What's New Tweak 2.0.6

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What's New Tweak 2.0.6

XF 2.1 comes with a redesigned What's New page. After upgrading to 2.1, our regular forum members had some trouble using the new system with filters.

This addon will change some of the What's New features in such a way that it is more consistent and easier to understand:
  • Auto refresh / update the What's New page [option]
    This will automatically refresh the first page of What's New section every x seconds. Active users will like this feature if they have a window opened to watch your forum. Users have the option to enable or disable auto refreshing with one click.
  • Add a refresh button to the What's New section
    Extra button to make refreshing the What's New page easier.
  • Add a "All posts" menu item
    This will call a page which contains all the new posts (read and unread)..
  • Always highlight the What's New menu
    If you select "New Post", xenforo would normally highlight the menu "Forums". To be more consistent I choose to always highlight "What's New" for all items related to new stuff. Same goes for "All new profile posts".
  • Remove the extra (redundant?) menu bar [option]
    The What's New section contains an extra menu bar with basically the same items as the normal navigation menu. This is confusing so you can turn it off.
  • Hide search id from New Posts page [option]
    Hide the search id that is normally visible in the browser's address bar. This makes it easier for your visitors to refresh or bookmark the New Posts page.
    Example: https://www.domain.com//whats-new/posts/326902/ will be replaced by https://www.domain.com//whats-new/posts/ in the browser's address bar.
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  1. Copy the contents of the folder "upload" to your forum
  2. Go to your xenForo admin control panel > Addons
  3. Install the new addon
Post Installation

After installation it is recommended (but not needed!) to modify some navigation items to make things more intuitive / consistent:

  1. Go to your xenForo admin control panel > Setup > Public navigation
  2. Disable "New posts" under the "Forums" section (this will force your users to use one place for new items).
  3. Disable "New profile posts" under the "Members" section (this will force your users to use one place for new items).
  4. Modify the "What's new" section, change the link to: {{ link('whats-new/posts/') }}
    The "whats-new" link is basically the same as "whats-new/posts/" but with different layout. To make things more consistent, I choose to always use "whats-new/posts/" as this is the best way of presenting new posts.


Users can turn on/off auto refreshing with one click:



If you select "New posts" from the sub-menu, the What's new tab stays selected (instead of the Forums tab).
You also see the extra refresh button:


If you select another page, the auto refresh will be disabled but you can still manually refresh the page. We found out that the auto refresh only made sense for the first page:


Show all new posts, including read and unread, this shortcut removes the "unread filter":


All posts in the extra navigation bar:


Hide the extra navigation bar:


If you select the "New profile posts" sub-menu, the "What's new" tab will stay selected:


Replace the URL with number in it:



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