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SleekSkins
29 Sep 2006, 22:57
This modification will separate the forum tables on your forumhome, a screenshot is attached.
To fully understand this modification, basic HTML knowledge is required. You can download the complete XML file (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=55021) from the right if you would like to install this right away (upload the XML file in the Styles & Templates section of your Admin CP).
Notice: This modification will not work properly if you use subcategories (category with parent category) or stand-alone forums (forum with no parent category, on forumhome). Subforums will work fine, ofcourse.

Modified templates

FORUMHOME
forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost


Forum Home Overview
Open the 'Forum Home Templates > FORUMHOME' template, we only need to edit the area between the <!-- main --> tags. Here's the default code:

<!-- main -->
<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">
<thead>
<if condition="$show['guest']">
<!-- guest welcome message -->
<tr>
<td class="tcat" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>"><phrase 1="$vboptions">$vbphrase[welcome_to_the_x]</phrase></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="alt1" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>">
<phrase 1="faq.php$session[sessionurl_q]" 2="register.php$session[sessionurl_q]">$vbphrase[first_visit_message]</phrase>
</td>
</tr>
<!-- / guest welcome message -->
</if>
<tr align="center">
<td class="thead">&nbsp;</td>
<td class="thead" width="100%" align="$stylevar[left]">$vbphrase[forum]</td>
<td class="thead" width="175">$vbphrase[last_post]</td>
<td class="thead">$vbphrase[threads]</td>
<td class="thead">$vbphrase[posts]</td>
<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">
<td class="thead">$vbphrase[moderator]</td>
</if>
</tr>
</thead>
$forumbits
<tbody>
<tr>
<td class="tfoot" align="center" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>"><div class="smallfont"><strong>
<a href="forumdisplay.php?$session[sessionurl]do=markread" rel="nofollow">$vbphrase[mark_forums_read]</a>
<if condition="$vboptions['forumleaders']">&nbsp; &nbsp;
<a href="showgroups.php$session[sessionurl_q]" rel="nofollow">$vbphrase[view_forum_leaders]</a></if>
</strong></div></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
$forumhome_markread_script
<!-- /main -->

Everything between the <!-- main --> tags is one table. We are going to separate this into multiple tables.
The above code contains:

The guest welcome header.
The 'forum, last post, threads, post' area.
The category and forums rows ($forumbits).
The 'mark forums read' and 'view forum leaders' links.


Forum Home Changes
What has to be changed:

Guest welcome header should have it's own table.
Delete the 'forum, last post, threads, post' area.
Bottom links need their own div


Forum Home Result
Here's the final code:

<!-- main -->
<if condition="$show['guest']">
<!-- guest welcome message -->
<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">
<tr>
<td class="tcat" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>"><phrase 1="$vboptions[bbtitle]">$vbphrase[welcome_to_the_x]</phrase></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="alt1" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">6<else />5</if>">
<phrase 1="faq.php$session[sessionurl_q]" 2="register.php$session[sessionurl_q]">$vbphrase[first_visit_message]</phrase>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
<br />
<!-- / guest welcome message -->
</if>


$forumbits


<div class="tborder" style="padding: $stylevar[cellspacing]px;">
<div class="tfoot smallfont" style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold; padding: $stylevar[cellpadding]px;">
<a href="forumdisplay.php?$session[sessionurl]do=markread" rel="nofollow">$vbphrase[mark_forums_read]</a>
<if condition="$vboptions['forumleaders']">&nbsp; &nbsp;
<a href="showgroups.php$session[sessionurl_q]" rel="nofollow">$vbphrase[view_forum_leaders]</a></if>
</div></div>
$forumhome_markread_script
<!-- /main -->

==========

Forum Bit Overview
Now, open the 'Forum Home Templates > forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost' template. This is the default code:

<tbody>
<tr>
<td class="tcat" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions[showmoderatorcolumn]">6<else />5</if>">
<a style="float:$stylevar[right]" href="#top" onclick="return toggle_collapse('forumbit_$forumid')"><img id="collapseimg_forumbit_$forumid" src="$stylevar[imgdir_button]/collapse_tcat{$collapseimg_forumid}.gif" alt="" border="0" /></a>
<a href="forumdisplay.php?$session[sessionurl]f=$forum[forumid]">$forum[title]</a>
<if condition="$show['forumdescription']"><div class="smallfont">$forum[description]</div></if>
<if condition="$show['subforums']"><div class="smallfont"><strong>$vbphrase[subforums]</strong>: $forum[subforums]</div></if>
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
<if condition="$childforumbits">
<tbody id="collapseobj_forumbit_$forumid" style="{$collapseobj_forumid}">
$childforumbits
</tbody>
</if>

As you may have noticed, this code is a table row. Because we got rid of the table surrounding this table row (in the FORUMHOME template), we should now make this code into a complete table.

