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  1. Randy Bauer
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    Hello,

    We are using the forum functionality that comes with Sitefinity and we don't like the default layout.  I've include an image of what our layout looks like and wonder if I can change it to look like the layout that you guys have.  I'm thinking I may have to do my own template or is there some settings that I can easily change to make it look similiar to your site?

    If I have to do a template, can you tell me which one to use?

    Again, we like the way your thread and new thread pages look and function.

    Thanks,

    Randy
  2. Ivan Dimitrov
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    Hi Randy Bauer,

    You can style the front end templates by modifying ~/Sitefinity/ControlTemplates/Forums/forumsCommonLayout.css stylesheet or define separate css for each of your templates using Telerik.Cms.Web.UI.CssFileLink control. Forums control does not have templates which meas that you need to create your own design using css. You can use skins only for the RadEdiotor control that is used when you work with posts.


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  3. Randy Bauer
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    Can I change the flow simply by changing the .css file?  I don't think I can, unless I am missing something.  I like the flow of your support forum. 

    The default forum functionality is hard to follow.  For each reply to the thread or to another reply, it keeps embedding the previous text and surrounds it with a box.  Your support forum lists the reply, then the next reply, and so on.  It does not mix the previous reply with your reply like the default version does.  I included an image earlier to show the embedded replies with the embeded boxes.

    Another example is your work flow to post another reply.  Your support forum flow just gives you an editor to type your reply.  The default flow shows the text of the message you are replying to and then allows you to type in your own reply.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Thanks,

    Randy

  4. Randy Bauer
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    OK, reading your reply closer, I see the line below.  When I wanted to change the layout and flow for the comments list, I had to create my own external template and modify it to get the look and flow that I wanted.  Can I do this for the forums?

    your earlier reply -->  "Forums control does not have templates which meas that you need to create your own design using css. "
  5. Ivan Dimitrov
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    Hi Randy Bauer,

    Forums that are running on www.telerik.com and www.sitefinity.com are not based on the Sitefinity CMS implementation.

    Let me know if there are further questions regarding Sitefinity's CMS Forums module.

    All the best,
    Ivan Dimitrov
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  6. Randy Bauer
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    Hi Ivan,

    Are there any video's or documentation on how to create your own forum flow?  Can the CSS be changed to have the forums behave more like your site?  I'm thinking I need to create my own pages and css.  Is this correct?

    Thanks,

    -R
  7. Georgi
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    Hi Randy Bauer,

    Generally, you are right everything you've said. You probably need new pages with overall look, and specific CSS styles for the forum controls. They are public, so you can even insert the CSS directly in them. Unfortunately we do not have videos on changing the forum controls, but they are just asp.net user controls, so everything valid for the user controls, is valid for the forum controls. 


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