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Title: What is your default theme?
Post by: Grudge on May 11, 2008, 06:26:12 PM
All,
 
As part of the 2.0 planning we are considering what themes we should include within the release archive. At the present time we include three themes in the install package, and we would like to guage just how many people are using these themes as their default - to decide whether we should look at phasing out some of these in the distribution.
 
Therefore could you please indicate which theme you use by default. If you have modified one of the included themes please still vote as if you had note (i.e. if you've edited classic vote for classic and not "3rd party").
 
Thanks,
 
Grudge
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: shadow82x on May 11, 2008, 06:34:17 PM
I created my own theme. It seems like a lot of people no longer use The Classic theme. But lets see how the poll turns out. :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: karlbenson on May 11, 2008, 06:42:18 PM
I deleted Babylon & Classic.
Then designed different themes using the Core as a base.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Eliana Tamerin on May 11, 2008, 06:50:20 PM
I've seen a few people using the Classic theme. If you do phase it out of the base install, would it still be kept up as a custom theme in the Themes Site?

Personally, I think those themes should always be kept. Since most themes are based on one of the three, it helps mod authors have a basis for getting their mods to work on those themes, and thus, the majority of themes that don't change the specific lines the mods alter.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Tristan Perry on May 11, 2008, 06:53:21 PM
I tend to delete the classic theme, but keep the babylon theme because a few dozen members use it.

However my *default* theme is a custom theme.

Edit: Just checked, and out of the 11 themes offered to my members, the least used are (in order - from least used):


So literally, in my forums, the least successful themes are the ones provided by SMF :(
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: karlbenson on May 11, 2008, 07:21:57 PM
Thats not unsurprising.
SMF themes are (IMO should be) generic.

Obviously you can choose/design themes which suit your own forum.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dannii on May 11, 2008, 08:37:17 PM
One of Eren's themes, though if the semantic default pulls through I could well switch. If I'm still using SMF at that time.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: babjusi on May 11, 2008, 08:54:04 PM
I did the same as karlbenson when I had my forum. I like the default theme. Now and then, for a change, I created a new theme based on the default
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 青山 素子 on May 11, 2008, 09:58:09 PM
Most of my sites are using variations on the Classic theme, but that could change in the future if I get time to update them.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Night09 on May 11, 2008, 11:03:25 PM
I never use classic or babylon themes but use the default on my test forum if I want to work on mods before worrying about making them work on my main forum. I dont mind the default and would use it on forums that I didnt want a theme based on its use.

I dont think no matter what theme you add to the base install will make much difference really as most forums tend to like to make their own to suit.Those that cant or dont have time to make a theme will normally find one suitable on the mods site or sourced off the net.

You could look at this from a different angle and instead of including certain themes add a feature to admin similar to the mod page where you have categorised themes that can install on demand.

You could title each heading like Sports,Leisure,Sci fi,Gaming,Religious ect then have themes that are passes as acceptable by smf in terms of function and copyright ect they are added to the theme list.

This way you can keep any theme up to date when smf gets updated and also add any theme at any point you wish to or withdraw.These themes would be officially endorsed by smf to work correctly with the version.This way could keep the install file size small as well since the themes are downloaded as requested instead.It would also provide stats of what themes are popular and help with future designs maybe.

Thats my thoughts on how themes could work for smf.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on May 12, 2008, 08:10:23 PM
I have three themes running one global theme and two for specific boards, all three are custom made by me. :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Sverre on May 13, 2008, 01:50:28 AM
I always delete the Babylon and Classic themes for my SMF installs, and Core is not selectable by members. With 2.0 I'll probably only keep the new default theme alongside my custom ones, but as I've already said in many posts on this topic before, I still think Core can, and probably should, be kept in the package as a bridge between versions. Babylon and Classic don't serve such a purpose anymore though, and therefore, I'd greatly prefer that they were removed from the installation package and made downloadable on the Theme Site instead.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Ben_S on May 13, 2008, 04:48:30 AM
Hard to say, my theme is roughly based on classic but I'm not sure it's based on it enough to call it classic.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: FaNtEcH on May 13, 2008, 06:39:32 AM
I use a 3rd party theme. However, I keep the Core, Classic and Babylone themes installed for emergency usage...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: kat on May 13, 2008, 10:28:01 AM
We chose Helios, coz any visitors to our site get totally knocked-out by it.

Thanks, Bloc!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ディン1031 on May 13, 2008, 10:56:36 AM
My own ;), and so i think it 3rd Party ;D.

But it's near 97% based on the Default theme, so that i can use mods without problems. ;). (Only the index.template.php and the images are diffrent.)

So i think it's default... this is difficult... 3rd Party or Default, it's normal not based on default but it use all templates... hmmm i think i will say default ;) *click*.

Bye
DIN1031
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ivo2296 on May 14, 2008, 12:24:00 PM
I'm using the default one cause i don't have time to fight with incompatibilities and manual editing themes when i'm installing mods. 
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Deaks on May 14, 2008, 12:28:06 PM
well for paganforum.com we use the default at the moment however I am working on a custom theme for pf only (Demo (http://www.smfthemes.org/test/index.php?theme=22))

on smfthemes.org we choose a random theme that deserves to be shown
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MultiformeIngegno on May 14, 2008, 01:37:50 PM
Please, for final 2.0, release a new default theme, now it's horrible! :(
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: metallica48423 on May 14, 2008, 02:52:40 PM
nope, this is horrible (http://www.smfthemes.org/index.php?theme=234).

i kid :).  why not offer constructive feedback on what you think is wrong with the current default theme?  What specifically is wrong with it
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ivo2296 on May 14, 2008, 03:01:15 PM
Please, for final 2.0, release a new default theme, now it's horrible! :(

Most important is the content and functionality of the forum - the rest just a rest :) 
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MultiformeIngegno on May 15, 2008, 10:01:10 AM
nope, this is horrible (http://www.smfthemes.org/index.php?theme=234).

i kid :).  why not offer constructive feedback on what you think is wrong with the current default theme?  What specifically is wrong with it
Mmmh.. I really like the theme of THIS site, it's... "coherent", it's fair, light and... nice to see! :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: P@P on May 17, 2008, 08:07:36 AM
In my community I deleted Babylon and Classical theme, nobody used them in my community so I decided to delete, less work to do when installing new MODs...

About the Core, we use one theme based on SafMulticolor but now we are working in one new and totally based on Core just to have less problems with MODs installations...

Personally, I think that Babylon and Classical themes should be "deleted" from SMF package and one new Core should be created, one Core that would be more "mod friendly" with other themes.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jim Yarbro on May 17, 2008, 08:35:39 PM
I think the SMF default theme is fairly terrible, but offers a good starting point for anyone who knows how to make a theme. It's only real saving grace is the fact that it includes a lot of code that I would use for my own themes. I delete the other themes for sure though. They're just extra space on my server.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: [unplugged] on May 18, 2008, 10:26:58 PM
I use a slightly modified version of default and deleted the other two.

Babylon and Classic just look a bit outdated. I think one default theme would be enough. Maybe add a multicolor version of default with 10 or so colors. That would probably satisfy a vast majority of SMF users.

