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Lists are merged as paragraphs after migration (23 posts)

  1. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I migrated from WordPress.com to WP.com recently. On my inventory lists, I had them (and want them) organized as a list. When viewing the pages via the Dashboard, it appears as a list but when viewing the website, they show up as merged into one large paragraph. How do I correct this so they show up as lists on the website?

    My site is: http://driftlessprairies.org -- Look at the categories under Bio Inventory.

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Did you use the list button or HTML code for lists?

  3. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I moved these via the import/export function.

  4. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    To be more specific, I didn't do anything in particular with the lists -- I just used import/export functions. I followed the instructions for migrating from .com to .org

  5. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    There is no list HTML in that content -

    <a href="http://westmeathlane.wordpress.com/red-winged-blackbird-2/" title="Red-winged Blackbird">Blackbird, Red-winged</a>
    —
    <i>Agelaius phoeniceus</i>
    <a href="http://westmeathlane.wordpress.com/yellow-headed-blackbird/" title="Yellow-headed Blackbird">Blackbird, Yellow-headed </a>
    –

    Do you know if it was coded with the proper HTML on your other site?

    Using just spaces/returns in the Visual editor doesn't create a valid HTML list - it looks like maybe that's what happened?

  6. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    It appeared as it should when it was in .com

    I didn't make any code changes as I don't know how to write code. When I created the list in .com I typed the names, then hit return. Are you saying that I need to delete all this and redo it in .org?

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I typed the names, then hit return. Are you saying that I need to delete all this and redo it in .org?

    Yes, that's not an HTML list and it appears that your "formatting" is gone, unfortunately.

    You should use the list buttons to create HTML lists - that way, it creates a valid HTML list - you may not need to retype everything but in that case, you'd need to know enough about how HTML lists are constructed to correct it in the TEXT editor.

    This is a good site for that: http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_lists.asp

    Sorry I don't know an easier way to fix this.

  8. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Rats, but I gotta do what I gotta do!! Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate your volunteering your time to assist.

  9. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    You're welcome :) - like I said, I really wish I had a quick and easier fix for you. It's a nice site, BTW.

  10. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    One more thing...this is only the case because I migrated, correct? The lists appeared OK in .com when I just typed them in.

  11. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I tried using the html code but no luck. What I got was the list with the code showing and it was in paragraph form as well.

  12. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Totally baffled, marginally frustrated. I have tried so many different things with no luck. I have no idea how to write this code and/or where to write this code. I looked at the html writing link and it appeared simple enough; tried it but apparently wasn't in the right place and have no idea where the right place is. I thought WP.com was a WYSWYG. Is there another solution?

  13. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Aw, sorry, it is a bit of a learning curve. I'm actually wondering if there's a better solution for what you are doing - one that would actually keep track of and organize this info/data for you.

    This is one really powerful plugin - so you might check it out:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/pods/

    Or if you just want a list - how did you try that? Which editor?

  14. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I'll check out the plug in you suggest. In the meantime, here's a link to a site that has a simple list (like I had on .com) and she does nothing more than copy/paste them into the page. http://www.aprairiehaven.com/?page_id=1765

    I have talked with her and what she does isn't working for mine.

    My concern is that there is a bigger problem. I should be able to type and/or copy/paste a simple list, then link it to pages without using a plug in.

  15. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Those aren't HTML lists either - but it's certainly not mandatory that they be a list. But if you are trying to copy/paste from something like Word that isn't a good idea at all - as that has all kinds of formatting that's not compatible with websites (not just WP).

    Here's another idea - try this plugin - which will give you more options in the visual editor (I'm assuming that's where you are working) -

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-tinymce/

    And if you're having difficulties with it, the developer is a really nice guy, so I'm sure he can help you with it.

  16. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    OK. I'll work on this tomorrow. I really do appreciate your help.

  17. 2ninerniner2
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    The "list" on the Prairie Heaven" site really isn't; it is a series of paragraphs with a
    </br> at the end of the English name.

    You can easily format yours by doing a shift-return at place where the next line should start. In the above site, for example:

    Acer rubrum - Red Maple(hold down the shift key while pressing Enter or Return)
    Acer saccarinum - Silver Maple(press Return to get the usual paragraph space before starting Anacardiaceae - Cashew Family

    Or is what you are looking for what you now have on your site for Reptiles - Some Interesting Reptile Facts ... that's a bullet list (unordered list).

  18. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    2ninerniner2 -- I tried the shift-return but it didn't work. As I was entering them, it appeared in a list format but when I went to the site, it was in paragraph form. What I want to do is list the animal/bird/insect/ects and then be able to click on the name and have a photo/s and info about them displayed.

    WPyogi -- I downloaded those 2 plugs in you suggested and will play with them. I'm assuming that what I need to do for these lists is create a table using the Pods plug in -- is that what you had in mind? If so, then I can link a page to the name, correct?

    And if I could pick your brain for one more thing...is there a photo gallery plug in that you would suggest? I could need it such that a person could click on the photo and it would link them to a page of more photos and info.

    Many, many, many thanks for all your help!

  19. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi - I wasn't really thinking of a table - but more of a way to organize the data. It's a more complex approach, so it really depends on how you want to use that data...

    Maybe you can give me a bit more of an idea of what you really would like to be able to do with the page(s) and your data?

    WordPress has a pretty good gallery function as is - but there are many others as well - I'm guessing most, if not all, could do what you want. Also, JetPack has good gallery features.

  20. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    This is a super plugin that might work too:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress/

  21. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    What I want is to make it easy for those accessing the site to get info about a certain animal/plant/insect/etc. Two thoughts come to mind as to how to present this: 1) as a simple list that is linked to a page with photos and info and 2) as a photo gallery that links to a page with more photos and info. Depending on what bio inventory I'm working on will depend on which of these I use.

  22. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I think PODS might be the best way to go - it's a bit more set up at the beginning but should be easier and more efficient in the long run. Looks like they have tons of good info on their site and you could ask on the plugin's forum for specific help about the best way to set it up.

    http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/pods

  23. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Muchas gracias!! Let me play with what all you've suggested. I may be back to ask more questions as I progress. I'm a quick learner and I know what I want, which I think is a good thing!! But...I'm a bit dumb in the beginning. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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