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Alternating Row Color for Forums / Search Results / Thread Listings
Mod Version: .3, by nevetS (Member) nevetS is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.0 Rating: (7 votes - 4.57 average) Installs: 48
Released: 03 Sep 2006 Last Update: 07 Sep 2006 Downloads: 505
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits  

What this plugin/modification does:
In the default vBulletin implementation, the colors alternate from left to right - from table cell to table cell. This plugin/modification changes it so that each row changes colors instead.

For a visual, we're talking about changing this:
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| red | blue | red | blue |
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| red | blue | red | blue |
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| red | blue | red | blue |
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To this:
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| red |
red | red | red |
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| blue | blue | blue | blue |
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| red | red | red | red |
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Currently, this plugin enables changing row colors in
  • Forum Listing in the Forum Home page (screenie attached)
  • Sub Forum Listing (screenie attached)
  • Thread Listing (screenie attached)
  • Search Results Page (screenie attached)
  • PM Listing
  • Member Listings
How it works:
The way the colors are currently assigned is via CSS classes. The template changes remove the class definitions from the table cells, and add class definitions to the displayed rows. The CSS Classes used are the "Alt1" and "Alt2" classes - defined in the Admin Control Panel under Style Manager, (style), Main CSS, "First Alternating Color" and "Second Alternating Color".

The Product is named "Alternating Row Color for ForumBits".
Attached to the product are Four plugins:
Alternating Row Color for ForumBits Function - this defines a brief function enabled at the "global_start" hook location.

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This function is called from other plugins to define whether or not they should be presented with the "alt1" CSS Class, or the "alt2" CSS Class.
The other three plugins -Alternating Threadbit background, Alternating Row Color for ForumBits, Alternating Row Color Search Threadbit - are copy/paste functionality enabled in three separate locations:

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Basically, as vbulletin iterates through creating the rows to display, it calls the function to find out which CSS class to use.
Making minor changes:
If you would rather the colors be switched, simply swap 'alt1' and 'alt2' in the "Alternating Row Color for ForumBits Function" plugin.

What's Involved?
1 Product Installation
4 Plugins (installed all at once, via the product)
47 Changes to 5 Templates

Credit To
VBSeo.com for giving me the idea.


Updates
9/6/2006
got rid of funky quotes in updated_memberlist_reslutsbit.tmpl.php

9/5/2006
Version .3
Updated Mod Description, Install Instructions, downloadable files
Added functionality for Memberlist Alternating Colors
Added functionality for PM Listing Alternating Row Colors
Added new templates - pm_messagelistbit and memberlist_resultsbit

9/3/2006

Updated Mod Description
Installation Instructions
Added additional Screenshots
Uploaded pre-modified out-of-the-box templates
Re-uploaded zip file with appropriate paths
Mod Title Update

9/2/2006
Version .2 - Added plugin to alternate row colors in search results, which also implies the ability to alternate row colors in thread listings.

Installation:
Downloads are on the right. The zip file contains the xml plugin file as well as pre-modified template updates. Only use the premodified templates if the following statements are all true:
1) You are running vBulletin 3.6.0
2) You have not modified the templates to be updated.


There are now 5 templates I have identified that need updating. These templates are:
  • threadbit
  • forumhome_forumbit_level1_post
  • forumhome_forumbit_level2_post
  • memberlist_resultsbit
  • pm_messagelistbit
Step 1) Go into your AdminCP, Click Add/Import Product, Upload the product-alternating-forum-rows.xml file.

For the remaining steps, I'm going to go through three iterations of instructions: "The Really Easy Way", "The Easy Way", and "The Hard Way"
Just Pick ONE set of instructions to follow!
Instructions for "The Really Easy Way":
  1. If you didn't follow the instructions above, upload the product-alternating-forum-rows.xml file into your Product Manager
  2. Replace your unmodified threadbit template with updated_threadbit.tmpl.php
  3. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 forumhome_forumbit_level1_post template with updated_forumhome_forumbit_level1_post.tmpl.php
  4. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 forumhome_forumbit_level2_post template with updated_forumhome_forumbit_level2_post.tmpl.php
  5. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 memberlist_resultsbit template with updated_ memberlist_resultsbit.tmpl.php
  6. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 pm_messagelistbit template with updated_ pm_messagelistbit.tmpl.php
At this point, you are done. No need to read further or execute anymore steps. Take a look at your forum, if it doesn't look right come back and ask for help.
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Installation Instructions for "The Easy Way"
If you didn't follow the instructions above, upload the product-alternating-forum-rows.xml file into your Product Manager

threadbit template updates
1) On the very first line, change
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to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove

forumhome_forumbit_level1_post updates
1) On the second line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove

forumhome_forumbit_level2_post
1) On the very first line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove


pm_messagelistbit
1) On the very first line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove

memberlist_resultsbit
1) change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' AND exec_switch_bg()"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="$bgclass"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove
5) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove

At this point, you are done. No need to read further or execute anymore steps. Take a look at your forum, if it doesn't look right come back and ask for help.
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Installation Instructions for "The Hard Way"
(see the attached zip file. It was making this thread too difficult to read)

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  #16  
Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:06
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Also, I just re-uploaded the new product, made all the template changes (The hard way) and I see no changes.
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  #17  
Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:12
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Well, something ain't right. I even tried uploading your templates and still no changes are visible.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:20
nevetS nevetS is offline
 
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This is going to sound lame, but is the product enabled? It should be by default. I just diffed my uploaded xml file with what is enabled on my system and it's the same. I also went through and updated my templates from what I have in the zip and everything looks clean to me.

Maybe we can get on instant messenger or something tomorrow to clear things up. I'm about done for the night.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:21
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Ya know what? I'm a total dummy. When I was logged in I was looking at a test skin instead of the default one. The default skin is the one I made the changes to. I was checking it in the other browsers I have and being logged out I could only see the default skin and it looked fine and I'm like WTF?

Foot in mouth......

You may now give me a swift kick in the rearend. I did click install and it is working as advertised.

Last edited by Smoothie; 04 Sep 2006 at 08:23.
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  #20  
Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:28
nevetS nevetS is offline
 
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LOL... You had me very concerned there. I was just thinking... What could I possibly have forgotten to upload?!? I'm glad someone is making use of my work.
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  #21  
Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:30
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Originally Posted by nevetS
LOL... You had me very concerned there. I was just thinking... What could I possibly have forgotten to upload?!? I'm glad someone is making use of my work.
Thanks for the update, the great instructions and all the confusion. This mod should be by default in vB, but thats another topic, another day.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:43
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Have a request. Maybe when you have time you can adjust the code so that Private Messages in Folder: Inbox and Private Messages in Folder: Sent Items reflects the same alternating row colors.
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 08:53
nevetS nevetS is offline
 
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Will Do. I just thought about the Memberlist as well that needs alternating row colors. If I don't get too bogged down, I should post another update tomorrow. Anybody else that is implementing this, or thinking of implementing this, please let me know where else you need alternating row colors.

Also, if you want options, let me know what you want to option-ize. I'm thinking that the class names used should be configurable. Because template changes are involved, you can't turn it on and off via an option - unless there is a way that I don't know of to programatically update templates - now that would be cool!
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  #24  
Old 04 Sep 2006, 12:47
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Ascor Ascor is offline
 
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Thank you very mutch to take the time for look at my problem nevetS,
i just drop your file from zip an all is workin fine now
i suggest: the same think for forumdisplay and showthread view, to have the most 3 views harmonised
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Old 04 Sep 2006, 16:38
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Originally Posted by nevetS
Will Do. I just thought about the Memberlist as well that needs alternating row colors. If I don't get too bogged down, I should post another update tomorrow. Anybody else that is implementing this, or thinking of implementing this, please let me know where else you need alternating row colors.

Also, if you want options, let me know what you want to option-ize. I'm thinking that the class names used should be configurable. Because template changes are involved, you can't turn it on and off via an option - unless there is a way that I don't know of to programatically update templates - now that would be cool!
Member list is definitely a needed.
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 07:31
nevetS nevetS is offline
 
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Check back for the updates tomorrow. I have traffic court in the morning, so I've been spending the last few hours prepping my defense.... wish me luck!
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  #27  
Old 05 Sep 2006, 15:12
Cheertobi Cheertobi is offline
 
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Hi nevetS,

thanks for the update

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  #28  
Old 05 Sep 2006, 15:21
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Andreas Andreas is offline
 
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Why not just use exec_switch_bg() and get rid of the global_start Plugin?
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  #29  
Old 05 Sep 2006, 20:30
nevetS nevetS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Andreas
Why not just use exec_switch_bg() and get rid of the global_start Plugin?
This is the original solution that I implemented, however, exec_switch_bg() does not seem to work in the forum_bit templates. Add to that that the exec_switch_bg call in the threadbit template did not work when displaying search results. Not to say that it wouldn't work at all, but when I tried implementing it, it didn't.

Additionally, I'm going to implement some options in an update to select the classes so that the colors don't necessarily need to map directly to the alt1 and alt2 classes.
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Old 06 Sep 2006, 05:12
Smoothie Smoothie is offline
 
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Yay! Update to member list coming along too?
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