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#1 vBMechanic

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 04:02 AM

Welcome to vBulletin Skinning and Modification here at DesignContest!

This is the newest forum at DesignContest where we can discuss all aspects of vBulletin modification and community building.. from templates and styles to hacks and modifications, if you have a question about vBulletin, the staff and I will do our best to help you out.

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#2 shuv

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:46 PM

i'm interested in learning to skin vB, is there anywhere you could point me to get a general idea of what's involved?
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#3 AshAbed

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 09:41 PM

do you mean to code or design skins?

#4 vBMechanic

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 09:54 PM

I'm glad to help with either coding and designing.

I'll see if there are any pre-made tutorials on skinning. If not, I'll start a general guide here at DC.


1) In the beginning.. there was Photoshop. Or whatever image editor you use. A good skin always starts with a mockup in the image editor. I always start with a good idea of what my final result will look like and make sure that idea is recorded in the image editor.

Next step... slicing into HTML.

#5 shuv

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 10:39 PM

is it just like making a site template, but coding it differently?
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#6 Maverik60

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 01:38 AM

hey man, i designed my own vbb but have no idea how to slice/code it up

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dou charge alot $$ to code vbb skins or could u help me do it myself?

#7 vBMechanic

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 03:24 AM

>>is it just like making a site template, but coding it differently?

Exactly. If you can slice a site template into HTML, you're halfway to making a custom skin. The learning curve is steep though as you have to dig into the vBulletin template system and learn what goes where.

Typically you can start with the Header, Footer, and Navbar templates and get a good feel on how they work.


>>hey man, i designed my own vbb but have no idea how to slice/code it up

Nice work, feels like I'm in a Borg cube. I'm happy to help you learn how to do it here if you like. It will seem like a pain in the arse at first, but it isn't so bad.

Open up the Header template and take a look at it. Make a few changes, see how it reacts. Note that the Header and Footer template typically go together with tables opened in the header being closed in the footer.

You can also write to me alex@vbmechanic.com for more info on services, thanks.

#8 BBGorB

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 09:05 AM

Hey Guys, I too want to learn skining vB boards, is there a free demo / trial version I can download for learning purpose?
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#9 shuv

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 11:14 AM

it would seem to me a basic tutorial is needed in coding vB skins. arent there any out there? i looked for a while but couldn't find anything.
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#10 Maverik60

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 09:10 PM

nope, vbulletin.com had one i think

#11 AshAbed

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 11:39 PM

you need to know how to code the template as if you were going to use it on a website(plain html)
then just figure out where things go on the template, ie: header is the top of the page, footer the bottom, etc
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if you can't figure it out I'll gladly take on the job ;)

#12 petertdavis

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 04:57 PM

The whole skinning system looks different in the new version, has anyone dug into it yet and done a new skin for the new version?

#13 vBMechanic

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 05:06 PM

The template system takes a bit of getting used to. My suggestion is to find the buttons:

[ << >> ]

Which means to expand all of the templates. It's easier than using the dropdown menus.

#14 G3MM4

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Posted 04 October 2004 - 11:39 AM

Well it would be great if someone could post an in-depth tutorial here on how to design and code a new skin for vB, as it's rather daunting to the newbie (such as myself). Even with the template editing options expanded, it's easy to get "lost" in it all! LOL.

#15 Design 9

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 04:34 AM

i agree. i have been wanting to design a vB skin and i kno for sure that i can do that part but not to sure about how to code...
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#16 Imagenesis

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 05:44 AM

This thread is pretty old, I don't think it's active anymore, but the onyl way to learn VB is by trial and error...Ask one of your freinds with a license to set you up a private admin account and you can start playing around with the code...In no time I'm sure you'll understand the basics of VB... :D

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