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Skinning, content management & mods

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by zappaDPJ, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Well-Known Member

    Firstly I must say what a pleasant surprise these forums were when I found them just now. It's also interesting to see so many familiar faces! This is a platform I'll be watching with great interest.

    For me and I suspect most of my users content, presentation and ease of use is paramount. With that in mind I'd to ask the following questions.

    What kind of system will be used for skinning and how much control will there be as far as modifying presentation is concerned?

    Is it envisaged that there will be a CMS somewhere down the line?

    Is it likely that xenForo will have the same degree of mod capabilities compared to other products?

    So far I'm very impressed with what I've seen here, it might well be something I'll consider using in the future.
  2. Sean James

    Sean James Well-Known Member

    I would like to see the same kind of system Invision uses for templates. Gives alot of control over the skin design.
    Mert Y likes this.
  3. tecknical

    tecknical Member

    Well, honestly, seeing as how many xenforo devs worked on vBulletin, I reckon they realize they need a good framework for plugins and templates. I have faith that the xenforo community will one day be as good as vBulletin's, if not better.

    Besides, right now on vB, there are many plugins, but 75% of them are crap. I'd rather have 10-20 excellent, useful plugins, than 10000, only 10 of which are good
  4. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Seeing how it's only been about a year since Kier and Mike left, I'm excited to see where they plan to take things. Obviously Kier and Mike know what they are doing...

    Now, we just need a few more from the original crew :D...

    Howard, care to do the piracy again? :p AHHAHAHA
  5. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The plugin and styling systems will be the subject of a forthcoming message in the 'have you seen' forum - they are just too massive to discuss in a thread like this.

    Be patient, and all will be revealed. You will not be disappointed.
    Eric J., Qwest, JulianD and 3 others like this.
  6. Ianto

    Ianto Member

    Can't wait, that's one of the things I'm most looking forward to. :D
  7. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I do hope stuff like a good modsystem will be implemented. But I think they realize that as well.
  8. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The styling and template system has been one of the things that has received the most attention while developing this product.
    pipedreams, Sador and Sonic2k like this.
  9. holder10

    holder10 Active Member

    Will we have much time to develop styles and plugins before the forum software is released or will that be a rather short period?
  10. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Well-Known Member

    That's really good to hear, thanks for your reply.
  11. Mert

    Mert Well-Known Member

    And i can concur that it looks very easy to use. I am so excited to start coding for XenForo
  12. AdrianH

    AdrianH Active Member

    I have a forum in the planning stage....... CMS /articles,portal,links directory,classifieds etc. Now xenForo starts life and I am already thinking that the planning stage may have to be longer...........:rolleyes:
  13. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    At this point, I kind of feel like I want you to try and make me disappointed. I really can't find anything that's below awesome. :p
  14. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Can anyone think of a way to make a list of the people/sites that intend to provide mods/skins for XF in the future? I see many have information in there sig line. I would like to get in the queue for a few things.

    I realize a locked thread is possible with people sending messages to a moderator, which would keep the thread clean, but my distinct impression is the mods a bit busy.
  15. praj

    praj Member

    Rubbing my hands in glee.. Hoping against hope it's nothing like vb3 or vb4.. (skinning system)
  16. Eric J.

    Eric J. Well-Known Member

    Actually, I thought the quick themer thing in vB4 was pretty cool. :/

    Anyways, the style systems and template systems imo are the most lacking out of any forum software. They need much more attention. MyBB did a pretty good job on Advance Stylesheet Editing imo, but I still haven't seen a great Template system to date.
  17. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I've looked at the HTML output and from what I can see, skinning will be easy, with configurable classes and considerable ease.
    praj likes this.
  18. praj

    praj Member

    Well, the inital versions of vB4 had excellent HTML output too, but remember how "good" the stylevars editor was??

    Hoping this is a lot lot better..(which I'm pretty sure it will be)

    Are you talking about the style generator? It was only released in vb 4.0.4.
  19. Eric J.

    Eric J. Well-Known Member

    Dunno, I didn't use any of vB 4.0.x but I saw a video on how to use it. And yeah, style generator.
  20. praj

    praj Member

    Yup, it was released with 4.0.4, and they're upto 4.0.5 now..

    It still makes me wish I was editing tpl files with tables (phpbb 2.x), that's how much i like the vB style system..

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