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Post by JenniferSPN15 on September 6th 2014, 11:45 pm

Hello everyone! I am not new to forumotion forums, but I am new to the help forum! I've browsed around here for a long while, and finally decided to make an account to help with specific answers to my burning questions!

Anyways, this topic is about a custom layout for each category on the forum I work with three other admins on.
This is what I am looking to do with css/html/java/etc, if possible!:

The forum looks like this on every page, obviously:



Please, if you think it is possible, walk me through how it works so I can teach the other admins I work with and show them this topic Smile That way we can all edit our own categories. I am not a coding whizz, but I have taken many lessons on how it works and several basic functions on how it works and how to use it... but still, if its gets complicated in making this work, please keep in mind our css stylesheet has about 600 lines of coding! 

is it possible? Do you think it would work? Thanks loves! All help appreciated Smile

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Post by Ange Tuteur on September 7th 2014, 4:49 am

Hello Jennifer,

You're basically wanting to change the theme when you click on a category button ? Similar to this ?
http://help.forumotion.com/t135248-add-a-theme-picker

It is possible to change the stylesheet, however, changing all the images which are in pics management could prove troublesome.

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Post by JenniferSPN15 on September 7th 2014, 6:19 pm

Hey Ange!

Yes, in a sense, what you've said is similar to what I am asking. Smile The only issue would be using a specific theme made for our site that is not a default, it would have to be uploaded, named, etc, to work in the coding, no?

And gosh, yes, I know it's a lot to ask if possible, but if it is perhaps something manageable, I'd like to give it try Smile

A little background knowledge, the site I am applying this question to (also in my website link) was created this Feb. to merge several different RPs together into one site. Before LTW, each RP had its own website (the wolf and african wild dog screenshots seen in the second image of this topic) with its own colors, banner, bg image, etc.

I am hoping we can capture this diversity with each category specified to that one RP! So it is like each website is still unique and diverse as if it were its own, but rather, it is all on one forum. Smile

Thanks for the reply!

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Post by Ange Tuteur on September 7th 2014, 6:33 pm

As I said, changing the stylesheet should be possible when clicking the categories. They just need to have a unique class or id. Certain images, such as the banner or nav would remain the same. When the theme is picked, it sets a cookie, so the theme chosen would be the one you see until you click another category.

Background images, if supplied in the CSS can be change when loading the new theme :
Code:
body { background:url(/myimage.gif) }

You would need to upload the themes to hitskin, and ensure that they are for the same version of your forum.

If you simply just want to let the members to choose themselves what theme they want, I would recommend using a theme picker.

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