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Enhanced Forum Views 1.3.3


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The is a bundle of small layout tweaks I use on my own community sites to change the look of the forums app. I turned them into a plugin so I and anyone else can use them easily without any manual changes to the theme code. 

The main feature is a forum listing change, which puts the users into focus with large avatar images of the person creating the topic and the last poster. I’ve seen this on a community website once and it instantly convinced me. Instantly showing the people behind the posts makes the topics more personal and users are more likely to answer this way. I also added a few other tweaks, which I find useful or which people have asked for in this community. 

Demo 1: Typography.Guru
Demo 2: Typografie.info

What’s needed: 

  • IPS 4.3/.4.4 in their most recent versions.

Detailed Feature/Settings Description:

  • Turn the avatar mode for desktop views on or off.
  • Avatar size. mini, small or medium.
  • Remove last poster column from index. A cleaner look and faster loading of the index page. 
  • Dim inaccessible forums. Shows forums which can be seen but not opened with 50% opacity. 
  • Dim forum description. Shows the forum descriptions with less contrast so the titles stand out more. 
  • Remove headline from index. Removes the H1 “Forums” headline if you don’t need it. 
  • Remove tags. Removes the tags from the forum listing views. Creates a much cleaner look. 

More feature might be added over time. Feel free to suggest forum layout tweaks in the support topic. 

Compatibility: Should work fine with forums using the stock theme or themes close to the stock theme. I cannot guarantee it will work on heavily modified themes. Third-party apps/plugins should still be able to change or inject content in the affected forum views. I tested a few like Topic Thumbnails or Best Answer on Discussion Forums and they continue to work. Again, there can be no guarantee that there will be no conflicts with third-party apps/plugins, which change the same theme files as this plugin. 

What's New in Version 1.3.3   See changelog


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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

The Enhanced Forum Views Plugin is a very nice way to give your forum listing a special unique and beautiful new look. The installation is very easy and you can choose the avatars showing in 3 different sizes (mini, small, medium). Full satisfaction guaranteed. Thanks.

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Daniel Ocio


Its a great mod to change forum index view

If i can ask, an option to put starter avatar on left and last reply avatar on the right will be nice

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Sovereign Grace Singles


Opentype's product does what is claimed. I had modified my template before purchasing this with most of the mods available in the product in order to improve upon SEO. This will no longer be necessary (modifying templates) because this product accomplishes what I had done to receive a 99 Google Page Speed score.

The only Suggestion I have to make the product better is instead of disabling the H1 "Forum" perhaps allowing one to change "Forum" to another Title. This can be accomplished in  Translate Language but just thought it may help those who haven't done so. 

I give this product 5 stars for not only providing a product which does what is claimed (default template) but also because of the ongoing revision updates.

To note: I use this product on an aftermarket template. Only minor CSS was needed to correct Topic views alignment of avatars. For the default template the product works flawlessly.

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