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[SOLVED!] Version 9 Themes?

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I noticed in the version 9 section of the addons, that is states that version 9 broke the compatibility of the existing themes...which is a total bummer.
My questions are:  Is there something that I can do in order to use the version 8 themes successfully on version 9?  Or, will the version 8 themes be "upgraded" to work properly with version 9 in the near future? 
I have another site I want to build on top of OCPortal, but I really need the look and feel of one of the version 8 themes.
Thank you all in advance!
Mark





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Hi superiorpyro, I made a post about this in the v9 release news post:
View topic: ocPortal 9 released! - ocPortal.com

It's not a situation that makes me very happy, as so much time/money went into making those themes, but unfortunately actual sales were so low (*) that going forward we can only maintain them on demand via our commercial support. If you have a budget that can pay for roughly 5 hours support then we can upgrade a theme for you – we'll have to almost rebuild the CSS and HTML, so it's not an easy thing for us, but we can do it for you.

* the harsh clash between the high cost to make a high-scope theme for a large CMS like ocPortal, and the low budget of most DIY website builders


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To add to what Chris has said, I am not rushing off to  build themes for version 9.x.x until I am actually satisfied that I know how it works. That might be quick, or it may take some time. But I will only decide to put up a series of themes when I know that I've 'mastered' the changes in 9.

Harry has released a couple of themes, so you might want to take a look at what he has put up. If you don't like them, have a go yourself!

Then offer the result to the community … !!

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Thanks Chris and Fletch.  I completely understand about all the effort that goes into development vs. the low (or non existant) return.  The client I am building the site for is a non-profit club/organization, and I offered to upgrade their site because it's horrific... a true turd as far as websites go!  I doubt they have any budget for development, but I will ask.  Let me know how much 5 hours will cost?
In terms of doing it myself, Fletch...I would love to if I had any clue how to do it or where to start, but unfortunately I'm not terribly skilled at coding, so the truth is it would take me months and months to learn and I don't have that much time.
I guess one other option would be to build the site using version 8, but personally I would rather not and I'm not even sure if version 8 is still available for download?
Let me know what you guys think.
Thanks again,
Mark
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superiorpyro said

… In terms of doing it myself, Fletch…I would love to if I had any clue how to do it or where to start, but unfortunately I'm not terribly skilled at coding …
LOL, Mark!

At best I can be referred to as a 'chimp-coder' (monkey-see-monkey-do), so I fully appreciate it when somebody says they are incapable of coding. My life-line means I missed out on being educated in the new technology, but it doesn't stop me from looking closely at the stuff that the competent coders put up. I can understand a great deal of their reasoning, sometimes even 'edit' bits to suit myself, but I have no grasp whatsoever as to how to craft a script or template!

That said, themeing in ocPortal is very, very achievable! Use the developer tools that your browser makes available to you, inspect the element that you think you want to change, 'edit' it in the developer tool window, and you should see an instant result to your display without actually touching your CSS.

These days my preference for doing this is to use the developer tool offered by Chrome (it offers check boxes on the left of a CSS property that can be ticked or un-ticked to see an instant display change), but it took me a long while to move away from Firebug that still works its magic as a Firefox extension.

Try fooling around with one, or both, and when you think you've got what you want in the way of a display, edit your CSS.

A good working practice (for me, that is!) is to comment out the original (/* whatever */) and add your own change below that. This is so that the next time you need to go back to that particular element you will see instantly that you've worked on it before. ocPortal also offers the magical 'Save and stay' option when you are editing your theme CSS, which is absolutely essential when you are 'fiddling' with a property and you are not sure what the result will look like.

Give it a spin; you might be pleasantly surprised!

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lolol the same as what I'am doing right now. You have 100% right Fletch


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Let me know how much 5 hours will cost?

Budget priority is roughly 33 GBP/hour.


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Thanks Guys, you're the best.  I am going to try my hand at fiddling with the Theme to see if I can get it to work, and if not, then I always have the option that Chris has graciously offered.
I'll close this one and get to work

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Thanks again,
Mark

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