Support » Theme: Dyad » Cannot centre footer widgets if less than four

  • Taken from the Dyad 2 specs:

    Dyad 2 has Footer Widgets area in four columns

    Dyad 2 has one dynamic widget area in the footer that will display in up to four columns depending on how many widgets are added.

    That’s OK if I have four widgets in the footer because they will be nicely centred. However, if using Jetpack widget visibility, to only show one, two, or three widgets, the widgets are left aligned with a gap to the right. The greater the widget number excluded, the greater the gap. This page has only three widgets displayed, all left aligned, which looks wrong.

    How could I centre the widgets when less than four are displayed?

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  • Hi there,

    I don’t seem to be able to replicate this – if I activate Dyad 2 on a test site with Jetpack, add four widgets to the footer, and hide one of them using visibility settings, the other widgets expand to fill the available space.

    I notice you’re using a child theme. Any chance you could have made a change in your child theme that might be overriding the theme’s default behaviour here?

    The other option is that another plugin on your site is overriding things. To check that, please disable all other plugins except Jetpack to see if that fixes the issue. If it does, re-enable your plugins one at a time until it breaks to determine which plugin is causing the issue.

    Hi, many thanks.

    I find the default entry content width in Dyad 2, too narrow. To override this, I have the following in my child theme:

    /* Increase width of entry content area */

    body:not(.has-post-thumbnail).is-singular .entry-inner {
    max-width: 1000px !important;
    }

    I commented this out to see if it would make the 2 widgets expand. It did not make the widgets expand.

    I then stripped out the extra CSS in the child theme to make sure that anything else I had added was not causing the problem. Apart from Dyad 2 reverting to “out of the box” display, it did not make the widgets expand.

    I then disabled all plugins apart from Jetpack. It did not make the widgets expand. I re-enabled the plugins.

    I would have thought that the two widgets currently in the footer, have enough text in them to expand and centre in the footer, but they do not.

    As a workaround, on this page – on this page , I have added some custom CSS (using WP Add Custom CSS, in the page editor) to centre the widgets. It works, but adds extra time and effort. This is the workaround CSS:

    /* If using THREE instead of FOUR footer widgets, centre on wide screen and make responsive. Exact parameters depending on how many widgets less than four are on the page */

    @media only screen and (min-width: 1360px) {
    footer .widget-area {
    max-width: 80% !important;
    margin-left: 420px !important;
    float: center;
    }
    }

    Looking through the support threads on this forum and then clicking onto various user sites, I have come across a few sites (most, however, use 4 footer widgets), that are using less than four footer widgets, and most of those footer widgets are also left aligned. However, I have also come across a small number of sites with less than four widgets – that are centre aligned. Looking at the footer CSS on those sites, it appears they are using variations of the code I have used above.

    This leads me to think that they too have tried to get around this problem.

    I would have thought that the two widgets currently in the footer, have enough text in them to expand and centre in the footer, but they do not.

    The amount of text in the widget is irrelevant. Widgets in the footer should display based on the number of widgets added, not on the type of widget or what’s added inside them.

    Can you please switch from your child theme to the Dyad 2 theme to check if that makes any difference at all?

    Looking through the support threads on this forum and then clicking onto various user sites, I have come across a few sites (most, however, use 4 footer widgets), that are using less than four footer widgets, and most of those footer widgets are also left aligned.

    Can you please provide links to these threads so I can take a look?

    I switched the theme to Dyad 2 parent and the widgets at [ redundant link removed ] were still left aligned.

    Here is a screen shot showing what it looked like running the parent theme:

    https://www.stopbyinworthing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/dyad-2-parent-3-widgets-left-aligned.jpg

    I have now switched back to the child.

    Other Dyad 2 themes located on this forum with less than four widgets in footer:

    69b.566.myftpupload.com (Dyad 2 – 3 widgets left aligned

    breadandhaven.com (Dyad 2 – widgets centre aligned

    ssrkvarmland.wordpress.com (Dyad 2 – 3 widgets centre aligned

    I see that most of the external links I added appear to have been stripped out.

    Here is one more with Dyad 2, 3 widgets that are aligned to the left, when I would expect them to be centred.

    https://ral-sa.com/en/

    It’s the Cookies and Consents banner that is causing the left alignment problem!

    If I drag the Cookies and Consents banner into the Inactive Widgets area – two widgets will centre align and any other pages I have that require less than four widgets, the widgets will expand correctly.

    As soon as I put the banner back, the widgets get left aligned.

    The banner is set to Show if Page is Post Type Page and Show if Post is Post Type Post.

