Wow, this is an old topic.
Integration with a locally installed emailer (e.g. sendmail or postfix) is available OOTB from the settings -> email panel.
I think a better idea would be for devs to consider coding a plugin that has a Free and a Pro version, like you see on WP. I'm actually looking forward to an ad placement plugin that will make it easy to add display ads anywhere on the forum that will refresh on every page activity. I need to start monetizing my traffic. Not that I have a whole lot at this time, but it will grow. There are WP plugins that go for between $20-$30 lifetime and the devs are making out like bandits.
To be honest, it will be nice to have donation option during this budding stage of NodeBB. Lot of paid plugins will simply drive people away. Xenforo already bears that bad name, low cost but needs lot of paid plugins.
@meetdilip xenforo is anything but low cost. For what you actually get it's not worth anything near the £350 that's needed to buy the software license and an add on, then you have to pay for updates every 6-12 months... Same goes for vbulletin too. Just vbulletin 5 released missing basic features and with huge amounts of bugs. Pretty rubbish really.
The one thing that may get in the way: NodeBB has a 1,000,000 times smaller customer base than Wordpress. So while a Wordpress dev can make a plugin and anticipate monetary returns, the same cannot be said here. That's why I'd rather donate for a while. But I'm sure there are alternate setups that also encourage growth, and perhaps are more efficient.
NodeBB has a 1,000,000 times smaller customer base than Wordpress.
True, but it will grow. People should not expect to make a killing right from the start. From a commercial bloggers perspective, I can tell you that the only obstacle to migration to NodeBB right now is there's no way to effectively monetize the traffic.
@planner Yup, it's probably for love now, perhaps money later. I know I can't force people to donate a couple bucks, but the NodeBB team is so cool and responsive (not in the mobile sense) that they deserve some cizzzzash.
If admins want to make money out of nodebb, a few ideas that we can always bounce around would include things like:
Paid promoted posts (sticky and included in daily/weekly digests)
Monetising @psychobunny ghost comments blog when it works with multiple blogs and Wordpress. (not sure on this one, maybe a subscription for each month they wish to use the comments or something.)
Normal advertising through google.
Inclusion within syndicate ads network and others that do similar things.
There's not a lot of money in running forums and that sort of thing unless you can incorporate it with other things and make it more than just a social club.
I'll take the first two suggestions as jest.
There's not a lot of money in running forums...
Actually, there is. A popular forum is no different from a popular blog. You just have to run display ads from an ad provider to monetize the traffic.
@planner it depends on your audience. The majority of my users, me included use an ad blocker. It's just something I've grown accustomed to. Also no jest intended, each board is ran differently, you'd be amazed how many blogs and sites run promoted content every week.
No word on 0.4.3/0.5 compatibility, but @dove is around often, so it should be fairly up to date...