Those wanting to use other themes are simply going to install a 3rd party theme anyway. Babylon and Classic could just be offered in the theme section for those wishing to use them.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MultiformeIngegno on May 19, 2008, 08:30:34 AM
I hope the team will make a new theme before 2.0 final... 8) O:)

:-X  :-X  :-X
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on May 19, 2008, 08:34:21 AM
A new theme is being designed. The designers are working with the entire team to discuss, design and develop a new default. We should have it ready sometime before 2.0 goes final. But don't hold me to that. Currently, there is also a semantic version of the 1.1 Default being made simultaneously.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Deaks on May 19, 2008, 08:37:29 AM
well at the moment Bloc is making the current theme semantic this will make it easier for people to modify to suit there needs, but as Gazmanafc has just said the devs are working with team to make a new theme, and from what ive seen I dont see many people being dissapointed (well not until smf3 comes out and people think the theme is outdated)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Eliana Tamerin on May 19, 2008, 11:15:12 AM
SMF 3, isn't that the one with a built-in time machine so that I can make my posts always before Runic's? :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dannii on May 19, 2008, 11:18:15 AM
Nah, SMF3 will be a Gtk app, so it will use the standard OS's theme.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dragooon on May 19, 2008, 11:23:52 AM
How about both in SMF 3 :P

About me, I use a 3rd party theme, I deleted The babylon and classic theme too.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on May 19, 2008, 11:35:59 AM
There was one version, SMF 54 I said that you install via a Microchip in your brain.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: H on May 19, 2008, 11:54:54 AM
/me uses core and deletes the other themes that come with SMF

Nah, SMF3 will be a Gtk app, so it will use the standard OS's theme.

Unfortunately Gtk is severely lacking on windows. Other toolkits are meant to be better / as good as GTK but all seem to have some fairly major disadvantages :(
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 青山 素子 on May 19, 2008, 12:06:03 PM
You know, for Core being so complained about, it sure is popular...


Unfortunately Gtk is severely lacking on windows. Other toolkits are meant to be better / as good as GTK but all seem to have some fairly major disadvantages :(

I really like Qt. It's a nice toolkit and seems to be the only one living up to the promise to look native in any supported environment. Qt4 is even nicer than 3 in that respect.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Eliana Tamerin on May 19, 2008, 12:24:28 PM
Mmm, microchip. Then the committee in my head will have someplace tangible to debate. :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Deaks on May 19, 2008, 01:22:31 PM
SMF 3, isn't that the one with a built-in time machine so that I can make my posts always before Runic's? :P

you need to wake up ... dreaming like that wont work in the real life
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: nick09 on May 19, 2008, 09:17:31 PM
nope, this is horrible (http://www.smfthemes.org/index.php?theme=234).

My eyes! Way too bright!

Its horrible, the irony it is! :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Deaks on May 19, 2008, 10:01:53 PM
glad you like it ... i actually was dared to make it by Amacythe and a handful of others, they said I wouldnt make it and release it ... but they were wrong :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dannii on May 20, 2008, 05:20:27 AM
/me uses core and deletes the other themes that come with SMF

Nah, SMF3 will be a Gtk app, so it will use the standard OS's theme.

Unfortunately Gtk is severely lacking on windows. Other toolkits are meant to be better / as good as GTK but all seem to have some fairly major disadvantages :(
Oh, didn't you know? Windows will be depreciated by that time.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Night09 on May 20, 2008, 05:37:11 AM
Quote
glad you like it ... i actually was dared to make it by Amacythe and a handful of others, they said I wouldnt make it and release it ... but they were wrong (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2FSmileys%2Falienine%2Fsmiley.gif&hash=c1baee06603541b19fa98ec994213fcf)

Wow they would have loved that theme in the 60's lol

I wasnt sure whether to lower the screen brightness or just put sunglasses on.  :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on May 20, 2008, 05:59:22 AM
Why not do both. :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dragooon on May 20, 2008, 06:01:23 AM
nope, this is horrible (http://www.smfthemes.org/index.php?theme=234).
OMG Thats so....so...nice!!!!!! Please make that as the new default theme!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Night09 on May 20, 2008, 06:16:23 AM
Maybe its been done but im not sure.

It give me the idea of a high contrast theme for visually impaired people maybe a larger font on stuff. Kind of like how you can set windows up for it.

Phsycodelical theme giving me strange brainwaves..... :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on May 20, 2008, 06:35:55 AM
In truth, that theme was created during the MotM as a team laugh. Oh my how we laughed. :P I dared Runic to put it on the theme site, and he did. :P

I did a terrible theme shortly there after, but I didn't release it.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MultiformeIngegno on May 20, 2008, 07:51:22 AM
It's so.... so... beatiful that can't be seen! :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: metallica48423 on May 20, 2008, 02:56:33 PM
I miss the MotM... good times indeed.  very good memories.

I need to figure out how beta 4 is going to affect not only my forums, but my whole site :|

Fun Fun
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dragooon on May 21, 2008, 01:07:15 AM
Install it on your site, And do a page refresh. You will be having the very exact idea that how it will affect your site :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Owdy on May 21, 2008, 01:11:42 AM
I deleted Babylon & Classic.
  Me too
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SleePy on May 21, 2008, 01:30:48 AM
Can we please stay on topic here.. I don't feel like splitting the topic, but if it needs to be we will have to soon ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Glenn Rubenstein on May 21, 2008, 09:30:27 PM
I deleted Babylon & Classic.
  Me too

Glad I'm not the only one!  ;D

I think the default theme is pretty good as is, personally.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MultiformeIngegno on May 22, 2008, 07:15:00 AM
I think the default theme is pretty good as is, personally.
No, it's better the one in this forum!!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Altair on May 22, 2008, 02:39:26 PM
I am using a Modified Bright Forest by Aaron. 8D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ameo on May 23, 2008, 07:53:10 AM
I also deleted Babylon and Classic.

I use themes from (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dzinerstudio.com%2Fvaria%2Faffliates%2FDSbanner234x60.jpg&hash=11a6017a42f37752a882fba91dc28e58) (http://www.dzinerstudio.com)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Metal_13 on May 23, 2008, 10:09:04 AM
i change themes every month... =)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: lax.slash on May 23, 2008, 09:30:26 PM
I use default, I'm not sure if I want too delete Babylon and Classic completly, as I could use those as a model for my own themes...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: CheekyMonkey on May 24, 2008, 07:18:40 PM
Blood-n-Roses by RebelRose
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: lukasztarkowski on May 25, 2008, 09:34:03 PM
I will make my own :o
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Nibogo on May 26, 2008, 04:32:09 PM
I use my own theme:

www.mundo-se.com

Theme: MSE v2.3 :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: lukasztarkowski on May 27, 2008, 04:35:15 PM
You should add Your Own Theme to the polls guys :o :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: lukasztarkowski on May 27, 2008, 04:45:06 PM
I suggest making it more interesting :o :D
Maybe some nice pictures :o ?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: P@P on May 28, 2008, 07:38:17 AM
You should add Your Own Theme to the polls guys :o :D

That can be in 3rd Party ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Freiluft on May 28, 2008, 09:12:19 AM
At the moment, we use a CSS-modified Core (I got rid of all the lines and rules and replaced all the small graphics and fades), but previously we have used a modified Mercury (added tabs, new small graphics and custom header). The rest are custom themes. We have never used Babylon or Classic. These designs look very dated now.

 
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: WillyP on June 02, 2008, 08:21:26 PM
All 22 members of my board are using Black Rain V2, by Crip, with some minor mods by me. I'm working on a completely new theme, though, using no layout tables and no images for links.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Pheek on June 03, 2008, 10:18:15 AM
I am using a modified version of InsideBB, very nice theme...

I have modified the php code of the theme because i suck at CSS and web design  :P

The theme that this forum is using is nice... but i think that it is not the ideal option for a gaming comunity :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: riker on June 12, 2008, 03:20:37 AM
I deleted Babylon & Classic.
Then designed different themes using the Core as a base.

