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Alternating Row Color for Forums / Search Results / Thread Listings
Mod Version: .3, by nevetS (Member) nevetS is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.0 Rating: (7 votes - 4.57 average) Installs: 48
Released: 03 Sep 2006 Last Update: 07 Sep 2006 Downloads: 505
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits  

What this plugin/modification does:
In the default vBulletin implementation, the colors alternate from left to right - from table cell to table cell. This plugin/modification changes it so that each row changes colors instead.

For a visual, we're talking about changing this:
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| red | blue | red | blue |
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| red | blue | red | blue |
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| red | blue | red | blue |
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To this:
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| red |
red | red | red |
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| blue | blue | blue | blue |
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| red | red | red | red |
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Currently, this plugin enables changing row colors in
  • Forum Listing in the Forum Home page (screenie attached)
  • Sub Forum Listing (screenie attached)
  • Thread Listing (screenie attached)
  • Search Results Page (screenie attached)
  • PM Listing
  • Member Listings
How it works:
The way the colors are currently assigned is via CSS classes. The template changes remove the class definitions from the table cells, and add class definitions to the displayed rows. The CSS Classes used are the "Alt1" and "Alt2" classes - defined in the Admin Control Panel under Style Manager, (style), Main CSS, "First Alternating Color" and "Second Alternating Color".

The Product is named "Alternating Row Color for ForumBits".
Attached to the product are Four plugins:
Alternating Row Color for ForumBits Function - this defines a brief function enabled at the "global_start" hook location.

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This function is called from other plugins to define whether or not they should be presented with the "alt1" CSS Class, or the "alt2" CSS Class.
The other three plugins -Alternating Threadbit background, Alternating Row Color for ForumBits, Alternating Row Color Search Threadbit - are copy/paste functionality enabled in three separate locations:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Basically, as vbulletin iterates through creating the rows to display, it calls the function to find out which CSS class to use.
Making minor changes:
If you would rather the colors be switched, simply swap 'alt1' and 'alt2' in the "Alternating Row Color for ForumBits Function" plugin.

What's Involved?
1 Product Installation
4 Plugins (installed all at once, via the product)
47 Changes to 5 Templates

Credit To
VBSeo.com for giving me the idea.


Updates
9/6/2006
got rid of funky quotes in updated_memberlist_reslutsbit.tmpl.php

9/5/2006
Version .3
Updated Mod Description, Install Instructions, downloadable files
Added functionality for Memberlist Alternating Colors
Added functionality for PM Listing Alternating Row Colors
Added new templates - pm_messagelistbit and memberlist_resultsbit

9/3/2006

Updated Mod Description
Installation Instructions
Added additional Screenshots
Uploaded pre-modified out-of-the-box templates
Re-uploaded zip file with appropriate paths
Mod Title Update

9/2/2006
Version .2 - Added plugin to alternate row colors in search results, which also implies the ability to alternate row colors in thread listings.

Installation:
Downloads are on the right. The zip file contains the xml plugin file as well as pre-modified template updates. Only use the premodified templates if the following statements are all true:
1) You are running vBulletin 3.6.0
2) You have not modified the templates to be updated.


There are now 5 templates I have identified that need updating. These templates are:
  • threadbit
  • forumhome_forumbit_level1_post
  • forumhome_forumbit_level2_post
  • memberlist_resultsbit
  • pm_messagelistbit
Step 1) Go into your AdminCP, Click Add/Import Product, Upload the product-alternating-forum-rows.xml file.

For the remaining steps, I'm going to go through three iterations of instructions: "The Really Easy Way", "The Easy Way", and "The Hard Way"
Just Pick ONE set of instructions to follow!
Instructions for "The Really Easy Way":
  1. If you didn't follow the instructions above, upload the product-alternating-forum-rows.xml file into your Product Manager
  2. Replace your unmodified threadbit template with updated_threadbit.tmpl.php
  3. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 forumhome_forumbit_level1_post template with updated_forumhome_forumbit_level1_post.tmpl.php
  4. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 forumhome_forumbit_level2_post template with updated_forumhome_forumbit_level2_post.tmpl.php
  5. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 memberlist_resultsbit template with updated_ memberlist_resultsbit.tmpl.php
  6. Replace your unmodified 3.6.0 pm_messagelistbit template with updated_ pm_messagelistbit.tmpl.php
At this point, you are done. No need to read further or execute anymore steps. Take a look at your forum, if it doesn't look right come back and ask for help.
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Installation Instructions for "The Easy Way"
If you didn't follow the instructions above, upload the product-alternating-forum-rows.xml file into your Product Manager

threadbit template updates
1) On the very first line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove

forumhome_forumbit_level1_post updates
1) On the second line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove

forumhome_forumbit_level2_post
1) On the very first line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove


pm_messagelistbit
1) On the very first line, change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' class="alt1"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove

memberlist_resultsbit
1) change
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

to
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

2) search and remove:
2) Find all ' AND exec_switch_bg()"' and remove
3) Find all ' class="$bgclass"' and remove
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove
5) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove

At this point, you are done. No need to read further or execute anymore steps. Take a look at your forum, if it doesn't look right come back and ask for help.
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Installation Instructions for "The Hard Way"
(see the attached zip file. It was making this thread too difficult to read)

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  #46  
Old 18 Jan 2007, 05:15
PennylessZ28 PennylessZ28 is offline
 
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Oh BTW: If you wanted to make your stickies stand out after doing this, try this little trick:


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  #47  
Old 21 Feb 2007, 14:42
stek2006 stek2006 is offline
 
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Alternating Row's on thread view (postbit)

Thanks so much for this mod - it's exactly what I needed.

