Arguably the most popular notice board software available is vBulletin. While the default style that comes with the program is more than adequate, most users will want to customise their board by creating your own style or downloading one of the more than 1,000 available templates. Most styles are free for use as long as you credit the designer but some do cost. Three of the most popular and versatile styles are CafeBlue, Darkness vB4 and Ultimate Green SEO Theme, and you can customise each to meet your exact needs.
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CafeBlue, by DigitalvB, is a sleek, simple style in blue, green, and white that would work very well with any discussion forum. The graphics are small so they're quick to load, yet look very professional. Best of all, the style is easy to modify and "tweak" to fit your specific vBulletin forum set-up. The style costs £19, at time of publication, and includes free updates for a year. You can check it out at www.DigitalvB.com (See Resources).
Darkness vB4 is, as you might have guessed, made up primarily of dark colours. The background is black, while the graphics that make up the borders are a dark army green. This would be a good style for a gaming or military discussion forum, and in fact the included graphics sport images of tanks and other military machines. This style is free and is available from www.bluepearl-skins.com (See Resources).
Ultimate Green SEO Theme
Ultimate Green SEO Theme is a lightweight yet elegant style that uses various shades of green to signify different sections of the forum. It's easy to navigate and the included graphics are clear and crisp. And if you're not in love with green, the colours are easy to change. Blue in particular looks nice with this style, enhancing the overall look and feel of the template. This style is free and is available from www.forum-skins.com (See Resources). The website also includes a £39 option, at time of publication, that will grant you access to all of their styles, tweaks, and mods.
A plethora of spots on the Internet offer styles for vBulletin, not the least of which is www.vbulletin.org (See Resources). This website is the home for not only vBulletin styles but also other add-ons and modifications. Navigate to the "vBulletin Styles" directory and peruse the hundreds of available styles. If you're running an older version of vBulletin, there are even more styles available for you to download, many of them free. The site includes a rating system to help steer you toward the more popular styles.
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