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certforums.com migrated to XenForo and loving it.

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by SimonV, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    My site www.certforums.com just migrated to XenForo from vBulletin 4.2.2 on the 27th December, its great to be part of XenForo in time for the new year.

    After being a vBulletin customer for over 8 years enough was enough, vBulletin 5 is just a complete shambles and with the release of XenForo 1.4 I finally had the confidence to migrate. I still have some static article content to go live with but most of it needs updating first. So far I'm extremely pleased with how things have turned out and after one month of planning, testing and creating a new custom design we are finally here.

    Huge kudos to the team at XenForo for creating a great product and I hope to be with you for the next 8+ years.

    Your comment / suggestions are very welcome. www.certforums.com
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  2. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    Who's responsible for that fantastic theme?
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  3. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words, the theme was made in-house by myself. :)
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  4. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    You should consider releasing the theme @SimonV ;)
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  5. markku

    markku Well-Known Member

    That theme looks better than any of the XF themes I've ever seen, including the official one.

    Not any worthless gimmicky bells and whistles, clean and crisp, wonderful colors, nice on the eyes, a very pleasant browsing and reading experience.

    Absolutely fantastic.
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  6. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    Many thanks for the kind words, it never crossed my mind to potentially sell the theme but maybe I should. I doubt the way I've created it was done in the most efficient of ways.

    Are there any resources on best practices for creating and selling themes or would it be more advisable to just do some reverse engineering of another theme and figure things out that way?
  7. Mr. Goodie2Shoes

    Mr. Goodie2Shoes Well-Known Member

    One suggestion I'd like to give change the :active of the calltoaction button of 'Sign up now!', remove the box-shadow and add something like the button is 'pressed' when it's clicked ;)
  8. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    I'll look at that suggestion, thanks @Mr. Goodie2Shoes, Im also running your goodfornothing notification adon which looks great with our design, so thanks for creating it. :)
  9. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Very nice skin you've got there! :D
  10. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    Thanks Carlos, after the comments here I've seriously been thinking about releasing it. Once everything has settled down in the new year I'm going to look into it.

    Happy New year to the XenForo community, it's great to finally be a part of it.
  11. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Happy New Year to you, too. :D Good luck with your site! :D
  12. markku

    markku Well-Known Member

    Let me know when you release it and i'll buy it.
  13. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

  14. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    I sure will, it wont be until into the new year as I have a stack of tasks still to complete post migration but now I know there would be some interest I will be looking into it. :)
  15. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

    Great job and beautiful theme.
    Good luck!
  16. markku

    markku Well-Known Member

    Are you still planning on releasing the CertForums design as a style here?

    It's still so da*n beautiful...
  17. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Could you let us know how you got the social sharing icons in your header? They look great.
  18. SimonV

    SimonV Well-Known Member

    I got 70% complete but then installed media gallery and resource manager and uncovered a stack more work that needs to be done before I even think about releasing it, plus Im stacked with work at the moment so will just have to wait. :(

    I coded it myself, take a look at the source code and CSS to see how I did it.

    I used fontawesome for the icons and Font Awesome Animation for the animation.

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