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    Hello.

    I wonder if it is possible to frame the discussion threads list such as on page http://www.turtletips.com/forums/for...?s=&forumid=86

    The idea is to skip the heading such as "Web Design Forums" etc.---and show only the list of thread titles, such as "Attention former Turtle Tips members," etc.

    Therefore, with 2 such frames, I could show the thread titles from 2 title pages of my vBulletin forum on a single page.

    I have tried inserting <a name="1"> at the bottom of the header in the template---and adding #1 to the url of the page---doesn't seem to work. (And why should it? It's PhP not HTML...)

    Well as you can see, I don't even know html very well, so would appreciate any suggestions. You can get a rough idea what I am doing in an incomplete mock-up at http://allvitality.com/fdhome.htm

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    With vBulletin's template system you can, but it might require hacking. I for one have never seen it done before.

    You might want to ask at http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/ .
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    Thank you, Filbert. Will do.

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    Well - just in case anyone is interested - I did manage to "frame" the vBulletin. I can do practically anything now without hacking, just template modifications.

    However, I decided it is not worth the trouble. Better to stick with minimal modifcatioins, in my opinion, so that upgrades will go more smoothly.

    Another serious problem is log-in cookies won't work. This can be solved by creating a pop-up log-in, that then activates a cookie for a generous length of time. This is not difficult to do once. But to do again each time there is a major upgrade? Definitely not worth the bother.

    The only reason I might use frames in future is to show several columns of discussion threads on one page. However I would first experiment with using tables, which I suspect also can do this.

    Also, I have learned recently from Filbert and others that search engines are gradually starting to index php? threads. Not so with frames. So if you want your forum indexed, you definitely do not want frames.

    With so many other things worth your time, frames are really, really not worth the bother. My frames are gone and not coming back. However I still need to spend a few hours (one of these days) to un-do the cookie setting modifications that I did for the frames. Basically I still have instructions here and there telling people to do the wrong settings. Hooo-boy...


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