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by mashby mashby is offline 10 Sep 2002

Always save your templates before edit them. vBulletin always allow you to restore the original template, but what if you make an error on a template that you've heavily customized?

If you're editing your templates with an external editor, then this makes things easier. Personally, I save every template is a special folder on my hard drive. I usually keep the last two versions of each template just in case. I simply save them by their template name. So, my postbit is saved as postbit.html on my hard drive.

Although this site does not support, or discuss hacks, another option is to use Firefly's Hack Template Backup System (TBS) [link]. If you have questions on how to install, or use this hack, please visit

Regardless of which method you use, saving your template files can be a real lifesaver should you make a mistake. And mistakes DO happen.
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Old 10 Sep 2002, 11:34
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I always make backups or paste what code I edit on a notepad and edit it then so if I make my mistake I can restore the original code block. It's very important to do that.
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Old 11 Sep 2002, 20:53
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I only normally edit templates when I know that I can fix errors. It's normally not too hard, although If I'm unsure, I just paste the contents into notepad and carry on editing
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Old 12 Sep 2002, 08:12
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Yeah, I learneded the hard way.
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Old 01 Oct 2002, 03:16
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hey you not the only one.... I learned the hard way to. But I got this great page I always go back find what i want and fix it back.
Great job guys
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Old 01 Oct 2002, 05:33
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It's just obvious to make backups. I learnt after reading a mod disclaimer. So reading a few tips can save you.
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Old 01 Oct 2002, 07:38
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Originally posted by Bad Bunny
Yeah, I learneded the hard way.
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Old 02 Mar 2005, 20:03
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Re: [TIP] Save Your Templates

Yes, good Tip! Thanx
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Old 09 Mar 2005, 07:37
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Re: [TIP] Save Your Templates

I used notepad to back up code bits for a while but found it way to pain staking after a while. When I got to work on a style, I create a child style, and if the changes work, I delete the parent and use the child. If they don't work, I use the parent. That way I have a current version and don't have to worry about a time frame of notepad edits.
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Old 11 Mar 2005, 15:44
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Re: [TIP] Save Your Templates

Especially post11
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