September 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm #6073
I’m wondering if it is possible to change the order that the full and half size entries are displayed. For example, I would like the two half size entries with photo to appear above the full size entries with a photo. Is it possible to flip flop the order in which they appear in the blog element?
The reason I’m asking is because when I try to apply a second blog element using only the full size entry, it appears very low on the page: http://www.ojaifestival.org.php5-21.websitetestlink.com/ after the sidebar is finished. I hope I’m making sense. Please let me know if you have questions. Thanks!September 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm #52793
Ok, as a revision to my previous question, is it possible to simply shorten the amount of whitespace that occurs when I add a second element? The sidebar pushes the other elements down and leaves a gap. If I’m not explaining myself clearly, please let me know.
Thank you!September 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm #52794
Hi! I’m just wondering if there is an answer to my question. Can the amount of whitespace be decreased on the home page? Please view the link about to see what I’m talking about. Thank you!September 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm #52795
you can change the order by rearranging the elements (i.e. use columns elements before the blog element). I know that you’re quite limited if you’d like to have a sidebar/blog element. Because all elements are generated one by one (there’s no check if other elements are set or if the sidebar element is the last one) the sidebar pushes down all other elements. I’ll ask Kriesi to improve the template logic (so that all main content areas are generated first, the sidebar element is the last output).September 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm #52796
Oh my, so there’s no way to fix the white space? Bummer. I’m going to have to get creative…September 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm #52797October 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm #52798
Ok, so it turns out I’m definitely going to need Shoutbox modified so that the sidebar does not push the other elements down the page. This is beyond my abilities, and I see Kriesi is not available for freelance work. If I were to find a freelancer to do this for me, how do I explain what exactly it is I’m needing? Also, if anyone knows anyone who can take on this project, please let me know. I hope this is an appropriate post. If not, please feel free to remove it. I think going this route will be cheaper for the client than starting over with an entirely new theme. Shoutbox has everything we need except for this one issue.
Also, if this is just a minor code modification that I can insert myself, I’m fine with doing that. I just can’t make major changes to the PHP as my knowledge is limited.
Thanks in advance!October 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm #52799
Is it absolutely necessary that you change the order of the full sized blog posts and the half sized ones? If it isn’t, that would help you a lot since it would mean you are filling up more of the space next to the sidebar and you won’t get the space problem.
If you don’t want large posts, you can always set it so that it only displays half-sized ones.
I guess the theme is designed to put the more important (bigger) news content above the smaller. You could change the order by changing the code that displays it so it puts the half sized posts before the larger ones. But then it will always be like that. You can’t change it back.
The other thing you could do is reduce the info in the sidebar to the minimum you need. Maybe put some of the other stuff in the footer.
Or you could create your own format for the news using columns in the template builder, but I’m having some problems with putting certain posts in those columns, so it may not help you either.October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm #52800
Actually, changing the order has become much less important and the goal now is to just be able to put what we want to put in the sidebar without it pushing the other elements down.
The problem is that the clients want pages to be in the area under the slideshow instead of posts, and there seems to be no way to do that without using columns.
They want the slideshow and they want the sidebar, but they also want features pages to show under the slideshow – one set of 2-columns and then one column and one column.
I suppose a news-y theme wasn’t the best way to go but the clients really loved the layout of the demo site and wanted to go with it.
I like the idea of moving some things to the footer, but I’m not sure the clients will. They really want all the info that’s there now to be highly visible.
Thanks for the input! Much appreciated!October 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm #52801
With the template builder you can create a slider above page content. There is also an option to add the sidebar widgets you want to individual pages. So between the two you can probably create what you need. You will have to make the pages full width though (which means 66%:33% if you have a sidebar added – the same way the blog looks).
You could also put the page content (images and text) into columns created with the template builder, if you need side by side content.
The problem is that you have to select all the content each time. It wont be dynamic like a blog that updates as you add new posts, because they aren’t posts – they are pages.October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm #52802
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