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You've just managed to get through installing SMF and, quite naturally, you're extremely proud of yourself! I'm guessing that, now, you'd like to customize your forum, to change the look and feel of it, in line with its subject matter.  You can do this with a theme.
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To change the appearance of your forum, you can install a new theme. In order to obtain a new theme, follow the steps outlined below:
  
Getting a new theme really is simple. Here is the most common way to do it.
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Note: if you install a theme '''after''' having installed mods, those mods will not be installed properly in that theme if the mod affected any of the template files used by that theme. Changes for mods will either have to be applied manually or the mod will need to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.
  
# [[Backup]] your database and files.  It is very rare for anything to go wrong with this, but it's best to be prepared, just in case.
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# [[Backup]] your database and files.
# Go to the SMF theme site http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes. Choose a theme that is compatible with your version of SMF. Download the theme to your desktop computer.
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# Go to the [https://custom.simplemachines.org/index.php?action=themes SMF theme site]. Choose a theme that is compatible with your version of SMF. Download the theme to your desktop computer.
# Go to the "Themes and layout" section of your SMF admin panel and, at the bottom of the page, you'll see the "Install a New Theme" section. Click on "Choose", alongside "From a file". A dialog box will open.  
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# Go to the [[{{Latest docs}}Themes and Layout|''Themes and layout'']] section of your SMF admin panel. At the bottom of the page you will see the "Install a New Theme" section. Click "Choose" to open a dialogue box.
# Using that requester, navigate to the theme you just downloaded. Click the "Install" button.
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# Within this box, find the theme that you have just downloaded and click the "Install" button.
 
# An alert will pop up. Confirm that you want to install the theme.
 
# An alert will pop up. Confirm that you want to install the theme.
# Your theme is installed!
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# Your theme is installed.
# In "Themes and layout",  next to "Overall forum default:", select this theme's name. It will be the new look for your site.
 
  
Now that you have figured that out, don't forget to backup!
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If you want to make your new theme the forum default, go to "Themes and layout" and select the theme in the dropdown box next to "Overall forum default:", then click 'Save'.
  
There are other ways of installing themes. If you want to read about those ways, have a look here: [[{{Latest docs}}Themes_and_Layout#Install_a_New_Theme|Install a New Theme]]
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Note: if you change the "Overall forum default:" to a new default theme, it only changes the theme for guests and new members that register on the forum after the new theme is made default. Everyone else will stay on the old theme unless you also use the "Reset everyone to:" option, even if they were already on the previous default theme and never changed the option in their profile.
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Once you have completed this process, and you are happy with the appearance of your forum, remember to backup.
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Alternative ways to install a new theme can be found here: [[{{Latest docs}}Themes_and_Layout#Install_a_New_Theme|Install a New Theme]]
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Latest revision as of 04:46, 23 April 2022

To change the appearance of your forum, you can install a new theme. In order to obtain a new theme, follow the steps outlined below:

Note: if you install a theme after having installed mods, those mods will not be installed properly in that theme if the mod affected any of the template files used by that theme. Changes for mods will either have to be applied manually or the mod will need to be uninstalled and then reinstalled.

  1. Backup your database and files.
  2. Go to the SMF theme site. Choose a theme that is compatible with your version of SMF. Download the theme to your desktop computer.
  3. Go to the Themes and layout section of your SMF admin panel. At the bottom of the page you will see the "Install a New Theme" section. Click "Choose" to open a dialogue box.
  4. Within this box, find the theme that you have just downloaded and click the "Install" button.
  5. An alert will pop up. Confirm that you want to install the theme.
  6. Your theme is installed.

If you want to make your new theme the forum default, go to "Themes and layout" and select the theme in the dropdown box next to "Overall forum default:", then click 'Save'.

Note: if you change the "Overall forum default:" to a new default theme, it only changes the theme for guests and new members that register on the forum after the new theme is made default. Everyone else will stay on the old theme unless you also use the "Reset everyone to:" option, even if they were already on the previous default theme and never changed the option in their profile.

Once you have completed this process, and you are happy with the appearance of your forum, remember to backup.

Alternative ways to install a new theme can be found here: Install a New Theme