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Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Rickey Otano, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Rickey Otano

    Rickey Otano New Member

    I was wondering if user profiles would be highly customizable. In vb it has to few options does not have the ability to say which way you want your profile block floated, and the limited design makes them all look the same and does not let users express there creativity. It also lacks a widget system or app system were users profiles can have there own app/widget on it. Would this be a consideration for XenForo?
     
  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Good questions, the social features from 3.8 of vB are quite interesting and used by our users. I am interested in advertising register features such as personal social profile, including what we like to think of as widgets.
     
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  3. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Do you mean customizable by the user him/herself? Style customization isn't something that's planned (for now?). Hadn't really though about widgets/blocks, but I'm not sure how feasible that is. The app structure for FB, for example, is really complex, and it does also rely on a centralized user system. I suppose that'd just be similar to installing an add-on (plugin).
     
  4. tecknical

    tecknical Member

    I might be old school, but I don't see a great need in extremely customizable user profiles. TBH it'd be a waste of resources to me.
     
  5. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Users really like it. They want to have their own identity on the forums, a reason to call it their home. Custom colors on their profile, and ordering (and turning off) boxes and ability to talk to users on it, while displaying their posts and stats, etc .. it creates return traffic and social feeling. I find it quite important.

    Just my input :)
     
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  6. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    +1
     
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  7. Nix

    Nix Well-Known Member

    I have to agree. It adds some fun for the user and some identity. :)
     
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  8. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

    +1

    Agreed, user's love this kind of customization, though it would be better again if it can be user group permission controlled - that way it can also be used as an incentive.
     
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  9. Disjunto

    Disjunto Well-Known Member

    Same, I don't really use user profiles on forums much, unless I'm looking for something a user has posted and I'm going through their profile to get the "Find posts by this user" link :D
     
  10. JulianD

    JulianD Well-Known Member

    This is something I even sell on my forums through subscriptions. Users like it.
     
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  11. Didzi

    Didzi Active Member

    +1
     
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  12. Gill

    Gill Member

    Users on my forums love customising their profiles - it's a way of showing a little bit of individuality.
     
  13. Sir nick

    Sir nick Well-Known Member

    I'd love to see profile customization :)
     
  14. captainslater

    captainslater Well-Known Member

    I'm missing a Follow-link on userprofile.
    Profil customization and/or re-aranging blocks (like stats, status messages, pictures) on our own would be nice.
     
  15. Rickey Otano

    Rickey Otano New Member

    I did not think so many people would respond to this. I mean it would be an addition to were they can pick certain aspects of there profiles that they can control the style of. Maybe at least allow them the possibility to use an id instead of a class for profile blocks so that each block can either be uni-styles or have its own style applied to it inline in the div container or have it so it checks if its customized, then is yes does it have its own id specified if yes show id instead of class. I dont really see how having a widget system would be uber complex, I've personally never wrote one but I imagine it wouldn't be to hard. I remember a old vbulletin custom mod were they implemented a profile widget system. http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=183559 having such an option in a net were social aspects are a must would really in my opinion be a key selling point since social media is very popular, the more social a forum is the better. People will want to have twitter integration widgets, videos in there profiles, mp3 players etc... This way the admin can select the widgets per group or if someone makes a shop mod the shop could have buyable widgets. If the plugin system is all then possibly a way to specify the plugins type, perhaps some built in plugin types which would allow easy sorting from the plugin manager were plugins can be grouped by there type with the ability to add new plugin types and require no hook knowledge. That way the type can be profile-block and then have the option for users to be able to sort the blocks listing in there profile.
    <xf: plugin-specs type="profile-block" active="0" />
    this could save having to knows hooks because the default types would map to certain hooks and admincp wise would allow you to know were the plugin is working at. Just a suggestion if app/widget system is out of the question.
     
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  16. CallieJo

    CallieJo Active Member

    That's too bad...it's actually one of the reasons why I might switch one of my sites from IPB back to VB since VB is putting custom profiles back.

    Here's a thought:
    What if the base core didn't include things like custom profiles and other social network features. But, the Xenforo team had a lot of additional addons you could purchase and add to your community. So things like custom profiles, gallery, blog, extra social networking features, etc. that many will suggest can be purchased and added to communities that need those. Or one social network addon that included all the additional social network features in one. Instead of relying on the mod community for every other additional feature that VB and/or IPB already have in stock...just a thought....a thought to satisfy those who want light and those who want more....
     
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  17. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    I don't know what the technical or other (business and so on) benefits are to offer everything in 1 package, but I really like your idea. I never installed any mod/plugin on my vBulletin powered platform, exactly because of the fact that they are not officially supported/developed.
     
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  18. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I am really confused. I can make my profile over at ip.com look really different. Could you, or anyone, post a link to a customized user profile?
     
  19. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

  20. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    I love this

    I never looked seriously at Invision, but I sure very much do like this:

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    (To XenMods: This posting is not meant to promote Invision. I post this screenshot to share what I like in general (and it happens to be in Invision) and hope to see in XenForo. If this is not okay, please let me know and I will edit the posting)

    I think the above example just look beautiful. Not only that, but they've found the perfect balance in my opinion between letting the user giving a personal touch to their profile and at the same time remain the usability of the profile. You see, all the input fields and other sections on the rest of the user profile UI are untouched, making the interface itself recognizable/looking and working the same on every single user profile. They allow what Facebook doesn't allow: a custom background (with a really nice transparent bar at the top apparently) and they disallow what makes sites such as Myspace horrendous to watch and use. Simply, a perfect balance that works really well. I hope XenForo can give us this.
     

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