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  • Mark.B
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    Best to look on www.vbulletin.org for skins, third party skins are released there.

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  • pengrus
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    Yes, agree. All skins look so boxy and ugly. It looks from 1980s!!!!!

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  • Madsen1981
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    Bump...
    I'm looking for a clean minimal skin without icons and everything aligned. Much like the theme used by flashback.org.
    Any tips?

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  • pewa
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    I'm also looking for this.. any good premium templates around?

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  • cyburbia
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    cpatel, I have to agree. In a couple of weeks, I'll be updating my site from 3.8 to 4.1.7, with the CMS. I've been tempted to switch the site over to IPB, though because it seems like it even its stock template is much slicker than any of the custom templates I've seen from VB.

    I desperately have to update the front page of my site, and if the best I can do given the constraints of vBulletin is something with the appearance of a early 2000s Nuke-based CMS, I might have to reluctantly give up vB.
    Last edited by cyburbia; Sat 8th Oct '11, 10:11pm.

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  • cpatel529
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    This thread hasnt had any updates in a while but I am having the same problem. Anyone found any good solutions? I love how Wordpress has modern 2.0 themes but everything for VB looks outdated.

    Im looking for a CMS theme and a forum theme that has Wordpress Look and feel (modern social media buttons, multiples columns/rows homepage layout, changing text on home page via select buttons, etc).

    Chirag
    Last edited by cpatel529; Wed 5th Oct '11, 3:52pm.

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  • Computer Guru
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    I was hoping that now that 4.1 has been (long) released, the status of premium vB themes would have changed, but I was disappointed to find the same lack of high-quality, professional themes available.

    I keep finding the same game/theme oriented designs, tacky looks, and generally unprofessional themes. Even worse is that none of the top-notch designers I've contacted will do custom theme work for vB 4. :x

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  • napy8gen
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    I think the thread starter ask about where to get clean style. Maybe you can check mine. link at the footer

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  • GTAce
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    I have tons of experience skinning with vB and other forum software as well...vB3 was not bad. vB4 I won't touch with a ten foot pole, and no, it's not because it's mostly CSS edits. IPB 3 is mostly CSS edits, but it is a breeze to skin.

    Anywho, as already mentioned in this thread, vB4.1 may solve a lot of issues that the vB4 styling engine has...and if it does, we will hopefully start to see more professionally done vB4 skins.

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  • Zachery
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    Originally posted by PureVB.com View Post
    100% accurate, I have coded hundreds of skins for 3.x series and a few dozen now for vb4.. and always though what a pain it is BUT, your totally right, with vb3 it was more template edits, where as vb4 it is more CSS edits. The only reason I say vb3 styling better is because i cheated with template edits and had a skeleton file
    Relearning takes time, though there are also issues with the new system.

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  • PureVB.com
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    Originally posted by Zachery View Post
    You just did more work in the templates.
    100% accurate, I have coded hundreds of skins for 3.x series and a few dozen now for vb4.. and always though what a pain it is BUT, your totally right, with vb3 it was more template edits, where as vb4 it is more CSS edits. The only reason I say vb3 styling better is because i cheated with template edits and had a skeleton file

    VB Please don't shoot me, if I am out of place please remove this but Computer Guru we are new but please check us out as we feel we have a totally different style then most of the other skins out there and might be what your looking for.

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  • Zachery
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    Originally posted by djnoz View Post
    With vB3 you had a lot more control over things because the CSS was minimal and not overly complicated. It used a single CSS file 5 kB in size which is easy to modify.

    vB4 has ~400 kB of CSS which means if you want decent results you have to put a disproportionately higher amount of work in.
    You just did more work in the templates.

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  • EPCZ_Jack
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    It requires work but can and will be done. Many are waiting for the 4.1 update, what on earth is the point in putting loads of effort into a theme that will have to basically rebuilt for vbulletin 4.1?

    If the 4.1 update fixes all the style issues and does as IB has promised then I would expect alot more themes to hit the market that actually change something other than the shade of blue. (not an attack on all styles, I released my own there and a massive credit to those who do release original work, but there are some others...)

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  • djnoz
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    With vB3 you had a lot more control over things because the CSS was minimal and not overly complicated. It used a single CSS file 5 kB in size which is easy to modify.

    vB4 has ~400 kB of CSS which means if you want decent results you have to put a disproportionately higher amount of work in.

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  • DaPro
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    It's sad, but being a web designer I have no desire to put any effort into creating good looking custom styles for vBulletin with it's current setup. The Stylevar is a joke and unless this overhaul is ground-breaking I don't expect to see much in terms of "innovative" vBulletin design work. IPB is looking great in terms of visuals, but it's lack of plugins is not something I want to deal with persay. Also, the hook system with vBulletin is top-notch, a step below WordPress. I really do hope vBulletin takes a lot of this into account with their next milestone release. Otherwise vBulletin will have nothing going for it accept decent functionality and plugins.

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