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XF 1.4 Replicating my current website

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Tim, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    I own www.bigdogbiker.com and want to convert over to XF eventually/soon.

    I purchased my XF license when they first became available, way back when, and have been sitting on it as XF has developed. I honestly haven't kept up with the progress and add-ons, but they seem substantial now.

    My question, or challenge, to all the XF guru's is how do I recreate what I have now with XF, and it's add-ons? How much do I lose, are there new and better replacement options? Is there something I'm totally missing out on?

    I've got some serious coin tied up in it right now and hate walking away from it, like DTO showcase and vendor tools, but we all have to grow.

    I'm eagerly awaiting your solutions.
  2. NZWarriors

    NZWarriors New Member

    You would need to explain what are all the additional stuff you have on your site that separated you from a stock forum for us to give you any sort of analysis.

    Edit -
    Garage can be done by Showcase addon.
    Vendor can be done via xenreviews addon or Showcase again
    Gallery by XMG or XenGallery
    Calendar has a few addons out there...not sure how critical it is to your site if it only seems to have member birthdays though.

    Edit 2 - God VB looks horrible...looks like i just went to a site designed in the early 90s.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2015
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  3. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    Thanks NZ!
  4. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    What about CMS?
  5. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    There is no CMS in the core, but there are add-ons.
  6. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    I understand that, looking for recommendations. I've been looking through the add-ons and there is a lot to look at and I'm just overwhelmed. I'd love a few recommendations to review and decide on.

    I just ordered Bob's Showcase so I do not have any issues paying for worth while add-ons.

    Also looking for a good shopping cart for physical goods.

    Thanks in advance.
  7. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Featured Threads & Portal by @Brogan
    XenPorta by @Jaxel
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2015
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    My add-on is definitely not a CMS.
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  9. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Sorry about that. :) All this time I thought a CMS was a portal, but looks like it's more than that.

    But yeah, Jaxel's add-on should do what you want, Tim.
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  10. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    Thanks, I'll give it a whirl.
  11. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    What's the difference? I always thought CMS/Portal were essentially the same thing.
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    In the broadest terms, a portal is a landing page, a CMS is a way of managing content.
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  13. Tim

    Tim Active Member

    Thanks Brogan
  14. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    If you mean something comparable to come close to replicating the vBa CMPS home page you have now, check out XF Widgets or even a combination of something like Brogan's Featured Threads combined with XF Widgets to get additional functionality but I think (unless you have some pages that aren't viewable to guests and/or aren't linked on the main page) you might be able to get by with just Widgets.

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