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    Hi guys,

    For the past few months I've been weighing up whether to go ahead and get the mobile app version of this software developed, or migrate everything across to a different platform called Xenforo. When I launched the site over 10 years ago, Xenforo wasn't really a thing but (in my opinion), it's vastly superior software to what we currently run here now.

    I've just launched a seperate website (gaming related) using Xenforo, you can see it in action here: https://www.gamingevents.com.au (additionally for those interested, we're running a promo, giving away 3x $100 Gift Cards or we'll buy any game of your choice valued up to $100). Xenforo however, does not have the capability to be built out as a native mobile application.

    I've always tried to do the right thing by the members here and this is no exception, so with this poll I'd like to know - with expansion of this website, would you prefer to keep the software as it is and I'll organise to get the mobile version put together, or would you prefer to migrate the forum to Xenforo? As stated above, if you aren't familiar with Xenforo you can check out an example here: https://www.gamingevents.com.au/forum/

    Vote away and I'll try to answer any questions if you have any.
    21
    Build a mobile app on the existing software
    19.05%
    4
    Migrate the forum to Xenforo
    80.95%
    17

  • #2
    Bit to complicated for me Chris.
    I vote for what you vote for.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mickie Lane View Post
      Bit to complicated for me Chris.
      I vote for what you vote for.
      Haha, I appreciate that! Basically, we can vastly improve the overall experience of the forum with new software.. or keep the existing software and add a native mobile application.

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      • #4
        My preference (if it has to change) is to move it to Xenforo rather than an app.

        IMO it's a bit pointless having an app for a forum because a good CMS will operate much like the said app but in a web browser with installation (or app store approvals...etc) required.

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        • #5
          I veiw the site on my phone 70% of the time anyway , so as long as can continue to do that with the new system then that would suit me.
          Ps many thanks Chris for all your hard work. Brilliant site.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ism22 View Post
            My preference (if it has to change) is to move it to Xenforo rather than an app.

            IMO it's a bit pointless having an app for a forum because a good CMS will operate much like the said app but in a web browser with installation (or app store approvals...etc) required.
            Definitely. It doesn't have to change, I just think Xenforo is better than vBulletin now. The only drawback is no API to build a native mobile application. I just wanted to gauge what you guys would prefer

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            • #7
              I prefer the app so I can read the chookpen more easily at work. Haha
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              • #8
                I think sticking with the website is the better way to go. Having an app is fine but, as 1908 pointed out, you can access the forum from your mobile device anyway. I believe the Chookpen members would universally appreciate a better performing website experience.

                Thank you for everything you do Chris.
                MRR or Rabid

                Some people believe supporting the Roosters
                is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed
                with that attitude. I can assure you it is
                much, much more important than that.


                (1981 Bill Shankly quote variation)

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                • #9
                  Im like Mickey, no idea what it all means,
                  I only access through a mobile, so if that will still work, then whatever is better for you.

                  thanks for your efforts.

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                  • #10
                    Just keep it simples.

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                    • #11
                      Only access this wonderful site using a computer or tablet, never on a mobile (simply my preference). Therefore, I vote to move to Xenforo.

                      As with the general sentiment on here Chris, thank you for making The Chookpen a thing that I miss when it's not available.
                      "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

                      Thomas Jefferson

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                      • #12
                        Hi Chris - I'm happy with the current forum template and prefer browser-based.

                        One enhancement I'd love to see is for you to make it so a page remembers where you were up to last time you were reading. Basically add a hash at the end of a url to scroll to last viewed post, and capture it at the server-level. Another vBulletin forum I use has this feature and it's a major game-changer.
                        Making Steve Naughton look like Vince Mellars...

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                        • #13
                          Whatever the majority prefer.
                          “Soon will the present day order be rolled up, and a new one spread out in its stead”- (Baha’u’llah)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by roosterchook View Post
                            Whatever the majority prefer.
                            I second that!
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