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Add-on XenPorta 2.0 Portal & Framework Crowd-Fund!

Discussion in 'Resource and Add-on Discussions' started by Jaxel, Jan 24, 2014.

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  1. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    The original version of XenPorta 1.0 was released a short four days after the open beta of the XenForo platform. It was created in order to fill the needs that people had with the platform and the lack of a front-page for their forums. XenPorta was released for free, because I was new to the platform and didn't feel comfortable charging for an under-produced and impossible to support piece of software. Some time later, I released XenPorta 1.5, which tacked a rudimentary widget framework onto the existing XenPorta 1.0 software.

    XenPorta as it stands now is the most popular XenForo addon ever released. If you include the two years it was out before the implementation of the XenForo Resource Manager, it has been downloaded more times and has more response posts than any other addon. As such, I have in the past been unable to support XenPorta; especially since it was free.

    It is now over 3 years later and I have learned so much about XenForo and the Zend platform... to the point that I have begun releasing premium, and fully supported versions of my software. However, since XenPorta is my oldest, and most popular software released yet, it requires the most amount of work to rewrite. Unfortunately, with the amount of work that is going to be required to rewrite XenPorta, development can not continue without proper funding.

    Crowd-fund Link:
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  2. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    So are you looking to crowd fund and then give away free?

    I'm interested - don't you think 250+ people per year would pay $30 or so for it (that's 7.5K per year continuously and maybe you could sell upgrades after a couple years?
  3. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    The way I read it is he wants $4K to start on it, then a license looks to be ~$40/$50 (considering the discount is listed at $30, branding free at $70).
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  4. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Why isn't XenPorta 2.0 considered a full CMS?
  5. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Sounds interesting @Jaxel - can you just confirm please, once development is complete will this become a paid add-on?
  6. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member


    I assumed the part of "at this discounted price" meant it was going to be a paid add-on.
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  7. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    Because a portal and a cms are not even comparable. XenForo itself is a cms, it has different content types, allows you to make new content types, it's a system that manages content through and through.

    In comparison, a portal is the front page solution that's pretty much a landing page... it's more or a content displayer than it is a content manager. IP.Content would be a content manager. Where you can dynamically make new content types that can all look and act differently.

    Good luck getting funded and good luck with your project, @Jaxel
  8. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Okay so think of "Portal" as a landing page such as XenPorta and "Content Management System" as something that manages widgets on all pages like "BD Widget Framework". K. Got it. (y)
  9. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    Eh. :/ no.

    I don't want to hi jack the thread but bd widget framework is also just a content displayer. A cms gives you the ability to manage content. XenForo itself is a cms for the reason I specified before. Aside from that. There is no true cms add on. A cms add on would allow you to quickly make content types (galleries, articles, whatever) on your own.
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  10. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    It will be a paid addon.

    I want to add CMS features to it... but I don't want to call it a full-fledged CMS, because most of the content will be managed using XenForo threads.
  11. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I'm interested; but I already have purchased a branding free XenPorta. What are my options? :)
  12. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    Your branding removal for 1.5 will transfer to 2.0.
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  13. Allan

    Allan Well-Known Member

    Maybe the developer will give us a CMS !
    .......................... or maybe not ....
  14. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Woohooo!!!! I'm in!! Pledging!!
  15. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    What happens on Pozible if the target isn't reached? Do they only take the money when it reaches the target like Kickstarter?

    @Jaxel, what are you plans if you reach say only half the target?

    Edit: Oh and do the rewards stack?
  16. MegaFora

    MegaFora Member

    Yes, Pozible is all-or-nothing, same as kickstarter - if the goal isn't reached, nothing happens.

    @Jaxel, I've been looking for a portal that will auto-promote the threads and posts that have the most likes in a recent period (last 7 days for instance), a bit like the Reddit front page - will XenPorta 2.0 have anything like that? If so, I'm in for $100 at least.
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  17. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Go on then, count me in - 1 x branding free license. Haven't got a clue what I'll do with it, but it seems like a good project to support. (y)

    Shaun :D
  18. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    With the way I want to do the promotion system... I could easily program that in, but it won't be on the first pass of features.
  19. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    The rewards do stack. I've changed the descriptions to make this more evident.
  20. mistypants

    mistypants Well-Known Member

    Pledged. :) Good luck reaching the goal! Given how many people use XenPorta, I don't think you'll have any trouble.
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