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Admin Extra 3.0

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by The Sandman, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    Admin Extra has a new style!

    As many of you know, the site has had a colorful history - initially launched using vBulletin, then converted to IPB, and ultimately running on XenForo. For most of its existence it has maintained its signature color scheme - a tasteful combination of black, red, gray, and white tones created by Shelley and Lisa.

    After upgrading the forum to XenForo 1.2 it became obvious that the style needed to be rejiggered as well in order to maintain full functionality. After considering several possibilities I decided that I wanted to maintain the same appearance that Admin Extra has always had while making it completely new under the hood. In other words, it had to be fully responsive with total XenForo 1.2 compatibility but still look like the old AdEx .

    In order to accomplish this I looked at the currently available skins and did some research. I kept coming back to Arty's Soft Responsive and Dark Responsive styles. So I contacted Arty and asked about the possibility of getting a semi-custom style based on Soft Responsive with some dark influences from Dark Responsive adjusted to closely resemble the original Admin Extra color scheme along with some of the original graphics (mainly header and forum icons).

    Working with Arty was a great experience! He is extremely skilled in the art of styling XenForo and was very pleasant (and patient!) during the relatively short development period. It probably wasn't the most funnest project he's worked on since the goal (in a sense) was to create a style that wouldn't get noticed. Of course, that's only true on the surface, as the real goal was for the style to be recognized for what it was - a recreation, an improvement of an already awesome original.

    In the end, Arty created a really sweet style that is true to the original, but also speaks for itself. I hope he's as happy with it as I am! :D
    Arty, zappaDPJ, yavuz and 3 others like this.
  2. karll

    karll Well-Known Member

    Looks good, i.e. just the way I remember it from before :)
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  3. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    Thanks! That's what we were going for! :D
  4. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Nicely done . Looks pretty good . Do you think AE can release that review system anytime in future would make one nice addon .
    The Sandman likes this.
  5. yavuz

    yavuz Well-Known Member

    Very well done, I enjoy the site more and more.
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  6. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, that add-on was done for XenForo 1.1.X and no longer works properly since we upgraded to XF 1.2.X, and I'm not at all sure it's still being supported by the coder. I'm currently working on using the Showcase add-on for showcasing and reviewing forums. TBH I'm not sure what to do about the web hosting review part of it.

    I'll contact the coder and see if it could still be upgraded and possibly released, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.
  7. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Ye i heard it was done exclusively for AE. You can always get someone else and get it polished .
  8. Marc

    Marc Well-Known Member

    Looks well does that.
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  9. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the original coder is definitely out of the picture. We're still looking at the possibility of reviving the functionality though.
    iTuN3r likes this.
  10. captainslater

    captainslater Well-Known Member

    New Posts 1762
    I guess I have to catch up something there.
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  11. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    I really like that Unread Post Count add on! Yeah, we're getting busy again. :) Don't miss out on the double premium member posting promotion!
  12. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I prefer the previous because the navigation menu is too small.
  13. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    Are you using AdEx 3.0 or AdEx 3.0 Fixed?
  14. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    It's the same size as Xenforo's tabs, which is also small. The main reason I even posted on admin extra in the first place is because the tabs were bigger and it was easier for my big fingers to click on when browsing from my phone. I preferred the design over other admin forums due to that menu being bigger.
  15. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    Doesn't seem that different to me. Which tabs are you talking about specifically?
  16. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    The navigation menu.
  17. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    I really don't see the difference in the size of the tabs between the old and new version, but if you want I can allow the old style to be chosen - just for you. :p
  18. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    OK - re-enabled. It still works pretty well, but it won't be maintained going forward.
  19. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Noo you can delete that one. What I mean is... lol nvm, let me show you.

    For instance, look at your existing theme: Create a child style copy of it.

    Then all you should edit is this:

    Style Properties/Header and Navigation/Settings/Header Tab Height (change to larger number)

    Style Properties/Popup Menus/Menu Link/Padding (change All to a larger number)

    Make those numbers bigger and navigating the menu from mobile phones will be easier for those of us with big fingers. I'm not fat, I'm just big-boned. Xenforo's default menus are too small in mobile theme.
  20. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    That what you had in mind?
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