Sitefinity Forum Module Features

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Forum Benefits and Features within Sitefinity

Sitefinity eCommerce CMS Forum Functionality

Forums play a considerable part in creating and maintaining connectivity and community. Forum software allows users to interact with each other and exchange data and information. Therefore, they are vital in ensuring a constant stream of communication and collaboration. Software forums can have varying degrees of functionality. Account registration, posting content, creating, and engaging in threads are all examples of functions available for users in a forum and community module. Different platforms and software solutions deal with the creation and management of forums. Sitefinity CMS is one of them.

Users who want to create their forum need to use a software forum to build their forum and equip it with the necessary features. The purpose is to build a platform that is practical and useful for the target community.

Sitefinity is a content management system (CMS). Organizations use this popular software solution for website and data management. Developers can collaborate with marketers, administrators, content creators, and editors on the software to effectively manage digital presence. This involves the creation and management of Sitefinity forums and intranets as well as websites.

The best part of using Sitefinity forums is that the CMS has a vast array of extensions and opt-ins. These provide users a great deal of flexibility and customizability. Sitefinity CMS users can execute several functions using this extended range of use. They can add a huge variety of features to customize the Sitefinity forum according to their liking and to optimize it to succeed.

The documentation provided by Progress makes the usage of Sitefinity CMS and Sitefinity forums straightforward. There is a broad accessibility of widgets to customize and manage the forum. Additionally, people who do not have extensive technical knowledge can easily use the platform’s drag-and-drop interface. The properties and actions are clearly defined with the application, making the CMS easy to operate and practically useful.

Providing a High-Quality Experience

Ideal Software Forum Features

The ideal software forum fits a user’s needs and is functional and straightforward. It has no more and no fewer features than are required. The forum must also provide a high-quality experience for users to keep them engaged and satisfied. Some of the best features a software forum can include are:

  • Hierarchy options- Varying degrees of permissions are available so that administrators can decide which people have access to what controls. This is helpful when defining controls for moderators versus users for the forum.
  • Personalization and customizability- Personalizing the user account through things like comment signatures gives users more control and increases engagement on the forum.
  • Effective text editor- text editors such as the Symbol Rich Text Editor extension available in Sitefinity CMS are helpful when users want to give end-users an engaging visual experience
  • Reward system- this is optional. However, it is important as it offers incentives for users to engage in the forum. An example of a reward can be unlocking an achievement or “level” after users have made a certain number of contributions (posts, replies, etc.) have on the forum
  • Excellent end-user experience and ease of use
Providing a High-Quality Experience

Ideal Software Forum Features

The ideal software forum fits a user’s needs and is functional and straightforward. It has no more and no fewer features than are required. The forum must also provide a high-quality experience for users to keep them engaged and satisfied. Some of the best features a software forum can include are:

  • Hierarchy options- Varying degrees of permissions are available so that administrators can decide which people have access to what controls. This is helpful when defining controls for moderators versus users for the forum.
  • Personalization and customizability- Personalizing the user account through things like comment signatures gives users more control and increases engagement on the forum.
  • Effective text editor- text editors such as the Symbol Rich Text Editor extension available in Sitefinity CMS are helpful when users want to give end-users an engaging visual experience
  • Reward system- this is optional. However, it is important as it offers incentives for users to engage in the forum. An example of a reward can be unlocking an achievement or “level” after users have made a certain number of contributions (posts, replies, etc.) have on the forum
  • Excellent end-user experience and ease of use
How does a business select the best possible CMS for its website

Sitefinity Forum

The process of creating and managing a forum from the Sitefinity CMS application is incredibly straightforward. Users can create and maintain a forum, forum group, or thread, by following a few simple steps.

Create and Manage a Forum Group

 

Joomla CMS has the second-highest market share after WordPress. It is often considered an alternative to WordPress.One of Joomla CMS software’s strongest points is that Joomla developers can receive support from the many contributors and experts in the open-source software community. This makes Joomla a right choice for sites like social networking sites or business websites. It even has extensions available to run an eCommerce store.

The software has built-in multilingual support and relatively easy installation, making it a favorite. However, one downside is that the software has more features for people interested in web development. There are more options available for sophisticated features and not as many options for plugins as WordPress. This makes Joomla a little complex, and beginners may have a hard time navigating the CMS.

Create and Manage a Page

  • Click on the “pages” button from the toolbar on the top of the screen
  • Click on the green “create a page” button
  • Add the title and select the options and template as you see fit
  • Your page has been created. Now, you can drag and drop the widgets to add the content you want to the page
  • Select the forum widget from the list of widgets on the right side of the screen and drag and place it wherever you want on your page
  • Click “edit” on the top of the forum widget to display your previously created forum(s)/group(s)/thread(s) and select the forum functionality as well as the settings according to your preference, then save your changes
  • Now click on the “publish” button on the top left corner of the screen
  • You can scroll and find the page you just published and click on “view” to see how it will appear to the end-user once you’ve been redirected back to your list of pages

Create and Manage a Thread

  • You can click on a specific forum and then click “post a thread” to create a forum thread
  • Add a title to the thread and post your content. You can click on “formatting options” on the content box’s top right side to format the text
  • Then click on “post this thread” to publish the contents
  • Go back to your list of forums and click on a thread to view its details and see how it will appear to the end-user
  • On the page listing the forums, you will also find the “settings” and “permissions” buttons under the “settings for forums” heading on the right side of the screen
  • From the settings, you can enable or disable user subscriptions to new threads or posts. Changing this configuration will display options for an “email subscription” on top of a specific thread for any user viewing it
  • You can also manage permissions to dictate the amount of control that different users get
How Clarity can Help

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Forums are a valuable tool on the internet to create a community and inspire communication. Organizations can get a significant advantage by building their forum. For example, eCommerce businesses can use forums to receive reviews or make a loyal, supportive community. Other companies can also benefit from incorporating forums in their digital marketing and engagement strategy.

Sitefinity CMS makes it very easy for users to create and manage forums and community modules. The application is simple and easy to operate. Sitefinity’s range of features and functions can be used to manage the end-user experience. The seamlessness of the final forum guarantees engagement and efficiency. All these features make Sitefinity CMS an excellent option for users who want a software forum.

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