I've also modified my templates to use a simpler table row based display on showthread.php - which works fine, but I'd like to use the alternating background colours.

I tried just creating a copy of the 'Alternating Row Color Search Threadbit' plug in and set this to start with the correct postbit hook... changed the tr class to $rowClass but each row seems to show the .alt2 class regardless.

Any suggestions?
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  #48  
Old 13 Mar 2007, 12:53
maxicep maxicep is offline
 
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nice hack, installed.
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  #49  
Old 19 Mar 2007, 18:16
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I was using this modification up until I read PayBas's post. To accomplish this without the need for plugins or extra functions simply uninstall the product (leaving the template changes in place) and re-edit the templates listed in the instructions, adding the following to the top of each template:


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That's it.
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  #50  
Old 21 Mar 2007, 13:02
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Question

Originally Posted by magnus View Post
I was using this modification up until I read PayBas's post. To accomplish this without the need for plugins or extra functions simply uninstall the product (leaving the template changes in place) and re-edit the templates listed in the instructions, adding the following to the top of each template:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.


That's it.
this hack work with without a product, with your way?
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  #51  
Old 21 Mar 2007, 14:58
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Originally Posted by maxicep View Post
this hack work with without a product, with your way?
Yes.
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  #52  
Old 22 Mar 2007, 11:04
maxicep maxicep is offline
 
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i got a question one more,
how can i this hack work with Zoints Tags showing tags results like forumdisplay.
When showing tags results forumdisplay all backrounds White ,how can i fix ?
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  #53  
Old 25 Mar 2007, 16:46
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DiSpy DiSpy is offline
 
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I did this using the changes in this post.

However, for my templates (v3.6.5) there were a few differences that may help others...
In the instructions for "The Easy Way"

in threadbit template updates
add
4) Find all ' class="alt1Active"' and remove

in memberlist_resultsbit
change
2) Find all ' AND exec_switch_bg()"' and remove
to
2) Find all ' AND exec_switch_bg()' and remove
(removed the trailing " symbol)

and lastly, there were no instances of
5) Find all ' class="alt2"' and remove

ALSO, this broke my other mod that changed the bg color of a row on hover. I did wind up getting both to work, but it was all custom stuff so I won't bother posting exactly what I did (since it'll be different for everyone). Just wanted to let you know that it WILL break that.

THANK YOU!!!! (marked installed)

Last edited by DiSpy; 25 Mar 2007 at 17:02.
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  #54  
Old 08 Aug 2007, 16:02
dynamot dynamot is offline
 
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Can I apply this to vb 3.6.8 version?
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  #55  
Old 18 Aug 2007, 12:22
maxicep maxicep is offline
 
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how can i make row color for similar threats ?
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Old 31 Aug 2007, 09:05
amnesia623 amnesia623 is offline
 
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nice - thank you
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Old 19 Sep 2007, 05:16
needaltuna needaltuna is offline
 
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Many thanks to everybody who's provided a plugin/script with which to achieve this effect.

Somebody has already asked this question, but didn't receive an answer. Do these mods work in 3.6.8?
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  #58  
Old 20 Sep 2007, 06:56
needaltuna needaltuna is offline
 
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In 3.6.8, the first line of forumhome_forumbit_level2_post has "<tr align="center">" on it instead of "<tr>". Should this be changed to "<tr class="$rowClass">"?
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  #59  
Old 20 Sep 2007, 09:50
needaltuna needaltuna is offline
 
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Well, it works in 3.6.8. Check out the main page of my forum.

http://www.afeastoffumetti.org/

The only problem with it is that it doesn't alternate the row colors on pages like this.

http://www.afeastoffumetti.org/forumdisplay.php?f=3

Anyone know how I can correct this?

Last edited by needaltuna; 20 Sep 2007 at 12:17.
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  #60  
Old 21 Sep 2007, 07:43
needaltuna needaltuna is offline
 
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Well it turned out that this hack didn't work so well in 3.6.8. In the memberslist page, I got the following error message.

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '<' in /home/needa/public_html/memberlist.php(831) : eval()'d code on line 14
Anyway, I had to replace the new code with the old.

It'd be nice if somebody came up with a updated version of this hack for the latest version of vBulletin. Got a feeling, though, that everybody but me has abandoned this thread. Pity.
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