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Uber-Newbie

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Craig, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    Hello all,

    I am an uber-newbie/novice. I am wondering if your program is kinder to those of us who are new to forums than what I currently use? I desire to be able to accept donations, and give my members who donate status awards such as VIP, etc. Plus awards based on their donated amount. Thank you for your time!
     
  2. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    hmmm Actually I think newbies will learn faster than those of us who are just old school stubborn !

    So welcome aboard ..
     
  3. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I think so, I think it will be friendly to new people.

    What do you use now?
     
  4. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    I currently use Invision Power Services, Inc.

    I have no programing experience. The last computer class I took we had to keep our operating system on a 5.5" floppy disk.
     
  5. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    if you can manage IPB, xenforo is a piece of cake
     
  6. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    Does it allow for accepting "donations" and putting little awards icons on people's profiles?

    How is xenforo easier than IPB?
     
  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    XF is in beta stage right now. Donations and award images are not part of the core product, but I'm sure that some talented coder will make an add-on for them.
    Feel free to suggest it in the suggestion forums. :)
     
  8. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    Ok, Thanks, Peggy.

    Most importantly.... How is xenforo easier than IPB?
     
  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I don't know that "easier" is the correct word.

    Faster, cleaner, cutting edge, easy to style, easier to code for..... these all describe XF, to start.
     
  10. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    ok cool, as I have never taken a class on coding, and really don't know the first thing about it. Is it true the $100.00 sale is over? Where can I see a site that uses XF?

    Thanks again!
     
  11. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Easier as in not bloated with unused features. and the admin-panel is cleaner (it even has pictures :D)

    More importantly it's written with a better/newer architecture than any forum in the market today
     
  12. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    sale is over
    this very site is running xF
     
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

  14. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    And I went through the punch card, paper tape, magnetic core phases... then the 8", 5.5", then 3.5", usb phases. :p

    I also own ipb. The install is even easier that that. I am assuming you installed ipb yourself. If you are using their ips hosted community and know nothing about hosting... there will be a learning curve. You need to be able to purchase hosting, create a database, etc.

    In addition and probably far more important you should know that there is no ipb converter/importer at this time. There are many people that really want that, so I am sure it will eventually be made when there is time.

    There are 'paid subscriptions' which could be viewed as donations, and that could allow for more permissions/features than non-donaters have. But I have personally not tried that.

    If you are using addon products such as ip.gallery, ip.blogs, etc they do not exist yet but a variety of solutions are be available quite quickly.
     
  15. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    It says you have to pay $250.00 for branding removal. is that just for the small copyright line? Can all other brand name logos be removed? As stated earlier I deal with IPB and they have their logo everywhere.

    How hard is it to change the kins or at the very least the colors?
     
  16. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Very easy here is a quick tutorial http://xenforo.com/community/threads/style-properties-ii-a-closer-look.3690/

    and under "Have you seen" section there is plenty of sneak-peeks and tutorials of what's under the hood
     
  17. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    I host through Future Hosting, and I had someone else install it for me, all other tweaks I have been rattling tech support's cage to find out how to do them. I am looking at starting another forum and am seriously considering using XF.
     
  18. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    and we are always here to help and guide you with your customization
     
  19. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I'm using vBulletin for 8 years and sometimes I still need to think about where to find stuff. I've used XF for a few days and it already feels very easy to find what I need. For newbies the ACP is great and XF is highly recommended for this group of admins.
     
  20. Craig

    Craig Active Member

    Well, I can say one thing thus far. The forum here is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable! A huge selling point in my book! I can't thank Dean, Blandt, Peggy, and now dutchbb enough! I am sure I will have more questions in the near future as in tomorrow.

    I hope to be able to start my second forum this coming week or early next week!
     
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