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  • I’m running the theme Thematic for my site

    I added in a new email sign up form with a captcha because I’m been getting spammed but the sidebar isn’t wide enough to read it. Can anyone give me step by step instructions on how to do this?

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  • Hi;

    your sidebar width is controlled by style.css.

    Click on Appearance -> Editor
    Pick ‘sidebar.php’ from the right column list of files and click on it to open it.
    Look for the sentence “<div class=”sidebar”>”,that tells you what CSS variable is being used to configure your sidebar
    Close the file and click on style.css at the very bottom of the right hand column.
    Look for the variable ‘.sidebar’ and check the ‘width:’ setting.
    Change that setting to a bigger number and save the file.


    PS. if you only have one sidebar than sidebar.php is the default program. if however you have more than one sidebar the syntax will be ‘sidebar1.php’, ‘sidebar2.php’ etc.

    The same steps apply though.

    Good luck



    The sentence “<div class=”sidebar”>” does not exist when I open sidebar.php

    This is what I have instead:


    // action hook for placing content above the main asides

    // action hook creating the primary aside

    // action hook for placing content between primary and secondary aside

    // action hook creating the secondary aside

    // action hook for placing content below the main asides


    Not sure what I should be looking for.

    Im familiar with both Thematic + Wufoo forms and I think that widening the sidebar to conform to the width of the recaptcha it’s gonna cause more headache than it’s worth.

    You would need to increase the width of the sidebar to over 500px. Which means that you’d also need to rethink the overall layout and width of the content div.

    I’d suggest adding your form as a text widget to one or more of the other widgetized areas that Thematic has to offer. The index-top, index-insert, index-bottom, single-top, single-bottom, page-top, and page-bottom asides are all viable alternatives that give you the width of the content div which will work better with your Wufoo form.

    Hey Gene,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I went that route and it looks good.


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