Same here
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jim Yarbro on June 12, 2008, 10:47:43 AM
I use my own custom theme.  My older one can be seen on my site still, but this is the one in development :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dannii on June 12, 2008, 12:05:57 PM
Oh that's very nice! How's the HTML?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jim Yarbro on June 12, 2008, 12:27:14 PM
Mostly divs and whatnot. I used the semantic theme as the base, and used nested divs for rounded corners
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SleePy on June 12, 2008, 12:29:20 PM
Not to take the thread off topic, but that does look very nice  :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on June 12, 2008, 09:49:02 PM
It's the default, but I've redone the graphics to match my own color schemes.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: franklinrony on June 13, 2008, 09:47:38 PM
i too delete babyon and classic. i use soft blue
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Oldiesmann on June 14, 2008, 01:35:22 AM
Kind of an even split for me...

Excluding the test boards, I have 4 forums:

oldiesmann.us - Sphinx portal default theme
christianindieforums.com - slightly modified default theme with dark blue color variation
SMF+G2 - regular SMF default theme
archiefans.com - modified version of DilberMC
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SlammedDime on June 14, 2008, 02:52:41 AM
100% custom.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jumpmasterrt on June 19, 2008, 01:56:37 AM
I use "Amber" by Bloc as my default.

The only thing I don't like about it is I haven't figured out how to get ONE mod to work with it, but I'd rather lose that mod than lose that theme. :D

Update Well, after digging in a little more and a few more failed attempts I figured it out so now there's nothing I don't like about Amber :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: bloedie on June 19, 2008, 02:59:17 AM
Hi.

We use DilberMc which looks very modern and professional.


Cu.
Bloedie
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jim Yarbro on June 19, 2008, 06:08:57 AM
I use "Amber" by Bloc as my default.

The only thing I don't like about it is I haven't figured out how to get ONE mod to work with it, but I'd rather lose that mod than lose that theme. :D

not to be terribly vague but... learn how to read the install scripts, then follow the steps manually on the custom theme.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Eliana Tamerin on June 19, 2008, 11:22:05 AM
Manual Installation of Mods (http://docs.simplemachines.org/index.php?topic=402)

This might help.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on June 19, 2008, 11:57:10 AM
^ As will the Mod Parser that's on the Mod Site.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: sasawawa on June 19, 2008, 12:40:38 PM
Please, for final 2.0, release a new default theme, now it's horrible! :(

Good idea.

I am waiting for the new theme,too
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on June 19, 2008, 02:04:44 PM
Aside from saying that the default theme is horrible which is not exactly that helpful to us, there's a new theme being designed by the team for 2.0.

But if you really don't like the default theme, we're not forcing you to use it, look on the theme site and you'll find available around 700 themes to pick from.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jumpmasterrt on June 19, 2008, 03:38:15 PM
not to be terribly vague but... learn how to read the install scripts, then follow the steps manually on the custom theme.
Yes, 99% of the time that works. However every once in a while a theme is is written independantly and is not a variation of a stock theme thereby making it more difficult to mod. I learned how to read the install scripts shortly after I began using SMF and have gotten most of my mods to work on other themes using this method. However when you have to search for something that's not there (and I don't mean not in the right place, I mean not there), you need to understand how the author wrote the script in order to incorporate that mod. I didn't say I couldn't do it, I said I haven't been able to do it as of yet.

The mod parser is an invaluable tool like Gary said, unfortunatly it didn't work with the example I gave.

I will eventually figure it out. That's what I love about SMF, I'm free to learn as I work through a problem.
Update I figured it out.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Bancherd on June 19, 2008, 06:36:43 PM
I use a slightly modified default core theme(1.1.5), just wish that it is more search-engine friendly.  ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jumpmasterrt on June 19, 2008, 07:12:11 PM
Have you edited your Meta information?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on June 19, 2008, 08:46:40 PM
Aside from saying that the default theme is horrible which is not exactly that helpful to us, there's a new theme being designed by the team for 2.0.

But if you really don't like the default theme, we're not forcing you to use it, look on the theme site and you'll find available around 700 themes to pick from.
I actually love the default theme. It has an uncluttered, classic, and distinguished look. It isn't even all that difficult to customize, if you know some basic graphic-making skills. (I've done so here (http://www.krysiasweb.net/SMF) and here (http://www.krysiasweb.net/JTLFF/).)

There are some elements that could be easier to customize, I suppose, but what really helped me was the info about creating a "header.php" file and a "footer.php" file and inserting the code to call both into the template. Once I figured that out, it's been gravy. :)

You guys do an amazing job and have for years.
Thank you for such gorgeous and user-friendly messageboard-ware. :)

ETA: Just remembered that guests can't view my board, so I created a user for those of you who'd like to check it out from here: Member name: SpecialGuest, Password: invited.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antechinus on June 19, 2008, 08:55:57 PM
We run a customised version of OutlineMultiTP as our forum default. I wouldn't use any of the three basic SMF themes without a lot of work on them. They are, as you'd expect, rather dated.

So far the poll results seem to reflect my expectations. Most people use third party themes, but out of the three basic themes default is the most popular and babylon the least popular.

As an example we currently have 332 members. None of them use babylon and only two of them use classic. Seven of them use the default multicolour and the rest use one of our selection of third party themes.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jumpmasterrt on June 20, 2008, 01:50:35 AM
Krysia,

Your site is fabulous!!! Using the default theme like you did works beautifully. Did you design the shell/portal yourself or are you using someone elses script?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on June 20, 2008, 09:01:05 AM
Krysia,

Your site is fabulous!!! Using the default theme like you did works beautifully. Did you design the shell/portal yourself or are you using someone elses script?
Thank you! ;D

Ummm... what's a shell/portal?

P.S. - ETA: Just remembered that guests can't view the boards, so I created a user for those of you who'd like to check it out my board from here: Member name: SpecialGuest, Password: invited.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jumpmasterrt on June 20, 2008, 08:57:13 PM
Krysia,

A "shell/portal" is the common term for how you wrapped your site around the forums. A very good example is TinyPortal (http://www.tinyportal.net/index.php?PHPSESSID=9aa6bae328ed413f334541a93fdb9f6d&action=forum) by bloc.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on June 20, 2008, 09:01:43 PM
Krysia,

A "shell/portal" is the common term for how you wrapped your site around the forums. A very good example is TinyPortal (http://www.tinyportal.net/index.php?PHPSESSID=9aa6bae328ed413f334541a93fdb9f6d&action=forum) by bloc.
Oh. LOL. Thank you.

I don't think I have a shell/portal in place. I just followed the instructions Unknown left in a "how to customize SMF to your site" type of thread a year or so ago by doing the "header" and "footer" thing using my web page source file to do so, and then tweaked the default graphics and color scheme to coordinate with my site.

:)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jumpmasterrt on June 20, 2008, 09:05:35 PM
Do you have to manually edit the side panel blocks or is there something in your admin panel that runs the scripts for you?

Again Krysia, very nicely done!! ;D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on June 20, 2008, 09:08:40 PM
Do you have to manually edit the side panel blocks or is there something in your admin panel that runs the scripts for you?

Again Krysia, very nicely done!! ;D
Awww! Thank you.
It's a manual edit... Well, except for the SSI feeds from the forum - that's just using the php feed.

