Forum Lifespan – phase 1

This tool is at its startup, but may grow with the clients needs.

The main goal of this feature is to identify the new forums date of birth and the old forum’s first post date.

When you first install this product, it will create a new entry in the forum table, and will check for each existing forum’s first post date to be entered in the database. By then, each time you create a new forum, a timestamp will be added. (we can not track the original date of creation of the existing forums, so we use the oldest post/thread created in them to tag these forums)

So with this first version, what you can do is verify the date of creation/birth of each of your forums. This is very useful when you have tons of forums and they are created in different moments.

So if you want to know when forum X was created compared to forum Y, you simply have to hover on its title, like here:

nex_forum_lifespan.jpg

This is a first stage of development for this tool, so maybe the only thing you can do with it is to verify if a forum worth to be kept after X months… but i plan adding some features to it, like global stats to compare the activity of all the forums, but they would not require more database edits than required…

This product is self installed, there is no template edit, and you can deactivate it or uninstall it without breaking anything on your forum.

Zebra Striped Collection

The collection of all known modifications to make your site striped in all situations.

Alternating the who’s online bits and giving them a certain look instead of the bloat version provided within vBulletin was for me a little pleasure…

i like styles in things… it now alternate the rows instead of the columns. making it easier to read, easier to locate each member…

so here is the default version:

nex_zebra_whosonlinebit_before.jpg

and my new version, with alternate bits and colors for specific usages… you can see the legend of these colors below the list, and you can change these colors per style, at your will.

nex_zebra_whosonlinebit_css.jpg

as a note, this product is active without any file or template edit… a single product upload and tada…

Forumbit Tool Icons

To enhance the visitors’ experience, you can add some quick tools to your forum display. You can see these icons here on nexialys.net, and here is a clear screenshot of what they look like:

nex_forumbit_toolicons.jpg

As you see the 4 icons, and here what they are: (the title appear when you hover on them)

– create new thread in that forum
– list new posts/threads in that forum
– subscribe to that forum
– RSS Feed for that forum

… they are all permission based, so if you have no permission to post, the icon New Thread will not show… same for the search and subscribe.

As usual, that modification is without any code or template edits.

The icons are copyrighted, but you can change them when you want… you can also edit the template « forumhome_forumbit_toolicons » to make it look the way you want… like adding a border, or making them vertical instead of horizontal…

If you have Cyb Subforums Manager, you will have to edit the forumbit templates to your taste…

This tweak is better used if you drop the Threads/Posts columns in your forumbits templates.