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  • The choice of the black ‘frame’ around the whole page, no matter what page you’re on, I mean …
    How infuriating.
    Even if the color is set to white in the Theme Options , the frame remains, pushing EVERYTHING around, like an elephant in a china store.

    What’s infuriating is that this is ALMOST a good theme. It would have a nice clean sidebar, and there is a number of things I like about it.

    Trying to get rid of the ‘frame’, I found several methods, posted here.
    And fiddling with the incomprehensible code that’s supposed to ‘fix’ this, I managed to get rid of it, but did I … ?

    Here is the code ( the culprit ) , that apparently is to blame for the offending ‘black frame’ :

    body:not(.custom-background-image):before,
    	body:not(.custom-background-image):after {
    		background: inherit;
    		content: "";
    		display: block;
    		height: 21px;
    		left: 0;
    		position: fixed;
    		width: 100%;
    		z-index: 99;
    	} 

    The ‘body:not’ pseudo-selector is exotic enough, and in my many years of web design, I’ve seen it used only a handful of times.
    But I’ve never seen a pseudo selector on a pseudo selector :
    body:not(.custom-background-image):after
    and I wonder if there is ANYONE ON THIS PLANET, other than the genius who designed this theme, that actually understands what this does, together with the rest of that style rule.

    If the default WordPress themes are supposed to be the model and a point of reference of how themes should be put together, this theme fails miserably.

    I found that trying to customize this theme is quite a nightmare.

    Is designing an approachable, fast and visually simple theme with one sidebar really too much to ask of the WordPress developers ?

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  • Another thing, that makes me think as if the developers of this theme purposely make it so that it’s very difficult to customize, is the use of the negative margins in CSS, for the layout.

    Try adding a new, left-side widget area, to work together with the current one. Good luck.
    The crazy negative margins push this and that around in incomprehensible ways.

    Inline-block is so much more intuitive and sturdy.

    It just WANTS to go where you want it to go. It makes so much more sense.

    It IS the year 2016, after all, NOT 2009, when this negative margin business would have been acceptable.

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