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  • Hi – I’m designing a site for a friend, and I’ve pretty much got his WP blog going beautifully except for a couple of styling problems on the comments page. I was hoping some folks wouldn’t mind doing a little site check on it because I’ve simply been staring at it too long and I can no longer see what the problem might be — I need fresh eyes and brains. 🙂

    The problem is pretty much entirely with the sidebar. It looks fine on the main page, which is However, when you click a “comments” link (leading you to a page like this one:, on that page it goes a little wonky.

    The problems:

    • Things look almost okay in Internet Explorer, except the sidebar is down way farther than I want it to be, and the entire sidebar doesn’t display — just the search, archive and category sections.
    • In Firefox, it doesn’t look okay at all — the sidebar seems to be trapped inside a <div> I made called “post_container”, which keeps it crammed over to the left on top of the posts and comments. I’ve tried adding </div> tags in various places to end that <div> before the sidebar starts, but haven’t been successful. Also, the entire sidebar doesn’t display here either.

    The code/my arrangement of things:

    • My starting point for this template was the WP Default template.
    • The “include sidebar” command is located in the footer.php page (for some reason this seemed to be the only way to get the sidebar positioned up nice and high on the main page). The code for that is as follows:
    • <div id="sidebar"><?php get_sidebar(); ?></div>
      <div id="footer">

      <?php bloginfo('name'); ?> is proudly powered by <a href="">WordPress</a>
      <a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>">Entries (RSS)</a>
      and <a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>">Comments (RSS)</a>.
      <!-- <?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. -->

      <?php wp_footer(); ?>

    • I took the CSS styling for the sidebar div out of the main theme CSS file and put it into some other stylesheets I have, because I have two separate stylesheets — one for IE and one for all other browsers — and I wanted to be able to style my sidebar using that capability as well. The non-IE stylesheet — with the sidebar div in it, can be found at

    Any direction anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated, and if I’ve left out any crucial information (not unlikely) please let me know and I’ll supply it.

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  • Tracy,

    I’ve not checked extensively, but I have seen a few problems you may want to fix.

    1. There is an extra closing div after your closing html at the bottom of your page.

    2. You sidebar div seems to be occuring twice.

    3. You may want to use the ‘float’ parameter in your css for the ‘post-container’ and ‘sidebar’ div, as div is a block object so would tend to continue on a new line unless you use absolute positions.

    I’m guessing if you do that things will work… or at least it would be a step in the right direction.


    silpstream: thanks so much for your kind attention to my confused little page! 🙂 I appreciate it, and will try your suggestions.

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