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    I just wanted to let you know what I have been working in the last 24 hours...

    Many of you are probably familiar with the many different templates modifications that are going around the official vbulletin sites that allow you to have spaced categories.

    They all work pretty much in the same way and for the most part they do the job just fine, however they require that your forums are always child of a parent category.

    Well I finally reworked a solution that will allow you to use any possible (i hope..) forum, sub-forum layout without breaking the spaced categories :BigGrin:

    The code is a modified version of the code that I used to have in my skins several years ago, updated for vBulletin 3.6.0 and valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

    The installation is a little bit more complicate than normal skins but the benefits for forum admin are huge :Smart:

    To make installation easier I have spent several hours today writing a very detailed "Installation Instruction" for this type of new skins.

    At present only the "Bluesaint" skin is coded with this new technique, however I will soon change all of the current and future skins to include the new templates.

    Templates that have changed in this new version:

    forumhome
    forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost
    forumhome_forumbit_level1_post
    forumhome_forumbit_level2_post
    threadbit

    I also added a new CSS class ".poll" to the Additional CSS Definitions to allow you to customize the look of thread that have poll :Bomb:

    More information about polls css can be found here:
    http://www.vbstyles.com/forum/showthread.php?p=12706

    Customers can read a little bit more about the new code here:
    http://www.vbstyles.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3121

    The skin is now available for download, the zip file also includes the new documentation.

    Please make sure to follow the installation instruction or the skin will not work correctly.
     

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    Aria is now using the New Code.

    Templates that have changed:

    Code:
    forumdisplay
    forumhome
    forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost
    forumhome_forumbit_level1_post
    forumhome_forumbit_level2_nopost
    forumhome_forumbit_level2_post
    threadbit
    navbar
    I also added a new CSS class ".poll" to the Additional CSS Definitions to allow you to customize the look of thread that have poll.
    This feature is going to be standard in all of the 3.6.0 skins.

     

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    I will update all of the 3.60 skins to utilize this new template system.

    Please note if you have already installed the 3.6.0 skins on your forum prior these changes, you can get away without uploading the new skins if your forum layout is made of forum set as child of category

    Example:
    - Category 1
    -- forum 1 (child of category 1)
    -- forum 2 (child of category 1)
    - Category 2
    -- forum 3 (child of category 2)
    -- forum 4 (child of category 2)

    However if you use more complicate forums layout you will need to use the new code.

    Example:

    - Category 1
    -- forum 1 (child of category 1)
    - forum 2 (no parent)
    - Category 2
    -- forum 3 (category child of Category 2)
    --- forum 5 (child of Category 2)
    -- forum 4 (child of category 2)
    - Forum 6 (no parent)


    Just to give you a idea of how most skins that are available from most vbulletin website will display complicates forum layout when spaced category are used




    and here is the correct layout utilizing the new code

     

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