When I left the vBulletin world with a sour taste in my mouth, I was convinced not to ever design a forum skin again until of course I discovered XenForo...
I started working with XenForo template system during the Alpha testing and I was somewhat disappointed that such a beautiful modern looking forum would have a fairly basic and not organised template system.
Sure the Style Property were great but somewhat not what i had in mind...
After expressing my concern Kier, he immediately pointed out that soon some very interesting feature will be revealed that would allow me and everyone else to work with templates in a completely different way....
He was so right!
Working with WebDav while editing templates is simply incredible.
No more limitations on what I can or can't do.
I can use my code editor of choice, we my preferred Syntax Highlighting, I can create my own code snipped, I can even add Xen specific tags to my editor to speed up my work flow.
Best of all I can always compare my custom templates with the master style or even with a previous version of my own changes side by side using one of the many file comparison applications that are available on the market.
That is what I like best, I'm free to work with XenForo the way that I would normally work with any other website project.
I'm not restricted by the usual boring template system that is forced on my in most script.
Upgrading a style between version as never been so easy in any software.
I upgrade a theme with 45 custom templates in under 40 minutes and that is pretty damn good when I compare it to any other forum software that I have used before.
What else can I say... Custom Style Properties are bringing forum scripts to Today standard.
The power given to style designers is almost unlimited.
We can finally offer something similar to WordPress Themes Options Page to a forum, and that is simply incredible
WebDav, is not going to be for everyone, but for the advanced users there is nothing on the market (in Forums scripts) that offers this kind of control over the templates!
I hope that I haven't wasted to much of your time with this post, I simply wanted to share with you my experience with XenForo template system.