I got the layout idea from a very old version (now defunct) of the Adium (http://www.adiumx.com/) Mac-chatware site.
:)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: CalvinB on June 21, 2008, 05:57:28 PM
I use m3talc0re's SlickPro Graphite, the TP version. The best free 3rd party theme out there.  :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: neil h on June 26, 2008, 04:13:21 AM
Versatility, by RT. Why no one chooses to build matched Joomla/SMF themes any more is beyond me....
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dannii on June 26, 2008, 04:21:48 AM
Versatility, by RT. Why no one chooses to build matched Joomla/SMF themes any more is beyond me....
One problem is surely the licence incompatibility.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Relyana on June 26, 2008, 10:17:33 AM
I'm using Dilber MC - light navy. It's easy to edit its files when it comes to mods and my forummembers don't want me to replace Dilber with any other theme although I tried lol.  :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: babjusi on June 26, 2008, 11:52:07 AM
So until now based on the answers of this survey, it seems that the default theme it ain''t so popular let us say.  Maybe it is time to change it in the 2.0 final
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Eliana Tamerin on June 26, 2008, 12:00:51 PM
Considering that a third of the respondents use the default theme (well, those that voted in the poll anyways), I'd say it's still pretty popular. But as for a new theme, hold on to your horses. ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: babjusi on June 26, 2008, 12:22:27 PM
Considering that a third of the respondents use the default theme (well, those that voted in the poll anyways), I'd say it's still pretty popular. But as for a new theme, hold on to your horses. ;)

Personally, it makes no difference to me if a new theme gets introduced or not. I like the default, but I said that as a suggestions based on the answers from the survey
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: malfunkshun on June 26, 2008, 12:42:13 PM
Current SMF 1.x default theme, there is nothing wrong with it, at all. But it is the default theme and is therefore common, people will want to replace it for that reason and also to select a theme that more closely fits in with their site.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on June 26, 2008, 09:13:35 PM
Well, I'm curious about the new "default" for the public release of whatever, but I hope that this current default won't be completely replaced. I happen to like it fine, as I mentioned before.
:)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on June 26, 2008, 09:15:10 PM
The current default in 1.1 will be included in 2.0 when a new default theme for 2.0 comes along. Just like how the Babylon stayed in 1.1 and the Classic stayed in 1.0.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: argimiro on June 28, 2008, 08:14:36 PM
We use Bloc's Amber as our default.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: lightening on June 30, 2008, 10:03:11 AM
I use the default as I am not very good with making alterations I tried a bloc one but it didn't add my mods and again I cant set it up maually :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Krysia on July 01, 2008, 10:23:30 PM
The current default in 1.1 will be included in 2.0 when a new default theme for 2.0 comes along. Just like how the Babylon stayed in 1.1 and the Classic stayed in 1.0.
Cool. :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: P@P on July 03, 2008, 12:08:54 PM
I think that we can conclude that the SMF 2.0 package should be smaller :P Just the Core theme :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: m3talc0re on July 06, 2008, 09:12:36 PM
I probably should've voted for the 3rd party option, but voted for the core option anyway.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Junkmfg on July 07, 2008, 11:37:37 PM
Livecity it best fits for what my forum will be used for, until i can create my own
Junk
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: babjusi on July 08, 2008, 10:56:39 AM
Considering that a third of the respondents use the default theme (well, those that voted in the poll anyways), I'd say it's still pretty popular. But as for a new theme, hold on to your horses. ;)

It seems that almost all those people, with a very few exception, that voted for the core theme, did that because they can''t create their custom themes, or they don''t want to install a third party theme due to the facts that almost all mods require manual edits to work with a custom theme and they don''t know how to do that. Just my observations so far
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Junkmfg on July 09, 2008, 09:31:53 AM
It seems that almost all those people, with a very few exception, that voted for the core theme, did that because they can't create their custom themes, or they don't want to install a third party theme due to the facts that almost all mods require manual edits to work with a custom theme and they don't know how to do that. Just my observations so far

Basically yes for me, though i didn't vote for core theme.
Almost all mods require manual edits to work with a custom theme, i am now using core as default but only because of editing mods,it's something i don't have the time to do right now,and the fact i am not sure i could. Core works will most add-on features i currently use ,nneonneo's AJAX ShoutBox for example
Junk
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Burke ♞ Knight on July 12, 2008, 07:56:41 AM
I'd like to see more coders and designers working together to make it so mods can be used more easily with other themes.

Personally, if the SMF packages only came with the Core Default and not the Classic and Babylon themes, it would not hurt my feelings. I never use them myself, so I might be a little biased...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Eliana Tamerin on July 12, 2008, 10:43:09 AM
My concern is when SMF 2's semantic theme starts showing up on boards, and mod users switch to that for theme edits. The real trouble then will be modifying the theme edits to work on tabled themes again, as certainly some themers are still going to prefer tables.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: metallica48423 on July 12, 2008, 06:12:40 PM
I suspect that many theme authors will embrace the div/semantic styling of themes and that new themes will follow the new templates as tightly as themes do the current templates.

I think a good chunk of some of the current themes will be re-done, but that remains yet to be seen :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: stmartin on July 15, 2008, 06:36:34 AM
I deleted the babylon and classic themes, I am using the default SMF core theme.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: aldo on July 15, 2008, 06:54:27 AM
I use the YaBB Classic theme, though I have edited it, such as smoothed the gradients and added personal touches :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: CG Icon on July 18, 2008, 02:36:27 PM
I use a modified version default core,,,

Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antechinus on July 20, 2008, 08:44:16 PM
I think that we can conclude that the SMF 2.0 package should be smaller :P Just the Core theme :)
Well actually, as someone interested in theme design, I'd prefer that they be included in the 2.0 package even though hardly anyone will use them in standard form. I'm currently playing with Babylon with a view to customising it.

I've already cleaned up both Babylon and Classic for any of my members who wish to use them.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antechinus on July 20, 2008, 08:46:44 PM
It seems that almost all those people, with a very few exception, that voted for the core theme, did that because they can't create their custom themes, or they don't want to install a third party theme due to the facts that almost all mods require manual edits to work with a custom theme and they don't know how to do that. Just my observations so far

Basically yes for me, though i didn't vote for core theme.
Almost all mods require manual edits to work with a custom theme, i am now using core as default but only because of editing mods,it's something i don't have the time to do right now,and the fact i am not sure i could. Core works will most add-on features i currently use ,nneonneo's AJAX ShoutBox for example
Junk
There's no real need to be scared of mod edits. Most of them are actually quite simple once you get your head around the basics. You'd be surprised how quickly you can pick this sort of thing up once you practice a bit.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 青山 素子 on July 20, 2008, 09:53:47 PM
Well actually, as someone interested in theme design, I'd prefer that they be included in the 2.0 package even though hardly anyone will use them in standard form. I'm currently playing with Babylon with a view to customising it.

If those themes are removed from the main download they will still be maintained separately and able to be downloaded from the theme site. However, to my knowledge, no decision has been reached on this yet.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ThorstenE on July 21, 2008, 03:46:39 PM
i use a customized version of classic theme  8)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: HoTmetal on July 22, 2008, 02:42:20 AM
I've always loves SMF's default themes (even before I was on the team) going back to the YabbSE days, but I've always tried to steer away from the Fresh out of the box look. Especially now that SMF is growing in popularity. A distinct look to stand out among the other SMF sites is key IMHO, Thats why I love SMF so much, you can make a few CSS changes and keep the default theme. Minor tweaks to CSS can add that custom feel fairly easily, even so, I'd have to vote 3PD. :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: tlknowles on July 22, 2008, 09:17:18 AM
I am using ( and only offer ) the Core or Default Theme...
...because, I don't have the patience or the time to fiddle with the changes needed to make the others work with the Mod packages. My time is better spent making sure my members are able to use the important options and features.

I would like to offer some theme options...but I've not found a theme that is a simple variation on the Core. Most have made changes that will mess with the Mods that have been installed. Maybe, I'll find some time to do my own variations in the future. But even that seem rathar daunting. ...My hat is off to those that build the themes! Most of them are pretty darned impressive.

