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[resolved] the left margin of my pages disappeared (14 posts)

  1. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am using Twenty twelve theme.My website http://www.llewellynlee.com hosted on FatCow

    I was trying to learn how to increase size of font on my blog.
    In WordPress editor I selected appearance and then css.
    I found myself on css editor page
    at top of page it gave me Beginner tutorial
    I selected it and went in and out of the tutorial several times
    But did not make any entries or put anything in the editor page.
    Finally with so much to learn I decided to leave it to next day.
    Just for the joy of it I went to look at my site early next morning.
    All pages had no left margin (the edge of the paper was right by the text). I logged in to check my site and found that somehow I had created 6 css revisions on the 25 April.
    I assume that is why cut off my page edge.
    where do I look to find and delete those css entries.
    They are all listed in right side of css editor page so I hope there is a way to select and delete them
    Thanks for help

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You should not be making any changes in any theme files - especially in the default theme - they will be lost when WP is updated and it's also crucial to have a clean copy of that theme for troubleshooting. You can instead use a Custom CSS plugin or a Child Theme:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

    To remove the changes you've made you can download a new copy of the theme to your local computer and then replace the old style.css file with a new, unmodified copy.

  3. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for the help WPyogi
    I did not knowingly make any entries to the css editor. I just used it as a route to the link at top of page to get knowledge. I went in and out of it several times that day and later discovered a list of entries on left side panel. Each time I opened that editor IT Made an entry ???
    That is a dangerous bug and I reply here in hope that you will be able to initiate a fix
    Thanks and regards
    Llewellyn

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Each time I opened that editor IT Made an entry ???

    Then you either have a bad theme or a bad plugin. WordPress, by default, does not do this. Re-upload a fresh, unpacked, copy of the Twenty Twelve folder to wp-content/themes using FTP or whatever file management application your host provides.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/twentytwelve

  5. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Looking at the list of css entries and clicking "show more" I discover there were also two css created on the 18th. On that day I was just exploring all the menus and what they did. I came to css editor from two different routes. Every time you open and close that css editor again it makes a css entry ???

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Have you tried:

    - deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    - resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    - re-uploading all files & folders - except the wp-content folder - from a fresh download of WordPress. Make sure that you delete the old copies of files & folder before uploading the new ones.

  7. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks Esmi.
    I will now have to learn how to work FTP and am afraid I could destroy all my many pages in the process. But very grateful to you. I am thrilled at what I could achieve using WordPress. It must be a frustrating life for you and WPyogi to have to deal with people like me. Again very very gratefull
    Llewellyn

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I will now have to learn how to work FTP and am afraid I could destroy all my many pages in the process.

    Your hosts may have a file manager that you can use via your hosting account but, if you can, I would recommend learning how to use FTP. It's an almost essential skill for any site owner.

    It must be a frustrating life for you and WPyogi to have to deal with people like me.

    Not at all. It's nice to be able to help people progress further. After all, every one of us started off knowing nothing about WordPress. :-)

  9. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Esmi you are endlessly clever I am going to try the plugins route first and pray it works.Then I absolutely must create a child theme, here goes thank you again

  10. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I run PClinuxOS Full Monty and it has a whole selection of FTP programs so I am OK because the Linux stuff has plenty of HOW TO stuff online.
    Thanks again
    Llewellyn

  11. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This is probably not the place for social chat but I would like to tell of the absolute PLEASURE a 74 year old codger like me got when i got my site up, it was so easy with WordPress and I am telling all my friends I am a dot com now. Feel free to quote me with full name and contact in any promotional material. My site is not the most eye catching but it is there so I can develop my projects and refer every one to it.We do not need fancy pictures etc although the available themes make plenty of that possible even for dummers like me

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for that. I'll make sure that the other regular forum volunteers get a chance to read it. It's feedback like that that can really make our day. :-)

  13. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    To add some clarity to this thread, I noticed these things mentioned:

    In WordPress editor I selected appearance and then css.
    I found myself on css editor page

    Looking at the list of css entries and clicking "show more" I discover there were also two css created on the 18th. On that day I was just exploring all the menus and what they did. I came to css editor from two different routes. Every time you open and close that css editor again it makes a css entry ???

    What you have discovered is the Custom CSS Editor built into Jetpack. This lets you add CSS to your site without modifying the theme, and yes, it saves "revisions" of the CSS every time you go change it, for safety. This will let you revert back to previous versions and things of that nature.

    Note that using this CSS editor does not edit your theme, and it's perfectly safe, and even recommended for simple CSS changes.

    Now, to the actual problem: The custom CSS isn't your problem, nor is your use of this CSS editor. No worries there. :)

    The reason it's done this is that you've given the theme both a custom background image (not a problem), and a custom background color that is pure white (which is your problem). The twenty twelve theme treats the "white" background color differently, and this causes that padding on the left and right sides to be removed.

    To fix it, go to the Custom Background area and change the background color to be anything but pure white. The background image can remain the same and will still show up fine, it's just that default color that's playing tricks with you here.

    Hope that helps!

  14. llewellynlee
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    a very special thanks to Otto it worked immediately I changed that color
    To all of you the support you have so freely given so fast and efficiently is wonderful. I have gained knowledge in great leaps thanks to all of you. I even know about child themes and will get that done ASAP just to protect the many hours of work that went into those pages of mine.
    Thank You
    Llewellyn Lee

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