Forum Bit Changes
What has to be changed:

Add table open tag
The 'forum, last post, threads, post' area should be pasted before the forum rows.
Add table close tag
Add br tag at the end to create a space between the tables.


Forum Bit Result
This is the final code:

<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td class="tcat" colspan="<if condition="$vboptions[showmoderatorcolumn]">6<else />5</if>">
<a style="float:$stylevar[right]" href="#top" onclick="return toggle_collapse('forumbit_$forumid')"><img id="collapseimg_forumbit_$forumid" src="$stylevar[imgdir_button]/collapse_tcat{$collapseimg_forumid}.gif" alt="" border="0" /></a>
<a href="forumdisplay.php?$session[sessionurl]f=$forum[forumid]">$forum[title]</a>
<if condition="$show['forumdescription']"><div class="smallfont">$forum[description]</div></if>
<if condition="$show['subforums']"><div class="smallfont"><strong>$vbphrase[subforums]</strong>: $forum[subforums]</div></if>
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
<if condition="$childforumbits">
<tbody id="collapseobj_forumbit_$forumid" style="{$collapseobj_forumid}">
<tr align="center">
<td class="thead">&nbsp;</td>
<td class="thead" width="100%" align="$stylevar[left]">$vbphrase[forum]</td>
<td class="thead" width="175">$vbphrase[last_post]</td>
<td class="thead">$vbphrase[threads]</td>
<td class="thead">$vbphrase[posts]</td>
<if condition="$vboptions['showmoderatorcolumn']">
<td class="thead">$vbphrase[moderator]</td>
</if>
</tr>
$childforumbits
</tbody>
</if>
</table>
<br />

That's it, these two template modifications are enough to get the desired effect of separated forum rows.
Are you using this modification? Press INSTALL (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/vborg_miscactions.php?do=installhack&threadid=127875).


[b]Bas ten Feld
www.sleekskins.com

Limerick
01 Oct 2006, 16:40
Hello and thanks for the hack.

But I've two questions.

What to do with the .xml file because vB refuses it as a product and as module?

And are the differnces between your hack and this one (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=123713&highlight=categories)?

peterska2
01 Oct 2006, 16:57
The XML File is a style file and will need to be imported via the style manager.

peterska2
01 Oct 2006, 17:03
When importing the style xml (attached) it is recommended that you then set the style as a parent style for your existing styles.

Please be aware that if you have modified your forumhome template or forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost template then this modification will need to be applied manually as the changes will not be picked up in your existing style.

Some modifications may need to be reapplied with this modification either in full or in part.


@ Sleekskins - There may be additional changes needed to other templates, notably the forumdisplay template. If you require any assistance with this, then do not hesitate to ask.

Limerick
01 Oct 2006, 22:46
OK... Houston we got a problem !!!

In Subforums, a forum which holds as a forum and not as a category, doesn't display normally.

It has no table !!!

I'm not sure but this problem seems to come from forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost' template because when I reset it, the subforums becomes normal.
Of course then, Homepage becomes ugly...

Edit again: In fact, this hack doesn't seem to like when subforums has mixed categories and forums => forums do not have normal table to show normal informations (when posted, how many, etc.)

SleekSkins
01 Oct 2006, 23:49
Hello and thanks for the hack.

But I've two questions.

What to do with the .xml file because vB refuses it as a product and as module?

And are the differnces between your hack and this one (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=123713&highlight=categories)?
You have to upload it in the Style Manager, this is a template modification and not a plugin.

===

OK... Houston we got a problem !!!

In Subforums, a forum which holds as a forum and not as a category, doesn't display normally.

It has no table !!!

I'm not sure but this problem seems to come from forumhome_forumbit_level1_nopost' template because when I reset it, the subforums becomes normal.
Of course then, Homepage becomes ugly...

Edit again: In fact, this hack doesn't seem to like when subforums has mixed categories and forums => forums do not have normal table to show normal informations (when posted, how many, etc.)
I am aware of this, but didn't think it was necessary to mention. Because I have never seen a site use a forum without a category before.
If you use forums without categories, use this plugin (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=123713) (without the use of this template modification).

