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Template edits vs addons

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by SelfSufficientMe, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Well-Known Member

    Is it generally better to make extra.css or template edits manually than use an addon for the same purpose? For example, to use custom node icons?
  2. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Custom CSS.
  3. New Joe

    New Joe Active Member

    When making Template edits the problems could be when upgrading the software or the Style you will lose your edits.
    Where with add ons have extra hooks/templates so they should still work when upgrading, unless there is change done to the coding.
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That is incorrect.

    Edited templates are not overwritten.
    They are marked as outdated, prompting you to deal with them, typically by merging.
    Amaury likes this.
  5. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Well-Known Member

    And, custom CSS why? Is it because addons make too many query thingies? Or addons that make template edits such as this are unreliable?

    Because for someone not used to code (like me) an addon to change icons etc is pretty tempting as it seems easier... But, I'd rather not install another addon if it brings unnecessary load on my forum.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2014
  6. New Joe

    New Joe Active Member

    Thanks for letting me know...
    That is incorrect, they are 'overwritten' :D
  7. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Still Template Modification works very well for me compare to template edits.
    (/admin.php?template-modifications/ need debug mode enable to add/modify)

    One scenario, you have almost 100 template edits then if you want to change style, you have to re do all of those edits.
    Where as when you're using Template Modifications, changing style is painless ;)
    No need to re-do all those custom modifications.
    Just re-check if all of them are still applied ;) (y)
  8. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Template modifications should only be used by developers and add-on developers, though.
  9. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys! I'll probably go down the path of custom css rather than an addon for most types of changes concerning design/style then. Cheers :)
  10. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Yeah because that's what you read ;)
  11. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    I'm fairly sure that Template modifications via addons are also the only sane way to export and import any non-trivial number of template edits between XenForo installs.

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