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I've been making some use of the new custom thread fields feature that is available in XF2. This has allowed me to bridge gaps where currently add-ons aren't available or the add-on doesn't do the job I want.
First up, I've created a rather simple recipe book using custom thread fields to list parts of the recipe (how many the meal serves, prep and cooking time, calories etc)
And today, after discussions with my admin about purchasing an add-on, I decided to use custom thread fields again for a section on video games. I wanted to have a game listing section, game reviews and tips & guides. Using custom thread fields to gather information and also where the thread author can rate the game up for discussion.
I also managed to recreate part of my old General Chatter site which I really liked. I use colours heavily throughout sites to easily identify sections for the forums. Now the forum nodes are colour co-ordinated but so is the title bar in the thread listings and the thread itself - along with the individual forum icon. I'm not sure why forum software doesn't allow for this automatically. It makes perfect sense for things to flow like this and makes everything easily identifiable.
Nicely laid out and very pleasing to the eye. Seems you're really liking XF2!
Yeah, I've not really had much time to play around with it but it is a lot easier to work with than I expected.
Custom Thread Fields are an excellent addition. I can see me implenting them in more areas
Some small updates applied.
I thought my member profiles looked a bit rubbish, so I decided to give them a wee makeover. Modified the profile header, removed some blurb, replace tabs text with icons and jiggled things around a little. A lot happier with the look now
Also tidied up various bits and pieces around the site, one area that I didn't like was polls. It may be due to the style I'm using but polls with numerous choices took up too much space mainly due to the style padding - especially the poll widget, so I've changed things around a little and made them move compact.
One new add-on we've added is the Music Thread Starter add-on by Snog - https://xenforo.com/community/resources/music-thread-starter-for-xenforo-2-x.6050/
Ha - didn't realize there was so much room for improvement until I looked at the before and after shots. Nicely done!
And I'm guessing you're the one on the right in the photo?
Loving the edits
I've been making some small updates over the last day or so, mainly tidying up the appearance of the site and whatnot.
Member profiles have had a little update because I'm now using an alternative addon for profile covers
It is the [TH]Covers addon that also allows you to add covers to threads, like so...
My biggest changes have been to the thread list, the header and layout has been completely changed. I wanted it different but had to compromise due to addon conflicts but here's how it looks for standard XF and also one of Snogs addon (I have 3 all using the same structure)
And how it looks via mobile devices
That's me done until the next time I've free time and I finally decide on a portal layout.
Thanks for looking
Looks superb Gemma great work.
Finished my customizations, two addons still to install (Siropu's Referral Contests and Bob's Pick'em addons) but the layout of the site is now complete. Taken a little longer than planned due to work commitments.
Changed the thread list, user message info, member profiles, member cards, Snog's TV, Movie and Music thread starter addons, forum index page and xenPorta - basically tried to make everything look the way that I want it and for the most part I've achieved that. Some are big changes, some just little tweaks.
Below are some of the layout changes, there are tons more. But I won't bore you anymore
Our featured threads page (xenPorta)
Snog's TV & Movie thread starter addons (removed the poster details (member info) from the first post)
Member cards (much easier to read the details and see the "cover" than the default layout)
Finally got around to completing my first ever light coloured theme. It still uses UI.X 2 Dark framework but I've switched out the dark for greys and blues.
I've also removed the node background images from both styles and gone with Material Design Icons with different opacity levels.