I do like the Core theme for its clean layout.
I only wish it was easier to find "things" in the admin center; it feels so jumbled at times.
I suppose that feeling will go away when I'm more accustomed to the operations.


tlknowles
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MissyNL on July 24, 2008, 05:12:04 PM
i use the core theme.. but i have altered the colors.. so it's more girly :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: lindaf on July 26, 2008, 02:30:38 AM
I use the default theme only because it is easiest to install mods.  Even us dummies can do it!! :D ;D

the other 2 themes have some merit, but seems everyone writes mods for the default theme. 

this may sound dumb, but staff list, links, gallery, & shop install and work right away on the default theme.  If they worked immediately without any extra work on the other themes, I might use another theme.

Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Beamrider on July 28, 2008, 10:18:51 AM
Babylon. Matches the site colours, I like it, my friends like it and every mod runs smoothly on it.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Cariad on July 28, 2008, 06:41:12 PM
The core for me.
It's clean, fresh and rather easy to work with.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Mother Goose on July 29, 2008, 04:23:49 AM
We are using default modern, which I LOVE! Not on the poll as a vote option though.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: jimvy on August 03, 2008, 02:44:56 PM
Mine is default because of how much work it is to add mods to each non-default theme. I would love for the default theme to be a multi-color selectable default that you can easily add an array of custom colors to choose from. Right now it's very hard to even recolor the default theme for someone who has no idea which lines of code apply to which area.

Even making the modify a theme area in the admin panel would be great if you could just click somewhere and then it would bring you down to the lines of code that apply to the clicked area.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Mother Goose on August 03, 2008, 08:31:58 PM
Jimvy, it's very hard getting your footing if all this is new to you. It was/is for me too.

I think it's important to just get the hang of smf, *then* go for the bells and whistles.

Are you doing this on your own? Do you have someone with some experience you can have hang on your forum and help a bit? 
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: jimvy on August 04, 2008, 02:42:46 PM
I'm pretty new to this, but have a few programming classes worth of knowledge (not in php though) and I am teaching myself most other things I want to know with research.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Mother Goose on August 04, 2008, 03:00:07 PM
Oh I bet you will have it figured out in no time!

There is a selection of simple color changes for that theme. let me go see if I can find it for you.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Sudhakar Arjunan on August 05, 2008, 01:46:58 AM
I am using DilberMc as it as the base of default theme. A very Good Theme for professional sites.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antechinus on August 05, 2008, 03:52:22 AM
Mine is default because of how much work it is to add mods to each non-default theme. I would love for the default theme to be a multi-color selectable default that you can easily add an array of custom colors to choose from. Right now it's very hard to even recolor the default theme for someone who has no idea which lines of code apply to which area.

Even making the modify a theme area in the admin panel would be great if you could just click somewhere and then it would bring you down to the lines of code that apply to the clicked area.

Read this: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=253567.msg1645182#msg1645182   ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: jimvy on August 05, 2008, 12:48:39 PM
I installed that one but the box to change the colors doesn't seem to appear anywhere.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antechinus on August 05, 2008, 06:05:03 PM
Then you haven't enabled colour change in your admin settings. Admin >> Current Theme.  ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: phdavis on August 10, 2008, 07:19:47 AM
I've only just installed 1.1.5 , I use the Classic Yabb SE theme, not because I like it, but it's a bit more efficient with screen real estate than the default. 

I've searched for a theme style that would fit my requirements but they all seem to be more of the same....  Too much Banner, unnecessarily large graphics, the end result of which is not much information is presented before one has to scroll.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antechinus on August 10, 2008, 07:31:30 AM
Quite a few themes allow you to collapse the header. Default does.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jade Elizabeth on August 13, 2008, 06:07:48 PM
I deleted Babylon & Classic.
Then designed different themes using the Core as a base.

I did what Karl did LOL
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Loky on August 25, 2008, 05:01:58 AM
Custom made theme :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: GB_Techie on August 28, 2008, 02:56:08 PM
I inherited classic and haven't changed it...users like it...

...though...I'm also one of those who chooses "don't upgrade me, I like old out of date software" on various platforms!  :-\
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: blondeamon on August 31, 2008, 08:59:12 PM
dilber Mc and it rocks
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Xarcell on September 04, 2008, 08:51:33 PM
I deleted Babylon & Classic.
Then designed different themes using the Core as a base.

Same here...

I think adding more than one theme in the package is unnecessary...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: metallica48423 on September 05, 2008, 01:21:38 AM
They can -- at the moment it is just significantly more work to do so :P

Its really up to the devs though
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on September 05, 2008, 05:53:31 AM
Significantly more work that shouldn't have to be done.

That would be something that would be up to the mod author to determine, if they want to prodive a babylon/classic compatible version, which some people do, then what's to say they cant or shouldnt.

Providing $boarddir/Themes/babylon/index.template.php operations isnt exactly that hard.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: P@P on September 05, 2008, 02:25:10 PM
Do you already have any news about this poll? What you will do with the new packages?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: metallica48423 on September 05, 2008, 02:53:13 PM
It hasn't been fully decided yet at this point in time, as far as I know.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: wmcintosh on September 05, 2008, 03:02:16 PM
Default, looks good.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Sun11 on September 05, 2008, 03:24:15 PM
Deafult theme for me, it rocks, considering its auto-install friendly
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gargoyle on September 07, 2008, 09:34:25 PM
I have modified the default themes to suit the sites needs. I have created 3 in total as I just dislike white and blue. To many site use white and blue..  :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on September 07, 2008, 09:50:18 PM
That's because white and blue work so well together. ;)

More so than pink does. :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gargoyle on September 08, 2008, 10:53:51 AM
Well...

Although white and blue are good sterile choices for a website I prefer to use shade of the same color. Like blues, Greens, and Grays...   :P
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jade Elizabeth on September 08, 2008, 08:42:43 PM
What you will do with the new packages?

Put them on here for download ;)

That's because white and blue work so well together. ;)

More so than pink does. :P

A nice shade of pink looks good with black :P
Purple and green, blue and green, yellow and blue, purple and yellow.... depends on preference lol
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Nibogo on September 08, 2008, 09:01:26 PM
White and Blue RULZ ^^
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jade Elizabeth on September 08, 2008, 09:03:57 PM
It does look very clean and fresh, I will give it that!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: TLC54 on September 10, 2008, 07:23:32 PM
My starting theme is Babylon but I am looking for a new one that is basically pink with about 3-5in at the top of a logo. Any ideas? I am using SMF 2.0 Beta 4.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: NS Lite on September 11, 2008, 06:13:02 AM
My site and forum is about night cities games and core theme is in use on it.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: dotch on September 13, 2008, 07:35:01 PM
Babylon. Matches the site colours, I like it, my friends like it and every mod runs smoothly on it.

I like the babylon theme too, but the Ad Managment and Contact Page and SMF Gallery Lite mods do not work...

I don't like the back ground colour of the default theme. On my desktop the background looks pinkish, on my work pc it looks greyish and on my netbook it looks blueish.....

I wish there was an easy way to change some of the colour settings which works on SMF 1.1.6. The 'Default MultiColour' mod has issues and is not compatible with SMF 1.1.6..?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: vbgamer45 on September 13, 2008, 07:52:30 PM
Core on my forums. Only use Babylon on my mod site to keep the look the same. Main reason is mod's only install well on the default theme custom themes can be changed too much and haven't seen a really good custom theme yet.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: dotch on September 13, 2008, 09:23:13 PM
Ahhh... I just found out that my provider lets me edit files directly on the server. That'makes it easy to edit the style.css file and change the Hex-code of the background of the default theme. I grabed a colour from this site:

http://www.december.com/html/spec/color.html (http://www.december.com/html/spec/color.html)

changed the Hex code in this part of the style.css file:

/* The main body of the entire forum. */
body
{
   background-color: #000000;
   margin: 0px;
   padding: 12px 30px 4px 30px;
}


and this is the result: http://netbookusers.com (http://netbookusers.com)

Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dianne1 on September 15, 2008, 08:04:41 PM
I have several forums and in the past have used Babylon with color/background changes.

