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XF 1.2 How difficult is it to modify the standard message layout like this...?

Discussion in 'Styling and Customization Questions' started by Stuart Wright, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Personally I find it too hard to read when messages were posted in standard Xenforo because the timestamp is hidden down there under the signature. Also the permalink is kind of hidden away.
    And I want to create a separator between posts.
    In other words, I want to retain this styling from AVForums:
    Is this hard?
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    It shouldn't be hard, no. I think I described how to move the post date above it a while ago, I'm sure the rest is just rearranging HTML.
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Should be fairly simple using template edits and/or css.
  4. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jeremy. Is this a familiar line of thinking, then? Do you think it's a bad hangover from the expectations of older forum designs?
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    I personally prefer the new XenForo design. I've gotten used to it, it makes sense, and it doesn't disrupt the flow of reading as much as a bar of text that doesn't add much information at the top. I've only seen one other person ask for it (that I've noticed), so I'm not sure how many people actually prefer the old method.
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  6. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    I agree with Jeremy. I like the fact that posts in Xenforo focus on the content and who posted it with much less emphasis on when it was posted.
  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I'm sure @Russ or @Steve F did something similar in one of their styles so they might point you more thoroughly in the direction.
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  8. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    I'd be happy to give you the code and customize it to suit your needs for free. ;)

  9. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much for your advice everyone and your kind offer, Matthew.
    Mike at Audentio has created our design, but I don't want to ask him for a major change this late in the day. But if its minor, then I'll go for it.
    Our design is very white. A grey spacer between posts will help, I hope.
  10. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Are you gearing-up for the migration pretty soon then Stuart?
  11. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    This month. But we still have lots to do. A whole bunch of addon work.
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  12. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    You working poor @Chris Deeming to death? I want my 1.3 user albums!!!!!! :p
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  13. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    This +1
  14. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Can I ask what you folks think about this idea for the forum list from our designers?
    They don't understand how forums work, so have sent a purely aesthetic design idea.
    Basically they got rid of the top level node icons and moved everything to the left to use up the space.
    Category strips also have a left-margin: -15px to butt up to the left border.
    Your feedback appreciated and don't pull any punches. Thanks


    Note that we have an addon which displays current viewers to the right of the number of messages, so having the extra width in this area helps fit that information in.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
  15. Steve F

    Steve F Well-Known Member

    I like the idea of having the node icons being left out.

    Looks good, only thing would be smaller subforum icons and rss icon maybe. The last post area looks out of place also.

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  16. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback, Steve. One criticism of our design is that it's very white. For other reasons, the main background outside of the content area has to be #FFFFFF.

    and the latest post info with its grey background does tend to break that up somewhat. Although repositioning it might be an idea. I'm welcoming all feedback at this point. Thanks.
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  17. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Hey Matthew, would you be able to give me the instructions I need to achieve the above please with the addition of the permalink moved up in the top right of the bar?
    Also the link to the poster's name to the left of the Edit button is redundant, isn't it? Clicking it is the same as clicking the Avatar, in't it?

    I want to display the time as well as the date where appropiate. Here is my mockup. Many thanks

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  18. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    That's a nice clean font ... ^like! (y)
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  19. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Titillium downloaded from Font Squirrel. Looks good on mine.
    There's something horrible going on with the font in the wife's laptop, though (Firefox - 23.0.1 / Windows 7 Home Premium).

  20. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    Are you serving it locally from your install? Any errors relating to the font in firebug?

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