    Currently the banner is in the inactive panel – so that you can see the correct alignment when only two widgets are required.

    Either I am doing something wrong in the Jetpack widget visibility or the visibility is not working as it should.

    Now we know what is causing this, what could be the solution?

    It’s the Cookies and Consents banner that is causing the left alignment problem!

    Good catch. This is kind of expected, though: The Cookie banner is added to the site as a widget, and in this theme’s case the only place you can add it is in the footer.

    So even though you can only see three widgets in the footer, there are actually four “visible” widgets in the footer widget area. Even though the Cookie banner widget does not appear in the actual widget area like other widgets, it is still being loaded as an active widget.

    I’ll report this to our theme developers to see if it’s possible to treat that widget differently, but you’ll likely run into the same issue with any widget that’s designed to load on the page without visibly appearing in the widget area.

    The temporary solution (not ideal as time consuming) is this:

    Install Plugin AMR Short Code any Widget. If the banner is in inactive widgets, drag it into Widgets For Shortcodes – not into the footer. If creating a new cookie banner, chose Widgets For Shortcodes. Then copy the short code shown, for example [do_widget id=eu_cookie_law_widget-2] and paste it at the bottom of every page whilst in text mode.

    Clear cookies from browser and re-load site to check it shows. On mine it does show on pages and posts and the cookies can be accepted. Importantly, the widgets now expand correctly, if using less then four widgets in the footer.

    It does not, however, show on the blog page (blog roll page), so I presume some extra CSS will be needed in the child theme, to target the blog page?

    As I say, this is not ideal. Would you be able to put this up on Github as an issue? I will be most grateful if you could.

    Interestingly, the cookie banner works fine in the Shoreditch theme.

    Hi there,

    @kokkieh has already reported this on GitHub (https://github.com/Automattic/themes/issues/287) and you can add your own comments there as well.

    That’s great. Thank you both very much for your help.

    Thank you for this detailed report, @ukandrzej!

    This issue should now be fixed in Dyad 2, in version 2.0.8. You should be prompted to update the theme on your site shortly.

    Just let us know if you have any questions at all, or if you run into any other isuses. Thanks!

    Hi @laurelfulford,

    I waited and didn’t upgrade till theme version 2.0.9 came out. There seems to be a conflict between the new theme version and the plugin Remove Footer Credit, which on theme version 2.0.7, successfully removed the WP credit. Following the theme upgrade, I now have the WP credit showing up again and I do not want to hide it with CSS. Currently I have the following PHP code inputed in Remove Footer Credit:

    <div class="footer-bottom-info ">
    <div class="site-info">
    					<a href="http://wordpress.org/">Proudly powered by WordPress</a>
    					<span class="sep"> | </span>
    					Theme: Dyad 2 by <a href="http://wordpress.com/themes/" rel="designer">WordPress.com</a>.				</div><!-- .site-info -->
    			</div><!-- .footer-bottom-info -->

    and I have left the “Enter your own footer credit” field blank.

    I haven’t yet added the cookie widget as I’d like to get this one sorted out first.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Andrzej.
    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Andrzej.
    laurelfulford

    (@laurelfulford)

    Hi @ukandrzej,

    Oh, that’s strange! None of that footer code actually changed in this latest update — the theme originally counted the widgets to figure out how many columns it should use, we just updated the function that did that.

    I tried installing Remove Footer Credit on my test site, and with v 2.0.9, copy-pasted what you have above in the Step 1: Enter text/HTML to remove (one per line) field, and it did hide the footer.

    In the footer.php, it does have a social menu that appears after <div class="footer-bottom-info "> only if you have one assigned — I can’t imagine why that would start being an issue when the theme was updated, but can you try to switch the text to hide to the following and see if it helps?

    <div class="site-info">
    <a href="http://wordpress.org/">Proudly powered by WordPress</a>
    <span class="sep"> | </span>
    Theme: Dyad 2 by <a href="http://wordpress.com/themes/" rel="designer">WordPress.com</a>.				
    </div><!-- .site-info -->

    Thanks!

    Andrzej

    (@ukandrzej)

    Hi @laurelfulford,

    Many thanks for your much better code. It’s one line shorter at the start and end of the code, although the original did work before the update. Importantly however, your code is perfect and the credit is now hidden.

    Many thanks for your help.

    laurelfulford

    (@laurelfulford)

    Great, thanks for letting me know, @ukandrzej!

    I’m at a loss for why the original code stopped working, too, but I’m glad the footer is hidden successfully again!

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