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XF 1.3 Are styles worth the hassle?

Discussion in 'Styling and Customization Questions' started by JamesBrown, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. JamesBrown

    JamesBrown Well-Known Member

    I had a skin on a vb 3.6 forum once and it always caused me problems. It was always breaking at upgrade time causing me no end of hassle. Though when it worked it looked good. Since then I've always gone for the vanilla-as-it-comes forum with no skins, maybe just tweek the colours. But I've seen a few xF skins recently that look very smart.

    what's your experience of third party skins and xF, or don't you bother?
  2. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    Well designed styles are a peace of cake to keep up to date with XenForo updates. Takes us at XenAdmins longer to upload the files than it does to update the style afterwards :D
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  3. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    If done properly upgrading xenforo premade styles are a breeze.
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  4. motowebmaster

    motowebmaster Active Member

    I use a highly-customized skin, it uses a postbit design that was purposefully designed to be similar to my previous vbulletin postbit design ;)

    However, it isn't much more than some code in the extra.css template and some values in the style settings. Several upgrades have haven't been difficult, just an occasional template merge. I have reverted a couple minor templates when the opportunity arose to do something better.

    When we get to version 2.x, that might change.
  5. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'm a big fan of @Audentio's stuff, and I'd have absolutely no hesitation using @Russ' and @Steve F's stuff too.

    If the author is a) talented b) active within the community c) demonstrates impeccable customer service, it's a no brainer. And those three points apply perfectly to those three designers.

    There are of course other designers available, but you should investigate them carefully as I have no idea how they fit into the three points above.
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  6. oman

    oman Well-Known Member

    Following instructions to upgrade those styles is a gust.
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  7. Mike Creuzer

    Mike Creuzer Well-Known Member

    Yeh if you do it correctly as many in this thread do, its as easy as upload files, upload .xml, check for anything new that might interfere with your old changes (and if you didn't make changes, then skip that step :p)

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