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[Resolved] Column-Matic Setup

  • Site: http://roundhousetalk.com

    I installed the Column-Matic from the WP Dashboard plugin screen. I activated it. And then I tried to use some code as instructed by WP for the plugin. I placed the code into the css script and then tried to place the suggested code to begin and end columns in the HTML for the page. Nothing worked and I tried some different things and then got confused. I want a newspaper column look mostly for a large part of the front page if possible, or if not, then for the entire page. I want the sidebar to remain if possible. I am new so I need specific guidance. Like what code and where to place in the css script, and then what code and where to place column 1 and column 2 in the page HTML. I have been trying all day and with different plugins that I’m not sure would accomplish what I wanted. Can someone please help me? I am using the twenty eleven theme. This is important and I would appreciate any prompt response. If I am using the wrong plugin, please advise. Thanks.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/column-matic/

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  • Plugin Author Baden

    @baden03

    jaydokie, sorry that you have been banging your head on this all day. If you like, we’d be happy to set up a sample on your site. Just create a temp admin account and email the login details to: support (at) twinpictures (dot) de
    We’ll get you squared away.

    Ok just set you up. E-mailed to support@twinpictures.de Is that correct? Password is mailed to that account with administrator role.Thanks so much.

    I guess the page name is “News All Across Indian Country.” Guess if it looks ok, the entire page could be column format starting after the slider at the top. I would want the intro description which is before the slider left out of a column if possible. Thanks.

    Plugin Author Baden

    @baden03

    which page/post do you want this set up on… hit us up on email, as this thread will not help others.

    Plugin Author Baden

    @baden03

    Alright, we see what your problem was.

    1. the shortcode:

    [column class="column1"]content[/column]
    [column class="column2"]content[/column]
    [end_columns]

    is what goes in your post or page (not your style.css file)

    2. the class definitions

    .column1 {
    	width: 45%;
    }
    .column2 {
    	width: 45%;
        	margin-left: 10px;
        	padding-left: 10px;
    }

    go in your style.css file.
    all of this is explained in detail in the column-matic documentation.

    your working example is set up at:
    http://roundhousetalk.com/?page_id=907&preview=true

    and we also inserted the columns on the front page:
    http://roundhousetalk.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=22&action=edit

    and the editorials: http://roundhousetalk.com/editorials/

    Hello from Maryland! I download column-matic and viewed the documentation. I am not familiar with code which is why I chose wordpress. My site is theoutdoorepicurean.com. I would like to set up two columns for pictures of all sized with borders. Can you help this newbie out.

    Many thanks.
    [email address moderated – these forums do not provide support via email]

    Cheers,

    Margaret

    Plugin Author Baden

    @baden03

    Hello Margaret,

    You have three options:
    Good Enough:

    [column width="45%"]content[/column]
    [column width="45%" margin_right="5%"]content[/column]
    [end_columns]

    This will allow you to change the width as you need directly within the shortcode.
    Pro: easy, and requires no additional work
    Con: a bit messy, and not suited for more than a few sets of columns

    Better:

    [column class="column_left"]content[/column]
    [column class="column_right"]content[/column]
    [end_columns]

    And then enter the following under the Column-Matic Options page under Custom CSS:

    .column_left, .column_right {
        width: 45%;
    }
    .column_right {
        margin-left: 5%;
    }

    Pro: cleaner and better suited for more than a couple sets of columns.
    Cons: It involves very basic CSS… which is a very useful skill to get familiar with.
    Note: Both of these methods are shown with examples in the documentation.

    Pro and/or Lazy:
    We will set it up for you via our very reasonable support pack
    Pro: It only costs 15 bucks
    Con: It costs 15 bucks… and you miss out on your first adventure with CSS

    Let us know how it goes!

    Thanks for the quick response. I want to learn CSS and appreciate the information. Do I enter the code thru my hosting account which is Bluehost. And if so, where do I insert it. I would like to utilize the better formatting.

    Thank you.

    Margaret

    Hey, after trying to figure this out, I have gone ahead and took the route of paying the fifteen dollars in the hopes that the customer support will help me figure out css.

    Margaret

    Plugin Author Baden

    @baden03

    We’ll get you squared away. Please post back with a review of the support, once we are done.

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