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    Easy way to create cpanel skins [future product]

    I'm currently developing a product that allows easy creation of cpanel skins. (This post is market research - I'm not trying to sell it yet! Especially as it's not done )

    The product sits on top of cpanel, letting people write skins using a templating language. This is the same templating language that PHPBB uses. It'll be fully documented, and should take away some of the mystery of making a cpanel skin. I'll also hopefully put in an easy method of language abstraction, and a way for users to switch skins.

    Here's an example of code for one page of a skin using our system. This is the page that manages mail forwarders.

    Code:
    <div id="navigation">
    	<a href="{U_HOME}">{DOMAIN} cPanel Index</a> ::
    	Forwarders
    </div><br />
    
    
    <table align=center>
    <tr>
    	<th>Address</th>
    	<th>Redirect To</th>
    	<th>Action</th>
    <!-- BEGIN forwarderrow -->
    <tr>
    	<td>{forwarderrow.ADDRESS}</td>
    	<td>{forwarderrow.REDIRECT_TO}</td>
    	<td><a href="{forwarderrow.U_DELETE}">Delete</a></td>
    </tr>
    <!-- END forwarderrow -->
    </table><br /><br />
    
    
    <form method="{S_METHOD}" action="{S_ADD_ACTION}">
    <table align="center">
    <tr>
    	<td align="right">Address:</td>
    	<td><input type="text" name="email" size=10>@<select name=domain>{S_DOMAINS}</select></td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    	<td align="right">Redirect To:</td>
    	<td><input type="text" name="forward" size=20></td>
    </tr>
    <tr align="center">
    	<td colspan=2><input type="submit" value="Add Forwarder"></td>
    </tr>
    </table>
    </form>
    Anyhow, what I'm asking is this: who would be interested?

    Since this is a heck of a lot of work (the converter pages each have many hundreds of lines of PHP code!) I'll probably be charging for this (but not loads!). The product will come with a few free themes written in the templating language, so hopefully it'll be good value for money.

    I've seen a great deal of posts by people wanting to make cpanel themes but not knowing where to begin. I've been there myself, struggling with cpanel to get it to do what I wanted. That's why I started coding all this - things like the email accounts page on cpanel (with hardcoded JPEG images, misaligned table formatting and all) were driving me nuts!



    I'll be asking for beta testers soon. At the moment it's about 60% complete. The whole Mail section is now skinnable, as is the database and FTP sections. I'm working on the file manager now.

    So, any suggestions? Surely some of you must want an easier way to create cpanel skins than cpanel itself provides...


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    I'd beta test, as I own a dedicated server and it'd be cool to give skins out - thing is, it's a perk. Only serious webhosts (maybe, 2% of all hosts?) would even *consider* having custom themes, and a small percentage (5% if you're lucky) would actually want it. Not the biggest market, but would definitely be cool.

    When it comes to you requiring beta testers, drop me a PM if you would

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    I would love to beta test this as well and I have several dedicated servers. Let me know when it is available.

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    Anything ever happen with this software? Very interested...

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    It's still a work in progress, procrastinated as we got distracted with a few other projects... It will hopefully appear at some point in the future (mebbe near, mebbe a bit further away).

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    We are now in an alpha release stage! And we've GPL'd it! Head over to Point and Code to find out more!

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    Excellent! :d


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