New vBulletin Theme – Discussnames.com
One of the first tasks I’ve tackled this week was updating both the software and the theme on Discussnames.com. A fairly simple project, but one with big rewards for the Afternic.com crew, I think.
The project was fairly simple. Take one vBulletin site that had a completely separate look and integrate it into the look and feel of the Afternic.com site. No small task, but luckily one I had some level of experience with, having worked on the http://domainersadvantage.afternic.com WordPress project a few months ago. Still, vBulletin templates are notorious for their ability to frustrate developers and evade integration. It’s all part of that “a bazillion nested tables without a single id to be found” thing that has had designers complaining for the better part of a decade.
This is really phase two of another project, in which I had updated the out of date software and got things up to date. Now the site has a nice, clean, professional looking design, vs. the tossed together theme it had been sporting for the past 4 months.