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Do forums need a portal?
by Mattwhf
12 Feb 2020 02:26

Hi everyone,

I moved my forum into a sub folder like this /forums/ and replaced homepage with a portal where contains blocks, mix of content from blog and forums. Do you think nowadays, forums should change to a portal, instead of using traditional forum layout?

Thanks in advanced.

In Omnibus 12 Feb 2020 03:07

I think it depends on the purpose of the forum.

Mattwhf 12 Feb 2020 13:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by In Omnibus (Post 2602019)
I think it depends on the purpose of the forum.

Can you share more details on this?

When needs a portal when its not?

In Omnibus 12 Feb 2020 16:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mattwhf (Post 2602020)
Can you share more details on this?

When needs a portal when its not?

That's a long and detailed discussion. Is the purpose of the forum to support the sale of goods or the sale of services? Is the purpose of the forum to engender a community specific to a niche? Is the purpose of the forum no specific purpose, i.e. an off-topic discussion environment?

I think if your forum is a support tool for products, goods, or services you should consider a portal as it allows for access to a website or multiple websites, a forum, an intranet, the internet, third party URLs that may be pertinent or useful, and more.

I think if the main purpose is the forum itself adding a portal is information overload and a distraction to the content.

Obviously, these are my opinions and not necessarily the opinions of others.

As an example, one of the sites I webmaster is specific to one team in one sport. Another is sports general with more than 300 team and individual sports groups. Having a portal for a one niche forum seems like overkill. Having one for a 300 team forum seems like a good idea.

Probably the best way to approach the question is: What would I want to see as a regular user of the forums? Which makes it easier for me to find the information I am seeking?

gnrx 16 Feb 2020 16:13

What portal are you used with vbulletin forum?

Mattwhf 20 Feb 2020 14:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by gnrx (Post 2602071)
What portal are you used with vbulletin forum?

I like a custom portal that designed by myself.

What my forum are you mentioning?

gnrx 20 Feb 2020 15:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mattwhf (Post 2602109)
I like a custom portal that designed by myself.

What my forum are you mentioning?

No, I don't mentioning your forum I was not view your forum, now, in your signature I view your forum.

I asked about CSM because I search a CSM for my vb 4.2.5 and I don't view any, but I can't made some CMS by myself (I don't have the necessary knowledge).

Regards.

Mattwhf 23 Feb 2020 09:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by gnrx (Post 2602110)
I asked about CSM because I search a CSM for my vb 4.2.5 and I don't view any, but I can't made some CMS by myself (I don't have the necessary knowledge).

The best way in this case is, you should find a coder on vB community to do it for you. That can cost a bit but you will have a great portal as your requirement or you like.

gnrx 23 Feb 2020 10:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mattwhf (Post 2602143)
The best way in this case is, you should find a coder on vB community to do it for you. That can cost a bit but you will have a great portal as your requirement or you like.

Thanks for the reply.

In this moment, I don't have money for made a cutom CMS, I know that, its better option because the CMS as at my requirement or my like but...in this moment, my money is very little...

Regards.

redragon29 24 Feb 2020 22:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by gnrx (Post 2602144)
Thanks for the reply.

In this moment, I don't have money for made a cutom CMS, I know that, its better option because the CMS as at my requirement or my like but...in this moment, my money is very little...

Regards.

Why you don't use something like wordpress, joomla or other in front of your forum?

In Omnibus 24 Feb 2020 23:38

vBulletin 5 is a CMS. You can do anything with it that can be done with WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.

gnrx 25 Feb 2020 07:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by redragon29 (Post 2602165)
Why you don't use something like wordpress, joomla or other in front of your forum?

Its an option but the read about this, with wp for example, is fully integrated? Only I need a cms for index with articles, like the old vbadvanced, articles pointed to one subforum in the forum.

Quote:

Originally Posted by In Omnibus (Post 2602166)
vBulletin 5 is a CMS. You can do anything with it that can be done with WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.

VB 5.0 I can't use because, in my vb 4.2.5 I have some plugins that aren't compatible with vb 5...

Regards.

Mattwhf 28 Feb 2020 10:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by redragon29 (Post 2602165)
Why you don't use something like wordpress, joomla or other in front of your forum?

Because users must login 2 times on your website, you need 2 databases, ... what is also need 2 times. So, it is not convenient to have WP as your portal unless you can not have a CMS for your forum.

redragon29 28 Feb 2020 12:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mattwhf (Post 2602196)
Because users must login 2 times on your website, you need 2 databases, ... what is also need 2 times. So, it is not convenient to have WP as your portal unless you can not have a CMS for your forum.

that depend what you want to do, if it's just a presentation of your forum or something like that no need to login.
But if you want to put last post... yes you will have a login problem.
I saw a plugin in wordpress that communicate with vbulletin, i'll try to find it and will share here.

lange 28 Feb 2020 12:22

I bought this plugin many years ago :

https://codecanyon.net/item/vbulletin-connector/4126499

--------------- Added 28 Feb 2020 at 12:51 ---------------

Quote:

Originally Posted by In Omnibus (Post 2602166)
vBulletin 5 is a CMS. You can do anything with it that can be done with WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.

To write such a thing, you've never used WordPress.


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