• Ya even more sad is that, their new release is a complete rebuild that none of their current plugins nor themes will work properly. It is more like going back to square one. Even established PHPBB communities cannot update due to this.


  • Symfony Components

    NOPE. GTFO.

    Still looks poor.


  • Yup, in terms of looks, I can only think of 2 other forum apps other than NBB, namely discourse and vanilla.But a forum need not always be about looks, Some of the heavily popular forums still use, normal vbulletin (may be due to investment) phpbb and all. functionality, ease of use and familiarity comes first. Remember Facebook in its early days?


  • @vegetagz6 You can add esoTalk and the new comer Flarum but it's PHP.


  • No, Flatrum is Ember.js. I don't know about Esotalk, but its development is retarded these days. Also Flatrum will debut next year only. So long way to go for it.


  • @vegetagz6 Yes but PHP too with Lavarel framework that will be used for the API.
    esoTalk is Flarums ancestor it's development is stopped for Flarum to grow.
    I'm curious to see what they'll manage to create.


  • Ohh that's good news, because I am used to php that it is really hard for me to make any serious changes in NBB, so I will have to take some time before I can try nbb. Vanilla and I guess Flatrum also, will be easier to modify. NBB has a learning curve.


  • @vegetagz6 Well I never developed in NodeJS before NodeBB and in 1 month I've done my first plugin, the learning curve is not so intensive because NodeJS is quite logic and simple in the approach, where PHP can be a real pain for new developers.


  • Now that's good news for me. Out of curiosity, which is your plugin?


  • @vegetagz6 said:

    Remember Facebook in its early days?

    It was awful then, and it's awful now. But that's probably just down to the people that I know. 😆


  • @vegetagz6 The first one was nodebb-plugin-topic-color https://community.nodebb.org/topic/1878/topic-color
    The second one nodebb-plugin-custom-header https://community.nodebb.org/topic/2333/custom-header
    And now I have a theme in the pipes after doing my forum forum.galaxygraph.fr And I think it was done in 3 months or so. So yeah NodeBB is definitely customizable and easy to learn 🙂 (not at @Schamper level tho)


  • Your theme is really good. Will you be making it open source. I know they are simple modifications to the base theme, but its good enough to be uploaded to github or npm repository. Nice, infact awesome work.


  • @vegetagz6 As stated here https://community.nodebb.org/topic/3219/nodebb-theme-concept-minimalism-name-to-change/ I won't release the theme used by my forum. But I may share some tips and tricks and portions of code if some ask me.


  • @a_5mith It does not matter whether FB is awful or good. A fair amount of people really dislike FB, a bigger portion especially students make use of it like a daily part of their life. The point is they are the second most popular site in the internet. So logically their operation model is successful one.


  • @esiao to start with, you can share,if u do not mind, how to invert the position of notifications bar from top to left side. Lol I really like left side notification bar. By the way minimalism theme is also good.

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    @vegetagz6 said:

    For example, there are forums with 1-2 million members active members like Gaia Online which makes use of PHPBB 3.0 even to this date 😐 What ya think?

    It took many forums years to move from 2.x to 3.x because none of the mods or themes were compatible. Now that they're starting from scratch again I would imagine most boards that are a heavily modified (such as GO) won't be making the 3.x to 3.1 switch anytime soon


  • @psychobunny , GO will not be switching anytime soon, at least for some years to come. Their version of phpbb is heavily customized to meet their ends. They won't risk putting their community through such a big maintenance hazard.


  • @vegetagz6 It's subjective opinion though, having users doesn't make it popular or right. Google+ for example, they have 1.6 billion users. However the average user spends just 7 minutes on Google+ per month. Usually through Google Pages for example, and they happen to be signed in because of Youtube.

    Facebook is a tool for speaking to friends. Until people no longer have friends, or until Facebook sells all your information. Facebook will be around. However the number of people with accounts is dropping. At the minute they're forcing unwanted rubbish onto users to see what they can get away with. Mobile Chat App, advertising in the news feeds etc (if you don't use adblock+)


  • Hmm, I hate mobile chat app. They forced me to install it, by blocking my messages in the main app. Well ya FB will around long enough. Google plus never made it in to q grand scale because of a clunky interface and also reluctance of users to try it. Unlike developers, end users are always happy using the one they are used to. That's why whenever FB makes a design change, users make countless status updates saying that FB is messing up.


  • So i had to read this to signup and become part of nbb community. Lovely post @vegetagz6 and omg nbb even supports tagging 😄

    I have a project which i have been working on for months now, well to be honest ive only been doing research.

    I run a facebook GROUP and its growing over 20,000 members in a span of 1.5 years without advertising, just word of mouth. Members have been asking me to open a website where they could get more out of the community itself. Now ive been to freelancers and companies to help me replicate something that looks like a facebook group, but due to financial issues i cant afford it. This brings me to my question, is it possible to show a facebook group timeline like layout on home page ? and have someone to write a post only instead of making a topic in a category ?

    Help me please 🙂

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