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Help me remove PARTS of a theme please. (16 posts)

  1. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I love wordpress, is really, really cool. But sadly i have almost no expereience with HTML/CSS/Etc.

    I like one theme, but i want to remove many parts of it.

    Here is the image of how the theme looks, and the numbers/rectangles mark parts that i would like to remove. I don't know if all would be removed, but i want to try.

    http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/7310/snap1lj4.jpg

    Problem is that each time i tried, i ended up with the theme screwed.

    And here is the Theme to download:

    http://s205511492.onlinehome.us/darkeffect.zip

    I thought that removing the parts would be easy, but it is not for me.

    I would be really grateful if somebody can help me.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Not entirely clear whether you want to remove design elements or just displayed text.

    Either way, you should start with getting familiar with the theme system and the template tags.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Stepping_Into_Template_Tags
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

  3. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i want to remove the whole elements.

    I have tried to read those parts before, but obviously my HTML/CSS are sooo limited, that i can't seem to make it end right.

  4. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'd suggest to use Firefox with the Developer Toolbar and the "Outline" > outline current element feature would show you exactly what is the div or other block level element you want to delete.

    Also, have a good html editor with code highlighting.
    That theme is not the simplest to modify - it has a lot of custom code. You are looking forward to a very steep learning curve!

  5. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the tip and the recommendation.

    If that is the case, i won't be able to do it.

  6. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    anyone offers to do it for some money?

  7. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    To get someone to do it for money, try posting on the WP-Pros email list. If you put your email in this thread, they will close the thread and you probably wouldn't get a response that way.

    You can also try a bunch of pros that have shops and their own Design websites, a bunch of them are listed on here
    http://automattic.com/services/wordpress-consultants/

    However if you don't want to hire someone just ask specific questions on this forum, and get volunteer answers, and try it yourself. You can do it, in time. Especially if you only want to REMOVE things, I looked at your graphic and I think you can hack most of that stuff out by simply deleting lines of code in the correct places, and not deleting any code which is essential. You can actually figure it out by reading the code carefully, in some cases. Several of the things you want to remove would just be 1 little line of code to delete.

    moshu thanks for those basic suggestions about the extension to outline DIV's, and getting a code-highlighting editor. I haven't learned either of those techniques before, and I have been hacking my WP theme for 2 years now & tend to get frustrated and slow, and make mistakes. Maybe your 2 ideas there will help me. I will find another place to ask, what a good code-highlighing editor is?

  8. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I rather do it with help, but i already posted what i need, and the code, and have had no help.

    When i tried to do it myself, i was able to delete the elements, but it would look really screwed.

  9. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    try deleting 1 element at a time,
    loading the site and seeing what it does

    that way you can track down which is messing up the overall look

  10. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I use PSPad most of the time: http://www.pspad.com/
    and as I said above the Dev Toolbar for FF (that's how I can see code and css of the sites I visit when they ask for help).

    For bigger works I have XAMPP installed on my machine and do the changes directly in the files - and just by a simple refresh you can see instantly the results.

  11. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    moshu, I just installed that pspad. It looks like quite a bit for me to learn but it should be a step up for me in messing with the code. Thanks for the Link

  12. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    OK, i have managed to do all but one thing. I can't seem to properly take out the rss feeds and the 3 colours. I can actually do it, but it is left with a big maring at the top, and some dashes, or i delete all.

    Here is the image, and the code, can someon help me?

    http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2715/vipmodmt6.jpg

    Here is the code:

    <div id="container">
    <div id="feedarea">
    <div id="style-switch">
    
    <a href="javascript:chooseStyle('none', 60)"><img src="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory');?>/img/orange/orange.gif" alt="Blue Theme" border="0" /></a>
    
    <a href="javascript:chooseStyle('green-theme', 60)"><img src="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory');?>/img/green/green.gif" alt="Green Theme" border="0" /></a>
    
    <a href="javascript:chooseStyle('red-theme', 60)"><img src="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory');?>/img/blue/blue.gif" alt="Red Theme" border="0" /></a></div>
    <dl>
    	<dt style="padding-left:10px;"><strong>RSS Feeds:</strong></dt>
    	<dd><a href="<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>">Posts</a></dd>
    	<dd><a href="<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>">Comments</a></dd>
    </dl>
    </div>
  13. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    just to be clearer, here is how it looks after i modify it, and how i want it:

    modified:
    http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/6606/viporiad5.jpg

    wanted:
    http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/3482/vipnewqx1.jpg

  14. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    one last thing i just realized. To remove the date, and post by, from all this:
    <h2>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
    <p class="post-info"><?php the_time('M jS, Y') ?> by <?php the_author_posts_link() ?> <?php edit_post_link('Edit', '', ' | '); ?> </p>

    i delete this:

    <p class="post-info"><?php the_time('M jS, Y') ?> by <?php the_author_posts_link() ?> <?php edit_post_link('Edit', '', ' | '); ?> </p>

    but if i do, i also delete the shadow-line, how can i keep it?

    http://img465.imageshack.us/img465/4451/vip1dk6.jpg

    http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/6748/vip2zv8.jpg

  15. kwanbis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    if i wasn't clear, i can try to explain myself better.

    Thanks a lot.

  16. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yeah, you might want to make separate threads for totally different questions, to keep it clear.

    The shadow-line you want is probably from the CSS, which is probably applied to the "post-info" class. So I think it would work in that section if you just leave,

    <p class="post-info"> Maybe put a blank space here </p>

    and delete the stuff in the middle of that like you said

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