A few screen shots of XenForo 2 have finally been released and I have to say that they are pretty disappointing. I like XenForo a lot, but both versions of the software have the worst default style of any forum platform that I've ever seen. I was hoping to see some improvements with the newest default style, but it doesn't look like they did anything except remove some gradients and changed some other minor things. The list of improvements with XF2 are a bit disappointing as well, they've finally added things that vBulletin 4 has had for a while now. At this point I really can't see any reason why anyone would want to upgrade, the added features are already available in the form of add-ons. To me, it looks as if the XenForo developers are just throwing "something" out there just to keep their customers quiet. I was expecting much more.
Meh, it took them 2 years to do that?
Aside from the updated look and feel, there are a few other new features shown here:
We'll go into these in more detail in the future.
- The navigation manager which allows you to control the individual parts of the header navigation area. You might have noticed that navigation entries can come from the node tree and be their own tab.
- Widgets powering the sidebar of the forum list. We've mimicked XenForo 1 here, but they are powered by a new widget system which lets you control what is displayed in various locations. And if you want to insert a widget in a custom location, you can do this with a special template tag.
- Dynamic letter-based avatars for users without a custom avatar. These users will now receive an avatar based off the first letter of their username, with a background color generated from their name.