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TalkTemplate Creating XenForo Styles

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Talktemplate, Nov 14, 2011.


Which Style would you like for Xenforo

  1. Darkvision

    2 vote(s)
  2. Breeze

    2 vote(s)
  3. Semblance

    4 vote(s)
  4. Splash

    1 vote(s)
  1. Talktemplate

    Talktemplate Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a member of the TalkTemplate.com team and we're looking to expand our styles fromvBulletin 4 skins to XenForo styles as well. All of our styles are completely supported with each stable update and free (we may release paid styles in the future).

    Before we begin, we'd like to know if members would like a specific template that we currently support for vB4 to be created for XF. Or would you prefer a new standalone style?

    Here are some of our more popular skins
    DarkVision (fixed and fluid comes in blue, white and yellow) - #1 vB4 skin on vBulletin.org

    Breeze (fixed and fluid)

    Semblance (fixed and fluid)

    Splash (fixed and fluid)

    You can find our other styles at talktemplate.com.
  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Just make a new one, rather than revamp a vBulletin theme?
    iTuN3r likes this.
  3. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    None really, nothing stands out as being special.
    RastaLulz and iTuN3r like this.
  4. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    This ! How about something new instead of same old vbulletin looks .
  5. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    I am a huge fan of darkvision and would like to see it on xF. Also a new one. :)
  6. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Something completely new... all those are old, boring and VB, none of which I would want anything to do with.

    IMHO, if you want to design skins for XF, then step outside of VB thinking and styling methods, and think out of the box, clean, uncluttered, intuitive and innovative, being what XF is within the forum sphere to other products on the market.

    Flexile has brought that to the table thus far, and a few other themes come close to it... otherwise people are failing from what I have seen due to cluttering design with image intensive styles and clutter... everything XF isn't.

    Use sprites, use original images, keep images minimal, put lots of padding between things to make them clear, keep it uncluttered and fast.

    So my vote is none of the above, instead a new, fresh style.
    Alien and Peggy like this.
  7. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    With all respect for Erik who made it, but I don't see how Flexile would be that special. It seems like a rather basic theme, really.. It might just be me, of course. I'm a huge fan of Whisper though, which (in my humble opinion) actually does stand out a lot.
  8. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    There is a big ole Resource discussion forum.. for discussing resources which bizarrely includes Themes/Styles/Skins.

    Hopefully this will get moved there.

    There is also an awful lot of opinionated BS going down in this thread. :cautious:

    To the OP... do the themes or don't, the market for XF is quite different from vB, so you will be taking a risk regardless. Might I suggest you Dive in and learn how to do themes with XF first, then if you truly love it, go for it, if not what is the point :)

    Always in life please yourself first... if you don't love it, there's no point investing the time and effort to do it.
    Peggy, Forsaken and John like this.
  9. MarcosPreviato

    MarcosPreviato Active Member

    sincerely sorry for but did not like any, but all are like 6 of completevb, they are:

    Red Skin Gamer

    Orange Peel Skin

    Blue Skin Gamer

    Animated Arena Skin

    Aesthetica Skin Blue

    Skin Life.Element

    Any one or some of these issues that resembles these would be of great value to the community xenforo! (in my opinion of course)

    Hugs and continue the wonderful work!
  10. Talktemplate

    Talktemplate Member

    That's my thinking. I took a look at it and it's extremely simple. If that's the type of style XF members are looking for, there shouldn't be a problem.
  11. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I look forward to your to your controlling of the XenForo style market :).
    Alien, John and Anthony Parsons like this.
  12. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    One of the thing what makes flexile great is support for xenporta . It's easy to customize and supports all add-on's of jaxel just enabling one option through admin panel . It looks simple but it's one of the best skin so far for free see the number of sites using out there.
    Anthony Parsons likes this.
  13. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Sador, TalkTemplate, you should both rethink your thinking, as that is also the most popular of all themes ever created, because its "basic". This is not opinion, that styles thread speaks volumes of its success for good reason... being "basic" and "clean".
  14. Sadik B

    Sadik B Well-Known Member

    Semblance looks decent to me.

    And you will find that people who have got used to "the XF way", prefer slick, minimalistic and clean look. Something like what LinkedIN does as a social network. It's powerful, slick, full of features yet maintains a clean look. Just a suggestion.
    Anthony Parsons likes this.
  15. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    Perhaps. but it's not "intuitive and innovative" in my opinion. It's quite basic. And that's okay, if you want that. Hell, I made a few of my own themes just by switching around some colors and getting an entirely different layout. But, for me, it just isn't that unique or different from other styles as far as I'm concerned.

    I haven't had any problems with any of Jaxels addons on any of the styles I use, though. :)
  16. Talktemplate

    Talktemplate Member

    Thank you for all your input. We're looking forward to developing for XF, and your opinions (positive and negative) have been more than helpful, as every community has different needs and preferences. As we begin to move forward, we will keep all of your suggestions in mind.
  17. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    It would be nice if someone could think outside of the box on an xF skin :). Make it unique and something that stands out from the crowd. Nice thought but imaginations are rare these days.
  18. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    You have to balance uniqueness with usability for a successful style.

    Otherwise you come out with something that might look good, but is a nightmare as far as your users are concerned.
  19. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Well said.

    Using Themesinc styles as an example, I have them all, and they look good, but at the end of the day, when I loaded them up for users, they're simply too busy, too clunky and cluttered for what users wanted, especially changing from the default XF theme to such a theme. The xenomorph framework is awesome... but my users want clean, intuitive styles, not heavy, image cumbersome pages loading. They want lots of space between things, so one area isn't crossing over with another when reading or traversing the site.

    The styles lasted a few days... uproar said remove them immediately...

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