Then I learned about "themes" and I'm changing all the sites one by one and learning some tricks and tearing my hair out a time or two.

Not fond of the color pink?  I have a site with browned down light to dark "pink" and it works very well for the audience.  Color is so subjective, and you really have to do something that suits your site's message.


Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: BCK on September 18, 2008, 04:20:26 PM
im using enterprise, just a change if nothing else..but im green here,,so couldnt say if based on the default,,,but i like it...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: AlphaHot1 on September 19, 2008, 08:10:13 PM
Is there any plan to find a method to support automatic mod installation on any theme? I know it's a bit off-topic, but one of the most frequent reason for people to ditch smf is the cumbersome manual installation of addons. Not a problem for me, but I was told a lot of time that vbull... is better because it's easier to admin.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on September 19, 2008, 08:30:44 PM
That is already there in 2.0, but keep mind, that it is still possible for fails since themes can be so much different from the default.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: AlphaHot1 on September 19, 2008, 08:53:26 PM
Great, didn't know it ;) I understand it's not easy at all, I bet there was a huge template and mod installation rewrite... I can't even make a guess on how this was accomplished, except to use more granular functions to generate xhtml... didn't dig the code yet ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Nimitz1061 on September 25, 2008, 11:19:55 AM
I did  a customization to integrate SMF's into my core site visually...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: AlphaHot1 on September 26, 2008, 06:39:47 AM
I know is an old topic but I think SMF default theme should be semantic oriented. BoardIndex and MessageIndex templates, for example, are definition lists really... new themes should style the semantic content...
What do you think?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on September 26, 2008, 06:42:25 AM
That'll be happening. In fact the default theme in 2.0 Beta 4 is a semantic version of the current default, and we are working on an entirely new default theme for 2.0 which is also semantic.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: AlphaHot1 on September 26, 2008, 07:30:32 AM
Cool! :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: MultiformeIngegno on September 26, 2008, 11:40:39 AM
That'll be happening. In fact the default theme in 2.0 Beta 4 is a semantic version of the current default, and we are working on an entirely new default theme for 2.0 which is also semantic.
Really cool... :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: JeneeB53 on September 26, 2008, 07:02:50 PM
My default is a custom theme, but I actually prefer the Core and use that one myself.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: thenepalgallery on October 05, 2008, 07:59:09 AM
i am using default theme, but by using lots of modifications in the themes
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Muldoon on October 05, 2008, 02:35:13 PM
My default theme that I am using on my site is a theme designed by Bloc over at tinyportal.net, called 'Mesh'.  I've changed the banner though...

www.thethirdoption.net
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: crisis on October 08, 2008, 09:05:54 PM
nope, this is horrible (http://www.smfthemes.org/index.php?theme=234).

i kid :).  why not offer constructive feedback on what you think is wrong with the current default theme?  What specifically is wrong with it
I agree, smf needs a better default theme. Something more vibrant.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Garou on October 10, 2008, 08:19:25 PM
While I love the core theme for administrating the boards especially when it comes to using or adapting various mods to other themes, I usually use a custom theme as the default.

Even when I use to use Yabb, most of the sites Ive worked on tend to want a theme more tailored to their own looks and needs. I'm currently working on 3 different World of Warcraft Guild sites and am using the wowdk theme with minor graphical changes to support their guild logos.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Night09 on October 10, 2008, 08:27:47 PM
Im on Default theme atm working on mods before using them on a new theme im working on as a project atm.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: kebumendiary on October 13, 2008, 12:09:18 PM
i love default theme. it's cool and elegant.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Blind Bandit on October 16, 2008, 06:41:40 PM
That'll be happening. In fact the default theme in 2.0 Beta 4 is a semantic version of the current default, and we are working on an entirely new default theme for 2.0 which is also semantic.

I know this probably won't happen but I would love to see a version of the theme here on the support forum.

Or in other words nice solid blue with the drop down menus and possible update the other colors (board and category ect) or just bring the menu color down into other parts of the theme.

It would give a nice option to those who didn't want a change and possible a little more modern look.

And come one who dosen't love the very nice drop down menus?

But no matter what it will be nice to see a new theme.  :D

Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Costa on October 23, 2008, 02:13:59 PM
I use Dilber MC

But a lot of users of my forum like the Default theme

Farewell
~[Costa]
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: pixelita on November 03, 2008, 02:01:43 PM
This is probably of no help, but since I design sites for a living, all of my SMF installs are custom jobs, created to match the web site.  I have found that Crip's "Posts" theme which is virtually tableless, is the easiest them to customize from the ground up.  However, a shortcoming of it is that you have to install some mods by hand. 

However, I always keep the default SMF theme around in case I blow up my custom theme.  :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: genieuk on November 05, 2008, 12:24:18 PM
Mine is Outline Omega - It Rocks  :D

Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: w-dueck on November 05, 2008, 09:11:23 PM
I use the Endar (http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/index.php?lemma=3) theme with some slight modifications, like post icons (I don't think it came with any...or I lost them) but If I may say, the default themes are very neat.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: bootnut on November 07, 2008, 08:45:31 AM
Im making my own theme, we used the YABB theme that was in with the intall for ages, people on my site said it looks a bit funny, not as pretty as other forums defult theme... im not bothered though, you guys do enough making this stuff for us in the first place
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jade Elizabeth on November 07, 2008, 10:42:31 AM
May I see it?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Minare on November 08, 2008, 03:32:14 PM
Rengarenk Mc theme by Burak
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: mrselnombre on November 09, 2008, 09:04:06 AM
I love the classic theme, and based all my custom themes around it.
Quite disappointed to see it doesn't work properly here anymore.
I'd change forum software before i'd stop using classic based themes.
I like the simplicity and cleanness of them.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Boxerforum on November 13, 2008, 05:10:53 AM
Mine is Dilber Multicolor
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: evil-angelist on November 13, 2008, 05:47:54 AM
Ultimate Smiley
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: JM2Chen on November 20, 2008, 04:40:12 AM
I just download Crystal Vista Theme.
Any people have used Crystal Vistal theme, please tell me your experience using this theme.
Thank first.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: funcouldron on November 21, 2008, 11:36:39 PM
i m using extrem 6
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: EdwardR on November 26, 2008, 06:17:44 PM
Personally, I just copy the default theme and mess around with the images and style, I find that trying to mod other themes is a huge task as i'm not an expert at coding  :'(. 

Ed x
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Robinh on November 30, 2008, 01:14:50 AM
I'm using a customized third party theme, which is mainly why I haven't upped to 2.0.  I've done so many customizations that I'm worried they won't carry over well to the new SMF.  Guess soon I'm going to have to...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 青山 素子 on November 30, 2008, 01:34:07 AM
I've done so many customizations that I'm worried they won't carry over well to the new SMF.  Guess soon I'm going to have to...

Make a testing environment. This will let you get everything worked out before doing an upgrade on the actual forum.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Robinh on November 30, 2008, 02:08:39 AM
I've done so many customizations that I'm worried they won't carry over well to the new SMF.  Guess soon I'm going to have to...

Make a testing environment. This will let you get everything worked out before doing an upgrade on the actual forum.

Going to, soon as I have some free time.  I already have 1.1.7 in a sandbox for playing with mods on.  Might as well update it and try to impose my thene on it...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: skyhintack on December 08, 2008, 02:31:36 PM
I use the default theme, and to make my site a little different than all the others, I'm going to edit it a little. It would be nice if the default theme was something a little more "updated" that looks nice as all the other third party themes. Either that or making it easier so it's not necessary to make hundreds of edits to third party themes just to accommodate twenty or so modifications.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: htmlstig on December 08, 2008, 10:20:20 PM
i use a style that i made to match my site, i have only recently starting SMF fully and think that the smf default style is better than most of the free forum providers so think that that style should be kept.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: tumbleweed on December 08, 2008, 10:28:29 PM
I voted for default and it looks like this:

http://www.gotcanyons.net/gc/

Basically because all the mods work forst time out :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Peludo_08 on December 20, 2008, 11:53:11 AM
Use one changed :P

NIBOGO Rulzz!! XD
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Ricky. on December 29, 2008, 12:18:22 AM
I use 3rd party theme.

