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    I tried adding a sub-forum, but it looks odd on my home page. I've done a lot of customizing, so I'm not really sure how it's supposed to look. Can someone please refer me to a board or two that utilizes sub-forums?

    Also, is there a hack for displaying sub-forums in an alternative way? I thought I saw that somewhere, but couldn't find anything.

  • #2
    The bug report forums for pre-2.2.1 here are subforums of the Bug Reports forum. The Beta Hacks forum on is a subforum of the Released Hacks forum. There is a hack to display subforums as text links in the descriptions of the main forums on the index page. It may be on
    White Sox Interactive Forums


    • #3
      I don't know of any hacks, but you can edit the forumhome_forumbit_level2_nopost and forumhome_forumbit_level2_post templates to change how they appear on your front page.


      • #4
        FWC - like on this page?

        So, do sub-forums not show on the home page?

        BTW, I'm in 2.0.1 if I didn't say.


        • #5
          By 'subforums' what do you mean? e.g. is this what you are thinking?

          -- Forum
          -- -- Subforum

          or is it this:

          -- Subforum
          -- -- Sub Subforum



          • #6
            I think this one:

            -- Forum
            -- -- Subforum

            Here is my board:

            Under Paints, Mediums, Techniques & Composition, I wanted to add a new sub-forum called Palettes.

            But, the icon for new/no new messages appears in the same column as the main forum, no indent, so it's confusing.

            Here's how it looks with a subforum:

            And, I assume if I added another subforum it would be listed right below Palettes?

            I've seen on some boards where it lists all subforums for a particular forum right under the text for the forum, with no new/no new button.
            I like that look. But, I would at least want the subforum indented under the main one.
            Last edited by cdaniel; Sun 9 Dec '01, 5:02am.


            • #7
              In your VB Control Panel under General Options there is a setting for "Depth of Forums Depth to show forums on home page. Do not go too large on this value for performance reasons." Try changing this from 2 to 3...


              • #8
                She already has it at 3, as evidenced by that picture, but she wants to change how that appears.

                Cynthia, I have never been able to make 3 levels look right. I tried one time but they never quite worked out. :/ This isn't three levels, but it will give you an idea of what you can do to make it look semi-right.


                • #9
                  Oops - misread the post. Sorry.


                  • #10
                    Actually, the first time I tried a sub-forum, I had the depth set to 2. Then I tried 3 and it didn't make it look any different.

                    The main title that says All Art and Art Related Subjects is actually at the same level as the forums below it. I just made All Art... a non-posting forum so it would just act as a section header.

                    Tubedogg, did you just edit a template to get it to indent like that? If so, which one please.


                    • #11
                      RE: setting forum depth to 3...In order for that to work you have to add two templates, forumhome_forumbit_level3_nopost and forumhome_forumbit_level3_post.

                      I edited the forumdisplay_forumbit_level2_post template:
                      <tr align="center">
                                      <td bgcolor="{secondaltcolor}"><smallfont>&nbsp;</smallfont></td>
                      	<td bgcolor="{firstaltcolor}" width="2%" valign="top" align="center"><img src="{imagesfolder}/$forum[onoff].gif" border="0" alt=""></td>
                      	<td align="left" bgcolor="{firstaltcolor}">
                                        <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%">
                                          <tr valign="top">
                                            <td valign="top" width="50%" align="left"><b><a href="forumdisplay.php?s=$session[sessionhash]&forumid=$forum[forumid]"><normalfont>$forum[title]</normalfont></a></b></td>
                                            <td align="right" valign="top">
                                              <a href="search2.php?action=getlatest&forumid=$forum[forumid]"><img src="{imagesfolder}/findnew.gif" border="0" height="17" width="19" hspace="2" alt="Read New Posts since Last Visit"></a> <a href="newthread.php?s=$session[sessionhash]&action=newthread&forumid=$forum[forumid]" title="Create a New Thread topic in this forum"><img src="{imagesfolder}/ntsmall.gif" border="0" width="17" height="17" hspace=2" alt="Create a new Thread topic in this forum"></a>
                                          </tr>	    <tr><td colspan="2" align="left" width="100%"><smallfont>$forum[description]</smallfont></td></tr>
                      	<td bgcolor="{secondaltcolor}"><normalfont>$forum[replycount]</normalfont></td>
                      	<td bgcolor="{firstaltcolor}"><normalfont>$forum[threadcount]</normalfont></td>
                      	<td bgcolor="{secondaltcolor}" align="left"><smallfont>$forum[lastpostinfo]</smallfont></td>
                      	<td bgcolor="{firstaltcolor}"><smallfont>$forum[moderators]</smallfont></td>


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