Discussion Forums - create a community that attracts new and return visitors
a space on your site to let people share ideas, photos and documents with UI optimized
for good User Experience.
You'll find everything you need in a modern community software: group based permission settings,
selectable themes, notifications, private messaging, WYSIWYG editor, drag 'n drop
upload, photo & video embedding, AJAX-based interactions, etc.
The software takes advantage of the best web technologies and standards, like HTML5, CSS3, AngularJS and JSON Web Service.
Blog inspired homepage - publish articles on an interface designed for readability
An optional blog
like interface that allows you to show articles you write in the forum
in a manner that's optimized for reading.
Simply label the threads you want to show on the blog, and the
software will publish them instantly, without duplicating content that makes management
This is useful when you want to show community content instead of the old-fashioned
forum index to visitors upon landing. It's great for SEO, too,
as Google loves seeing content as quickly as possible.
Featured Article & Content Scroller - put interesting stuff front and center
You can now feature
interesting discussions on the homepage with attention-grabbing headlines and graphics
that draw visitors in.
This feature uses the same method found on news sites (like CNN)
that helps you instantly increase your members time-on-site and drop your
You've got two choices for highlighting community activities with our software:
a top level content scroller and a featured articles area that can show random articles
to keep your home page look fresh.
Yes, the software is working very smoothly. It is widely used across Virgin Atlantic
by all the Crew/Pilots and office staffs.
Official Tapatalk (native app) + jQuery Mobile (web app) - giving your users optimal touch experience
Provide your members easy
access to your community on the go,
using any smartphones or tablets.
Our software has an official plug-in for Tapatalk (first & only in .NET),
as well as a web based mobile skin built with jQuery Mobile for those
who host the forum on the Intranet.
New in 5.5: Tapatalk is a free app that is designed specifically for
Internet forums. It provides a slick and responsive UI, and is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Both Tapatalk and the jQuery Mobile app support Google Analytics, letting you track mobile usage easily.
Page Creation - creating web pages with unique URL, outside the forum system
You can create web
pages for different purposes and optimize them for search engine with keyword-rich
URL and unique Title / Meta tags.
For example, you can create a signup confirmation page to measure visitor-to-member
conversion, or deliver member-only, time-sensitive content to your VIP members,
In addition, this feature allows you to create partial pages and embed them
in the forum, too. For example, you can put an announcement on the registration page
with additional info about your community membership.
Google Friendly - integrated Analytics & Authorship, giving you an edge on Search
your rankings on Google with Authorship integration & Search
Engine Friendly URLs for your forums and posts.
You can also enable Google Analytics to collect vital community
traffic stats and usage patterns. Google Analytics works with our jQuery Mobile
The forum software also embeds Canonical URLs in the HTML code
to ensure Google channels "link juice" correctly. Links embedded in forum posts
are all nofollow'ed to comply with Google's webmaster guidelines.
We use this software for cakewalk.com, supporting 70,000 users and 2.5 million of
posts. It has never let us down despite this heavy load and nearly constant usage.
Improved Nav Bar & Instant Search - quick access to content that matters to
The top navigation
bar gives you instant access to the latest topics, the hot topics, and topics you
participated in on all pages. It's Ajax based so you don't have to navigate away.
The master search box at the top also shows you the most relevant results instantly,
with an option to go to the details page where you can filter or re-order the results
In addition, the software also shows a list of related posts for
every thread, providing suggestions for people to stay engaged. Related posts are
updated automatically to include new content, so they never become stale.
Photo Gallery - complement your community with photo sharing capability
Your members can
share photos in an integrated community gallery space. Visitors can comment and
create slideshow for the photos, too.
Attaching photos is easy: your members can use the new HTML 5 capability to drag 'n drop photos to their albums, and the software will automatically
resize and rotate the photos to ensure optimal viewing experience based on the browsers
Photos can be embedded into forum posts, too, so photo
sharing can be easily extended outside the gallery.
3rd Party Tools Integration - Admin CP options make for easy integration
3rd-party web apps and share data easily with built-in programmable hooks & web
services calling capabilities.
For example, you can make the software send data to your other web app when someone joins the
forum, keeping membership synchronized between databases.
You can also use this feature to automatically connect the forum to your newsletter provider
(e.g. MailChimp, Aweber, Infusionsoft, etc.).
On the front end, you can easily incorporate AddThis.com's
social sharing buttons, or advanced website analytics services like CrazyEgg
or Kissmetrics without touching the source code.
Surveys & Polls - collect opinions using built-in polls or Google Drive Survey
polls in your forum post is easier than ever. You can create as many
survey as you wish, without relying on 3rd party tools.
If you want better customizability or more advanced data collection capability,
you can use Google Drive Form or Skydrive Excel survey in the posts,
too. Using these features frequently helps you gain valuable insight into your members
and you'll know what adjustments you need to make to keep the community happy.
ASP.NET Membership Provider - effective 2-way membership integration
Already have a
membership database you want the forum to link to? Or, you want to use the forum's
membership database for your own site? We've got you covered in both cases.
The software natively supports connecting to multiple external Membership Providers,
so you can hook up to many membership db's at once without coding. And with our
own JSON-based Membership & Roles Providers, you can easily hook up your
site (and other web apps you own) to the forum membership, without code dependency
(no dll duplication).
Using the software on the Intranet? No problem. We support Active Directory Membership
Provider, too. Your employees can easily log in with their Windows credentials
without a separate login. In addition, we also support Windows Authentication
(auto sign-in; with multiple domains, too), so your members can bypass all login
screens if they're already signed in to your domain.
High Performance - proven to handle thousands of concurrent users
a LOT on the web: Google's revenue drop 20% when search results take 0.5 seconds
longer to load, and 40% of people abandon a page if it fails to
load within 2 seconds.
ASP Playground was designed from the ground up as a platform that can scale
with your community as your community grows. And it's been proven to
perform well on some of the largest communities online, without needing expensive
hardware (in many cases, a single web server is all it takes to handle 1000's of
The new version, APG vNext, is further optimized to make sure you can safely turn
on ALL features, even in the most demanding communities. As a programmer, you may
find the following performance enhancements interesting:
- No dependency on the ASP.NET Session Object to reduce memory usage on the server.
This also makes it easy to run on web farm (load balanced servers) without any configuration.
- Viewstate disabled on most pages to reduce page download size and
- Optimized caching on the server that eliminates unnecessary database calls to further
speed up page response.
number of requests, so pages load fast even on the browser's first request.
- Custom thread pool to handle emailing and long running tasks to avoid blocking threads
- Use of Stored Procedures and combined queries to reduce the number
of database round trip.
- Most CRUD operations are purely JSON Web Service based, making them light on your
server and network.