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Sub-Forum Manager

Neutral Singh

Well-known member
#1
Right now the XF's homepage layout is pretty simple. It would be interesting to see how it looks like when there will be sub-forums to sub-forums. I think there should be kind of Sub-Forum Manager where we could design the layout of how the sub-forums looked on homepage as well as forumdisplay... to be really frank, the sub-menu display right now in vB is pretty generic...

How is XF dealing with Sub-Forums?

Thanks
 

Neutral Singh

Well-known member
#5
No! it means i need to spend more time here to know the new functionality XF offers... its an excellent deviation from the old norm... Although i would prefer that admins to have the option to play with this setting like there can be an option to setup sub-forum like old vB style or just like these have been setup on my forums or what XF presently has...
 

Ruven

Well-known member
#6
No! it means i need to spend more time here to know the new functionality XF offers... its an excellent deviation from the old norm... Although i would prefer that admins to have the option to play with this setting like there can be an option to setup sub-forum like old vB style or just like these have been setup on my forums or what XF presently has...
I think what he is saying is that each new users to your forum will have no idea there even are subforums in much the same way you just didnt.
This is a phenomena that we have been noticing.
The trade off between looking sleek and putting the info out in the open is going to be a big issue for some.

I would probably have to find a middle way between usability and sexiness.
 

OperaManiac

Well-known member
#8
right. all my major forums are essentially subforums. i currently use a layout changer on vB that enables them to neatly appear on the homepage. this particular system is unlikely to be very nice. but i can only tell when i install it with my own forum's database. :|
 

steven s

Well-known member
#9
Subforums need to be spelled out

North America
sub-forums: Canada | United States
| Mexico​
South America
sub-forums: . . | . . | . . | . . | . . | . . | . . |​

If someone chooses to have a zillion sub-forums, that is their choice.
 

OperaManiac

Well-known member
#10
it would be interesting to see how XF looks like with my own forum structure with several levels of subforums...

and it would be interesting to see how the homepage looks with JS disabled because that's how search engines would be seeing them.
 

EQnoble

Well-known member
#11
Subforums need to be spelled out

North America
sub-forums: Canada | United States
| Mexico​
South America
sub-forums: . . | . . | . . | . . | . . | . . | . . |​

If someone chooses to have a zillion sub-forums, that is their choice.
Maybe use jQ to expand a forum section with a click on a tiny lil .png to expand the row to a box with a extended forum description and sub-sections listed. ?

It would keep the original look and only be expanded if the user want's them to be...but a button could be made obvious or subtle depending on you preferences if you wanted to make it blatant that there is subs you can.

Can you picture what I'm saying or do you need a mock up image?
 

steven s

Well-known member
#14
I think this will be a problem for those with many subforums.
Hopefully there will be an addon that will list the subforums under the parent.
 

Grover

Well-known member
#16
fact that you didn't notice means it is NOT good
I agree. More people find they go unnoticed:
http://xenforo.com/community/thread...-that-new-or-am-i-just-blind.1679/#post-22845

I've seen in some HYS videos that XF uses submenu's like that also more often in the ACP, so it works consistent throughout the whole product. It might be a good thing in the ACP, but I keep seeing people having problems 'discovering' subforums now. Subforums should not have to be dis-covered really. They are in fact too much 'covered' now and I believe they should be always visible on the mainscreen. Subforums can be a really important part of your forum, so why hide them?