With Xoops, modules/blocks administration is perhaps the most important feature of the site. With our blocks/modules, you can set the access rights by group, set any module in the block to left/right/center position of a page and set your start page based on whatever module you choose. We see blocks as part of a module, or they can also become a module by itself. For example, "Lastseen" module contains only one block and no main contents, while "News" module includes news main contents, admin section, plus 4 types of blocks. This way, the structure looks very clean, and when we deactivate a module, all the relevant data/blocks will also be deactivated.
Modules are deactivated/activated from the modules main menu. And when you activate a module, the change will automatically be reflected throughout the site, for example, main menu, search page, admin page, etc. Only activated modules are accessible by the users.
You can create user groups and assign admin/access rights for modules to each user group. A user can be a member of multiple groups.
Only a session id cookie is saved in client's PC. No more password, userid, username are saved locally. Also, if a logged in user does not come to site again for more than a specified duration of time, session will time out thus the user is automatically logged out.
User can delete himself from his/her page (this is an optional feature for webmaster).
When register, a user can choose his/her own password, and an activation key is sent to the user. The user must activate his/her account to be able to login. And admin can see who is not activated in admin main menu.
Admins can ban users by their ip address or username.
User Ranks/Posts is now applied not only to forums but also to story comments, poll comments, and other comments sections that will be added in the future releases (ex. links, downloads sections).
Admin Section has been reorganized with enhanced usability and look
User account page has been cleaned up.
Our news posting system uses the same easy to use interface throughout the entire site. We use a class called textsanitizer which addresses most of the problems we have had in text formatting and/or multi-bytes chars postings.
News is now fully nestable topics, phpbb-like comments system. The system automatically creates dynamically generated nestable navigation structure.
We rewrote about 80 percent of the code for phpBB and this is the official forum for XOOPS. The main difference from the original phpBB is that the forum now adds Phorum-like thread(tree) view capability.
Custom weblinks administration system featuring unlimited category depth, screen shots, and ratings.
Customized downloads system featuring unlimited category depth, screen shots, and ratings.
We are working on a new and improved document management system. That will give users the ability to post long form articles with chaptering ability into the special sections. It'll include global user ranks, phpBB like comment system, and ratings.
Enhanced stats module based on Visiteurs 2.0.1 from phpinfo.net.
Themes codes have got really simple and easy for non PHP coders. Also, we use as less image files as we can, and instead use CSS to control the looks and formats of a page, thus an enhaced loading speed. We have created 20+ new themes (5 in RC1) just for our package.