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Easiest way to integrate to a custom website

edited April 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
Hey guys, I know this might be wishful thinking to be able to get a "simple" solution, but I thought I'd just throw it in. The story is that I (will) have a (new) website and we would like to integrate Vanilla into it, by integrate we are only talking about the user interface, no database modifications. The draft site layout can be seen here: http://picasaweb.google.com/jonogee/YouthopeaWebsite/photo#5046557138735188050 We will add a link between 'ycrew' and 'contact' for 'forum' and we were hoping we can get the forum to show up in the main body below. Is there an easy way to do this? like modifying the headers for the theme or something. Has anyone done this before? Suggestions? It would be great to have it all streamlined and not have to have the forum popup in another window. Cheers.

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    Website integrations like that kind of layout aren't hard to do, all you've got to figure out is what type of extensions your going to use and what graphix your going to use in the panel.

    You can facilitate the menu up the top by placing it in the panel and then having your header just the way it is + the link to the forum.

    basically, the whole thing can be done by re-aranging where parts of the page are being placed by making a new extension that changes the placement of when the elements appear, that way you can put the top of the panel div tag into the top of the menu.php page and then have it place into the panel.

    The content part of the page can be neatly played around with differently and neatly via the way your information is already set out, so you can play around with how you want it to look.

    Overall, it's an easy process to do, you've just got to have a little bit of Vanilla experience in the theming department and then your ride to theming is smooth set.
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    hmm ok I guess I'll have to spend some time to familiarise myself on how to create a theme. Thanks
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