Can one rename the /pages/ directory? I know you can't completely remove the route, but is it easy to rename it? I'm just not sure, because xenforo seems so much different than MyBB when it comes to the template edits.
I already know there is an addon that will allow me to rename it... I'm NOT interested in that at this time.
I don't like add-ons, but have and I'm currently using a couple for my MyBB powered forum.
I don't like editing templates, running "stuff" in the admin control panel.. but if I REALLY like the add-on I will make an exception
I don't like having to worry about the next update
I log every little change I make in my forums in an Excel spreadsheet (or Word doc depending on what it is)... adding add-ons is more to grasp than I would like
I don't like worrying about how the add-on affects my forum... performance, etc...
I also simply do not like "not understanding" something
There is always exceptions if I really like an add-on, but strangely enough... I much prefer editing templates and making a note in Word
I think you're mistaken how is working XenForo. For example, on Wordpress what you're saying make sense, but on XenForo, templates are really for design with a proper code. If you want to add a feature, most of the time you will need to "listen" a XenForo class then write your own code. That's what you will need to do (and certainly not only modifying templates). Now what everybody is telling you here is that what you are asking for is already done... And done by an excellent coder.
If you really want to exactly know what is hacked on you website then try to understand his code. It might take some time but it will help you after to modify by yourself some features. But IMHO you should start to read tutorials.
I don't mean to be blunt but direct code edits are NEVER better than an add-on.
I highly recommend this add-on for a number of reasons:
Its ease of use
Please consider it.
I could do this for you, as an add-on, that ONLY changes the pages directory... but, seriously, why bother? The Route Changer add-on is much better because it will allow you to change other routes in the future.