First I would like to say that I love the Temple skin, the horizontal posts and the background colors, and my congratulations to the creator(s) of it.
However I must say that it is the slowest skin to load, and for people like me that use handled devices(phone,3DS) or older Computers or have a slow internet comnection the loading time can be a bother...
Of course, we can change the skin but this is for those that want to enjoy the most well made and beutifull skin of the forums without needing to wait a considerable amount of time to be able to actually browse smothly.
My suggestion is to make a skin exactly like the Temple one, but change it to be more browser friendly, by putying less detail in the colors, change the top to a simple ZU forum, overall decrease the detail in the graphics, the user Control Panel could become more simple aswell.
These small changes could make browsing with this skin incredibly more confortable.
In a simple way:pick a skin like the white one, and change the color to the ones of the Temple skin and make the posts horizontal(with avatar, location ETC on top of the post)
I dont know how hard it could be but it sounds like a rather easy task.
Temple Skin is an overbloated image-ridden skin and I don't see a way it could be optimised. Temple Skin itself needs fixing before it needs a second version, especially as there are plenty of more efficient skins that ZU has to use alternatively
You could always use the other skins. I prefer blue myself because it's the least bright on my eyes and it still looks good in my opinion. If you want to change skins, go to "User CP" at the top of any ZU page, and then go to the quick start section on your left and click "Edit Your Details". Next, go to the "Settings and Options" section and click "Options". Near the very bottom is a part that asks what skin you would like to use. Try them all out, that is, if you don't already know how to change skins.
I think making another skins takes too much and money for those who run this forum. The majority of the forum is happy enough with the given skins.
Also, before this thread gets completely derailed...
There's a couple things you can do to decrease overhead:
In your User CP, if you look under Thread Display Options > Thread Display Options, you can enable or disable Signatures, Avatars, and/or Images that appear on the forum. Unchecking any one of these will cut down load times on slower devices.
You can also make sure that ZU is kept cached on your web browser.
There's a few reasons why we haven't really reworked the Temple the skin for so long. It's mainly due to the fact that our main skin guy - Derek - left. Poof. Gone. Obviously this sets you back a bit when you want to do anything relating to skins.
Well it's pretty much because it's widely known that Temple Skin sucks. Granted, it's got some pretty images but the coding is broken and it doesn't look like what it's supposed to look like, plus it's slow. Normally newbs use it because it's the default skin and they don't care about using a different one, but after they become more involved in the community it dawns on them both that the skin gets a lot of hate and that it's faster to use a different skin. So they just swap over, whether for technical speed or peer pressure.