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  • We just transferred our Wordrpress site to a new host, and our Twenty Ten theme is now Twenty Eleven. I’m having a bit of difficulty making a few fine tuning adjustments:

    1. I’ve tried to adjust margins in the stylesheet in an effort to make the content blocks a bit wider, and the margins on the side narrower. Which setting within styles.css controls this? This is for pages. I edited what I thought was the correct item, but nothing changes.

    2. Another change we’d like to do — can we specify a different size for the big header image at the top? It’s a bit too big, dominates the entire page way too much.

    3. The navigation menu that runs across the top — I’d like to reduce the margins on either side, and tighten up the spacing between each link. It’s spread out so much that our line of navigational links in the menu wraps around.

    If someone could direct me to the proper lines of code that would handle the above, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  • I imagine the first thing somebody should say is that, if you’re not doing so already, you should definitely be making any changes in a Child Theme. Child themes are the only recommended way of making changes to themes, and are especially important in the case of default themes. Default themes must be left unchanged for certain types of support, so I’m told, but also because updates can overwrite any changes you’ve made if you don’t do them in a child theme.

    As far as the site header image is concerned, if twentyeleven behaves like twentyten then this article might help.

    For the other changes you want to make, if you could post a link to your site it would help because it would allow us to mess around with the CSS using Firebug, to identify what you need to change.



    I have a bunch of articles about 2011 if they’ll help? – width and header size

    Those should get you started, and you can find more posts on there about a variety of things I’ve changed. for more info on child themes too. Please do make one before editing.

    Thank you for the replies.

    I wish somewhere it warned prominently about creating a CHILD THEME before touching anything! Fortunately, I barely changed anything in the styles.css, except to reduce some margins. (and that was my question, despite doing that, nothing has changed).

    I will read about how to create a Child Theme (hope it’s not too late for us to do that, though) as well as the other articles.

    In the meantime, here is our site on its new host in Twenty Eleven – you can see how the old image no longer works at top – we either need a new image (not a bad idea) or reduce the specified size up there, also, need to make the nav menu wider so it doesn’t wrap, and widen the content text areas. Thanks again!

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