I guess default theme atleast have 5 or more alternate stylesheets so that colours can be changed. This feature is offered by many 3rd party themes.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Malpercio on January 01, 2009, 02:10:04 PM
I am currently using a 3rd party theme, although we modified it to suit our needs.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Sel_888 on January 06, 2009, 01:51:03 PM
I use a 3rd party theme for the overall theme
It's accordian style for the categories (Cloud by Hoochie Coochie Man (http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/index.php?lemma=788)) which is GREAT considering that I have over 57 boards... I just modified it's graphics and color scheme cause it's a bit horrendous.

But I don't like it much for when you get into each board and posts... so I use a color modified default/core theme for all of them. (it looks pretty nice if you just change some of the coloring to brighten and freshen it up.

-Sel
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SinfulTTManagerLaura on January 09, 2009, 06:57:57 PM
mine is the core..but its a you know what to modify...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Greyhound on January 13, 2009, 02:17:03 PM
I just modify the core theme on my sites.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: G6™ on January 13, 2009, 04:41:29 PM
I have a custom theme modded by myself as default for my site. www.familjegodis.se
and also a Xbox360 custom made by myself as my xbox360gamers board. www.familjegodis.se/index.php?theme=42

Core is only used when updating or testing things in  :o
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: noonoo on January 19, 2009, 08:05:05 PM
I really like the classic theme and use it on my forum, i like the bright clean simple look of it compared to the other two. It would be nice to see it stay as part of the default install to give more variety as the other two themes are quite similar, with classic there is something for everybody. Having classic made choosing smf easier when i was looking to move away from another forum script.

 :) :) :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ccraciun on January 20, 2009, 02:15:01 PM
My default theme is Dilber MC without the possibility to  change the theme or colours.
The banner is optimised for the theme's colours and i guess it's better this way.
You can take a look here: Forum Brasov (http://www.forum-brasov.ro) - any comments are welcome via PM.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: NHWD on January 21, 2009, 10:06:40 PM
i use core because its too much work making a mod work on another theme
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dzonny on January 24, 2009, 04:58:29 AM
My default theme is Dilber MC without the possibility to  change the theme or colours.
I use the same theme...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Ravac on February 06, 2009, 03:02:45 PM
I like simple themes, so i use theme based on default, default_modern, with some changes ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: cassandra_31 on February 08, 2009, 06:07:03 AM
Actually i'm not yet finish in doing my theme.I'm about half and i hope i can finish it until tomorrow.

Gazmanafc: Removed Links
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: vmgamer on February 13, 2009, 08:50:42 AM
I use my theme (http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/index.php?lemma=1351) :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Kinng on February 14, 2009, 07:30:40 AM
You should change the icons, smileys and buttons; the present ones are very Windows 98-ish, they just don't do justice to such a great forum software
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Smoky "Rider" Blue on February 16, 2009, 06:31:22 AM
hmm any news from this??  :P O:)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: netco on February 19, 2009, 02:55:11 AM
core
but there are somethings must be changed  :)

like:
buttons in editor ..
icons (profile_sm - www_sm - im_off - im_on  - email_sm) ..
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Smoky "Rider" Blue on February 19, 2009, 03:07:51 AM
to answer my own question:

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=293556.0   ;)



Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Dinolin on February 19, 2009, 11:29:33 AM
I really like the classic theme and use it on my forum, i like the bright clean simple look of it compared to the other two. (http://scraparticles.blogspot.com/)
 It would be nice to see it stay as part of the default install to give more variety as the other two themes are quite similar, (http://magnum4d.blogspot.com/) with classic there is something for everybody. (http://houseofrecipe.blogspot.com/) Having classic made choosing smf easier when i was looking to move away from another forum script.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: babjusi on February 19, 2009, 11:31:51 AM
to answer my own question:

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=293556.0   ;)





Same thing here.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: sezmn on February 20, 2009, 07:20:18 PM
lof themes I have but I use my own themes with modifications
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Jntg4 on February 20, 2009, 07:26:36 PM
I use a 3rd Party Theme, Anecdota.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Mert Öz on February 22, 2009, 03:43:21 AM
i use 3rd party themes
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: neliell on February 28, 2009, 11:12:13 AM
i like Classic
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Antes on March 03, 2009, 08:31:21 AM
Now ... i'm Using 3th party BuT , My Vote Goes To Default cause  when Curve Theme i choose it :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 1MileCrash on March 05, 2009, 11:59:39 AM
3rd party, V3. http://model98.org/forum/index.php
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: - Lawrence - on March 07, 2009, 05:15:57 PM
I use a third party theme :).
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen on March 07, 2009, 05:17:02 PM
3rd Party, 1.1 Core based theme.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: NHWD on March 08, 2009, 03:13:54 AM
when 2.0 comes out ill use curve
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Fabis94 on March 08, 2009, 10:46:10 AM
I use Mystic-Multi. It's a very awesome skin and you can change it's color themes on the top of the page.
You can find it in SMF's Custom Themes site.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ifwmonster on March 10, 2009, 08:14:23 PM
I really enjoy the Core theme.  It is very well designed (not to say others aren't) and doing layout with EzPortal & other mods, it's great.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: PDW on March 11, 2009, 10:35:50 AM
i think the classic theme is great for when my server is slow
Also if my internet is slow

Otherwise i run different themes based on the style of the forum

Airsoft forum - Camo Theme
Computer forum - Reference - its light, looks professional too.
I prefer proffesional looking ones full stop
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: kubMCC on March 20, 2009, 11:58:00 AM
I "know" the babylon-theme from 4 other forums as a user, so I just modified it colorwise for ours to fit to our website .....

www.megane-cc-club.de/club.htm

www.megane-cc-club.de/forum

..... and I'm trying to learn more and more about the "why the h.... does it work in this way ......"  O:)

Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Electro-X- on March 25, 2009, 03:07:27 AM
I liked Core but the curve would be better...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: aldo on March 25, 2009, 03:38:49 AM
I still use an overhauled version of the Classic YaBBSE Theme. I don't know why, but I just like the feel of it... if you make it look right :)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: JBlaze on March 25, 2009, 03:40:58 AM
I use a customized version of the SMF Grunge theme.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: gourav on March 25, 2009, 04:54:36 AM
3rd party, V3. http://model98.org/forum/index.php

AMAZING theme bro :)


Bye the way i am using Core theme but yet i am not happy with any of Default theme
of SMF.. According to me the only thing where SMF lacks is LOOK and interface...  anticipating
everything good from CURVE
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 3wasef on March 29, 2009, 03:01:55 PM
I am using the Core theme even with some problem for RTL(some menu images are not display correctly). :(

But hopping this will be fixed soon.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Electro-X- on March 30, 2009, 12:37:09 AM
just changed to new babylon 2!!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 72 454 on April 04, 2009, 01:37:58 PM
I'm all about this theme....  www.ncvettes.com

"Reference" by Crip
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Drumstick on April 06, 2009, 09:52:13 AM
I made an own version of the Classic theme. What is btw the 3rd Party theme :$?
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Electro-X- on April 07, 2009, 02:34:10 AM
Check out pspmodz.net, its the babylon with my own colour. Plus the banner has just been up for awhile.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Night09 on April 07, 2009, 12:50:53 PM
Quote
I made an own version of the Classic theme. What is btw the 3rd Party theme :$?                     

