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    I will be using the vbulletin but am confused on the proper way to change the the layout of the forums.



    http://www.feyenoordforever.nl/forum/index.php
    http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/
    http://www.mis-forums.com/vbbs/index.php
    http://205.134.182.35/forums/
    http://205.134.182.35/forums/



    Above are some examples of what I mean. Obviosly the layout of these forums home page is not the default install one. They must have changed something. The part that I am confused on is template vs. graphics and styles.



    Thus, how do you know when to use a template or style and which one there after. Can anyone tell me which templates or style to change if I want to visually layout a board like one of the above



    If I am getting this properly, you design something in lets say a wysiwyg html editor with graphics, tables, and basically what ever you want and then import the html into one of the templates. Am I on the right track.



    What are the main templates and styles to change



    Eventhough the ubb is easier to set up than the vbulletin I do prefer to use the later because it is more flexible in the long run. I wish there was a tutorial site for these topics like there are for photoshop and paint shop pro.


  • #2
    well i am about to do a custom layout too, along the lines of http://fanforum.com layout

    what i am going to do is use wysiwyg editor, macromedia dreamweaver and go into each template copy and paste a copy into dw and save it locally on my computer.

    then i am just going to alter the template to look the way i want it slowly changing it and testing it. of course i could design the look i want first and try to get all the template stuff included, but then i could run into the error of leaving something out and that' ain't good

    then i am just copying and pasting it back into the online version.

    i just setup a private testing version of my forum for me to mess around with and learn all the template locations and stuff... so i won't be messing with my working forum until i mastered the test version

    of course if someone has a list of what all templates do, that would be most appreciated
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    • #3
      >of course if someone has a list of what all templates do, that would be most appreciated <



      That would be awesome if someone did have a list of what all templates do, maybe that is something for the authors of vbulletin could supply, I mean it would only be fair.


      >what i am going to do is use wysiwyg editor, macromedia dreamweaver and go into each template copy and paste a copy into dw and save it locally on my computer.<



      That is a good idea. But the only template that I see that will provide you with anything to really take a look at in a wysiwyg editor is the head insert, header, and footer templates. I know there are tones of others but they are in a copletely different part of the control panel. Thus, really understanding what they do is difficult to the first timer vbulletiner.

      Taking a closer look at the control panel I see there are templates in the OPTIONS > CHANGE STYLE and in Replacement variable > Modify and in the Templates > Edit



      I dont even know where to begin to change the visual layout of the main forum page as I think there are only a few temolates that direct that but alot of templates that affect the internal parts of the forum








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      • #4
        The discription of all the templates can be found in the online manual
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        • #5
          how can i copy template from site to another site ?
          what is the file name stored the templates in ?

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          • #6
            there is no file, its in the MySQL DB, so you have to do it that way, which I think can only be done with telnet. I've tried with phpMyAdmin and not had any luck, even posted at their boards and got no reponse

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thetakerfan
              there is no file, its in the MySQL DB, so you have to do it that way, which I think can only be done with telnet. I've tried with phpMyAdmin and not had any luck, even posted at their boards and got no reponse

              Um ..

              so can i change the Templates before installation ?

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              • #8
                not really
                so far I haven't seen any easy way to move templates only from one server to another, I had to copy and paste all the templates, which wasn't very fun. It didn't really take very long though, 10 minutes max

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                • #9
                  Hi,

                  You can easily move the templates from one server to another using phpMyAdmin.

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                  • #10
                    how exactly did you do this?
                    I have not been succesfull, and from what I saw at the support forums over there, other people were also unable to move only one specific table
                    then again, I haven't been to the boards in awhile for a fix, or gotten the newest version.

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                    • #11
                      Dump the whole DB and just edit the dump to the table you need (it's pretty well doc'ed)

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                      • #12
                        Dear thetakerfan

                        you can change Templates before installion , by change installtemplate.php

                        thank's

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                        • #13
                          I knew about that, but I thought it was more complicated than copy and paste, I didn't really look at it
                          you don't have to escape alot of things?

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                          • #14
                            interesting i am going to take alook into that template
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                            • #15
                              Ed-If you have a big board, couldn't dumping the entire DB take awhile? Wouldn't being able to dump just the templates table be alot faster?
                              Thats what I'm trying to do

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