XenForo Overview

Eric J.

Well-known member
Detailed Features List
Got tired of looking for everything so I started one of these. Feel free to post and get your stuff added in here. Make sure it's valuable information that isn't already contained here.

Other Locations

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/XenForo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/XenForo (@XenForo)

Projected Release Date
October 2010 at some point during UK business hours. (Early Adopters Special starts as soon as the software goes on sale)

"Commercial License"

Early adopters sale (Which lasts through 24 hours) $100, otherwise $140 for a license with 12 months of updates and support.
$40 per every exra 12 months of support and updates.
$250 Copyright removal fee
Read More: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/beta-release-date-and-pricing.3876/

Meaning of Name

Collective Video Resource (Thanks to Floris for videos)

Walkthrough of Sorts (Again, thanks to Floris for this)

Not all features are easy to find.

1 - Pages
2 - Relative Timestamps
3 - In-Page Navigation
4 - Multi-Page Navigation
5 - Top Page Navigation
6 - Quick Navigation
7 - Quoting Multiple Posts
8 - Everyone's News Feed
9 - Mailing System
10 - MVC
11 - Personal Conversations
12 - Glimpse of XenForo Template Syntax
13 - Fixed Width Layout
14 - Friendly URL Structure

- Allow you to manage simple content in the node tree
- You have full access to HTML and the entire XenForo template syntax, including some default variables
- You can specify permissions on the page itself or let them inherit from a parent node
- Customizable auto-generated navigation
- Finally, there's some page info in the bottom right, like publishing date and views.
- Example

2. Relative Timestamps
- Always outputs absolute dates and times, but our Javascript then identifies these instances and converts them into relative dates for the viewing user.
- All date/time instances automatically update as time goes by
- If you load a page with JS disabled, you're going to see the actual date the post was made
- More Information

3. In-Page Navigation
- Animates a move from the quote to the original message
- More Information

4. Multi-Page Navigation
- The links that appear when you scroll the gadget are generated with Javascript
- This system is most useful for navigating 50ish pages
- More Information
- Video Demonstration

5. Top Page Navigation
- Video Demonstration

6. Quick Navigation
- The "Forum Jump" menu is constructed when you open it
- You can open any link in the middle however you'd like (Right-click, Middle-click, Left-Click) due to them being <a href>
- The Quick Navigation Menu is built with a standard template
- We placed the Quick Navigation Menu in an overlay that sits on top of the content
- More Information

7. Quoting Multiple Posts
- You can click the 'reply' link on multiple messages and each of them will deliver their content to the quick reply box
- Video Demonstration
- More Information

8. Everyone's News Feed
- Everything that all members of the board do is published to the news feed
- More Information

9. Mailing System
- Send email by SMTP and receive bounced email on a separate address.- More Information

- XF appears to be solidly built on MVC principles
- Example
- More Information

11. Personal Conversations
- PMs are now replaced with Private Conversations
- Invite whoever to the conversation
- Ability to limit an invited user to invite more poeple
- Link for Use

12. Glimpse of XenForo Template Syntax
<xen:if hascontent="true">
    <div class="section staffOnline avatarList">
        <div class="secondaryContent">
            <h3>Staff Online Now</h3>
                    <xen:foreach loop="$onlineUsers.records" value="$user">
                        <xen:if is="{$user.is_moderator} OR {$user.is_admin}">
                                <xen:avatar user="$user" size="s" img="true" />
                                <a href="{xen:link members, $user}" class="username">{$user.username}</a>
                                <div class="muted">{xen:helper userTitle, $user}</div>

13. Fixed Width
- Entire page width controlled via pageWidth CSS class
- The words Default Style should be located at the bottom left corner of the screen. Click it to get fixed width.
- Use This

14. Friendly URL Structure
-Reason for URL Structure

Per User Permissions
- Read More

Eric J.

Well-known member
Sure thing, but feel free to help me out by posting links to videos that explain features of the software.


That first post is going to be huge with all the upcoming changes :)

Thanks for getting things together in one post.


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That first post is going to be huge with all the upcoming changes :)

Thanks for getting things together in one post.

Considering all the unique features as we're seeing here as well, xenForo appears to be making leaps and huge strides in the innovation department.

Eric J.

Well-known member
Alright, I'll be surfing the old posts later today and adding stuff in, so hopefully an update later.

Thanks for the info Walter, when I update later I'll make sure to add your stuff in.


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Handy video here from Floris:

I've made a demo video going through the new header navigation. Demonstrating the tabs, the links under them, and the little arrow-dropdown that auto shows when you hover over it. Saving you time and clicks. I've also paid attention to the ride side briefly, showing off the profile box, the conversation box and the alert box. These elements are all consistent in design, but have their own unique display of their content.

Worth browsing around through and finding out all the current possible options for the registered user.

(right click > save as .. and then open it with VLC, is what I recommend for playing this file)