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    Hello!

    What do you guys think about changing the skin for Vbulletin? Is it a good idea or a bad idea? Is there any particular style which you feel is most preferred?

    Thanks!

    - Matt Canning
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  • #2
    Reasons why it is a good idea
    • makes you stand out from the crowd
    • allows for extra or reduced functionality as required
    Reasons why it is a bad idea
    • makes upgrading harder work as you have to update all your custom templates
    • can cause problems with functionality if not well maintained or badly coded

    As for styles which are most preferred, this really depends on yourself and your users. Some site genres suit dark and plain styles, others suit more intricate styles, and others suit a simple color variation of the default style.
    Kerry-Anne :)

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    • #3
      If you change the skin is it handy to go back to the default skin if it does not work out...?

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      • #4
        Yes.
        Steve Machol, former vBulletin Customer Support Manager (and NOT retired!)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kerry-Anne View Post
          Reasons why it is a bad idea
          • makes upgrading harder work as you have to update all your custom templates
          What do you mean by this exactly? I thought most upgrades didn't require template reverts?

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          • #6
            They do if you use customized and/or custom coded skins.
            Peggy
            ~ normal is overrated ~

            One Buzy Mama!

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            • #7
              I just want to point out though, if you are looking to buy a forum skin the companies that sell them do these updates for you. I also know most of the free skins you can find around are also updated by the author.

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              • #8
                Yep they are. And the member is responsible for going to the download site and obtaining the updated skin. Sometimes they forget then wonder why it's not working right
                Peggy
                ~ normal is overrated ~

                One Buzy Mama!

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                • #9
                  Definitely get a new skin. A new skin allows your members to feel like they belong to something new and it also allows you to have your own identity.

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