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XF 1.4 Does changing style affects add-ons?

Discussion in 'Styling and Customization Questions' started by clove28, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. clove28

    clove28 Active Member

    Hi everyone,

    I've been searching for hours but still haven't found an answer. I'm planning to use a new style for my forum. But before that, I'd like to ask if it affects the installed add-ons? Do I need to re-install the add-on on the new style?

    I hate re-installing the add-ons because it resets all the customization/settings I've done. I hope someone could help. Thanks!
  2. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    The addon is there period, installation of addons has nothing to do with installing or using new themes. The style will carry over if any common classes are used. You may have to adjust the styling for some themes. Under templates there will be the template for each add on and you can customize them per style if needed. A well written theme and well designed add on will often look fine. It's difficult sometimes for that to work out especially with dark themes or very complex addons.
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  3. clove28

    clove28 Active Member

    Thanks @rainmotorsports. I actually tried to install a new theme and I notice that some add ons haven't taken effect. So I just need to edit some templates to make them work then? I thought it's conflicting with the themes that's why it didn't show. :D

    One more question, if I intall a new theme, do I need to make the default XF style as a parent style? Thanks!
  4. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Some add-ons are dependent off Template Modifications, so if your style has changed part of the html/css where the add-on is trying to do the find and replace then it could have issues.
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  5. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    It is possible the addon uses a template modification that isn't working with the theme. Basically the base template has changed to where the "find" part of the mod doesn't have a match. If you give the style and addon someone might be able to help sort it. Sometimes the solution might be to duplicate the template modification with changes to what its looking for in the template.

    For example Waindigo's Forum Jump Menu uses a template mod that doesn't work with XenBase themes. So Pixel Exit the creator of XenBase and the themes based on it distribute what is likely an extra template modification for that addon. It might be needed to do this once in awhile. In template modifications you can see each one and it will have numbers indicating how many matches it had. So for me I have 5 themes installed if the modification said 4 then its not working on one of my themes.

    No it can be its own parent. There is actually a hidden master style that is the same as the default theme and all styles are children of it. You can only see this in debug mode.
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  6. SilentGround

    SilentGround Member

    I guess this would be considered preference but I don't us the XF theme as a parent on any of my styles.

    1. Install new theme without a parent.
    2. Create new theme with newly installed theme as the parent.
    3. Disable parent theme so noone can select / use it. Never edit this parent.
    4. Make ALL template edits in the child theme that you create. Will make updating your theme much easier later on.
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  7. clove28

    clove28 Active Member

    Thanks @Russ and @rainmotorsports! I'm planning to use the Xendisconnect by Pixelexit, I really like it's color, do you think it has changes of html or css?

    Here's a list of my add-ons

    Admin Image Uploader by Waindigo1.0.2
    Double Post Merge 1.1.0
    Find Unanswered Threads1.0.5
    Inactive Members2.5
    Install and Upgrade by Waindigo1.1.9
    Join User Group by Waindigo1.1.6
    Library by Waindigo1.3.10
    Login As User by Waindigo1.1.9b
    Minimum Post Length Enforcer1.0.2
    New User Conversation1.9
    Nodes As Tabs1.2.2
    Poll Permissions1.1
    Similar Threads3.3
    Smiley Manager2.2.0
    Social Groups by Waindigo1.1.5
    Special Avatar for Banned Members1.3.6
    User Banners by Waindigo1.0.0
    User Criteria by Waindigo1.0.14a
    WF - XenAtendo Upcoming Events1.0.1
    Xen Cache1.0.1
    [8wayRun.Com] XenAtendo (Events)1.5.0
    [8wayRun.Com] XenPorta (Portal)1.6.0
    [bd] Medal1.4.6
    [bd] Rotating Ads2.0
    [bd] Tag Me3.0.5b
    [bd] Widget Framework2.5.9
    [ITD] Custom Icons for Trophies.1.3.0
    [RT] User Rank Ribbons (15)2.3.5 *** This is the one that didn't show.
    [Tinhte] XenTag2.1.3
    [******] Custom Node Icon 0.9

    Thanks also @SilentGround!
  8. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    Russ should be able to help you out though it is a free theme so support may be limited. One of us can get off our lazy butts and install the theme and plugin to check for you or even come look at it. I do find it odd you chose the vBulletin 5 based theme of all themes :p
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  9. clove28

    clove28 Active Member

    Really? I actually didn't know that since I didn't use vBulletin at all. :D I think it focuses more on the content which makes it cleaner.

    P.S. Waa! So it's @Russ who made this style? :D I think I have to check out his other styles. :)
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2014
  10. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member


    xendisConnect only very minimal template edits it should work with the majority of your add-ons just quickly glancing at them.
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  11. clove28

    clove28 Active Member

    Thanks Russ! I'll check it now. BTW you have nice premium styles. :)

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