My existing forum is for my WordPress blog. As such, I don't need many features such as blogs etc.
I'm launching a new dedicated forum in the next week or so. I'm currently in the planning stage so looking at skins, my options, mods available etc.
Before I purchase my second license, I have a few questions
- I love the design of IP Blog (and to a much lesser extend the VB blog option). Giving users the option of adding their own blogs is something that I think will prove very popular with my new community so I'm keen to implement it from the start (or at least after a few months). The [LN] Blog add on looks promising and I'm actually pleased with the fact that it's going commercial as this suggests to me it's going to be well supported and updated often. Can someone post some links to some forums which are using the add on. I'd love to see it in action.
- IPB and VB both have good mobile solutions. This is something that XenForo lacks though I was pleased to read that this will be implemented soon. Is there any more news about this - e.g. demo, screenshots, expected release date etc.
- I posted today about the new facebook app feature for VB. I was pretty impressed. I'm not expecting something like that to be released for Xenforo though I'd love to see an add on for integration with Facebook fan pages in some way. This would be a great way to encourage users to come back to my forum on a regular basis. Any plans for new social media features in 2012?
- I did a basic mod of XenForo for my current forum and blended it in with my existing blog design. Whilst I know CSS, HTML and a little PHP, I am far from being a designer, therefore I'm on the lookout for a light minimal style for XenForo. I'm sure I would be able to create something using the style editor but I'd rather pay $30 for a design and put my own logo on it than spend 2 or 3 days creating my own style.
- VB has a fairly decent advertising integration for adsense. It's possible to do this with XenForo using the template system and if statements etc though I'd love to see better ad integration in the future, particularly ads in the first post etc for non logged in users (I do realise that this can be done via templates but something more user friendly would be welcomed).
As always, any advice would be appreciated