smartDark for phpBB3

I ported smartDark to phpBB3 a while back and decide to fix the little things I didn’t touch originally, update it to work with 3.0.6 (a few new theme files were added), and release it to the world. So, here it is, smartDark2 for phpBB3. Credit goes to smartor for the original design/images, and the code-base for this version is subsilver2 by the phpBB Group (copyrights apply where applicable).

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  • 2/17/2010 – v3.1.1 – Fixed Register link showing up even while logged in; Fixed UCP and PM links showing up while logged out; Updated a few outdated copyright notices.
  • 1/13/2010 – v3.1.0 – Header now resembles original smartDark instead of subSilver2; Added breadcrumbs (Index >> Forum >> Sub-forum); a bit of clean-up.
  • 1/3/2010 – v3.0.0 – Initial release.

11 Replies to “smartDark for phpBB3”

  1. Installed and working. One thing that seems to be missing is the forum tree, you used to have a part at the top that let you click back to a parent forum or the main index like :

    Forum >
    —General Chat
    —Thread you’re reading

    I’ll try figure out how to get it back in. Thanks again!

    1. I’m really excited to see that someone has finally decided to do this! SmartDark was such a nice theme. I have a version someone ported for my forum that I haven’t really done much with in over a year – it’s actually running a way outdated version of phpBB3. But if you want to take a look at it and see if it inspires any ideas or steal some graphics from it, be my guest.

      I’ll be bookmarking this. 🙂 Looking forward to a fixed version so I can eventually install it on my forums.


  2. i cant modify the overal_header.html…. it don t apear as a “installed template” in the “styles” tab > “style components” > “templates” of the ACP….

    I cant modify the overal_header.html file either becouse dont show the differences…

    please help me.

    1. I’m not sure what your problem is, but make sure you’re using the latest version of phpBB (3.0.6). Also, please try to be more concise when explaining your problem (sorry if English isn’t your primary language).

      1. ok you got me! hehehe im Brazilian!

        Ill try again>

        yes, im using 3.0.6 lastest version.

        I istalled the smartdark 2 on my forum, but in the ACP it do not appear as a “installed template” in the “Styles” tab > “Template” section… So i do not have the “Edit | Cache | Details” Options nor “Refresh | Export | Delete” actions….

        And so i canot edit any file or code (becouse i want to change the header to put my site logo and menubar)…

        i tried to modify the overal_header file in a dreamweaver editor, but it didnt work too, becouse of the new phpbb3 cache file system, i think…

        i tryed to re install a couple of times the smartdark2 template, but the problem persists… it is happening on to me or the template have a problem?

        I hope for a solutiom, becouse the smartdark is perfect to my web site and i use it since several years, but im feeling forced to choose another less better option…

      2. Well, I just tried installing it on a fresh copy of phpBB3 and didn’t have any problems. It may be the result of some MODs or incorrect file permissions. Compare the permissions of the smartDark2 folder to the permissions on the default styles. Let me know if you figure out the problem.

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