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How to simply integrate vbulletin into you're sites template

Please see my example, and sorry didn't know what forum this would belong.

   
11:47 pm on Feb 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ok, I have recently obtained a vbulletin license and i was wondering how i could easily integrate it into my current sites template, i was thinking something along the lines of this.

- Remove header + footer stuff from vbulletin (not removing copyright obviously)

then...

- Somehow dynamically include the vbulletin files into you're
or something else?

im not quite sure what im talking about but im looking for a EASY way to do this that is going to require hardly any coding. thx.

here are some questions.

1) is this possible anyway/how?
2) has anyone ever done this?
3) is this a good way to do it?

thanks again. Derek.

10:31 am on Feb 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi Derek

Apart from editing the skins via the control panel you can't really integrate forum software without at least some code/markup/CSS level intervention.

Typically VB Boards contain a number of different page includes. These are assembled from the database. You can edit these (carefully) to integrate into an existing sites look and feel - means you can add your sites header and footer info and then style the forum layout to suit.

Simple things like making your own custom buttons and background images can have a big effect too though.

1:24 am on Feb 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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yeah, im not a complete idiot when it comes to designing a forum layout ive used PHPbb before and made my own template using the subsilver style and just changing images, making my own header etc...

however i was wondering if i'd be able to put my VB forum in the middle of my site.

like this
¦¦ Header ¦¦
¦SideStuff¦Forum Stuff¦SideStuff¦
¦¦ Sites footer (not forum) ¦¦

Alright thanks, that might help you understand a little more

i need to know of a tutorial or something to do this. thx.

oh i have Vbulletin.

5:16 pm on Feb 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Most of what you will need to know is in the vBulletin help files. It's long, but searchable, and pretty clear.

[vbulletin.com...]

You don't have to bork the entire message board to experiment. You take the default style and create a copy, rename it whatever you want. Experiment with it at will. You will find this in the admin area under styles & templates.