for the RM, I would have offered to let you use my Downloads Manager lol
     
  19. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Yours certainly didn't look any less than the RM bobster. (y)
     
  20. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    We have given our sister site, focused on general gaming, a little make over. Both sites were operating under the same colors but users got confused so action was needed :)

    Now RaceDepartment continues in blue and PlayDepartment in red. Same feel, different look, different topics.
     

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