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  • Resolved jmiket


    I’ve searched to boards and seen people with similar problems, but those threads didn’t really help me out.

    I helped a friend set up a wordpress blog ( with a theme (Random Background) I have used and customized many times before.

    I had a lot of trouble with things going wrong this time, which may or may not be related to my current problem. I finally got everything looking the way I wanted, and then a few a days later I get an email from the friend saying that the background is going all the way down the page. I had this problem before, but did a fresh install of wordpress and that seemed to fix the issue.

    What has happened is that footer has decided to take a vacation. I have no clear where it went. I’m not a css or php master or anything, but it seems to me that it should be there. The source code shows it, the correct php files are there, and I’ve used this theme numerous times with no issues. ( see and )

    From what I understand, since the content is floated, it is determining it’s width based on the footer. Since the footer is gone, the page fills in white starting where the content starts, right below the navigation. The background is tiling correctly, it’s just hiding behind this giant white mass.

    She claims that it always look this way, but I’m pretty sure it was working fine for a few days. She also claims she didn’t touch anything, which I believe, because she royally screwed up the site earlier and is afraid of doing it again.

    I tried re-installing the newest version of wordpress to see if it would magically fix the problem, but it did not. Any ideas?

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  • lots of errors and unclosed tags

    UPDATE: I tried switching the theme to wordpress classic and the footer still wasn’t there. I tried switching another wordpress blog that uses the same theme to classic and the footer WAS there. So I’m guessing its not a theme related problem, but some problem with my wordpress install…..

    ACK! That is a lot of errors. I will get crackin’ on that. Thanks…

    Still, wouldn’t those errors exist in the theme’s php files? (of which i did very minimal editing) and hence would cause problems all the sites on which I have used that theme? This is the only one that has given me trouble, and it seemed to happen out of the blue, not from the get-go.

    But yea… thats a lot of errors. I’m moron for not validating it sooner. I guess I just assumed whoever decides to take on the task of making a wordpress theme would have done that.

    Thanks for your help.

    also plugins can do it
    usually when you fix one error – you fix several – as they are cascading


    I just added an update to the above post. Footer issue seems to be unrelated to the theme.

    Could that still be plug-ins?

    The last text widget in the sidebar has a table fragment:

    <li>			<div class="textwidget"><table width="133" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3"><tr><td align="center"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" border="0" ></a></td></tr><tr><td align="center"><font style="font-family: Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9px; color: #330006; text-decoration: none;"> </div>

    You might want to just un-install this widget and see if that fixes it, then re-install. Otherwise, it looks like you could just remove the entire last row/cell fragment, since it doesn’t appear to have content, and add a table close tag


    praise jeebus! Scratch that, praise mechx1!

    I didn’t even notice that counter. she said she didn’t touch a thing, but she added that stupid counter.

    I’ll set up google analytics for her and she can do without that cheezy thing.


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