Back in 2008 I created a style which has become the most downloaded style on Elevenfour in 2016 – the X-Style. Since 2008 this style has seen three redesigns. To be honest: I never expected that the style could be a success like this. So when announcing that I would design styles for WoltLab Suite the X-Style was set to be adapted for WoltLab Suite right from the beginning.
One of the main goals of the latest redesign (X-Style 4.1) was to modernize the style and make it more future prove. And if you look at the dark versions: the design looks great. But I’m not happy with the white versions.
The problem is: colors which work for dark versions of a style sometimes won’t work with a bright version. And that’s why I decided that the X-Style will be split resulting in new names for the styles. If you have a look at Up Next you will see that the white version is called Vespasian and the dark version is called Flavius. The plan is to have 4 dark versions for Flavius and 3 white versions for Vespasian. The names are codenames (for now) and could change until the release of the new version.
I also thought of some new features for the style – but I still didn’t develop them for WoltLab Suite so maybe not everything I mention now could be implemented to the final version.
- The first thing will be a custom header offering more information, similar to what I created for Magma, looking something like this
- The second thing will be an area engaging your users to sign up or log in in the way I use it on Elevenfour
Regarding the colors: At least the white versions will see some tweaks. But overall there will be a blue and a green version. Same goes for the dark versions.
Hopefully I didn’t cause too much confusion. If you have any thoughts or questions on this please comment below or if you like to you can also open a thread in the Elevenfour forum. Please also drop me a comment if you should think that this was a bad idea.
Merry Christmas to you all.
— René (@eleven4rl) December 26, 2016