XenForo How-To: The Basics

Discussion in 'Site Suggestions, Help and Announcements' started by brubenstein22, Aug 24, 2014.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    New to XenForo? In this thread, I'll be sharing instructions for how to handle basic forum tasks.

    Glossary
    XenForo uses some terms that are slightly different from vBulletin (and other forums). Here are some key ones to be aware of:
    • Messages – These are what vBulletin calls “posts”. Your number of posts will be migrated over to become your current number of messages.
    • Alerts – These replace vBulletin’s “notifications”. You’ll see an Alerts menu at the top right of the page when you’re signed in (next to your profile information). Here you’ll see notifications on threads and forums you’re watching, and you can manage your alert preferences from here.
    • Conversations – These are private messages you have with other users.
     
  2. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Log in
    The login/sign up button is at the top right (there’s also a larger, orange button a bit below the header). Input your username and password and make sure to check “Stay logged in” in case you don’t want to enter your password each time you start a new session.

    login.png
     
  3. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to View Threads
    Click on any forum title to view the threads in that forum. You’ll see the name of each thread, who started that thread and when, the number of replies and views, and the name of the last contributor to the thread (and when that contribution occurred).
    viewforum.png


    Click on the date below last message to be taken directly to the latest message in the thread.
    clickpostdate.png

    Hover over the thread title to view the number of pages in the thread. You can then click on any of those page numbers to be taken directly to that page in the thread.
    threadhover.png
     
  4. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to View New Posts/Activity
    If you want to see what’s new across all forums, click on New Posts in the sub-menu under Forum in the main menu.
    newpostslink.png

    Here you’ll see a list of all threads with unread messages; somewhere on the list you’ll see a note that says “Threads below this have not been updated since your last visit but have unread messages.” This means that anything above this note is new since your last visit.
    newposts.png

    If you just want a straight list of the most recent posts, click “Recent Posts” at the top right on that New Posts page.
    recentpostslink.png
     

    Attached Files:

  5. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Start a Thread
    To start your own thread, go to any forum and click the orange “Post New Thread” button.
    postnewthread.png

    You can then add a thread title and add content to the first post and click “Create Thread”. You can choose whether to watch a thread and receive email notifications when there are new responses.
    createthreadpage.png

    How to Add A Post in a Thread
    Adding a new post to a thread is very similar to creating a thread, except you don’t create a thread title first. Simply go down to the bottom of the thread and you’ll find a Post Reply input box. The “More Options” button allows you to Preview the post and sign up for thread notifications.

    postreplyinthread.png
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
  6. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Create a Poll
    If you’d like to add a poll to your thread, you can use the Post a Poll option when creating a thread. Add a Question and add responses in the appropriate fields, then click Create thread.
    postapoll.png
     
  7. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Format Your Posts
    The toolbar includes any formatting you should need, including lists, smilies/emoticons, and code display.

    Note: XenForo displays only BBcode (all old posts have been converted from HTML). You can find a list of relevant BBcode formatting in the help pages here: http://forum.brighthand.com/help/bb-codes

    To add an image to your post, you have two options:
    1. Insert from a URL. Click the image icon in the toolbar to insert an image directly from a URL.
    insertimageurl.png

    2. Upload an image from your computer.
    a. Click the orange “Upload a File” button below the post box. A window will pop up allowing you to navigate to the file on your computer.
    uploadfile.png
    b. Once you’ve selected the file, you will see it under the Attached Files section. You can then choose to insert it as either a thumbnail or a full-size image. (Note: If you see a blank image, you may need to refresh the page.)
    c. Click either and the image should appear in your post (or BBcode for image insertion). If you already have an image code in mind, you can use the code to add it in.

    To add video to your post, click the Media icon and add a video URL (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion, Liveleak, Metacafe) and click “Embed”.

    To insert spoilers into your post:
    1. Click the Insert icon and choose “Spoiler”.
    2. Choose a Spoiler title if desired (you can leave it blank) and click "Continue".
    3. Add your actual spoiler text within the SPOILER tags in your post.
    insertspoiler.png

    To insert a code block into your post:
    1. Click the Insert icon and choose “Code”.
    2. Choose a language (HTML, PHP) or just leave as “General Code” and add your code in the input box.
    3. Click “Insert” to see your code block in your post.

    You can preview your post by clicking the orange “Preview” button.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
  8. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Quote Other Users’ Posts
    If you’re in a thread and want to reply specifically to another user’s post, use the “Reply” link at the bottom right of the post. This will start a new post with that user’s post quoted. You can then add any additional information you want and submit your reply.

    replywithquote.png

    postwithquote.png
     
  9. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Multi-Quote Other Users’ Posts
    If you want to include multiple other posts within your post, use the Multi-Quote option. Go through a given thread and click the “+Quote” link on all the posts you want to include in your response.
    addmultiquote.png

    Once you click it it will show with a “-Quote” (you can click again to de-select).
    multiquoteselected.png
    Once you’ve selected all of the quotes, go down to the bottom of the thread and click “Insert Quotes…” in the Post Reply box. A box will pop up with all the quotes you’ve selected, which you can re-order if desired.
    insertmultiquotes.png
    Click insert and you’ll see the quotes in your post.
    multiquotesinserted.png
     
  10. brubenstein22

    brubenstein22 Mobile Deity

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    257
    Trophy Points:
    63
    How to Watch a Forum for New Threads
    Want to know when new threads are created in a certain forum? Click the “Watch Forum” link at the top of any forum. You’ll then have the option to select the notifications you want to receive, and how – via email (notifications of new threads will come immediately after they are posted) or via alerts (alerts will update at the top right of the forum, next to your profile info and inbox).
    watchforum-smartphones.png

    How to Watch a Thread for New Posts
    If you just want to know when a certain thread is updated, you can click “Watch Thread” at the top of that thread and choose whether you’ll receive email notifications or not (if not, notifications will be given to you as alerts). You can also sign up to watch a thread via the “More Options” button when making a post.

    watchthread.png
    watchthreadpopup.png
     

    Attached Files:

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page