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how to change the width of pages and posts (9 posts)

  1. bumbybaby
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi everyone,

    I am completely new to all of this, so please bair with me. I recently hired a really nice woman to help me set up a new website. She got everything set up with wordpress, and I am really happy with it all. However, the man viewing screen is too narrow IMO. I asked her to change it, and she said she tried and was unsuccessful. I feel that she is very competent in her work. I am just doing due diligence to double check.

    Are there any suggestions on this?

    Thanks in advance.

    Please note that I have never worked with HTML before, so please be simple in your suggestions :)

  2. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    "I asked her to change it, and she said she tried and was unsuccessful. I feel that she is very competent in her work. I am just doing due diligence to double check."

    She should be able to change it - or maybe changes in design was not included in contract. Site URL?

  3. bumbybaby
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It was included. She tried for a while and said that all the other stuff got messed up.

    http://www.bumbyonline.com is the site.

  4. hellomatt
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It can be tricky to widen/narrow a theme, but it's very very possible. If she did not know what she was doing then problems would have arisen. I apologize for being blunt but I am not sure of her competency with wordpress - it's fairly easy to customize a theme if you know what you are doing. It takes concentration, patience, and and understanding of how wordpress/html/css/php works. Even just the basics.

  5. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    this is one of easy to adjust themes.

    as far as i can see, you only need to change three numbers in layout_fixed.css:

    #container {
      width:690px;
      padding:30px 30px 0 30px;
    }
    #content {
      float:left;
      width:455px;
    }
    .singlecol #content {
      float:none;
      width:550px;
    }

    change each width by the same amount.

    PS:
    or even easier:
    goto 'admin' 'appearance' 'blix option' -- and set the Layout option to 'fluid width' and then click the 'save changes' button further down.

    that will allow the page to expand from 750px to 1000px.

  6. bumbybaby
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    So glad I found this site. I love to learn new stuff, and intend to do just that.

    So I went in and changed the the layout option to fluid width. That was pretty easy. I really prefered the sizing, however the entire body was all the way over to the left of the screen. Is there a way to fix this?

    I also attempted to change the HTML code. I couldn't find "layout_fixed.css" anywhere to make the changes. Where would I do that? Also when you say change them all by the same amount. Is that the same ratio, or the same amount? Lower all the numers by 50, or 10%?

    Thanks so much everyone.

  7. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I really prefered the sizing, however the entire body was all the way over to the left of the screen. Is there a way to fix this?

    no, fluid layout assumes that you screen will squeeze the design in - if your screen is wider, it will stay at the left side.

    the same amount? Lower all the numers by 50

    same amount in numbers - for instance you would add 200 to each of the width number values.

    unfortunately, layout_fixed.css cannot be edited from tha admin - appearance - editor.
    you need to edit a copy of it on your computer (with a basic text editor such as notepad) and then upload it with ftp.

  8. bumbybaby
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks for all of you help. I think I will just keep it simple for now and just do the fluid layout.

    Now to go lurking through the forum to learn more stuff.

    BTW, I meant add, not lower the number *blush* Thanks for correcting me without correcting me :)

  9. justbishop
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    no, fluid layout assumes that you screen will squeeze the design in - if your screen is wider, it will stay at the left side.

    This was the issue that I was not able to fix, which is what I expressed to the client. Considering what this client wanted, the fluid width option while still flawed, was the best way to go, and I advised client as such.

    I don't claim to know everything (as evidenced by my many support threads here), but I am competent with WordPress and the Blix theme in particular.

    ETA @ hellomatt and alchymyth: Yes, I understand how to widen the theme container, but there is more at play here if you actually try it, and the coding to fix the problems created by simply changing the numbers in layout_fixed.css was more custom coding than the package purchased really includes. The assumption that I just don't know what I'm doing is pretty hurtful, especially when you don't know the whole story. I guess it's partly on me for not explicitly mentioning that custom widening of the content area is not included in my prices, which I'm going to add to my site now.

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