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Can't change main area on homepage

  • I’ve only been using wordpress for a week, so very new, but how can I change the large main box on the homepage at Bookabrainbreak.com ?

    I’m talking about the one which at the moment shoes ‘book your perfect holiday’ along with pics of cocktails and a blue button.

    I want to display a world map to spread across the whole box, remove the text and add a couple of search boxes in there. Can this be done? If so how, is there a way to use a wysiwyg editor in there? I’m struggling to even find out which widget this is. The only way I can seem to change it is in the theme options and that’s just plain text and keeps the image to the right.

    Thanks

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  • Yes, this can be done.
    It might tak a bit 😉 of work 😉
    To give you a bit of an idea /start…
    == == ==
    To make these kind of changes means changing HTML, style.css and php-files.

    Add the following code to the `style.css’ of your CHILDtheme:

    .featured-title, .featured-subtitle, #featured p {
       display: none;
    }
    #featured img {
        border: 0px none;
        height: auto;
        vertical-align: middle;
        width: 1024px;
        float: right;
    }
    .call-to-action a.button {
        font-size: 24px;
        padding: 15px 35px;
        position: relative;
        margin-top: 825px;
        float: left;
    }

    You don’t have a childtheme yet?

    1. Install and activate ‘one click childtheme plugin
    2. create the childtheme
    3. activate the childtheme
    4. Make the changes in the CHILDtheme!
    – copy php files / css-file(s) of the original theme [as required] to the childtheme directory and edit them as required.

    == == ==
    DON’T FORGET

    Make regular backups! Make sure you make a backup before you make any changes, so you have a way to restore things…
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress
    http://codex.wordpress.org/CSS
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Finding_Your_CSS_Styles
    http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_Troubleshooting

    Thanks for replying 🙂

    Wow, sounds complicated! What will doing this leave me with? Sorry, bit confused. Will I then be able to insert what I like where I like into that space?

    Right, I’ve got the child theme installed, not the responsive one as I couldnt find it, but a generic one.

    Now the second part of what you said is completely confusing me.. I can’t do css, have no knowledge of it whatsoever, please can you give me some guidance? I’ve been trying to get this to work for 3 days now and all I want is to be able to see what I’m putting in this area. Can I not use some sort of wysiwyg editor?

    When I pasted the code you gave me into the child theme, the text just disapeared, image remained and button went down the page 🙁 Help!

    Hi sallysqueak, try replacing everything in your (child theme) style.css file with this:

    /*
    Theme Name:     Resp1
    Description:
    Author:         admin
    Template:       responsive
    
    (optional values you can add: Theme URI, Author URI, Version)
    */
    
    @import url("../responsive/style.css");
    
    .featured-title, .featured-subtitle, #featured p {
       display: none;
    }
    #featured img {
        border: 0px none;
        height: auto;
        vertical-align: middle;
        width: 1024px;
        float: right;
    }
    .call-to-action a.button {
        font-size: 24px;
        padding: 15px 35px;
        position: relative;
        margin-top: 825px;
        float: left;
    }

    Hi Andrew, have just done what I think your asking of me, and it’s resulted in what you can now see on the page.. A mess 🙁

    I even thought of just adding a slider to this area instead, thinking it would be simpler, and hopefully that would include a search box, but I just can’t find a plugin which will do this and have a shortcode available to stick it in the area. I’m so frustrated I could cry right now! Just can’t seem to work this out 🙁

    If things did not work out as planned…

    Simply delete the content of the style.css [leave the header including the import… line.
    and start over.

    Finding out ‘which things to change in your site [css / html / php] is all a bit like trying to solve a puzzle.
    Fortunately there are good tools for that.
    In your browser: Install / activate webdevelopment add-ons / plugins.

    Recommended: ‘Firebug’ and ‘webdeveloper: http://www.chrispederick.com
    These tools will show you what’s what.
    e.g. right-click > inspect elements > click left bottom arrow-icon
    click item in webpage
    Inspect css on the right
    alter css values to test effect / result
    OK? copy altered css rule
    paste it in the style.css of your childtheme.

    Alternatively:
    Press <F12> a screen will show in the bottom.
    Move the mouse over each line
    The area shows in the top-half
    Press + to unfold parts
    Investigate and alter on the right etc.
    paste it in the style.css of your childtheme.

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