I need more help – sorry!

  • elderlyellen

    #7072

    I’ve got the right side bar only on the posts pages of eefg.co.uk (many thanks for the help), and I’ve worked out how to change the width of all the pages – but the side bar on the posts pages is awfully in your face. I want to reduce the type size to something closer to the post type size, and I also want to get rid of unwanted boxes. I’ve got Recent Contacts, Archives (which I will eventually want, I hope), and Categories (which I shall also need – though whether the readers will need that list I’m not sure).

    But I also have a box headed Meta, which contains Site Admin, Log Out, Entries RSS, Comments RSS, and WordPress.org. This Meta box I’d like to get rid of, or at least hide.

    Sorry to be a nuisance.

    Elderlyellen

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #36803

    You need to go to your Widgets pane and drag the meta widget out of the sidebar. Remember to bookmark the link to log in!

    There is something wrong with your width settings, because that sidebar is appearing under the page content, rather than next to it.

    #sidebar1 h3 {font-size: 12px;} will change the size of the widget headers (“Comments”, “Archives”, etc.). The font size for the content of those widgets is the same as the font size for the rest of the site.

    elderlyellen

    #36804

    Sorry for time getting back to you, haven’t been at the computer with spare time to cope with the website. I was able to follow your instructions re the meta widget.

    You went on to query the width settings (920) because ‘that sidebar is appearing under the page content, rather than next to it’. It’s ok on my 22″ screen – or was when I last looked. Is this one of the occasions I’ve been warned about where the theme displays differently on different machines?

    And finally – I’m afraid you forgot my handicap (elderly ellen) – you didn’t say where I had to enter the ?HTML you gave me to alter the size of the widget headers??

    Sorry to be a nuisance – I am getting there!

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #36805

    Actually, it looks okay now, so it may have resolved itself.

    Quote:
    It’s ok on my 22″ screen – or was when I last looked. Is this one of the occasions I’ve been warned about where the theme displays differently on different machines?

    Actually, it depends a lot on the browser. But this advice usually applies when people make their site extremely wide. Not everybody has a 22″ monitor. But your site looks fine on my ancient monitor.

    Quote:
    you didn’t say where I had to enter the ?HTML you gave me to alter the size of the widget headers??

    It’s CSS, actually. Go to Graphene Options >> Display Options >> Custom CSS (way at the bottom).

    elderlyellen

    #36806

    Thank you, but I’ve decided I simply can’t face CSS (can I suggest that the Graphene theme needs a step by step guide for the assistance of those, like me, who start from No Knowledge At All.

    PLUS it needs a glossary which goes into the greatest detail possible about words which geeks use without thinking but non-geeks do not understand – with, preferably, real website examples (screenshots?).

    And this guide and glossary would need updating every time a change is made, even the most minor …

    And having got that off my chest – I’ve been struggling with this website for 7 weeks – I need yet more help (I’ve been grateful for the help I’ve had already, but I keep finding things I don’t know how to do.

    Like – I’ve given up on having three pages set up to take posts and comments, and settled for one page [Tangles: the Blog] on which all posts and comments will go. BUT, in spite of following the instruction about Quick Edit and choosing the page template (two columns, one for the text, and the sidebar on the right) several times, the page Tangles: the Blog persists in coming up with the sidebar on the left.

    And, a most important point, when I add a new Post – where do I tell the software on which page I want the Post to appear??? I’ve lost Tangles’ first post altogether, and keep losing whatever I try to replace it with …


    elderlyellen

    #36807

    Later – I’ve just read your blog and hope I don’t rate one of your scolds! If I sound angry, it’s because I am, but with me. And also frustrated when I follow instructions and still don’t get the result I wanted … I’m also feeling pleased with myself: I have just ventured into the site’s config page and added some html.

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #36808
    Quote:
    can I suggest that the Graphene theme needs a step by step guide for the assistance of those, like me, who start from No Knowledge At All.

    PLUS it needs a glossary which goes into the greatest detail possible about words which geeks use without thinking but non-geeks do not understand – with, preferably, real website examples (screenshots?).

    I understand everything you are saying because I was once in the same boat. Just remember: Google Is Your Friend. You can learn a lot about stuff just by Googling it. If there is a word that the Google comes up empty (it happens), just ask. We’ll be glad to sort it out for you.

    But you’re right; a glossary would be handy. Here’s a useful one: http://www.techterms.com/

    Quote:
    Like – I’ve given up on having three pages set up to take posts and comments, and settled for one page [Tangles: the Blog] on which all posts and comments will go.

    Try using separate categories for those posts that you want on separate pages, and then you can just use the archive page for those posts, or something like Kalin’s Post List plugin.

    Quote:
    the page Tangles: the Blog persists in coming up with the sidebar on the left.

    The widget is floating to the right. However, there is no content on that page. When I add content, the widget floats to the right:

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    Quote:
    And, a most important point, when I add a new Post – where do I tell the software on which page I want the Post to appear??? I’ve lost Tangles’ first post altogether, and keep losing whatever I try to replace it with …

    Posts don’t appear on a page, they appear on their own. You can add homepage panes to your static front page, if you are using one. (It seems that you are.) Did you add a “posts” page on “Readings Settings”?

    elderlyellen

    #36809

    Yes, I did add a posts page – and chose Tangles: the blog. What do you mean when you say, posts don’t appear on a page, they appear on their own? Where do they appear? I really am puzzled – I assumed all posts when published neatly placed themselves on the Posts page.

    And what are homepage panes? (Yes, About us is intended and chosen to be a static front page.)

    I think on the whole I will go with one page for three ‘people’ to post on – since I’m the administrator and comments moderator, it really doesn’t make much difference, it’s just that my three alter egos/ pseudonyms write very different books, articles (and eventually posts). But I do need to know where the posts will appear and what I have to do to influence their destination.

    Thank you for being so helpful and patient!

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #36810
    Quote:
    I really am puzzled – I assumed all posts when published neatly placed themselves on the Posts page.

    They will, if you set one in the static page options. Basically, you just create a page called “Posts” (or whatever you like), and set that as a “posts appear on” page in the Reading settings. Did you do that? If so, what is the name of that page?

    Quote:
    And what are homepage panes

    Graphene Options >> General Options >> Homepage Panes

    They will create excerpts of recent posts in two columns on your static front page.

    elderlyellen

    #36811

    In my Dashboard, if I choose Settings, then Reading, I see a radio button against A static page (select below) I select About us. Immediately below that it says (no radio button) Posts Page, with a choice window alongside, from which I choose Tangles: the Blog (which is the name of the tab as per my custom menu). I save and when the beach ring stops turning I return to the site. Tangles the Blog has no text, and on the left hand side it has a Search Box and the widget generated recent posts etc.

    Now, if I put the first four words of the the text I typed to see if I could get the same effect as you, in the Search Box, a blue bar with Tangles the Blog in it appears, and below that the text I typed, and the search box etc has floated magically to the right. I choose edit page, and there was the text, I saved it, went back to view the site, and there is nothing on the Tangles the Blog page, and the search box etc has floated magically back to the left.

    I shan’t bother with Homepage Panes!

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