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  • How can I add a "Home" tab in my forum?

    What I have now is the standard vBulletin forum installed..

    I would love if I could make my forum look like this http://www.avsforum.com/

    How easy it is to do that? I would like to have my home page like the one displayed on the link..

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    1. They're using vBAdvanced as a portal over there so you may want to look into that.

    2. They've either edited the style themselves or downloaded/bought one/paid for it to be done by a designer.

    Personally, I don't like to see people go out and try to copy someone's style - adapt and go with something similar would be better...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Trevster View Post
      1. They're using vBAdvanced as a portal over there so you may want to look into that.

      2. They've either edited the style themselves or downloaded/bought one/paid for it to be done by a designer.

      Personally, I don't like to see people go out and try to copy someone's style - adapt and go with something similar would be better...
      thanks for the lnk

      I don't mind going with something similar, but my knowledge is almost zeroin customizing the forum, I'm not even sure I can do the same!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Almokla View Post
        thanks for the lnk

        I don't mind going with something similar, but my knowledge is almost zeroin customizing the forum, I'm not even sure I can do the same!

        Here is the link to vbAdvanced like he mentioned above. As far as i understand you would add this like you would any other addon.

        http://www.vbadvanced.com/products.p...fo&productid=4

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        • #5
          If you don't have much knowledge in being able to change your forum's style, you'll have a long road ahead of you, even if you were trying to duplicate someone else's forum. Trying to reverse-engineer a forum when all you can see is the html output will be tough.

          I think your better option is going to be buy a vbulletin skin that comes close to what you want, or hire someone to create a skin for you, or maybe do both. You can probably buy a skin for $20-50, and then might be able to get it modified for a hundred or so more, depending on what you want done.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mkernel View Post
            If you don't have much knowledge in being able to change your forum's style, you'll have a long road ahead of you, even if you were trying to duplicate someone else's forum. Trying to reverse-engineer a forum when all you can see is the html output will be tough.

            I think your better option is going to be buy a vbulletin skin that comes close to what you want, or hire someone to create a skin for you, or maybe do both. You can probably buy a skin for $20-50, and then might be able to get it modified for a hundred or so more, depending on what you want done.

            I see..

            I think I should wait for VB 4 then now that it's coming out this year (correct me if I'm wrong)

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            • #7
              I haven't dug much into what vB4 is going to offer, other than CSS-based layouts, which I'm a huge proponent of.

              And I have a hard time believing they will bring total customization down to the lowest common denominator - actually, I really hope they don't. There are few barriers to entry in having a forum site, and not being able to code a good theme is one of them. I'd just as soon that that stays more difficult.

              But even with vB4, you'll still need to know CSS - and how to make your beautiful layouts backwards compatible with IE6, which doesn't like to follow the same rules as every other browser.

              As for waiting until vB4 comes out - I'd say that's fine if you already have a forum up and running - but if you're waiting to launch, my advice would be not to. Back in December 2002 I was advised by many to wait until vB3 came out, because it was so close to being released and was so much better than 2.2.9. Twelve months later, I was happily running my 2.2.9 and 3.0 had yet to be released to the masses. I'd have lost twelve months if I'd have waited.

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