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Sidebar: background color, adding elements (4 posts)

  1. Spine
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello,

    I'm new to WP and a code newbie to boot. I've got a couple of questions about the sidebar on my blog in progress.

    First, the border and background color for the sidebar seem to be missing. Any ideas why? I'm using the Anthurium Mix theme. I've been playing with the .css style sheet a little--e.g., to replace the masthead with my own graphic, to hide the text that would otherwise appear over the masthead, etc.

    I'm also looking at how to go about adding things to the sidebar. I see that lots of plugins are available for adding different features, but I'm just interested in putting a brief quotation or something at the top of the sidebar. I know this is covered to some degree in the Codex, but I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. oriecat
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This file comes up as 404 when selecting the sidebar background
    http://www.masaladose.com/wp-content/themes/anthurium/images/menu.gif
    So maybe you forgot to upload it?

  3. oriecat
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    As for the quotation, will it be the same all the time, or do you want to easily change it, or have a file full of them that it randomly pulls from, or what?

  4. Spine
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Wow, that was fast! Thanks, oriecat--the problem, strangely enough, is that the file for the sidebar background was named "menu.gif.gif". I removed the superfluous ".gif" and that did the trick.

    The quotation at the top of the sidebar may change from time to time, but for the most part it'll be static--so I don't think I need one of the "randomizer" plugins. I also may want to add a brief "About the site" paragraph to the sidebar, along with small banners for political campaigns and other temporary images and text. You get the idea. I'm sure I'll need to get more comfortable with coding and with associating sidebar elements with the .css style sheet. I did manage to insert text into the sidebar by modifying the sidebar.php file, but I don't know how to position the text to my liking, apply different styles, etc. Any tips would be welcome!

    Thanks again.

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