Your theme you made is now third party.It simply means any theme not standard to the SMF installation pack. ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Drumstick on April 07, 2009, 01:50:47 PM
Thanks! I'm also waiting for Curve!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Ndien on April 07, 2009, 05:27:23 PM
I use Helios Multi by Bloc!
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: mich@el on April 21, 2009, 04:10:28 AM
There is a lot to be said for the core themes as I have yet to find a theme that can handle all the mods I use other than the core themes.

Having said that, I still use a 3rd party theme and forgo some features because it looks so much nicer than the core stuff even with colour tweaking etc.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ivantoar on April 25, 2009, 11:24:30 AM
My only reason to keep the Core theme is because I'm too lazy to edit template when installing a mod. Sorry, no offense but the default skin is so ugly.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen on April 25, 2009, 11:26:50 AM
My only reason to keep the Core theme is because I'm too lazy to edit template when installing a mod. Sorry, no offense but the default skin is so ugly.
If you think it's ugly, then you must really be lazy - taking in to consideration how easy it is to install custom themes,
and how little it usually takes to manually edit custom themes :D
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Night09 on April 25, 2009, 12:29:59 PM
Quote
My only reason to keep the Core theme is because I'm too lazy to edit template when installing a mod. Sorry, no offense but the default skin is so ugly.

If you use 2.0 then all the edits are made to the subs mainly so it means most mods will work on any theme since the templates do not directly need edits anymore. ;)
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on April 25, 2009, 02:24:25 PM
Not everything has been moved to the Source files. Just the more common stuff like template_menu and the like. Template edits will still be required in some places, however, it will ATTEMPT to install additional template code into custom themes.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: perplexed on May 28, 2009, 01:05:35 PM
I never use babylon or classic, in fact I don't even have them as options currently.  I like the default theme with the tabs and tend to make different colored versions of that.  People also get used to where to look for everything and if you give them other themes then they get confused lol

I really like Curve though so if I could make variations of that and the Core theme, then I would be happy.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: cartpauj on May 28, 2009, 06:31:45 PM
I think all three themes can remain included but seriously, update them to keep up with the times.  Make them a little more eye appealing and modern and you might find more people sticking with them.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on May 28, 2009, 07:13:49 PM
The only changes that can be made to the past themes would be how it's coded, the graphical aspect cant change.

Though my theme is still third party, I just released a new one for my forum.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ericnet on May 29, 2009, 05:56:51 AM
Mmm

I use classic theme, but default is very nice but have a bug in link-tree  :(
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SteveFJ on June 01, 2009, 07:40:24 AM
I'm using a modification to the Babylon theme.

Prior to modifying that theme I looked about on the Net for a suitable theme to base the site on as it might have been quicker, but could find nothing that passed with W3C. In fact one designer with loads on offer failed miserably.

The templates that come with the download packages pass with W3C. It seems to me to be a pity that some designers don't compliment the care that the team at SMF take.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on June 02, 2009, 01:40:18 PM
Prior to modifying that theme I looked about on the Net for a suitable theme to base the site on as it might have been quicker, but could find nothing that passed with W3C. In fact one designer with loads on offer failed miserably.

The templates that come with the download packages pass with W3C. It seems to me to be a pity that some designers don't compliment the care that the team at SMF take.

Who's theme's failed?

Also, I should point out that ALL themes now are REQUIRED to pass the XHTML validation, they don't pass, they don't get approved. Even if it is just one error.

Check out the guidelines: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=197350.0
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SteveFJ on June 04, 2009, 02:31:40 PM
Who's theme's failed?

Also, I should point out that ALL themes now are REQUIRED to pass the XHTML validation, they don't pass, they don't get approved. Even if it is just one error.

Check out the guidelines: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=197350.0

http://www.bluepearl-design.com/forums/free-smf-templates/

http://www.themers.org/smf-themes/2467-onyx-free-smf-template-1-1-5-2-0-beta-3-1-public.html

http://www.themesbase.com/

That's just three found doing a Google. There are loads more.

SMF can set a requirement, and I feel that is the sensible thing to do, but being in a position to enforce that overall is another story altogether.
Of course there are good designers that do make sure their work validates, and it's those that obtain SMF approval.
Of those that don't, the designers should reflect that while SMF won't endorse their poor work, it can leave a negative impression of SMF in the mind of the user should things go wrong, because they may not realise the failure is in the template itself rather than with the SMF engine.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Gary on June 04, 2009, 07:53:49 PM
SteveFJ - In that case, SM has no control what designers release via their own sites. If they release a theme that is invalid, then that's their problem. SM can only control the themes that are released to the theme site at http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: SteveFJ on June 04, 2009, 08:37:14 PM
SteveFJ - In that case, SM has no control what designers release via their own sites. If they release a theme that is invalid, then that's their problem. SM can only control the themes that are released to the theme site at http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes

Yes. you're dead right there. I just thought I'd give it a mention because there may be good reason for some users to take another look at their chosen themes - even if they are paying for them.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Testpanda on June 08, 2009, 02:43:50 PM
We are using classic theme - most of our members (aged 30-70)
are used to yabbse and choice of SMF was also influenced by
the familiarity of it's user interface.

I hope this theme will not be discontinued in the near future ...
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: IchBin™ on June 08, 2009, 03:22:52 PM
SMF will continue to support its default themes over the past versions as far as I'm aware. I think the intent here is to see if they actually need to be packaged. As it stands, they make up for quite a bit of the actual package size. Uploading a whole SMF upgrade or install package can be a time consuming process, especially for people that don't have broad band. So, the smaller SMF can make the package, the better. If a theme gets dropped from the package, then it should be available on the Theme site.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Garou on June 09, 2009, 07:28:31 AM
If a theme gets dropped from the package, then it should be available on the Theme site.

Actually I think it might be better to have them in the downloads area. That way people don't get them confused with custom themes. If you do put them in on the theme site is there a way you could sticky them or something to distinguish them as official SMF themes while keeping them easy to find. I just have this sinking feeling that if you drop them in with the regular custom themes they will get buried and forgotten amongst all the other custom themes.  :-\
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: 青山 素子 on June 09, 2009, 10:31:42 AM
We have a special user, SMF Customization Team (http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?action=profile;u=1) to publish "official" modifications and themes under.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: jaccione on June 15, 2009, 08:51:41 AM
I use custom themes on my forums, but they are primarily based from Classic as that seems to me to be the easiest to work from and i know that the coding is sound, so mods etc should work. If they are not included in the download package, then if they coudl be downloaded from the theme area, if required, that woudl be fine.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: sarahnev on June 15, 2009, 09:41:45 AM
I use my edited version of Classic.
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: ProtoType on June 24, 2009, 05:17:17 PM
I use core, simply because it's always included when any mods need to change the theme. I prefer the Classic.
I would recommend including a high contrast theme in the package for those using lower res monitors. It would help newbies who aren't quite ready to start installing or modding themes.
Since my forum is firearms related, a nice firearms theme would be nice (hint, hint, forum designers  :) ).
ProtoType
Title: Re:I'm using "Flagrant" by Crip
Post by: dougf4 on June 24, 2009, 05:32:44 PM
I really like this theme.  Very functional and Crip is the best at helping out with advice and help.

See "Flagrant" in action here:

http://www.theruralindependent.com/forum/index.php
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Quarks on July 31, 2009, 02:02:48 AM
I use core for one forum.
For my star trek forum I use "Enterprise".
Title: Re: What is your default theme?
Post by: Samker on July 31, 2009, 11:40:43 AM
I use core, simply because it's always included when any mods need to change the theme.

Same with me.