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  • They both look the same to me – no huge amount of white space on either.

    Have you already fixed the problem?


    No, I haven’t changed anything, but when I look at them myself, I still see this problem.

    One thing I’ve noticed: on the page with all the white space, the title “About John C. Snider” actually begins *exactly* on the line *below* the last line in the SideBar! In fact, I added information to the SideBar to see if it was a coincidence, but it’s not. The title line starts exactly at the bottom of the SideBar.

    Any other ideas? Help! Please! 🙂

    On a whim, I logged onto my wife’s computer and went to the website. On her browser EVERY page’s content begins just below the end of the SideBar! We have different model computers and she’s on Vista while I’m on XP.

    Just looked at in IE 7 and yes all the pages are loading below your sidebar. It will be an incorrectly placed div, either after your sidebar or after your page code. In fact, a quick look at your source and I think you may have 4 divs after your page ends when it should only be 3.

    Sorry, don’t have the time right this minute to go right over it though.

    Just check your div’s for correct closing tags.

    Well, I’m no coder so most of what you said just went right over my head. I’m just using the templates, so surely I’m not the only person with this problem.

    Are you looking at the source code in the SideBar, or for the page? How would I know if I have too many “div’s”?


    Moderator kmessinger


    You can validate your code here.

    That will show you where your errors are.

    Thanks for the tip. I did that , but it found no errors and says the page is “validated”.

    Now what?


    Moderator kmessinger


    The code <div id=”leftside”> just before your post is pushing your entry down as far as I can tell.

    Sorry to be a hard-head, but exactly what page are you looking at to find that code? <div id=”leftside”> When I view the source for the page “About John C. Snider” (which is where I see this problem) I can’t find that sequence.

    For what it’s worth, I had a friend pull up the site on his Apple and the pages look perfectly fine. On my Windows XP just the one page has a problem. On my wife’s Vista every page has the problem.

    Anyway, a little guidance on how to find this problem code you mentioned would be most welcome. Thanks!

    While the OS (operating system) of a machine is good info, the browser you are using to see your site might give more information for troubleshooting. e.g. Win XP FireFox = OK.
    Win XP and IE6 = not OK… Mac (aka Apple) and Safari or FF etc.

    Anyway: that <div id="leftside"> is present on EVERY page/post of yours, since it is part of your theme’s layout. (Bad layout, BTW, putting the content at the end…)
    But in the Page that doesn’t behave you have some odd coding in the paragraph tags:
    <p align="left"> – remove that, make it just <p>
    That’s the only difference I see on that Page.

    Oh, I just remembered something…
    If the above correction doesn’t work – try to remove (at least temporarily) all the italics from that Page; practically delete the <em> and </em> tags from it. Let’s see…

    Okay, I’ll give that a shot – probably tomorrow night.

    But while I’m at it – what you do you mean by “bad layout, putting the content at the end”? I’m just typing the content directly into the box on the page form.

    Moderator kmessinger


    moshu would know better than I.

    The code is about 3/4 of the way down in an editor, just before your post. Although deleting it makes the post move up, it causes other problems.

    BTW, I looked at all your navigation and all pages show the down problem in IE7.

    Sorry I can’t be more helpful at this time.

    Oh, the “bad layout” wasn’t referring at you – it was about the theme designer/coder. If you look at your source code… everything else comes before the real content (post or Page). The code starts with the sidebar, which is nonsense in the case of a right sidebar!

    Should I just ditch this theme altogether? I just picked something from WordPress’s list o’ themes.

    I’ve noticed that a lot of the advice I’m getting back is about “coding” issues. I started using a blog utility so I wouldn’t HAVE to code! I want to be able to just use the forms and templates and move right on, not get bogged down doing line reading.

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