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How difficult is it to put a frame around the content in a custom theme.

edited December 2011 in Vanilla 2.0 Help

Basically, I'd like to put a background image around the forum, so that the look of my site is completely consistent no matter if a user jumps from the wordpress part to the vanilla part. The VanillaPress 2010 theme does this, but I'm not sure how.

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  • ToddTodd Chief Product Officer Vanilla Staff
    edited December 2011 Answer ✓

    If you are theming and aren't using Firebug/Chrome you are giving yourself a serious headache. We do all of our css changes using the following technique:

    1. Open firebug.
    2. Click the select in page element.
    3. Select the element you want to change.
    4. Look at the Style tab in firebug.
    5. Go in and edit the style in real time to see what does and doesn't work.
    6. Once you are ready then cut and paste the css into your custom.css.

    Knowing how to do this makes things 1032% easier I promise you. It's the secret that all designers use. If you know a designer that hasn't told you about doing this then you need to smack that smug bastard in the jim jams.

    Another tip I can offer you is that sometimes Vanilla's default theme over cascades some rules. So you think you are setting things correctly, but the default still takes precedence. Try putting !Important after your rule.

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