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Old 15 Aug 2009, 05:57
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What is the difference in a style a skin and a template?

Ok first Im not a total Idiot I do have a basic concept of the meaning of the terms, but I am confused about, what to look at first and the order to install it. the number of passwords I have created in the last week has my head a little sore , I need help, and I would be glad to answer any Horticultural question in exchange for your time.

I have my basic install done and I want to ad vbcredits and games, both sets I believe arcade Pro and vb gaming, I like the random picture show on the cover of this forum http://www.mercuryserver.com/forums/index.php? and I like the dark colors for the arcade.

But I want the forum to be much brighter, yet warm and homelike, sutle green and toast like colors with a white fourm and black type.

I need a little room for ads but I want to make it a pleasent place for the members first.

so, if your still with me are these seperate things or sets of the other? templates skins and styles, which should take priority?
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Old 16 Aug 2009, 00:57
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Modifications (vbcredits, games, etc) are separate from styles. Modifications change the code, usually, whereas styles change what your site looks like. A style is made up of a bunch of templates.

Most mods these days do not have you do template edits, so it doesn't matter if you install the modification before the style or after.
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Old 16 Aug 2009, 02:08
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Thank you Lynne, I am getting there, so if I understand correct a skin is just a piece of a style mainly the colors and buttons, the template is the arrangement of the different parts of the forum.
I will carry on with my install and hope I get it right, so far so good with all the ad ons I have installed.
until the next noob question arrives Thank you.
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Old 16 Aug 2009, 02:12
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Style and skin are basically two words meaning the same thing - they makup everything that is visually displayed. Every style/skin is built from a series of smaller pieces called templates. Rather like a house is built from bricks.
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Old 16 Aug 2009, 05:45
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THank you Paul, great explaination, I love parables.
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