How to change categories style?

Hello everyone,
Does anyone know how to customize Categories as it is on print screen I have attached? Thank you

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What does the rest of the page look like?

Seems like he posted that snippet from community.revolut.com

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You can start with this as a “base” and build on it.

.categories-and-latest {
  flex-direction: column;
}

.category-list .category-description,
.category-list .subcategories,
.category-list tr .topics,
.category-list th {
  display: none;
}

.category-list tbody .category {
  border: none;
  width: 100%;
  display: block;
  height: 100%;
  padding: 0;
  box-sizing: border-box;
}

.category-list tbody tr[class] {
  display: inline-block;
  width: 200px;
  height: 200px;
  margin: 20px;
  border: 1px solid black;
  text-align: center;
  line-height: 200px;
}

.category-list tbody {
  text-align: center;
}

Of course this is very rough and hard coded but should help you get started.

Result:

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Yes, you are right. I take it from revolut.

Thank you. Can this code be added via admin panel or it should be added in the code? Sorry for noob question. :slight_smile:

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You can either create a child component in themes and then add it to the CSS section or add it directly to the CSS section of the current theme.

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No worries, everyone is a noob at one point or the other, @itsbhanusharma answered your question above.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you need more help.

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I did it! :slight_smile:
Any tips how can I add some beauty to it?)

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Great :ok_hand:

Discourse allows you to add category logos. You can set a logo for each category

First go to the category page, then edit the category settings, from there you set a category logo:

Then you probably want to remove the line-height: 200px from the code above as it won’t be needed if you use logos.

You would end up with something like this…

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My last result, we are almost there:


Any ideas how can I make logos centered? :slight_smile:

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We do eventually plan to support box styling in parent categories and not just in sub-categories:

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There many ways to center things with CSS. I had a bit of time so I decided to revise the code to something a little bit more presentable.

Here’s what I ended up with:

And here’s what the code looks like:

.categories-and-latest {
	flex-direction: column;
}

.category-list {
	thead,
	.topics,
	.subcategories,
	.category-description {
		display: none;
	}

	tbody {
		text-align: center;

		tr {
			display: inline-block;
			width: 250px;
			height: 250px;
			margin: 0.75em;
			border: 1px solid rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1) !important;
			border-left-color: transparent;

		}

		.category {
			padding: 0;
			border-width: 0;
			display: block;
			width: 100%;
			height: 100%;
			position: relative;

			> div {
				height: 100%;
				background: #f2f2f2;
			}

			.category-logo {
				float: unset;
				margin: 0 auto;
			}

			.category-name {
				margin-top: 1.25em;
			}

			h3 {
				position: absolute;
				top: 50%;
				left: 50%;
				transform: translate(-50%, -50%);

				a[href] {
					display: flex;
					flex-direction: column-reverse;
					width: 250px;
				}
			}

			&:after {
				position: absolute;
				width: 100%;
				height: 100%;
				top: 0;
				left: 0;
				content: "";
				z-index: 1;
				box-sizing: border-box;
				pointer-events: none;
				border-left: 6px solid;
				opacity: 0.35;
				border-color: inherit;
			}
		}
	}
}

And like @erlend_sh pointed out, it’s only a matter of time before this makes its way to core. :+1:

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Just to share an alternative implementation of a similar idea, this is how Dozens have designed the Latest tab in their community:

I’d love to use something similar (if only I could figure out how to) because it seems like it gives users the best of both worlds:

  • You can still set the Latest tab as the default landing page for the community
  • It highlights & introduces the key categories, to help new users find their way around, in a much more approachable design than the current Categories tab imho

The obvious downside is that this design doesn’t work on mobile so they’ve set it to desktop only, which means an inconsistent experience. But I think the benefits outweigh the cost.

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Wow, @alexs! Thanks for sharing! That might be my new favorite Discourse design! :heart_eyes:

I also love the view of their subcategories…

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