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Turning Resource manager into anything ...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by TsuChi, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. TsuChi

    TsuChi Member

    This inspired me

    is it possible to adapt RM to simplified version of:
    • Clan site (for game sites)
    • or Shop (to sell products not with real cash but with virtual currency)
    • Wiki or Blog?
    and who knows what else.

    by adapting I meant not only simple changes in translations but adding some fields/tables/functions and build on top of RM functionalities?

    would it be harder to do than writing these modules from the ground up?
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  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    My advice is: Write it from the ground up.

    There's nothing particularly special about the resource manager. Don't get me wrong it's fabulously coded and does its job well. But that's the thing. It was written to do a job. It seems pointless taking code and making it do something it wasn't designed to do.
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  3. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Awh, I inspired someone :p :love:
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  4. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I have a different view to Chris probably because I am not like him a Lord of Code! I can't just knock up what I need in a day or so.

    I adapted the RM so I can have a Category in it (or several) for Articles. It was a small addon to support multiple page articles in these Categories, plus a bit of cosmetic work on Phrases, and a few edits to the sidebar like placing the author avatar there instead of on the left.
    I am also making a section for payments for my services, and another for my own help pages library.

    A big advantage, to me, is having all these site resources in one place - Help / Downloads/ Payments/ (Topic) Articles/ Gallery.
    Two points on this:
    cross fertilisation - once my visitor is in this section because of one of those parts, they will notice the other parts and their momentum opens up a second part to them.
    familiarity - they don't need to get used to lots of different kinds of pages - just 1. forum pages, 2. conversation pages (very similar), 3. personal account pages and profile, and 4. resource pages. The more I can make using my forum an unthinking activity in terms of software, the better so my users happily click about focusing on my content, my services, and each other. I want the software to be something their fingers just DO! One of my concerns is always that many users find forums a complicated barrier which many admins overlook because to us they are not. Cutting down on the variety of interfaces is for these naive users a Good Thing. That obviously doesnt apply to more geeky or net sophisticated communities but it sure does to mine.
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