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XF 1.3 Recommendation for subforums

upnet

Active member
#1
Does anyone have recommendations on how I should go about adding subforums to my site? I want to add a section for different cities around the world. If I just create child forums under a category it lists them all out. Considering I might have 20-50 cities, this isn't a reasonable solutionn for me. Here is a screenshot of a category i created 'markets' with a few sample cities. I would be populating this list with at least 10 cities for now, and probably up to 50 in the future. Any advice or examples would be apprecaited.

MARKETS.jpg
 

Amaury

Well-known member
#2
By default sub-forums are shown in a popup menu, like so:
upload_2014-6-24_19-20-36.png

So it shouldn't cause any display issues for you to just make child nodes.
 

upnet

Active member
#3
Thanks for the response. I must be creating them incorrectly? I tried before creating a forum and then creating forums as the first forums children, but it still came up in a list like the screenshot I showed. Am I missing some aspect of creating sub-forums in XF1.3?
 

upnet

Active member
#4
Here I created a forum node called 'Markets' and then I created the other nodes as forums as well but as childs of the Market forum, but it all just appears on the home page?
MARKETS.jpg
 

AndyB

Well-known member
#7
I suggest each city have it's own forum. Having 50 forums in a category called Cities will be fine. I suggest you show them in alphabetical order. Be sure to number the cities (internal Node Tree number) with a gap of say 10 so you will be able to add new cities and have them show in the correct order.
 

upnet

Active member
#8
I suggest each city have it's own forum. Having 50 forums in a category called Cities will be fine. I suggest you show them in alphabetical order. Be sure to number the cities (internal Node Tree number) with a gap of say 10 so you will be able to add new cities and have them show in the correct order.
Hey AndyB - do you have an example of what you mean? Like my first screenshot but all the cities listed out on the front page? I'm thinking I don't want it to be 4 scrolls worth on the 1st page. How do I get the sub-forum dropdown like "resource and add-on release"?
 

Amaury

Well-known member
#9
What you have are forums, not sub-forums. In this case, for example, Markets is a category and Seattle, Tampa, Boston, Los Angeles are forums.

What you could do is this: leave Markets as a category and create a forum under it called Cities or something like that. Then make Seattle, Tampa, Boston, Los Angeles, and whatever else sub-forums of Cities.
 

upnet

Active member
#10
I must not understand how to create sub-forums. What I have done is create a forum node and then make it a child of the category/forum node of 'markets'. Can you tell me what I'm missing to create a sub-forum?
 

AndyB

Well-known member
#11
Hey AndyB - do you have an example of what you mean? Like my first screenshot but all the cities listed out on the front page?
Correct.

Here'e a link to my forum and it has over 100 forums on the forum list.

http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/

It is important to try it on the three types of devices your members will be using, full size screen, tablet and mobile device.

I'm thinking I don't want it to be 4 scrolls worth on the 1st page. How do I get the sub-forum dropdown like "resource and add-on release"?
Sub-forums should be avoided IMHO as they are difficult to use on mobile devices.
 

upnet

Active member
#16
Got it! Thanks Amaury! So that leads me to another question though. Can I put my existing forums that you see in the first screenshot into a new category? I didn't realize they should have one when I created them :\