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CarlitoBrigante
25 Nov 2009, 05:09
THIS ARTICLE IS NO LONGER NEEDED FOR vB 4.0.0+: you can now just use the hook in the headinclude_bottom template: headinclude_bottom_css. As I wrote at the beginning of this tutorial, this was to help people working with beta versions.

As many coders have noticed, we still don't have a template hook in headinclude to add our own CSS to the css.php call in the template. Additionally, the simple method I am listing here might still be useful in the future, even when we get that hook.

One of the great things of the new vBulletin, in fact, is that you can manipulate CSS generation as you have been used to in your scripts.

Here you go.

1. First, add a template in Style & Templates, and assign it to your product in development. Let's call this template yourproduct.css.
2. Now, add a plugin for your product for caching this template. Go to Plugin Manager -> Add Plugin, call the plugin as you prefer, then choose the cache_template hook, and finally put the following code in it:

if(THIS_SCRIPT=='css')
{
$cache[] = 'yourproduct.css';
}

3. Add another plugin for your product. Choose the css_start hook, then place this code in it:

if(in_array('vbulletin.css',$matches[1]))
{
$matches[1][] = 'yourproduct.css';
}

The in_array check makes sure that your CSS is added only to the main vbulletin.css call.

That's it - your CSS will be added to the generated CSS file.

Brother Malachi
01 Jan 2010, 12:23
How do you assign a template to a product?

CarlitoBrigante
01 Jan 2010, 17:07
$config['Misc']['debug'] = true;


Add this to your config file. If you are using it on a live site, I'd recommend putting a conditional to enable debug only for your IP:


if($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']=='xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx') $config['Misc']['debug'] = true;


Once done, you will see a product selection box in your vBulletin Style manager when adding a template.

Shadab
03 Jan 2010, 12:09
But you could also do a different check, for example in case you only need the CSS for users using google chrome:
vbulletin-chrome.css has nothing to do with Google Chrome.
vBulletin "chrome" refers to the main Header, Navigation and Footer elements. :)

CarlitoBrigante
03 Jan 2010, 16:55
Hehe right, changing this. Completely forgot about this tutorial, I wrote it a few days after the beta release to us.

NgocTam
13 Jan 2010, 15:01
Not work with 4.0.1 if choose "Store CSS Stylesheets as Files"

I need other solution. Merge our custom template with additional.css (?). How can I do it?

CarlitoBrigante
13 Jan 2010, 19:04
Hello,

yes, this article is now obsolete. You can now just use the headinclude_bottom_css hook to add your stylesheets. It would probably be even better if there was a hook into additional.css as well. As I wrote above, this was mostly for people working with the beta at the time of this writing.

If you still want to use this method, you can add a conditional to add the call for the static files in the template hook above only in case static CSS is enabled. But this would be really useless, I think.

NgocTam
14 Jan 2010, 02:41
includes\adminfunctions_template.php:

function: write_style_css_directory($styleid, $parentlist, $dir = 'ltr')

Query (in line 769):
$set = $vbulletin->db->query_read($sql = "
SELECT DISTINCT title
FROM " . TABLE_PREFIX . "template
WHERE styleid IN (" . $parentlist . ") AND title LIKE '%.css'
");

My css template like *.css. But in CSS file I don't see it. Is It a bug?

CarlitoBrigante
14 Jan 2010, 03:03
No, if you read the file further, you will see that the result of the query is used only to generate the css file into the directory. After that, you still have to add the path to the headinclude, as I said above. That is why I said the method in the article is still valid, but you need also to add the link to the CSS file... which makes the whole purpose of this article meaningless ;)

A way of having your custom CSS added to the generated files would be to assign it a template type of "css"; but I think you can do this via XML file only (or query), and I am not sure of consequences as I have not explored the possibility.

In brief, easier to use a simple template hook, even though I can understand that some want to have products self contained in an XML file. This would be possible if the developers added a template hook into additional.css.

MARCO1
15 Jan 2010, 14:08
No, if you read the file further, you will see that the result of the query is used only to generate the css file into the directory. After that, you still have to add the path to the headinclude, as I said above. That is why I said the method in the article is still valid, but you need also to add the link to the CSS file... which makes the whole purpose of this article meaningless ;)

A way of having your custom CSS added to the generated files would be to assign it a template type of "css"; but I think you can do this via XML file only (or query), and I am not sure of consequences as I have not explored the possibility.

In brief, easier to use a simple template hook, even though I can understand that some want to have products self contained in an XML file. This would be possible if the developers added a template hook into additional.css.

What's about open new project for that in vbulletin.com ? I think it will be very nice to use template hooks also we want our products automatically installation.

xman_79
22 Jan 2010, 19:56
I had a similar problem , and :

In my php file i add :


$myvbcsspath = 'css.php?styleid=' . $style['styleid'] . '&langid=' . LANGUAGEID . '&d=' . $style['dateline'] . '&td=' . $vbulletin->stylevars['textdirection']['string'] . '&sheet=';




$templater->register('myvbcsspath', $myvbcsspath);


And in my template :

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="{vb:raw myvbcsspath}mytemplate.css" />


*Rebuild style information .

Now it's work .

Look includes/class_core.php , Line 3994

hayaldunya
02 Mar 2010, 08:39
I had a similar problem , and :

In my php file i add :


$myvbcsspath = 'css.php?styleid=' . $style['styleid'] . '&langid=' . LANGUAGEID . '&d=' . $style['dateline'] . '&td=' . $vbulletin->stylevars['textdirection']['string'] . '&sheet=';




$templater->register('myvbcsspath', $myvbcsspath);


And in my template :

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="{vb:raw myvbcsspath}mytemplate.css" />


*Rebuild style information .

Now it's work .

Look includes/class_core.php , Line 3994

I'm its problem

Jaxel
17 Apr 2010, 22:27
I dont understand the purpose of all this... I just made a template called "media.css" and added the following to the shell of my mod:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="{vb:raw vbcsspath}media.css" />

Easy. No plugins required.

CarlitoBrigante
18 Apr 2010, 00:15
There is now a hook for the original purpose of this thread. As I said, this thread can now be considered obsolete. Now it has become as easy as creating a "yourcss.css" template, adding a plugin in the parse_template hook, and then do something like this in the plugin:


$template_hook['custom_css_list'] .= ',yourcss.css';


This thread was made for product creators that needed a simple way to attach css to their styles with no need for people installing their stuff to edit their templates.

TheSupportForum
02 Aug 2010, 19:55
does anyone know how to add a customer template to an existing template for example header

then to insert the code below or above

{vb:raw ad_location.global_header2}