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Should I really be using pages this way?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by CivilWarTalk, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. CivilWarTalk

    CivilWarTalk Active Member

    I'm trying to create a number of high-content articles for my forum, and I've been working on building the articles using the pages system in Xenforo:


    Now, I'm totally comfortable coding the pages by hand in HTML, but I'm wondering if I should really be using a CMS, or perhaps wordpress or 8wayrun's Wiki add-on.

    I want the best "bang" for my SEO buck, and I can imagine that this article section may grow to include hundreds of articles.

    I'm thinking that pages may be too clunky for this content, and I'd rather make a change now before I get even more content uploaded.
  2. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    You should use pages however you like matey imo :)
    And yea they look nice good job
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Up to you really.
    It depends whether the content requires wiki functionality or not.

    I have over 100 Pages on my site and I'm perfectly happy using them for a similar purpose.
  4. CivilWarTalk

    CivilWarTalk Active Member

    Okay, I went back and looked at wordpress, and I think I'd likely be using the HTML tab anyway, that seems pointless. The Wiki option I like, but I really want the content to be in the forum.

    Okay I convinced myself, at least for now I'm sticking with pages....

    At some point down the road, will there be a WYSIWYG editor for pages?
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  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It has been suggested/requested but no confirmation either way at this time.
  6. ragtek

    ragtek Guest

  7. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I'd go for Wordpress - especially if you arent going to have many authors and the content doesnt need to be updated constantly.
    Wordpress has a new wiki too: Wordpress Wiki.

    Wordpress is a SEO goldmine.
    XenCarta has the benefit of being able to INSERT wiki items *IN* forum posts !
    nice eh ?
    Can't do that with wordpress wiki.
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    If you used XenCarta ... you could have a Mockup like this:

    Most article engines do a horrible job of article presentation.
    Article engines based on forums are *DEFINITELY* the worst.

    If you check out Wordpress wiki ... let us know how it goes.
  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    You've done an excellent job with the pages feature, and I hope that you continue to use it. Your pages look great - neat and organized.
    Very nice!
  10. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    What did you end up choosing for pages? Did you try Wordpress or any of the CMS addons? I'm wondering how to do this as well.
  11. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    I don't like how every page you create it also creates a new "template" in the style templates, I was going to use pages for my new forum, but I would need to add thousands of "pages" which would totally kill my style, not to mention how it's displayed in the admincp part. Could there not be a better way to store these pages? if so, I would use them :)
  12. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I for one am happy they're template, makes them very flexible and inheritance to the style of the site.
  13. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    Even when you have thousands of "pages" ? I may do a test on my local server and see what adding thousands of pages actually does to the performance of the admincp style>templates area.

    Though I do agree with your post, but it would be great if the templates for your pages could be placed in a different area.
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It's not thousands but I have 150 Pages on my site.
    That figure will grow at a rate of about 50 per year.
  15. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Quite a few here, but not thousands.

    If I had thousands, I would probably re-organize it in a different matter. Perhaps not use the pages/ feature at all. It's not a CMS after all.

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  16. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    I totally forgot that it adds the "page" into the node list also, and without a drop down scroll option for the node listing page, that would totally not work.

    I would be using the "pages" like a CMS solution, but not until these little wrinkles were ironed out.

    I say put "pages" in a different place entirely from the node list and the template manager, give them their own tab in the admin area, and work to build "pages" into a fully fledged CMS, you're already half way there. If any of the modders are watching this thread, it might be a good idea ;).
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