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Which addons do you find essential?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by creativeforge, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    We are very excited with converting to Xenforo from PhpBB3.0.12. Now as we'll be purchasing our license, I see a few Xenforo addons:

    - Media gallery
    - Ressource manager
    - Enhanced search

    Which made me think - I would like to hear from users what addons they consider essential for their forum, especially big ones (10,000+ members). I know I am definitely considering Xenporta 2 to create a customized landing page.

    As far as other addons, feel free to chime in as well, whether used for aesthetic, maintenance or function.

    Thank you in advance,

    Regards,

    Andre
     
  2. D.O.A.

    D.O.A. Well-Known Member

    For something as large as our frontpage a xenforo mod "CMS" is out of the question because none of them cut it
     
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  3. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    CTA Featured Threads, Master Badge, User Essentials, AD Credits, and Post Ratings are an absolute must have for me.
     
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  4. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    @tajhay: I always use the search first. I haven't found such a thread, but would be grateful if you know of one and could share it here. Or, maybe if you can help me with a search string. I'm French, so I don't always know what to call what I'm looking for.

    @D.O.A., I'm not sure what you mean. What is a mod CMS for Xenforo?

    Thanks!
     
  5. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    @Solidus: That's what I was expecting. I'll check these out.

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  6. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    He means using Wordpress/Joomla/Drupal or similar with XenForo.
     
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  7. D.O.A.

    D.O.A. Well-Known Member

    content management. At the moment there are a few portals and basic systems you can use for a landing page but none of them are comparable to wordpress with a bridge login. It depends what your goal is anyway.
     
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  8. Ridemonkey

    Ridemonkey Well-Known Member

    I like the Post Ratings add-on. Great options for a like-driven world, where everyone wants a one-click method to give feedback. "Like" is not always the feedback that someone wants to give, so this lets you add lots of other options:
    https://xenforo.com/community/resources/post-ratings-taking-likes-to-the-next-level.410/

    The UI.X framework is indispensable for me. It has lots of features and tons of options for custom looks. Friendly developers who are always improving the product so it's basically like getting a custom theme that just gets better over time:
    https://xenforo.com/community/resources/ui-x.2239/
     
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  9. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

    I have a big list of great addons. each one is important to me.
     
  10. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    Thanks all...

    I've been building WP sites for many years, I didn't know you could use WP with Xenforo, that's a first I hear about it. I should check this out. Do you have a website example, D.O.A.?

    Thanks Ridemonkey, I bookmarked them to read later on.

    What about the addons Xenforo offers on their license page?

    - Media gallery
    - Ressource manager
    - Enhanced search

    Anyone using them can give feedback?

    Cheers!
     
  11. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    I assume you have a big board, Enhanced Search is very good to have. I should have bought if myself by now.
    Resource Manager and Media Gallery depends on what your forum is about. I personally have no use for Resource Manager.
     
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  12. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    Yes, it's a big board: http://www.vi-control.net. It's being converted to Xenforo, so I will take your advice on the Enhanced Search, it did look like something we should consider. Thanks!

    @rafass - if you ever feel like sharing your go-to list, I'd be interested.
     
  13. Ridemonkey

    Ridemonkey Well-Known Member

    I like the Media Gallery if your site is media heavy. Note that it only really handles graphics, not video - it can create galleries of external video (e.g. YouTube links) but doesn't store or play them locally.

    Enhanced search is a must-have for any large site.
     
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  14. 3rd AnGle

    3rd AnGle Well-Known Member


    If your intention of using Resource Manager it to facilitate file download than good... otherwise there is an addon called Showcase which does much more (like reviews) except for the download function. Give it a look to check best suitability.

    https://xenforo.com/community/resou...gement-system-guides-garage-reviews-etc.1208/
     
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  15. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    @3rdAnGle - I don't believe this feature will happen on the board, not now anyways. But I'll bookmark this for later if we need. Thanks!
     
  16. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    Okay, here's what I'd think would be good for your site.

    Resource Manager it looks like your users have lots to share
    XenTag get users in the habit of tagging threads, it's very useful in future when you want to show popular content -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/tinhte-xentag.770/
    s9e Media BBcodes loooks like these will be useful being a media heavy forum -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/s9e-media-bbcodes-pack.2476/
    Audio essential for your forum I'd say, embed a small mp3 into posts => https://xenforo.com/community/resources/audio.3459/
    JW Player if your users share videos a lot -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/jw-player.3440/
    XenForo Media Gallery if your users share a lot of pictures

    and a few extras which I find very useful for any forum,

    New User Conversation welcome new members with a PM -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/new-user-conversation.3644/
    [bd] Cache really speeds up forums -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/bd-cache.2763/
    Prefix Forum Listing if you choose to force thread prefixes, this makes it really easy to find threads you want to read -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/prefix-forum-listing.80/
    Similar Threads it will be particularly useful for your forum I think -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/similar-threads.2441/
    [bd] Medal you could award users for anything you like -> https://xenforo.com/community/resources/bd-medal.964/
     
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  17. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    @Solidus - Wow, thank you so much! We'll be looking through this.

    Will "Similar Threads" scan the existing forum to gather info for it, or will it only work from the moment it's installed and forward?

    Thanks again! Impressive! (y)
     
  18. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    It will work with existing threads.
     
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  19. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

    Later I'll share here all my list, I'm now in my mobile device ;)
     
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  20. creativeforge

    creativeforge Active Member

    Thanks rafass... !
     

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