ACE for XenForo is our answer to what is the most ideal interface and experience for a community. AC.UI, a theme centered around a simple and performant design, and Feeds, an add-on that allows filtering of dedicated feeds.
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AC.UI is built with our tried-and-true UI.X framework for XenForo 2. We have deliberated and meticulously fine-tuned AC.UI until it is truly the most modern and ideal interface for communities and no detail is missed. Every front size was optimized for legibility, every padding was considered, navigation for mobile devices was completely re-worked, and more were altered from base XenForo for the best user experience and discoverability.
To learn more about AC.UI, we shared why we approached it the way we did and more in-depth explanations of its features here.
After years in the forum world, learning what is ideal for forum structure and user experience, we’ve taken the step forward in what a community should be with Feeds.
We wanted to better organize the way users can quickly find and create content, engage with others about topics that are unrelated to the forum subject but at the same time not alienate users that prefer a more traditional forum structure. Research, countless hours in iteration, and ingenuity have lead us to create a product that has all the benefits of a social platform but never compromising the needs of small communities.
In reality, there are many types of users that all engage with a community in different ways. Feeds enables communities to no longer funnel users into one core experience, the forum list. Instead each core utility such as hot (curated), threads, latest activity, questions, and more have their own dedicated space within the community. Along with a curated feed, users are able to filter content based on which forum, who they follow, forums they watch, and more to deliver a truly curated feed.
To learn more about Feeds, we outlined what it includes and why we approached it the way we did here.
- App-like navigation for mobile
We completely reworked how navigation is handled on mobile by having bottom navigation tabs to mimic what users come to expect from an app experience.
- Alerts simplified
In one convenient user menu, users can now view their alerts, conversations, settings, and bookmarks in one single user menu that removes extra clicks and simplifies navigation.
- Thoughtfully designed
Every detail was considered, from font sizes to contrast and legibility, to ease of navigation. We made the micro-decisions about the ideal interface so you don't have to.
- Intentional and interactive feeds
We deliberately created various, customizable feeds for different types of users that allow for engagement right in the feed and unread indicators so users can easily discover new content.
- Universal create button
We standardized common forum actions such as creating a thread into one single call-to-action.
Users can filter by forum, thread type, watched content, people you follow, and more to discover the content they want to see and save the filter for later.
- Promote to a curated hot feed
Community staff can hand-select content from a recommended list or let our algorithm do the work for them.
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