AddOn-Request: "Insert on Topic-ID"
I'm looking for a developer who would like to create an AddOn for Vanilla 2.0 and 2.1.
The Plugin allows adding an "Insert" above the first reply of a discussion.
This could be a linked picture or, any HMTL-formatted code or a simple text.
I will sponsor the AddOn and it should be released to the community and the repository as OS.
Why a plugin like that?
Some discussions in a forum rank high in search engines. I'd like to adress visitors who come to the forum with an image, a banner or just text that informs them about... anything.
Imagine you have a forum about cars and one of the threads deals with "Finding a cheap car in Kuala Lumpur?". Let's say this thread ranks very high in search engines and a lot of visitors are coming to your forum through this thread.
With an "Insert" you could specifically adress those visitors with an interesting invitation to register ("Register and ask your question about better options for cars in Kuala Lumpur. Our community is very helpful...") or link to 3 other threads ("Check out these discussions as well: ...").
A plugin like that would allow (in combination with your Analytics or Vanilla Top Thread statistics) to gain more individual access to your visitors of those threads. Adress them with a better message to convert to registration or make a deal with an online-shop with a good conversion rate, etc.
How it could work in the backend?
The Admin of a forum should see an navigational point in the left panel saying "Insert on Topic-ID". This will lead you to a list of all your inserts. There it should be allowed to add infinite (or at least 99) "inserts" by a + (plus) icon, that will take you to another page to create the "Insert".
An "Insert" consists of two textareas and a Topic-ID field. The Topic-ID field allows to insert the topic ID of the discussions that should feature the "Insert", the two textareas represent the insert for the desktop and the mobile version of the forum. Another input field for a "Insert-Title" would be good to manage them in the list. Last but not least a SAVE-Button.
After hitting save the "Insert" is shown on the list site and allows options like "Edit", "Delete" and and option for "Visible/Invisible".
What could be featured in the future?
For some Vanilla users it might be interesting to add the "Insert" not only after the first post. So maybe an additional "Offset" and a "Page" field might be interesting to them. It would allow adding the "Insert" after a defined number of posts and/or on all or only one page ("0" could be added on all pages, while "2" just says on page 2).
For now i haven't thought any further, but it would be great if you take up here and bring your ideas or you like to step in for development. Payment i'd like to discuss this with the specific developer in a private thread. Surely other donators can jump in. I'd be happy to choose one of the DEVs that are in the forum regulary (you peeps know) and are famous and loved for their contributions.