XenForo - the future of AVForums

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Tonight I was amongst an exclusive group of people invited to view a demonstration of XenForo software.
It has been developed by the key ex-developers of vBulletin software and it is very impressive.
Brand spanking new and using the very latest coding techniques, I hope when people get to see it, they will be as excited as me.
XenForo™
A growing list of interesting features is here.
It will be some time before we upgrade to the software because it's not available just yet, and it will take a while before all the specialised extra features we need (like iTrader) are created for it.
But if you want to get a 'sneak peek' of where AVForums is going, you can take a look.
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
One interesting new feature in Xenforo is the 'real time' timestamp on messages. On our forum, if you open a thread, it displays the date and/or time the messages were posted. View this thread for a while and the displayed timestamps will become invalid. They weren't posted a minute ago, they were posted 5 minutes ago.
With Xenforo, these timestamps are updated every minute to reflect the actual time they were posted. From 'a moment ago' to 'a minute ago' to '2 minutes ago' and so on.
This feature has negligible impact on speed and resources.
It is one example of thinking out of the box and implementing a minor but useful feature which defines a modern and slick forum. Attention to detail is what it's about.
 

Sniper Ash6

Distinguished Member
That looks very good Stuart, I look forward to it :thumbsup:
 
Do you know that feeling when you have been using something for so long and you love it, then someone says we are going to change it. Right now I have that feeling :rolleyes: lol

But with everything I have seen done to improve this site over the last three years that I have used it, I know it will be good :smashin:
 

DaveHope

Novice Member
Looks to be early in development so I can't find too much about it, but any word on the scalability? Does it leverage stuff like memcached, CDNs for resources etc?
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Looks to be early in development so I can't find too much about it, but any word on the scalability? Does it leverage stuff like memcached, CDNs for resources etc?
Memcache has been mentioned on their forum already and the way the back end works will be at least as good as vB. They do have large sites in mind as well as the smaller sites which make up the majority.
 

DaveHope

Novice Member
Memcache has been mentioned on their forum already and the way the back end works will be at least as good as vB. They do have large sites in mind as well as the smaller sites which make up the majority.
Cool, will have to keep my eye on it then :smashin:
 

Marc

Well-known Member
lol i was just looking at the article about the new pagination options including jump to page and thinking how much of a godsend that would be then i see a reply from you saying "occasionaly i *do* come up with good ideas" so can i assume that was your recommendation?
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
lol i was just looking at the article about the new pagination options including jump to page and thinking how much of a godsend that would be then i see a reply from you saying "occasionaly i *do* come up with good ideas" so can i assume that was your recommendation?
Yes I was chatting to Kier about the pagination and suggested that it would be cool if we could click the arrows and the page numbers would change. Later that day he showed me the finished product! Slicker than I had imagined.
 

majnu

Member
Would we get to see this demo? Where am I meant to take a look? **God Help Me**
 
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Elrond

Well-known Member
I've had a look a few times now and up until the last time I thought it look really great, however it then hit me that some things could be mistaken for Facebook. Knowing most people either hate or love Facebook are you not worried about this or are you hoping your new style will detract from the Facebook look and feel?
 

majnu

Member
I saw that link which took me to the community. I just thought there might be a video which shows the user interface and added user features which go above and beyond VBulletin.
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
I saw that link which took me to the community. I just thought there might be a video which shows the user interface and added user features which go above and beyond VBulletin.
I think Floris created a video showing the page selection animation. But I think that's it for now.
 

DrGekko

Well-known Member
Is there any way of making the itrader process less cumbersome... I find the process quite time consuming and archaic, especially after a few days have lapsed. If there was a way transactions being logged and saved on your profile when you log in (eg. like ebay - "awaiting feedback" list) then this would make the process much easier.
 

poppy10

Member
Looks, good, but seems to be at a very early stage of development, surely it will be months before it is ready and stable enough to be rolled out on high-traffic sites like avforums
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Looks, good, but seems to be at a very early stage of development, surely it will be months before it is ready and stable enough to be rolled out on high-traffic sites like avforums
Yes, I expect so. We'll be approaching 2011 or into the new year before we can consider upgrading.
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
Check out this video which shows how to insert images into your posts.
The video is best viewed full screen.

<object width="400" height="250"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13955213&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13955213&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="250"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/13955213">Inserting Pictures into Messages Using XenForo</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/xenforo">XenForo</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
 

Sniper Ash6

Distinguished Member
Check out this video which shows how to insert images into your posts.
The video is best viewed full screen.

<object width="400" height="250"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13955213&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13955213&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="250"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/13955213">Inserting Pictures into Messages Using XenForo</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/xenforo">XenForo</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
That looks extremely good. Useful while simple.
 

MrO

Well-known Member
Just thought I'd reply after checking out the XenForo website. Fair play everything I've seen so far leaves me thinking 'Why haven’t we had this sooner!' :laugh:

It seems like Childs play. Adding images to a post/viewing a person profile without leaving the page your viewing will certainly take a lot of strain off the servers and (hopefully) speed things up. Should be great for both exciting and new members alike!

Can’t wait to try it!
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
leaves me thinking 'Why haven’t we had this sooner!' :laugh:
It's not available to use, yet. But we will be upgrading to it as soon as possible. I reckon 6 to 9 months.
 

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