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What single 'new feature' would benefit xenForo customers most?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Rob, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    As the flow of bugs and fixes begins to subside work will no doubt commence on a feature building release. Some already released mods will I'm sure end up being adopted into the base code and we all hope some ideas from the suggestions forum are tagged for inclusion too.

    Hopefully this thread will spark a discussion of ideas that will most improve the customisability of xenForo.

    For me, I think the single most powerful addition to make would be 'custom thread fields'. If this were done in such a way as to allow the definition of content types, to extend 'threads' with additional fields then we could specify which forums use which content types.... and which templates a content type should use. This will open up a huge realm of possible customisations to the forum owner.

    What ideas do you have?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  3. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    I'd say a CMS but what we really want is a front page portal for news stories, rather than a fully blown CMS.

    This actually isn't too far away from your suggestion. An article content type where the custom thread fields included things like "news topic" and "source" which could then have a custom style applied would effectively be a a news portal.
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  4. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    Odd... dunno why I posted it there!

    Yeah, I know that, this thread isnt about that exactly, I had hoped it would be used to discuss modifications that will bring the MOST customisability to xF.

    Thanks Brogan :)
  5. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    For me, custom user fields are critical. And, a Calendar of sorts.

    The more I look at Wordpress and Joomla! and the possibility of bridging to them, the less I think CMS is needed for xF. Either can be downloaded for free, and are excellent at what they do. So a change of mind for me now, rather than trying to emulate vB4 and be a jack of all trades (and master of none) I'd prefer xenForo to concentrate on being a killer forum product.
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  6. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    A WP/Joomla bridge.
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  7. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    A sophisticated "who's online" for administrators more advanced than anything we have seen, with the ability to block users directly from the screen based on things like common user agents which could be shown in different colors when some bot operator is hitting with common user agents on 10 IP's, so it would show him in a different or unique color than others.
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  8. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Centralized User Management :D
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  9. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Please explain for the unwashed non-coder.
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  10. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

  11. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Sign up at jfusion.org and show your interest in a jfusion solution to joomla+xF.
  12. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Actually, not so much a feature, but an association? No Internet Brands to ruin coding?? :D Business matters, eigh... that's a whole different story ~_~
  13. DoctorWatsOn

    DoctorWatsOn Well-Known Member

    Looks like WordPress is going to be my CMS, so I am just waiting on a calendar before I can move over to xF.
  14. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    I need a joomla Bridge!
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  15. copiertalk

    copiertalk Member

    double click to mark forum read.
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  16. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    for me, the most important thing is a the ability to run 10 different Forums with ONE user-database (single-sign-on for 10 different forums).
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  17. copiertalk

    copiertalk Member

    alternate contact
  18. AmericanForum.com

    AmericanForum.com Well-Known Member

  19. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    What will you sell, self serving ads, forum subscriptions, Kier barefoot videos ??
  20. Shelby

    Shelby Active Member


    Honestly the one feature that would perhaps most benefit customers isn't necessarily a feature of XenForo software. It's about XenForo developers taking a step forward. Not relying on old habits, old ways of doing things, I want them to take a step forward with community software.

    The key features I would include:
    • A resolve to remove fear and silence about controversial topics. Approach old topics new ways.
    • A realization that there is no such thing as atoning for laziness. Good in one area, doesn't cover for a lack of effort in others.
    • A commitment to remain hungry. Hungry to make a difference for the customer and for their communities.
    I belive that behaviors will drive XenForo development and the feature I most desire is one that always is taking a step forward.
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