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justboards Theme

Started by KahneFan, February 03, 2009, 08:15:09 PM

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KahneFan

Link to the theme


Preview "justboards" Here

Preview "justboards and categories" Here

CSS NOTE: PLEASE READ
The description area is adjustable in the CSS file. This is helpful if you see that your site has a lot of dead space, or needs more space in the description area. To adjust the size of the description cell go to ./justboards/style.css and look for...


.windowbgdesc
{
   color: #000000;
   background-color: #DDDDDD;
   height: 150px;
   vertical-align: top;
   border: thin solid #CCCCCC;
}


The line to adjust is the "height" from 150 to whatever looks best on your site. Also note, you will want to use the height of the LARGEST description you have. This will ensure that ALL boards stay in a nice neat row.


This theme actually removes the category titles from the index page and lists just the boards in a 4 column pattern. I tried to figure out a way to get the category titles listed inline, but I could not think of a good way to do it and keep the site symmetrical, so I just removed them. Many sites will be OK with no category titles anyway since boards are usually self explanatory. I've also added a quick view bar for when there are new replies to view. This is helpful on forums with a lot of boards so that you don't have to scroll-scroll-scroll to see if there's new posts. You will see the unread icon under the "Show unread posts since last visit" in the header. This icon actually uses the same system as the on/off icons, so it's quick, and it actually "grows/shrinks" when there are more or less boards with unread posts in them.
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Imô¿ôu2

I like the layout. I had not seen anything like that before. Neat idea

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shadow82x

Gotta say, its a interesting approach on a theme. ;) :P
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ormuz

The idea is nice, but don't work that way...

the best way to do it is something similar to this:
http://www.joomlart.com/forums/

KahneFan

Quote from: ormuz on February 04, 2009, 09:00:13 AM
...but don't work that way...

Care to expand on "don't work"? The theme above does work.

If you're referring to leaving the categories, I may look into trying that on another theme, but to keep the boards inline on this one I removed the categories.
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ormuz

#6
My english is poor, but let me try to explain why I think the theme "don't work"!

That design, is different, is fresh, is new, but the users aren't "familiarized" with that layout. Imagine that is the first time u see a forum with that layout, for a new user, it will be very "confuse", beside that, even if u are a super user, it will be confuse too, there are to many elements separating all the info! I think that layout was poor, ergonomic and usability speaking, for the user side, off course! 

That forum that I post the link, in my opinion, I think it was the best way to a layout with more that one column. the highlights of that layout, are the no borders or visible tables, separating, the board info, posts...etc. That way the layout stays more clean...

Have I made Myself Clear?

I will suggest that u try something more close to that

EDIT:

This theme, have the work already done ;)
http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/index.php?lemma=986

phpMyTony


KahneFan

ormuz, good thoughts. However, although we are used to seeing forums as line by line, think of your favorite non-forum site, most are lined up as blocks of content which guests peruse through to see what they might want to read. Very few web sites use line-by-line set up for information. Again, not that you're wrong, or I am, just differences in view points :D
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phpMyTony

You should make this compatible for 1.1.7

Antechinus


KahneFan

I had "fun" making it for 2.0b4, so I don't see 1.1.7 coming anytime soon :(
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phpMyTony

Ohh :( It's just that there are many 1.1.7 users, and some do not want to convert to 2.0b4 :(

Antechinus

They don't have to convert to 2b4. They can convert to RC1. It's better.

phpMyTony

What is RC1? I didn't even know it's out yet - I'm quite rubbish at the different versions - Sorry

KahneFan

RC1 is only released to Charter members yet.
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phpMyTony

Unfair :( Any screenshots of it?

KahneFan

SimplePortal's site is using it, but they also have their custom theme on it. I don't know that RC1 really makes any changes that are "visable" as much as functional.
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Juduras


KahneFan

Thanks :D

If anyone uses this theme feel free to post a link here or at I Post You Post so we can have a gander. Especially if you mod it at all.
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