Limerick
02 Oct 2006, 05:33
I don't think you understood what I meant.

My forum has subforums. These subforums are shown as categories.
They also have subforums. And some of them are categories, some other are not. There's no problem with the one shown as categories, but the one shown as forum have no table.

If you want to post into a forum, there must be a time where a forum is not shown as a caregorie but as a forum.

https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/ (http://img207.imageshack.us/my.php?image=subforumno6.gif)

SleekSkins
02 Oct 2006, 10:07
I don't think you understood what I meant.

My forum has subforums. These subforums are shown as categories.
They also have subforums. And some of them are categories, some other are not. There's no problem with the one shown as categories, but the one shown as forum have no table.

If you want to post into a forum, there must be a time where a forum is not shown as a caregorie but as a forum.

https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/ (http://img207.imageshack.us/my.php?image=subforumno6.gif)
That's the same problem, I am aware of that. If you actually use subcategories, try the plugin.

Limerick
02 Oct 2006, 19:24
Sorry, I uninstalled your hack.
Generates problems on my forum.

Floris
04 Oct 2006, 11:06
I have seen many different attempts at this but most seem to lack little things like the misalignment or the not matching up on forumdisplay etc. I think I will stick to my original complete and working 2.2.1 splitting one :) just updated to 3.6.2 :D

SleekSkins
04 Oct 2006, 20:20
I have seen many different attempts at this but most seem to lack little things like the misalignment or the not matching up on forumdisplay etc. I think I will stick to my original complete and working 2.2.1 splitting one :) just updated to 3.6.2 :D
The forumdisplay works perfect unless you use a subcategory. I am not familiar with 2.2.1 but go for it :D

Limerick
05 Oct 2006, 19:41
I think I will stick to my original complete and working 2.2.1 splitting one :) just updated to 3.6.2 :D

Where is it Floris? :knockedout:

Brent H
07 Oct 2006, 08:31
I'd like to know as well ;)

jwaany
20 Oct 2006, 13:27
Thank you very much
Good work ;

SleekSkins
22 Oct 2006, 23:08
Thank you very much
Good work ;
Thanks alot!
I've updated to version 3.6.2, by the way.

lazyseller
27 Oct 2006, 02:25
it says Invalid File Specified when adding product..

same thing uploading the plugin...

Tony P
27 Oct 2006, 03:38
Installed like a charm... many thanks!

Ev!L ErN!E
27 Oct 2006, 07:38
it says Invalid File Specified when adding product..

same thing uploading the plugin...

same here.... whats up?

oldfan
27 Oct 2006, 08:05
Where is it Floris? :knockedout:

I'll second that

SleekSkins
29 Oct 2006, 15:27
lazyseller and Ev!L ErN!E: The XML file should be uploaded as a style, not as a plugin.

killerkraft
26 Jan 2007, 16:45
Thank's - Installed and working fine.

killerkraft
26 Jan 2007, 18:18
Thank's - Installed and working fine.

Actually i did unistall because of some problems in display.

Sorry.

Ahmed_Eissa
24 Jul 2007, 16:22
Hi,

I'm really wana put this in my forum. Can this work under vBulletin 3.6.7 PL1?

Thank you


Ahmed

rapidphim
09 Aug 2007, 20:09
Hello,
Can someone please upgrade this to 3.6.8 and make sure the subforum display correctly? Thanks!

vithorius
04 Jun 2008, 16:17
Hi! I just think that this Mod is GREAT!!! :up:

The problem is that I can't import in my vb (v 3.6.10) :confused: :confused:

Is there a way to import this Mod in vb 3.6.10??? Is there any kind of update to this Mod?

Thank you very much! :up:

vithorius
01 Aug 2008, 09:25
Hi again everybody!

Is there any news for this mod?

How does it works on vB 7.7.x? :confused:



Thank you! :up: :up:

timscarlet
14 Feb 2009, 03:29
hello, i have followed the instructions to make category spacing for forums, and also backed up both the forum home templates (text copy and paste), and no forums are appearing! they are still in the forum manager, but the can't see them on the webpage!

and tried to refer back to original text in template, but still no forums! they are gone!

but again, i found out this is a mod for 3.6 and i have found 3.7

please help, my forum has no forums categories now! no forum at all!

Tim

CapitanoN6
10 Oct 2009, 07:56
run on 3.8?