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Resizing of broswer messes up my site - scroll bars on the side? (12 posts)

  1. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    I am using the "rainforest theme" (free) and i've realized after a bit of using it, that it doesn't "resize the website" at all when using different sized browsers or even on different computers with smaller screens.

    I am a newbie to php and css, but I can make changes if explained !

    I would like to know what to add/ do to make my site more browser friendly - for example i would love it to have scroll bars that appear in a smaller browser window (try viewing the site in 800 x600 for example)...

    I don't like that the menu buttons move down and the slideshow and images overlap everything in a different sized browser or screen.

    I will probably have to change the code for the slider and the images seperately, no?

    Please, any help greatly appreciated...

    Janina

  2. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    oh my site is - http://www.guidingcorcovado.com !

    J

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Where did you download this theme from?

  4. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    I just found it on a random search for themes with the client... they chose the theme (it wasn't my favorite)... so I just downloaded and installed it.. That was a few months ago. Just did a search and now can't find it anywhere for download.. it is sponsored by these people and the theme itself says "by Solar" which leads to the same page: http://www.powerlutions.com/

    I assume that's just to spread the companies links for SEO purposes...

    So yea, pretty bad and there are no support forums for the theme as far as I know...

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I assume that's just to spread the companies links for SEO purposes...

    That's my gut instinct too. I did have a look around the supposed url for the theme but couldn't find a thing. The big problem, with these kinds of semi-spam themes is that they tend to badly written, are not maintained and have absolutely no support. In your shoes, I'd go through that theme with a fine tooth comb looking for encoded content. If you do find some, ditch the theme asap.

  6. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok...
    how do I do that:

    I'd go through that theme with a fine tooth comb looking for encoded content.

    ?
    And why is encoded content bad?

    Sorry I'm such a newbie and still learning all the time...

    I'd greatly appreciate some explanations!

    I'm thinking the same thing about ditching the theme, problem is the clients love the theme...
    not sure what to tell them and if I will find a similar theme like this one again...

    J

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    And why is encoded content bad?

    1. It makes it very difficult (if not impossible) for you to edit the code. That's definitely not in the spirit of GPL.

    2. It's entirely possible that the encoded content is hiding malicious scripting with the intent of inserting spam content into your site - if not worse.

  8. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    thanks esmi..

    but how do I identify encoded content?

    I had a look in the php and css sheets and everything "seemed" normal to me... of course i don't know too much though.

    I also ran a W3C Css validation and found 63 errors... but I am not sure if that would be due to encoded content?

    Not sure if you can see this link but if so check it:
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?profile=css21&warning=0&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guidingcorcovado.com%2F#css

    Sorry for probably asking very stupid questions but I'm just trying to figure this out.. is there some type of tutorial I could read on how to identify encoded content? Or is there something else I could do?

    Thank you.
    J

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    how do I identify encoded content?

    The encoding used can vary but you'll find some examples posted in http://wordpress.org/support/topic/theme-decoding-thread

    I also ran a W3C Css validation and found 63 errors

    Encoded content, by itself, would not cause validation errors but the original (unencoded) content could contain some markup issues. Either way, 63 validation errors is not good. Have you been able to track any of these back to the theme's template files?

    With regard to the CSS errors, you can safely ignore the "Property [foo] doesn't exist" ones. The parse errors, though, are far more serious and imply serious CSS issues in wither the theme or some of the plugins you are using.

  10. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the input esmi!

    So how come there are these errors in websites? I validated another website before and it showed more than 200 errors... what does that mean? Is it a badly written theme? The themes I'm using now are all wordpress recommended free themes.. and one of those showed over 200 errors too (way more then the rainforest theme which seems to be kinda sketchY)...

    I have not been able to track them back in the theme's template files yet. I checked some of the errors in the css sheet, but it seemed there was nothing wrong in the actual code in that line...

    I will probably read a little more about the whole thing to figure it out, but thanks for the "parse error" tip - I'll look more into fixing those!

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    So how come there are these errors in websites?

    Speaking from a purely personal pov, I think it shows a lack of care somewhere but bear in mind that some of these errors may come from the added content - not the theme itself. You also have to use some experience & skill when going through validation reports to determine what errors can be safely ignored. The validator is only dumb software, after all, and it does have its shortcomings. Finally, themes that are older (2 years old or more) are likely to be of a lower quality than those that have been submitted or updated more recently. The latter group will have undergone a fairly strict quality review.

  12. Glvolunteers
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    OK.

    Thanks for all the tips... I will from now on take better care of that, and probably hire someone to fix the bugs in that site...

    Thanks!
    J

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