Setting administration skin

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2/13/2010 4:27:41 PM
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Setting administration skin

Been racking my brain over this one, and now its dead. lol

Ive set the default skin to styleshout-refresh in administration -> site setttings as i find the layout very clear, thats great

For all my site pages, i use a different skin, which i can set in the page settings no problem, which is also great.

But, i want the search page and site map to also use my custom styles, but it uses styleshout-refresh which i dont want it to do. How can i get these pages to use my my custom styles. I tried going into searchrestults.aspx and setting the master page to MasterPageFile="/Data/Sites/1/skins/home/layout.Master"   but doesnt work.

I dont want to set the default skin in site settings to my own custom layout, as it also screws all the tabs up when you go to page like settings/administration/edit page pages etc.

help help help

Cheers

Tim

2/14/2010 6:11:15 PM
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Re: Setting administration skin

o dear, im not having a good time with mojoportal tonight.

i went to upgrade to version 2.3.3.6 from version 2.3.3.2 and noticed that in 2.3.3.6, if you set the default skin in site settings, and then go to edit a page, the PageLayout.aspx and page settings page uses the current skin that you've set for that page. In the previous version, the PageLayout.aspx would default to the skin set in site settings, which was great. But now..not so great.

Could you tell me how i can override these pages so they use the skin i want them to use. Would really appreciate some help. I'll revert back to 2.3.3.2 for now, but still leaves me the skin problem with the sitemap and search page.

Thanks

Tim

2/15/2010 9:38:26 AM
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Re: Setting administration skin

Hi Tim,

There isn't a good way to set a different skin for the administration side of mojoPortal. I do think this would be a good addition so if you want to request it in the feature requests forum that would be a good place to get the ball rolling. I am not sure how much work would be required for this kind of feature but we'll never know unless someone requests it.

--Joe D.

2/15/2010 9:44:45 AM
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Re: Setting administration skin

Hi Tim,

The reason we use the current page skin for PageLayout.aspx is because it is needed to do this to solve a bug in previous versions.

Suppose you set a page to use a skin like ramblingsoul-5contentpanes which has the 2 extra content regions. PageLayout.aspx detects whether to show the extra content regions for adding content by the layout.master and whether the extra content regions exist. If we use the site default skin there then it will not see the extra regions and therefore not display them if the site default skin does not have the extra regions. So it was impossible to use the extra regions on the page specific skin unless we use the page specific skin when adding features to the page.

Best,

Joe

2/15/2010 9:46:58 AM
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Re: Setting administration skin

At some point I plan to revamp the admin UI for site settings and other admin pages and possibly give it a standard look rather than making it skinnable like the rest of the site as it is now.

Best,

Joe

2/15/2010 9:51:34 AM
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Hi Joe,

When you revamp the Administration UI, please keep it possible to use the same skin as the rest of the site. Many people love this aspect of mojoPortal (me included).

Thanks!
Joe D.

2/15/2010 9:55:50 AM
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Re: Setting administration skin

Probably I will leave existing admin pages but make an alternate admin ui using a more javascript/ajaxy approach. Keeping the current pages which can work without javascript actually gives me more freedom to make a separate ui that only works with javscript enabled. It will be easier to make it snazzy since I don't have to worry about how it degrades since we have an alternate ui that can achieve the same results.

Best,

Joe

2/15/2010 10:14:25 AM
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Re: Setting administration skin

Hey Joe,

Thanks for getting back to me. Im a little confused as to which version of mojoportal you're referring to, my fault for putting too many questions in on post. I think some additional settings would be great.

For now, could you tell me how i could force the sitemap and search page to use a specific skin that i've created in version 2.3.3.2 as i dont want it to use the site default skin, but dont want to change the default skin to my custom skin.

Many Thanks

Tim

2/15/2010 11:54:34 AM
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Re: Setting administration skin

Hi Tim,

We don't currently have a skin setting specific for site map, it uses the site default. I will consider that a feature request but cannot promise how soon I will implement an option for that.

Best,

Joe

2/15/2010 3:18:01 PM
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Re: Setting administration skin

Hi Joe,

Sorry i meant is there a way i could hard code it for now, i couldnt see where or how to doit. I know its frowned upon, but i really need to do it this one time.

Thanks again

Tim

2/16/2010 6:23:40 PM
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Re: Setting administration skin

For anyone looking to restyle the sitemap and search page to something other than the default skin..

It was pretty easy to move the sitemap into a usercontrol.

Wasnt able to do the same with the searchresults page. I made my own mojobasepage.cs and can force it to use my own master page, but havent figured out how to stop it from loading the default style.config instead of one of my choice.

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