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TONMO.com: The Octopus News Magazine Online

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by tonmo, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. tonmo

    tonmo Active Member

    ...is a site about octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus (i.e., cephalopods). Anything / everything to do with them, but it is primarily focused on biology, behavior, and cephalopod-keeping. Launched in May 2000. Started with some little-known forum software, then went to phpbb, then for almost 10 years it was vbulletin. A little less than 2 years ago we switched to xenforo... should have switched sooner! Vb4 was really messing up the community. XF is the best.

  2. big-k

    big-k Member

    I like the Tabs (Latest Posts, New Threads, etc). How did you achieve that?
  3. tonmo

    tonmo Active Member

    Thanks! The front page is just using a Page Widget within bd-widget framework, and that area is using a widget group. The Page Widget layout feature is tricky (and a bit buggy) but I understand the new beta version has a much more intuitive approach for this; drag and drop. I'm waiting on that to make some further changes to the homepage but will keep the tabbed approach. Note, all contents load with each page load.
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  4. keith.arvixe

    keith.arvixe Active Member

    You have most defiantly created a niche here. I didn't even know that communities like this existed and now I do. Great stuff. I love the banner and how it flows the whole top of the pages.
    I love the default page and how the latest,top etc post are there. Makes it easy to find the best and latest posts.
    Overall I really like it.
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  5. tonmo

    tonmo Active Member

    Cool, thanks! Definitely a niche, but once you're in, it's a vast landscape! (or seascape as it were...)
  6. keith.arvixe

    keith.arvixe Active Member

    Haha that is awesome.
  7. tonmo

    tonmo Active Member

    Update 11/9/15:

    I have removed the [bd] widget framework add-on, and the sonnb xengallery in favor of custom XF pages and XFMG.

    So, less add-ons, more custom core. Homepage will need a bit further customizing but it's a start:

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