So with the 1.2 release, I'm also going to be rebuilding my site. I decided to build it inside of xF. Here is a 1st look at the header. Would love input!
Looks good to me.
In Mike's case I actually prefer a look similar to the stock. It aligns itself to the core product - after all he is a Xenforo host - and therefore gives re-assurance. If it was skinned to look completely different, there would be no visual linkage between his services and Xenforo's standard theme. Hope that makes sense?
Exactly my approach. I want the site design to say that we're not just another host that xF might work on, but that we specialize in xF with knowledge for the product and our solutions come managed for it.