- Jan 6, 2004
What would be the ideal or perfect forum software for you? Everything on the market today has its flaws and imperfections. How would you fix those as an admin?
I have to agree with the need for this one. Basic forums require simplicity for the simple reason that most forum visitors (to my forums at least) are newbies. The more gizmos they have, the most confusing to them.Mike Feury said:The one general thing I'd like to see in the advanced boards is a switch in the User CP to select the degree of complexity in the interface. So I could set new members' default to eg
and users could choose to go
as their needs and comfort level required.
This might be as easy as just implementing different skins, I don't know.
I see the complexity as the major hindrance to acquiring non-technical audiences.
Now, this guy is smart and has been an admin of vB2/phpBB's for a fair amount of time as far as I know, so there's no point in dismissing him - he does have a point, at least to some extent. It would be nice if there was some kind of page in the help that would describe which template controls which area. It could be as simple as adding into each template a comment which reads something like //start postbit_legacy template// (and ends with //end postbit_legacy template//) so that someone who wants to edit something can just check the source code of a page and go "Ah, I see, this code that I want to change can be found inside the postbit_legacy template."The naming conventions for the templates for example is terrible and inconsistent. Forum Home, Forum Display. Which of those is which? Now I did eventually manage to remember that Forum Display is displaying forums themselves and not a list of forums. So I'd say that threads should be Thread Display, right? Wrong, it's Show Thread. So maybe the templates for showing individual posts is under Show Posts? Wrong, it's Postbit.
Specifically speaking about vBulletin. There is an option to turn this on and we recommend anyone just learning the template system to turn it on to make things clearer.Loony BoB said:It could be as simple as adding into each template a comment which reads something like //start postbit_legacy template// (and ends with //end postbit_legacy template//) so that someone who wants to edit something can just check the source code of a page and go "Ah, I see, this code that I want to change can be found inside the postbit_legacy template."
all that, plus a button in the admin panel that you can click to upgrade the software at any time. Some of us simply aren't into any of the technical stuff, and just want to have a simple, update forum on our website. (me). I would love to be able to go into my current forum (VB3, release candiate 4), and push a button to upgrade. At that point, I could be taken to a page that allowed me to pay for the new license, and a program would do all the work.The Sandman said:Let's see, before we get fancy what characteristics can we all agree would be desirable?
- Efficient use of resources
- Easy to maintain and update
- Full set of Admin and Mod controls
- Easy to customize templates and files
- Integrated CMS, Arcade, Gallery, Store, etc.
- Strong customer support
- Incorporate customer feedback into updates and new releases
- Good value for price paid