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  • Resolved shawncbarry


    My first post. First, I’m not a developer, but I’m a career creative professional …I’m savvy, but not knowledgeable.

    I’m re-designing (trying, that is) a website using wordpress 3.0.3. I downloaded a theme called “Shaken Grid” and I’m trying to change the width of the posts pages. In other words, I’m trying to increase the width in which I can post content. There’s a widget sidebar on the right side I’d like to move over to the farthest right possible. I’ve spent the last 12 hours reading bloggers describing the “easy steps” to customize pages and widths. So far, however, there’s not one single line of code in my theme css file that even remotely resembles anything any of these posts describe.

    Before I lose my mind, entirely, what in the hell could be going on that the code in my CSS is so completely foreign to anything I’ve found in 12 hours solid hours of searching developer posts?

    I just want to change the width/move the sidebar farther right, and I’m totally lost.


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  • STEP #1

    Post a link here to the Blog In Question.

    Then with luck the CSS Calvary will arrive.

    Interestingly, the site I’m working on is “confidential” so I’d best not post a public link. I know that makes it hard to identify any specific code issues, but this may shed some light on the problem I’m encountering:

    The site is live, with a sub-folder from which I’m re-designing the wordpress version of the site. In other words I’m able to access the wordpress version online, add content and preview the content live, etc. All fine. However, when I try to modify the theme …nothing happens. Like, I’ll change a width from 300px to 800/1200/even 1500px and the layout doesn’t change. I’ve run through the code trying extreme changes, and it always looks exactly the same. Colours, widths, font sizes …everything I try to change looks exactly the same after.

    Could there be an issue with the sub-folder? Am I possibly changing a .CSS style sheet the site isn’t reading?

    If this is too obscure, I suppose I could send someone a link, but there’s have to be a quick discussion prior.


    Time to use Opera Dragonfly or Firefox’s Firebug extension and inspect the element to see if the changes are being applied. Since you can’t link to the site you’ll have to use these to determine where the style is coming from and if it’s being over-ridden.

    A lot of things from idiotically simple to quite fiddly might be going on……..for highly confidential sites i dev mine without logo or branding and mock content…..but i like to have it live for testing and for this type of situation; so many more tools are available………

    Actually, I ended up changing themes. I liked the look of the theme I was using, but there’s another I found without the issues associated with the narrow page and right navigation getting in the way.

    Problem NOT solved, but rather, problem avoided. I think I’ll get the website up and running with the alternate theme, then when there’s less time pressure, I’ll revisit the coding process and see if I can learn more basics to understand the problems.

    Would u mark this as resolved please? On the right.

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