Custom Login Block

Mick in Tutorials on Jun 16, 2013

Let's create a very simple "login" block using SimplePortal side blocks. The standard login block looks awful and we want to dress it up a bit and make it look cool. In SimplePortal, Let's create a PHP side block. Name it "Custom Login Block". Make sure you to "check" both styling options and its set for "Guests" only.

Then add the following:

Step 1:

global $smcFunc, $scripturl, $context, $txt;

echo '
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="', $settings['theme_url'], '/css/custom-login.css" />';

echo '
<div class="login-wrap">
  <h2>', $txt['login'], '</h2>
  <div class="form">
    <form id="guest_form" action="', $scripturl, '?action=login2" method="post" accept-charset="', $context['character_set'], '" ', empty($context['disable_login_hashing']) ? ' onsubmit="hashLoginPassword(this, \'' . $context['session_id'] . '\');"' : '', '>
    <input type="text" name="user" size="10" class="input_text" placeholder="Username"/>
    <input type="password" name="passwrd" size="10" class="input_password" placeholder="Password"/>
    <button>', $txt['login'], '</button>

Change the styling and colors to suit your needs.

Step 2:
Create a file called "custom-login.css" in your CSS folder and add the following:

.login-wrap {
  position: relative;
  margin: 80px auto 0 auto;
  background: #ecf0f1;
  width: 350px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  padding: 15px;
.login-wrap h2 {
  text-align: center;
  font-weight: 200;
  font-size: 2em;
  margin-top: 10px;
  color: #34495e;
.login-wrap .form {
  padding-top: 20px;
.login-wrap .form input[type="text"],
.login-wrap .form input[type="password"],
.login-wrap .form button {
  width: 80%;
  margin-left: 10%;
  margin-bottom: 25px;
  height: 40px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  outline: 0;
  -moz-outline-style: none;
.login-wrap .form input[type="text"],
.login-wrap .form input[type="password"] {
  border: 1px solid #bbb;
  padding: 0 0 0 10px;
  font-size: 14px;
.login-wrap .form input[type="text"]:focus,
.login-wrap .form input[type="password"]:focus {
  border: 1px solid #3498db;
.login-wrap .form a {
  text-align: center;
  font-size: 10px;
  color: #3498db;
.login-wrap .form a p {
  padding-bottom: 10px;
.login-wrap .form button {
  background: #e74c3c;
  border: none;
  color: white;
  font-size: 18px;
  font-weight: 200;
  cursor: pointer;
  transition: box-shadow .4s ease;
.login-wrap .form button:hover {
  box-shadow: 1px 1px 5px #555;
.login-wrap .form button:active {
  box-shadow: 1px 1px 7px #222;
.login-wrap:after {
  content: '';
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  height: 5px;
  border-radius: 5px 5px 0 0;

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Mick G

Mick is an American theme designer for Simple Machines Forum software currently living in South Florida, USA. He runs idesignSMF and started tinkering with SMF in 2006 where he created several SMF forums of his own before he founded idesignSMF in 2009 to which he is dedicated full time and has a weakness for Pizza.



very nice man!