- Nov 23, 2011
Hmm, yeah, debatable depending on what professional features you're talking about.you will see a fantastic professional complete site that there is no way you could even think about doing something this good with Xenforo.
The site looks good, and I honestly don't want to bash it, but it's definitely not magnificent at very first initial glance. Or rather the large amount of extra features are still let down by some basic stuff.
The side menu seems pretty tiny and not designed brilliantly and consistently with regards to the style and design of the rest of the site. it still looks like a bolt on. The site is also 100% width which makes if very difficult to read on large screens.
Forgetting anything fancy and extra, the core forum experience still isn't amazing. The proportions feel very off. Massive huge post boxes that mean a ton of scrolling for small snippets of text for every post. Then when you quote and try to reply to text the editor is a bloated mess of quoted content. I'm not sure how much of this is core IPS stuff vs add on stuff.
Don't get me wrong, there's some really cool aspects. I love the fact that I can even begin to compose a reply and quote posts as a guest, that's amazing. But then it's a bunch of strange highlighting and content boxes. If you try and move any text or rearrange it it gets even worse with weird highlighting boxes and other menus appearing as you try to format and arrange your post. It's not good.
Then you have the maps on the user profiles, that's so cool! You even have a neat zoom feature on first load, that's an amazing feature for a community where geo location in important, but it's dwarfed by the basic UI and UX failings. I can't even find a basic new posts view where I only see one entry for every thread that has had recent activity. If there's a thread in the recent discovery view that has 5 new replies in quick succession, that's 5 entries with no content, who cares?! I only need one link to the thread, not 5 entries with no content and separate links to each post.
I'm very frustrated with the the lack of progress with many features on XF, and it's far from perfect, but at least they nail a lot of the core stuff, and the editor. Aspects which still seem to be lacking on some of the IPS sites I see.