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Lightweight Style for Small Screen Devices (cell phone, iphone, mobile, android)
Mod Version: 1.0.3, by dartho (Coder/Designer) dartho is offline
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vB Version: 4.1.8 Rating: (98 votes - 4.82 average) Installs: 894
Released: 25 Aug 2010 Last Update: 16 Dec 2011 Downloads: 6226
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A lightweight *forum only style aimed at small screen devices such as Windows Smartphones, Nokias and even iPhones. It has VERY low bandwidth requirements - 15 times less on my site - 20K as opposed to 300K for forumhome.

*forum only - I have done a very small amount of rough work on CMS templates, a simple single column CMS *could* be created to work with this style without too much effort. However I am not sure if you can have a different CMS layout dependent on which style you are using?

This is an update to the mobile style I have previously released.

The changes are predominantly aesthetic to take advantage of larger screens.

It is also much easier to change colour schemes by editing the commented CSS file.


This is a a lightweight style and as such has much reduced functionality/information over the default vBulletin style.

Install instructions:
  • Firstly, if upgrading, I recommend installing this as a new style rather than overwriting your previous install. This way you get to test it first without trashing your existing style.
  • Download ZIP file
  • Unzip to a local/temp directory
  • Edit lightweight.css.php file to customise colours if required
  • Upload contents of the upload directory in the zip file folder to your forum root.
  • Install style XML via Style Manager in your ADMINCP
  • **Install and configure "LightWeight Style Options"
  • See post 2 for a FAQ
  • Click "Mark as Installed"
  • Test it out
  • Leave a rating
  • Leave feedback
  • Enjoy checking your site from your mobile phone without the need to pinch/zoom/wait etc...
Version Control:
1.0.0 - 25 AUG 2010 - Initial Release on
1.0.1 - 26 AUG 2010 - Fixed "Mark All Forums Read" link in Search results. Released Lightweight Style Options to customise this
1.0.2 - 21 MAR 2011 - Updated to 4.1.2, removed short tags from CSS, fixed some issues discovered since last release, added some stuff.
1.0.3 - 16 DEC 2011 - Updated to 1.0.3, tried to fix all known issues. Nothing new. If you have updated your site as bugs have been found, probably no need to upgrade. But if you're upgrading your site from to 4.1.9, might be worthwhile.
1.0.3a - 16 DEC 2011 - remove test ad hook code accidently left in postbit_legacy template
Branding Free:
The style is free to use. However I ask that you keep links in the footer. If you want to remove them - send me a donation of an amount you can afford, or that you think is fair/reasonable, it's up to you how much.

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Old 16 Nov 2014, 02:18
Gadget_Guy Gadget_Guy is offline
Join Date: Jun 2010

Trying to PM you about hiring you for a custom version of this skin but your PM box is full.

Can you contact me with a way I can get a message to you?

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Old 16 Nov 2014, 14:14
dartho dartho is offline
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Try again!
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Old 17 Nov 2014, 00:34
Gadget_Guy Gadget_Guy is offline
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PM Sent
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Old 25 Feb 2015, 22:45
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Bounce Bounce is offline
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Real name: J
Originally Posted by broncoshq View Post
I appreciate your reply, while coming across quite hostile, I understand where you are coming from.

I thought DB Tech was quite well known, so didn't think I would need a link sorry. The addon my users request the most is DB Tech Advanced Likes/Thanks (

I appreciate the advice in regard to adding the hooks, and things of that nature. Unfortunately that is outside of my skill set. Hence I asked the question. I'm sorry if it bothered you in some way.
Hi mate, did you ever get the likes sorted?

Ive never managed to find the relevant code to add.

I did manage to put a rep button and show rep on haha
Thanks for your help

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Old 27 Feb 2015, 13:53
mbreezy mbreezy is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
Any chance on a 4.2.2 version?
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Old 08 Apr 2015, 20:26
carsafety carsafety is offline
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Originally Posted by dartho View Post
Try again!
Mailbox full again:-) If you didn't get my email please send me a PM as I'd like to proceed with the changes you suggested for my custom plugin.
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Old 26 May 2015, 08:50
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e24h e24h is offline
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mmm... probably

However, my suggestion would be to install it as a new style with no parent.
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Old 26 Jul 2019, 05:58
scottkoz20 scottkoz20 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2016
Real name: Scott
I'm late to the game on this style - I really like this and I have need to get this going as we'll be making a major change to become more mobile with custom tools on my site...

... however, something that noticed is that when I go to check my PM's either from the navbar (NEW PM) or from the User CP (New Private Messages) I get no PM's (see screenshot).

When I look through the thread, (and I apologize if I missed it), is there an update for the PM's to be displayed?

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Old 17 Sep 2019, 05:49
Prince Prince is offline
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Does this work on 4.2 ?
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Old Yesterday, 17:44
gnrx gnrx is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
I view this style, sorry because I don't read all pages of this thread, I have 2 doubts.
Work with vb 4.2.5?
And the most important, its a responsive theme? I search a responsive mobile style for my site and I view this and I think its possible...

Thanks and regards.
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Old Yesterday, 22:04
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
There are no responsive themes for vBulletin 4.2.5.

Options if you want responsive:
  1. migrate to Xenforo
  2. upgrade to vBulletin 5
  3. install crappy Tapatalk
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