Content discovery

Some platforms make it difficult to find stuff that you might have only seen yesterday. We don't.


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Available everywhere, the XenForo search engine provides quick and accurate access to all the content that has ever been created, both by core systems and add-ons.

Dig in to search by keywords, authors, date ranges, content type and location and more.

Search forums

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Content from disparate locations around your forum can be collected together into a single 'logical' forum listing by setting parameters for a search forum, providing a constantly-updated custom collection of discussion topics.

What's new?

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The newest content available is only ever a click away with the 'What's new' system, which lists the most recently-updated content of each type in a convenient tabbed interface.

Add-on products such as the XenForo Media Gallery can install their own tabs and share the space with core functionality.


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Keep your members engaged with alerts, which are fired whenever something happens that affects a member, or when a 'followed' user does something.

Alerts can be echoed to email and sent instantly to users with push notifications.

Latest activity

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The latest activity feed shows not only recent content but also actions by users, like reactions or status changes.

News feed

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Users can construct an activity feed tailored to their own preferences by selecting other community members to follow.

Similar threads

When viewing a topic, an auto-generated collection of similar threads can be shown, surfacing a goldmine of content relevant to the topic being discussed on the current page.

Additionally, users can be prompted to check out threads that may cover a topic about which they are about to post rather than creating a possible duplicate.

Activity summary email

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Keep inactive users coming back to your site with an automated email tailored to each user, alerting them to important or popular topics they may have missed.

Curate sections within the email to pluck topics based on reaction score or any other metric as you see fit.


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Your customers can help you publicize and grow your community. Sharing tools including integrations with native iOS and Android sharing sheets make this a familiar and easy process for any user.

XenForo makes it easy for visitors to your community to share pages and individual content items to a wide range of platforms, with rich previews as standard.

Social media

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Iconic links are provided for users to quickly and easily share either pages or specific content items directly to social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more.

Rich metadata

Pages served by XenForo contain extensive metadata including specific fields for Facebook's OpenGraph and Twitter Cards, so that when links to your community are shared, any unfurling services will get a great preview of your content.

Enhanced Search

Even better search results can be had at lightning speed with the XenForo Enhanced Search add-on product, which will satisfy even the largest and most demanding communities.

Enhanced Search is included in all XenForo Cloud plans.

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