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    I am migrating from MT and I really like the three col layout as that it saves on tons of scrolling. I have some elements which I don’t think I can pull with CSS (like my webcam and links that are not blogrolled) I have looked at Alex’s dots layout but I just cannot see how I would add not WP stuff.
    I admit, CSS is not something I am super great with. I am better at that than programing (I can’t do that at all). I am good at following examples and reading instructions. Am I doomed to not have as much flexibility? =(
    Thanks! =)

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  • Tek,
    First of all, you are not stupid. 🙂 Secondly, one, two, or three-column designs are all available to WP users. In fact, you could do any number of columns. This is a design issue, and not a WP issue. However, once you have your structure, you need to move your site contents around to suit your design.
    WordPress pages are dynamically-built on demand. For this reason, you will have to do some exploring and testing and reading and dissecting to learn about the guts of WP. It may seem a daunting task at first, but a person picks it up quickly.
    Have a peek at the WordPress Wiki for some excellent information on many topics that will help you.
    The future holds many more exciting things for WordPress that will add more functionality and make it easier to use. Don’t forget to search the forums, search the Wiki, visit the IRC channel, and post questions here. There are lots of talented people who are willing and able to help you out!
    Don’t forget to have fun!

    OO my post got eaten!
    I wanted to say that yea, I have looked at the Wiki quite a bit over the past few days. I;ve not been in the IRC channel.
    One question however… I know that if I made some changes to the index.php, I might be able to get some things to look how I want them to… yet I have been reading that I should NOT make changes to index.php. Is this true?
    Thanks for your help!

    No. It’s not true.
    HACK THAT index.php TO PIECES and make it your own. It’s your website.

    well I was just about to post with the same subject.
    I am actually changing the index to suit my needs. Trying to design a
    3-colum layout, and I’m really going nuts trying to find why the menu column is wider than what I want, which is 125 px.
    At first I thought it was the calendar, I checked and it was at 140 px so I changed that but to no effect.
    Now I don’t have widths, paddings or margins that are counting, I’m sure. Both left and right colums are at 125 px and my content is at 520 with a padding of 10 px (using the i.e hack to count for that padding)
    So the only thing I can think of is that there is some style going on in wp, and I now something which really bothers me is the list configuration of links and categories, and I’m wondering if it could something to do with that.
    In any case, has anyone achieved a 3-column layout with no problems? would be helpful to know…

    Well aletheia you have got your menu styled with a float left and a width of 165px; I don’t know if that has anything to do with it ;). Nice looking blog.

    Nice, aletheia. =) Very soothing.
    I think that is the same problem I am having. ” list configuration of links and categories”… The rest I can piece together… As I said, I was looking at Alex King’s “dots” and I can’t make heads or tails… Then again I know that in my MT index.php file, I have a <div> that is something like “lmenu” and “menu”. It works fine for when I use the style switcher for a two coloum layout because in the CSS for the two colum, there is no var for “lmenu” so I am able to use my index.php for every style.

    check alexking three column layout . i think it is call dot.

    root: thanks, but it’s not my personal blog which I’m styling. Working on a different project…
    solarpunk: I’m going to check out dot.css thanks

    I just realized that I don’t have to consider #menu for layout but #menu ul, I set the width there and float:left and it worked alright.
    I had to make another change. I moved the whole menu dive so it is before the content and then I have the right div after the content.
    I can then use the float:left for all 3-columns method instead of using absolute positioning.

    Thanks tunis… I hope I can get it to work too.
    I have one plugin that I am waiting for the person to get back to me on to tell me why its kinda working and then I need to get the design the way I want it then I will move over from MT.

    Well I like to think I kind of contributed to the thought process even though I was looking at the wrong site. 😉 I think as a matter of semantics and your search engine friendliness it might help if your content came before your floated divs.
    Incidentally have you tried
    thenoodle incident
    . HTH. Its a fine looking blog.

    Read up on css box rules. It’s a PAIN, but needed if you want to do anything more than fixed-width designs. If I had to do it all again, I might stick with fixed-width. But if you want to see a three-column layout I’ve been working on for nearly 6 months now, go to:
    Everything is doable, you just need to massage the index.php and wp-layout.css to meet your needs. BOTH FILES ARE EXAMPLES. And to ‘make your own’, as someone else noted.

    check this site that document wordpress css, it is good read aletheia your xhtml doesnt valid it 8), perdona.

    The Noodle Incident is a WONDERFUL site!
    Actually, my head is slowly coming up with a way I think I can get this to do what I want. If not, then I guess it will be time for a two column design. 🙁

    Thanks! I think that will be very helpful.
    Sprischst du deutsch? Ich kann deutch verstehen. Mein deutsch ist nicht sehr gut aber ich kann verstehen. 🙂
    But better I think I stick to English!

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