I love a strong community forum, but for years have wished for a design that is exciting or encourages more interactivity. Got any you love?
Discourse doesn't work in the world's most popular browser… IE8.
All the way.
PHP+MySQL and lots of AJAX
I wish that there was a demo.
EDIT: d'oh: http://esotalk.org/forum
You might be interested to know that the brain behind esoTalk is working on a big evolution from esoTalk, called Flarum. Details are scarce at the moment but I can promise you it's worth your while following along.
Bah.... Laravel........ I'll pass :))))
I've used it for my Arma 3 clan website and my design business support forum.
Worked great in either cases.
Though the aesthetic is dated, I always thought the QBN.com forums had a unique touch with having tweet-like side comments to forum entries. It enticed small reactions, while keeping the thread focused on the topic.
someone will make a modern version of that. The idea is very cool.
Check out NodeBB, and for a good design convoe.com (Is a NodeBB instance)
Classic, simple design that has worked for our community for a decade.
Don't tell them! Then they'll know.
AnswerCart is the best community solution available. https://www.answercart.com/
- Build in PHP+MySQL
- Auto distribution APIs
- Works with Apps,
- Mobile and tablet optimized.
- Rich media content & advance editor
- Private Messages
I'm on a forum that uses XenForo
It's more traditional but way less confusing to the eye as some of the options I've seen here. It's also incredibly extensible.
Not a forum, but: http://telesc.pe
The main advantage is that it's a lot easier to style and customize than more complex apps like Discourse :)
I'm actually using Telescope for a local forum-ish site in Burque for designers and developers. I'm having some difficulty starting the styling and customizing process. Is this the best resource?
I'd like to improve the templates to provide better access to elements like the "Markdown supported" found on Designer News (see below).
The invitation process is also confusing for my users as I am not really "inviting" them to the invite only beta site. Any suggestions for that (or would this be better addressed on the Telescope forum)?
In any case I am leaning on the sticky post method for our site for now: news.burque.org.
Other than that telescope is amaze-o-tron!
Very cool! Yes, that's the best resource. The invite process actually just got improved in a recent update, did you check that out?
But yeah, it's probably best to talk about it over on http://meta.telesc.pe :)