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Using XenPorta's new Forum Styling for Articles.

Discussion in 'Resource Discussions [Archive]' started by Digital Doctor, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Articles Tab [aka Pages Tab] - updated January 15, 2012

    This uses commonly available addons to make native xenforo threads appear as articles.

    - WYSIWYG editing (uses Xenforo's native editor)
    - Articles have comments (can be disabled)
    - articles have their own Tab.
    - Article Listing (list of articles) appears when Tab clicked.
    - Categories - list the articles in that category.
    - "Pages" editable outside the AdminCP.
    - data safe in default xenforo formats / tables.
    - Articles appear in "What's new". Comments bump the article back to the top.
    - Watch, Likes, Reporting available.

    4 Key Ingredients for an Articles Tab:
    [1] Categories: Thread prefix listing could work as categories. [easy] [optional]
    [2] Articles Tab: Jake's addon [Nodes As Tabs (with tab selection)] does that. [easy]
    [3] Article-looking view: XenPorta's Article + Comments view works well. [Demo] Note: you could style it yourself even more. [easy]
    [4] Article listing: [pretty easy]
    - would be a thread, which displays when you click the Articles Tab [Demo].
    - articles would be listed manually. (could be much nicer than the usual sterile articles list !)
    - remove the breadcrumbs for more of a clean Page look.

    (1) XenPorta - xenporta.com
    (2) Nodes as Tabs (with selection).
    (3) Articles forum - see setup below
    How to setup the Articles Forum such that the pages display in the Articles Tab.
    ... and that clicking on the Tab displays the [4] Article List :


    =========== NOTES =======================
    This Articles System uses XenPorta's ability to style individual forums. I discovered this by looking at Jaxel's 8way annoucement thread.
    See how it is styled such that it makes the 2/3/4th posts look like comments ?
    xenporta.8wayrun.com.article.comments.jpg [Demo]
    (Article Styling = Article + Comments)
  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Idea: using Simple Forms for the Article Submission ?
    Q: Can people submit a form with one section being a WYSIWYG-edited entry ?
  3. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    === OLDER INFORMATION === removed from first post.
    The Articles could even have their "own Tab" as I've seen an Addon here that will display selected forums under a different tab. In this case if you put the "Articles forum" under a Tab called Articles ... you would then have Articles and they all would be listed under a Tab called Articles ! The addon that splits the forum "into pages" (What I call tabs)i:
    Forum Index in Pages
  4. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Can an Article paginate on a long one?

    Do all the Articles collect in one forum? Or could I have several to act as categories?
    In that case I guess I'd have Category tabs which would be neat as I'll end up with a library of 100s of Articles.
  5. jörgk

    jörgk Active Member

  6. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    This, in the current form, wouldn't work then.
  7. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I think if you use Fuhrmann's prefixes ... you could have categories :)
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  8. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    So Xenporta can pretty much be used as an article system? Is this the better way to go than using a bridge addon like Wordpress or ContentTeller? The main benefit I see is one search engine that can return all types of content instead of splitting it between two systems.
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Contents moved to first post.
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  10. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member


    Jake's Nodes As Tabs (with tab selection) can be tweaked to display a Thread ... not a forum.
    This makes for a much cooler Article Listing option than the usual forum List !

    DEMO: Check out this Guide Tab (it is actually a thread).
    Here is a screen capture of it. thread.as.an.external.page.jpg from http://theinfinityprogram.com
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  11. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Note .... you can also setup article submissions via a link in the subnavbar.

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