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[Suggestion] Blocks system / sidebar widgets

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by yoghurtfarmer, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. yoghurtfarmer

    yoghurtfarmer Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it's already there but a system to allow admins to add blocks in key areas would be useful (left side, right side, top, bottom, maybe between posts).

    There could be some predefined blocks such"most recent posts" "top posters", but the most important feature would be the an option to allow custom php or html blocks.

    The blocks could be controlled through member permissions (guest only, member only, etc) and content type (show only on index, show everywhere, show only on pages, etc).

    With the custom blocks, admins can customize their forum and add advertisements/banners with ease.
  2. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    A system to allow advertising, top posters, etc has been suggested.

    I intend to put additional info in the current sidebar on the right, either beneath or above the Forum Stats area.
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Well go on then.

    Oh you mean on your own forum :D
  4. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Widget fashion, e.g. WordPress ?
    I'm for that ~
  5. DaKat

    DaKat Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know if/when there are more plans for this. I could move advertisers, etc. over to blocks.
  6. Shanj

    Shanj Well-Known Member

    I'd like this so I could make blocks for key usergroups, with usergroup view permissions, with links to the areas those particular usergroups need the most.
    HydraulicJack likes this.
  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I don't know that there are any plans for blocks. :)
  8. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Thanks for that info :)
  9. Hornstar

    Hornstar Well-Known Member

    Oh I thought you meant like an ignore system at first lol. Yeah a Block System would be handy. I've been using one on my site for quite some time.
  10. Floris

    Floris Guest

    * An ignore system wouldn't hurt either *
    gordy and Dark_Hunter like this.
  11. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    But I don't know that there aren't either. ;)
  12. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Thanks for that info too. lol ;)
  13. CyberAP

    CyberAP Well-Known Member

    Wordpress is a perfect example of how widgets can be usefull. I think this forum totally needs it's own widget system.
    HydraulicJack likes this.
  14. Accreal

    Accreal Member

    Take wing from the Jaguar, the engine from BMW, the wheels of the wagoncar he was, the body of the rocket, and we get oops. Sorry for my english.
  15. CyberAP

    CyberAP Well-Known Member

    Look at bbpress. Widgets perfectly suits forum. It's all up to developers to create easy-to-use and powerfull platform.
    HydraulicJack likes this.
  16. Accreal

    Accreal Member

    Censor works
  17. HydraulicJack

    HydraulicJack Well-Known Member

    Yes please! Widgets with teaser snippets help make a great hub to return to for the next browse target.
  18. Booth

    Booth Well-Known Member

    I'd like to be able to add my own custom side blocks, just so I can add graphical links to different parts of the site. By sideblock I mean the blocks of information which reside within the side column.

    Preferably this would be done using a Wysiwyg editor, which also allows the use of html, or able to call up a XF template - like how VBA works.

    Also it should be able to be used with or without a sideblock wrapper, as some sideblocks (like for advertisements) may not need to look like other sideblocks.
    Jeffin, Xarcell and D37 like this.
  19. Moses

    Moses Well-Known Member

    I'd like to suggest a widgetised system to organise the sidebar, something similar to what Wordpress has would be ideal.
  20. Brentnauer

    Brentnauer Well-Known Member

    AMAZING idea, definitely yes +1

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