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Default vs Third Party Styles

MQK8

Active member
#1
Hi, just curious from forum owners, admins and users. Do you prefer the looks of Xenforo's default style for your forum or a custom third party style for your forum? I ask this cause I was told I should use the Default style over a third party style, what do you think?
Thanks
 

Amaury

Well-known member
#2
If it's just a generic site, the default style's fine; if it's a unique site for something like a video game, then a custom style is a must.
 

MQK8

Active member
#3
Not a gaming site or generic but I'm thinking third party all the way. Plus besides looks, a nice third party style has nice features like an About Us Page, Donate and Social Media Icon features and more.
 

dieketzer

Well-known member
#12
I'm staying with a lightly modified (some gradients and rounded corner removed) generic style for now, because I don't want to have to deal with possible compatibility issues with upgrades, etc. Here is one of my sites: http://www.mu-43.com
i really like that! ive always though xf looks so much better without all the gradients. i hadnt considered removing the radius on all the corners before, but i sure am now.

i typically stick with the default style. on this one i simply stripped out gradients and muted the default colours a bit. its been many years since i did that one. i may update it a bit now i think.
 

Amin Sabet

Well-known member
#13
Nice colors!

I would like to see more Default Style color palette's.
Nice site, good job.. I like the way you've done everything and the default looks pretty good there.
i really like that! ive always though xf looks so much better without all the gradients. i hadnt considered removing the radius on all the corners before, but i sure am now.
Thanks, all! I've uploaded my style here in case anyone wants to use it as a starting point for their own: https://xenforo.com/community/resources/flat-default-light-tweaked.4126/
 

rafass

Well-known member
#14
Yeah Amin Sabet, I love your style. looks really great.
Seriously considering get rid rounded corners and gradients. looks really, really, nice.
 

dieketzer

Well-known member
#18
i have been contemplating starting over with my style, and maybe amins theme would be a good place to start. it is designed to leverage the advantages of a child style? the caveat regarding overwritten graphics makes me think it may not, which somewhat defeats the purpose of using a default-based template theme.
i suppose i could start over from scratch. ive mainly put it off because i created the style while xf was in beta, and removing gradients and creating a dark theme alternative were monumental tasks at that time.