How to place container around categories


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I'm trying to figure out which files I need to be working with to convert my vbulletin, CH216 and phpBB3 Skins to xenforo, with not much luck.

I need to be able to generate a graphic container around the categories but I'm not seeing where to work from, with vbulletin I would have had to work with the forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost template for the index categories and then FORUMDISPLAY for the viewforum forums, but I cannot find the equivalent in xenforo.

I will add an example image to clarify what I am trying to achieve, if anyone can point me in the right direction please. :)



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Search for .nodeList .node.level_1 in the css.

You can add styling to that class.
If you add it to EXTRA.css then you won't have to modify any existing templates.


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Could that not be accomplished with a border, box-shadow and absolutely positioned background images?

Either way, if you want to add extra HTML you should edit the forum_list template which should direct you to a node template (in the opened tabs). Can't access my XF install atm so I'm unable to provide actual templates.


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There are nine graphics involved in the container, a border box shadow and absolute positioning is not going to suffice.

The template you refer to is node_list, that is still not a template I can work with I'm afraid, I'm a tad concerned here, I was under the impression that xenforo was straight forward to Skin, it is really not proving to be the case.