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[resolved] Please Help! (26 posts)

  1. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay, I am attempting to edit my WordPress website. The website is already created. The only way I am able to edit it is by logging in online at http://www.mydomainname.com/wp-admin, and typing in my username and password. I don't have FileZilla or anything like that to "FTP", etc. (I've tried downloading that and I can't get it to connect.)

    Here's my problem. There is a slideshow on the front page of my website. I can't get rid of it, and I need to. I have tried going into the Theme Editor and deleting what I think is the code for the slider, but I keep getting an error message that says "theme does not exist". I cannot create a static home page because the person whose website this is wants her posts on her homepage, and everything else left exactly the same (which I guess means I have to keep most of the theme the same)...she just wants this slideshow gone. PLEASE help! Let me know if you need more info.

  2. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    How about some helpful data, like the theme you are using, the plugin that delivers the slideshow, a link to your real site.

  3. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry, I'm super new at this, so feel free to continue to let me know what you need. The site is http://www.malecherringandkrause.com. The Theme is Malec Herring & Krause. I BELIEVE the plugin is s3slider. I don't see any kind of slider in the plugins tab, but when I look at the theme code and search for "slide" this is the code that comes up...

    [CSS moderated as per the Forum Rules. Please just post a link to your site.]

  4. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, a quick solution if you are in a hurry is to put some css at the bottom of your stylesheet:

    #headline {
        display:none;
    }

    This will hide the entire div #headline, which holds the slideshow. If this div is used on other pages then you will be hiding it there as well.

    This is only temporary until you find the code, as the images are still loading in the background and putting unnecessary load on your server.

    Try looking in the header.php file for code that inserts the javascript for the slideshow.

  5. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi garydarling! I really appreciate your help. Unfortunately, the problem I am having is that every time I try to edit the code for the theme, I get an error message saying "The requested theme does not exist." It doesn't let me edit the code at all. That's the thing that is most frustrating. I am only able to edit this online, logged into wordpress. I don't have wordpress downloaded to my computer.

  6. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Try removing the ampersand (&) from the theme name at the top of the file and see if that cures it.

    So instead of Malec Herring & Krause make it Malec Herring Krause

  7. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hm, the error is still popping up. I read somewhere that I may need to change my permissions? Does that maybe have something to do with it?

  8. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Not likely, WordPress is pretty good about that. Can you copy/paste the theme comments (everything inside the top /* */)?

  9. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yep, here it is.

    Theme Name: Malec Herring & Krause
    Theme URI: http://malecherringandkrause.com/
    Description: Designed for WordPress.
    Version: 0.3
    Author: John Brien Dilts
    Author URI: http://hybridindie.com/
    
    The CSS, XHTML and design is released under GPL:
    http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php
  10. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm still seeing the ampersand in the Theme Name, my research tells me that is the culprit. Did you change it back?

  11. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, I didn't change it back because it didn't let me delete it at all. I delete the ampersand, and try to save it, and it says "This theme does not exist."

  12. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you log into the host's server and access the files thru a control panel? If so, you can upload or overwrite the file to get rid of the ampersand.

  13. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Or have you tried to change themes in WordPress admin? If you can do that, change to the default WP theme, then you can still access the MHK theme thru the Theme editor in WP admin.

  14. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Would the host's server be FatCow? What exactly is this? I'm sorry, thank you for being so patient with me.

    And what is the WordPress admin? Is that under the Appearance tab?

    I'm sorry I know so little!

  15. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, FatCow appears to be hosting your files. I suggest you try logging into the control panel using the MKH domain name as the username, and whatever password they gave you. I'm sure you can request a new password from FatCow if you no longer have it. In fact you could probably start a support ticket with them to help get this resolved.

    The WordPress Admin is the backend you have already been working in with WordPress - Appearance is one of the tabs in the Admin section. Only administrators such as yourself see that portion of the MKH website.

  16. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you!!! I am just waiting to get the login information, as my password didn't work and I don't have access to the e-mail that a new password would be sent to. As soon as I do that I'm going to try it. Thank you so much for your help and for being so patient. I will let you know if that doesn't work for some reason!

  17. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes!!! This is working!!! Thank you so much - I am logged in on an FTP client and I am able to see files. Now I'm just not sure how to navigate this. Where would that slideshow be located?

  18. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay, nevermind, I figured that out! The slideshow is gone! Is there now a way to replace where the slideshow was with a picture? Also, can I delete all these WordPress files off of my computer? Will that mess anything up? Thank you!

  19. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, you can keep it simple by inserting a static image where the slider was:

    <div class="some-existing-image-class">
    <img src="path/to/image.jpg" alt="some alt text" title="mousehover tooltip" width="xxx" height="xxx">
    </div>

    What WordPress files are on your computer? Just stuff you FTP'd so you could work locally? If so, I imagine it's safe to get rid of. The smart thing would be to send them to the Recycle/Trash and hang on for a few days, just... cuz!

  20. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay cool, I changed the code that you gave me to this to include the image (let me know if this is right ha):

    <div class="http://www.malecherringandkrause.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/MHK-website-cope2.jpg">
    <img src="MHK-website-cope2.jpg" alt="some alt text" title="mousehover tooltip" width="300" height="600">
    </div>

    But I'm not sure where to include it in my code. Where do I place it? Here is the current theme code.

    [ 961 lines of code removed, please use pastebin.com instead ]

  21. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    First thing you need to do is use an image editing program to proportionally resize the image to no more than 590px wide - that is the width of the div id="headline" you left behind when you deleted the slider. That way the image will fit - barely - with no whitespace around it. Maybe you want whitespace, try a smaller image size, say 560px wide. When you determine the width and height, change the values in the img tag to match.

    Next, change the class name to aligncenter, that is an existing wordpress class that will center your image in its container and not allow text to run beside it.

    Change the alt text to something meaningful - "Malec, Herring & Krause sign" or whatever. Change the title to whatever you want people to see when they hover over the image with their mouse. It can be empty if you want no hover effect.

    Then replace the div with an id of headline, same place you removed the slider.

  22. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay, so where do I place the image code into the theme code? Sorry, I'm just a little confused!

  23. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Do you remember which file you edited to get rid of the slider? Maybe index.php? Anyway, in that file there is some leftover slider code you can delete, and put the image html in its place. Everything between 'div id=headline' and 'div id=middle' can be deleted, (be sure to leave a closing </div> tag for the div headline) and you can insert your complete <img .../> tag in the empty space.

    <div id="headline"><!-- delete code below this line-->
    	<div id="scriptHide"> </div>
    	<div id="scriptShow" class="hide">
    		<div id="slideshow-wrapper">
    			<div id="slider">
    				<ul id="sliderContent">
    				<div class="clear sliderImage"></div>
    			        </ul>
    		       </div>
    		</div>
          </div>
    </div><!-- delete code above this line-->
    <div id="middle" class="clearfloat">

    Should look like this when you are done:

    <div id="headline">
           <img src="path/to/image.jpg" class="aligncenter" width="???" height="???" />
    </div><!-- closes headline-->
    <div id="middle" class="clearfloat">

    Be sure to replace the width and height ???'s with the actual pixel dimensions of your image.

  24. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    garydarling, you are seriously a miracle worker!!! I cannot thank you enough! That worked like a charm!

  25. Gary Darling
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm going to have that framed! Why don't you go ahead and mark this as resolved then.

  26. MichelleHoeg
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Awesome, will do!

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