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  • Resolved defmax


    Hi everyone,

    I was doing fine with customizing my WordPress blog today. I was just fine tuning some code in my index.php & style.css files (didn’t even touch the footer) when all of a sudden I noticed my footer DIV went bye bye. I was messing around with some code in the index.php file but only related to the .comment DIV One of the last things I remember tweeking was some code related to the “.comment” div in the style.css file and the very last thing I remember doing was editing the “.searchbutton” div (i had gotten rid of the “text-indent:-9999px” so the text “search” would show up in the button).

    The URL of my blog is:

    Here is the index.php code:

    [code moderated please put code in a pastebin and report link back here]

    If you need anymore information or have any questions then let me know and I will provide. Thank you so much.

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  • Not sure whether this is causing it, but your content is invalid. The line which ends in “criticism” has no closing paragraph tag, and then the next paragraph begins a new tag. You either need to close the tag or not open the new one. This might have had a cascading effect on your remaining content, obscuring the footer.

    EDIT: The line ending in “Critics” has also been left open in error. Basically check all of your p tags, ensuring they are closed appropriately, and see if it reveals your footer!

    Let me know


    Ok well I got rid of that old post and added a new one but still no footer. The validator now says that I have only 12 errors. So there is an improvement there, down 8 errors from 20 errors.

    And I do not understnad why my blog post does not show the paragraphs. It just plops all the text together in one big heap. Perhaps the problem there is in the <p> tag? Anyways, the priority now is the footer. How to get it to show.

    Thanks for the help so far whooami and SpankMarvin 🙂

    I just figured out that I needed to add this code to make paragraph spacing:

    p {margin: 0px 15px 15px 15px; }

    Now that minor problem is out of the way the footer can be dealt with.

    UPDATE: I also went back into the “index.php” file and added some closing “p” tags and <p class=”postmetadata”> in front of some of the php code that is responsible for meta data. The validator tells me I only have 8 errors now. So it seems the <p> tag problem has been completely solved since no <p> errors are showing up in the validator.

    Here is my updated code:

    <?php get_header(); ?>
    <div id="content">
    	<div id="contentpadding">
        	<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
        		<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
        			<div <?php post_class() ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
        				<h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
    						<div class="date">
        						<?php the_time('l, F jS, Y') ?> <!-- by <?php the_author() ?> -->
    						<div class="metadata">
              				Posted in <?php the_category(' / ') ?> 
    						<div class="clear"></div>
        				<?php the_content('read more... &raquo;'); ?>
    						<div class="tags">
      						<p class="postmetadata"><?php the_tags('Tags: ', ' / ', '<br />'); ?></p>
    						<div class="comments">
    							<p class="postmetadata"><?php comments_popup_link('comment', '1 comment', '% comments'); ?></p> 
        		<?php endwhile; ?>
        		<div class="navigation">
        			<div><?php next_posts_link('&laquo; Older Entries') ?></div>
        			<div><?php previous_posts_link('Newer Entries &raquo;') ?></div>
        	<?php else : ?>
        		<h2 class="center">Not Found</h2>
        		<p class="center">Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn't here.</p>
        		<?php get_search_form(); ?>
        	<?php endif; ?>
    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    one suggestion….in your footer.php file at the end



    <?php wp_footer(); ?>

    change to

    <?php wp_footer(); ?>

    to determine if a plugin is doing something to the footer.

    thanks viceng. i made that change but saw no change when reloading the page.

    i should also mention that the “sidebar” is not showing up either. so the “footer” and “sidebar” are currently M.I.A.


    <div id="sidebar">
    	<div id="sidebarpadding">
    				<?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly'); ?>
    			<?php wp_list_categories('show_count=1&title_li=<h2>categories</h2>'); ?>
    			<?php /* If this is the frontpage */ if ( is_home() || is_page() ) { ?>
    			<?php } ?>
    			<?php endif; ?>

    A friend of mine pointed out that when they clicked on the h2 title permalink and went to the single.php page view the footer appeared.

    Here is that link:

    And here is the code to “single.php”

    [code moderated please put code in a pastebin and report link back here]

    Maybe there is a clue in there. I just am not advanced enough to find it.

    Ok, they moderated out my single.php (where the footer does show up) code so I pastebinned it here:


    And here is the index.php code (where the sidebar and footer do not show):


    I’m having the exact same issue, so am going to follow this thread.
    I have the get_footer() and the file footer.php in the theme dir, but it just wont show.
    I tried disabling all plugins and testing for JS errors, but still nothing – it’s weird.

    defmax, one thing I noticed in your “single.php” code is you don’t actually get the sidebar – I couldn’t find get_sidebar().

    Although that doesn’t resolve the footer issue or why it doesn’t work in the index,php where you do have the sidebar include function.

    Having searched the net and this site, I don’t find many others with the same problem, which points to it being something specific to our code/blog install.
    Although I’ve coded numerous WP themes now and know my way around the code very well.

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