Software: Vbulletin Feature Experience: Using the 'Styles & Templates' Section


Jan 17, 2004
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Software: Vbulletin Feature Experience: Using the 'Styles & Templates' Section

Together with Breaker we have an indepth experience with the vBulletin Style and Templates section which is one of the bigger assests that makes the forum product and eventually your site. Thank you Breaker for taking the time to work with me and write out your experience. The difference with this indepth feature and the on-line manual is 'how we experience it' rather then 'explaining what it means'.

Author: Breaker & Floris
In assignment of, thread updated and modified by floris

For those who do not know what the Styles and Templates section is for, a small explanation]
vBulletin is so dynamic that you don't need to have any PHP knowledge in order to create a unique look and feel to your forum. No file or database changes are required. With a few changes in XHTML/CSS related options one could make a new color, font or HTML setup that makes it easier for the visitors of your site to return and recognize where they are. A bit more experience and knowledge in HTML is helpful to change the templates that power each style to adapt the look and feel of your community with the other sections of your site. You can have more then one style, and you can optionally let your visitors change to any of them at any time.

What I especially like was the build in feature that you could make a parent style and add child styles below it which inherit all the template changes - and you could still change the font or colors, and make additional changes without losing the setup. (This way you can make a parent style in (for example) black and provide alternative like blue, yellow, red or white. Hopefully to please all your visitors). I use this feature to make a default style, with alternatives 'lite' for dailup users and 'enhanced' for broadband users.

Another strong point of the Styles and Templates section that I found quite useful is that the templates are able to take phrases, so even if you modify the colors, the tables or enter a complete redisign, as long as you use the phrases it will still translate to every language. This makes it not only very pleasing for your members but also for sharing the style with other sites who have another language then English.

The last element that makes the Styles and Templates feature a winner is the Import and Export section. Distributing, sharing and backing up your styles is very easy.

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