Forum Style/Theme

Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:53 pm

Hey all,

Right now this forum/site is running with the default style and color theme. We've been looking to change the theme to something cleaner that will allow us more space on the page for plug-ins, etc. This forum is running phpBB 3.0.11.

If you have any styles that you know about, please feel free to link them here so we can all take a look.

Here are a few that have been considered, which should give you an idea of the layout we are looking for. The colors and images can all be changed, mostly we are looking at the type of layout provided from changing to a new style. Basically, if you look at the current forums you'll notice there is a lot of wasted space in the center of the screen. I was hoping to find something that gives more space on the edges of the screen and concentrates the forum/info in the center.

Some examples:

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/style/proglass/demo/

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/style/neon_2/demo/

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/styl ... bird/demo/
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Aurioch » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:21 pm

Of those you suggested. Neon is nice. sadly, due to PHP errors, I couldn't access any demo subforums.

I checked styles myself and here's what I like:

Achik: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/style/achik/demo/
Artodia Deluxe: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/styl ... luxe/demo/
CA Black: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/style/ca_black/demo/
proDark: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/styl ... rk_2/demo/
SE Sprites: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/styl ... ites/demo/
Hermes: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/style/hermes/demo/
TwilightBB: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/styl ... htbb/demo/

Also, about that center space waste, I believe it is intended so that users with bigger monitor screen can have wider forum; centering everything will be great for users with smaller screens but for users with bigger screens there will be a lot of waste around the forum when only thing that can go there is background picture.

Also, could you please up the avatar limit to 100*100 pixels, 10 KB? XD
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:33 pm

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I actually like the Neon one the best so far (haven't looked at your links yet, doing that now). The purpose of the extra space on the sides is to accommodate plug-ins, so we'll have space to display more information.

Also, thanks for the feedback regarding avatar image size. I had no clue what to set those to originally. I've just updated it to allow 100*100 pixels and 15KB each. I can adjust again if needed. If you have any other feedback on site restrictions, etc just let me know by posting in the improvement/features section.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Aurioch » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:03 pm

Thanks :D

And I didn't know about plugins... only forum I have some experience is SMF where I was both moderator and admin. Thanks for explaining that :)
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:23 pm

Here's an example of what's possible with forum plugins. This example is using vBulletin (instead of phpBB), but it'll get the idea across: http://forums.nasioc.com/
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby russ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:50 am

If we could have a dark style forum, that would be nice since I often access this from a dark room without lights late at night, and the brightness hurts sometimes.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Reliable Source » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:58 am

I really don't think that we should create a dark theme just based on the fact that Russ accesses these at night (although your eyesight is important)... Anyways, I think most of the designs look nice.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby RaulC » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:37 am

Same opinion, i've been on the "Dark Side" already :P

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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:06 pm

Did a bit more poking around and realize what I think we should be looking for is a 'portal' instead of a new 'style'.

A 'portal' is what I would say a more useful landing page for the site. It allows you to have more than just a forum, you can include announcements of the day, calendars, clock, a better forum navigator/link section, etc.

It's still possible to install other styles on top of the portal, which would allow users to choose the style of their choice. It would depend on which styles work with the portal.

For example, here are some portals that are available to use:

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... al_engine/

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/board3_portal
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Tyler (TJ) » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:32 am

The https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... al_engine/ looks to be the best so far after I looked into it a bit. I believe we can always change individual colors/themes and add or remove modifications we don't need so after some time I'm sure we will have a nice custom setup of our own pick and choose our preference.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:22 am

Thanks Tyler. I personally liked the Board3_Portal a little better (seemed a little cleaner), but after spending about 3 hours working with it I could not get it to install on my test site. However, the Kiss Portal Engine seems to be a great alternative and probably has a lot more backing/updates from the developer.

This is all just opinions though, so nothing is set in stone.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby russ » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:27 am

Hi guys, I just noticed that it was fairly hard to post. The post button is white on a white background. If we could change that to a more readable color, that would be amazing. :)

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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:08 am

russ wrote:Hi guys, I just noticed that it was fairly hard to post. The post button is white on a white background. If we could change that to a more readable color, that would be amazing. :)

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Hey Russ, what browser are you using? I'm on Chrome and this is the reply button that I see:
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Reliable Source » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:37 am

Landshark, I'm on Chrome and also see the white button (making it hard to post). Perhaps this may be OS related, or that it's taking a file from your computer directly, or something else entirely?
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Tobl » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:06 pm

I've also got white buttons under chrome, firefox and ie9; os is win7 64bit.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby PyroDragn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:47 pm

If you change your default language to British English, the buttons will now show up. You can do this in your User Control Panel (at top of the page) - on the "Board Preferences" tab.

For some images are missing in the different language sets, though this will be sorted in the near future.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Reliable Source » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:20 pm

Unfortunately, I use Dvorak... Any support for that coming soon? (I can't really type in Qwerty, ever since I made the switch)
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby PyroDragn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:02 pm

The forum language preferences shouldn't affect your keyboard layout, it's purely in respect to what language the forum is displayed in; ie, whether the board index is "Board Index" or "Foren-Übersicht."

Even if you change to British English your keyboard layout should remain to whatever it is set in your OS. The forum has no way to affect keyboard layout.
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby Landshark » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:49 pm

Ok, I did install some languages and set the default to American English prior to installing the new style. If it's a language issue I can set the global default to British English for now. Getting language support for styles takes a bit of time.


EDIT* I've gone ahead and set the global default to British English. You'll still have to manually choose that as your language in "User Control Panel" --> Board Preferences in order to get those reply buttons working again. Sorry for the mix-up! Just learning as I go. :)
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Re: Forum Style/Theme

Postby russ » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:39 am

In the most resent update, it was mentioned that we might have a sub-forum for game playing. I don't quite know if this is a good idea. I've forgotten where I read this, it might have been hobbygamedev, or another one of these game dev websites, but one piece of advice they game was, "you are making games, not playing games." In the article, they then went on to explain that many game dev clubs the writers joined, failed because they digressed into game playing. However, they also said, in the successful clubs, two different clubs were created, one for making the games, and one for testing and playing other games. We could probably make the game playing forum work, if we made it clear that it was not the main purpose of these forums.
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