|Part 1: Introduction and Basics |||Part 2: Gathering Components |||Part 3: Building the UI |||Part 4: Examples|
Now that you have all of the pre-planning done, it is time to start gathering up the various mods you will need for your UI.
Here are some of the sites you should visit when looking for your mods:
Since you will have specific mods for your needs, there is no way to give you a list of "must have" mods. The following list contains mods that are popular in the WoW community, but are not the only ones available. Take the time to find the one that fits your needs best.
Align: This mod will let you set up a grid on your screen, making layout and alignment of mods much easier. It is strongly suggested that you use this mod when configuring your UI. After you are finished with the layout, you can delete this, as it will no longer be needed.
The following categories cover the basic sections of the UI
The health and energy/mana/rage of players and NPC
This is the full-screen map that opens when you press M (Default key). Many mods will alter this to add information (i.e. vendor locations, quest destinations, level suggestions, gathering node locations)
This is the map showing your immediate surroundings.
Bag mods will alter the display of your inventory. They may add sorting and search functions.
The cast bar displays the time needed to both cast spells and abilities. This can be either for yourself or your target.
The chat frame displays communication between players and any information from combat.
Action bars are where you will place your spells, abilities, macros, and items that you want to use.
These mods will add panels to the top and bottom of your screen and are useful for holding mods that display information which is helpful but not always necessary to see. Panel mods have options to allow them to be hidden unless moused over, which will increase the amount of screen space available. It is good habit to place extraneous mods in a panel.
There are many other mods that you may need depending on your focus (PvE or PvP), your class, your talent choices, or your personal preference.
A data center will display various pieces of system information, including the current time, memory usage, current gold, current XP, friends online, etc.
Each guild will have specific requirements for raiding mods, but the common ones will include a boss timer and a threat meter:
PvP mods usually cover two facets:
There are far too many class specific mods to list for each class, but these range from healing meters to poison counters to totem timers. Examples of class specific mods:
In the next section, you will learn how to install mods and the recommended process for configuring mods. | Continue to Part 3