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Brand new blog - issues setting up with Ari Theme

  1. Please excuse the basic Q.

    On the "demo" pic of this theme there is a left side bar, then middle part and the right side bar (if that's the right terminology). Which is why I chose it, alongside the minimalist look which is similar to our website. However I have 2 issues right now.

    1/ I put 2 widgets (twitter and tag clouds) in the primary sidebar, which shows up on the left, but I cannot scroll down to get as far as tag clouds: this part is static, only the "page" part moves, so I cannot see the lower part of the left side bar.

    2/ I put 3 widgets (categories, archives, stats) in the secondary sidebar but they don't seem to show up anywhere > I wanted them to be on the right hand side and kind of assumed that would be where they would end up without my doing anything, much as happened with the menu which Was quite intuitive.

    It also looks as if I will need to learn at least a bit of code to get stuff formatted exactly how I would like :-/. Can;t get a "gap" to appear between the image and the text however many times I hit return.

    I originally started out with the WP.com blog concept since I have a Yola web site but Yola does not have much blog functionality. Neither can Yola support a WordPress self-hosted blog, so I really need to get this to work!

    No "posts" as yet so not much to go on I know, but would appreciate help before I go any further in case I need to start again and I lose stuff when I change theme etc.

    - I already tried changing to some other themes and even with the teeny amount of stuff I already did with categories & menus, it seems a lot needs reconstructing when you change theme, much like any website...).

    Please help me feel less grrr, before I drown my sorrows in Easter chocolate. Thank you.

    Sally

    The blog I need help with is echorenovate.wordpress.com.

  2. OK, I seem to have solved the "secondary" side bar thing, it appears in all pages except the static front page, so I might just change the "front" page from being static to just a "post" page, so that it will show up the "secondary" bar on the right like a sort of pseudo-home page.

    For the primary sidebar which does not move, I suppose if there is no way to "release" it, then I will just have to stick to having the menu and first couple of tweets so that you can see these on a standard PC screen, and put the tag cloud and anything else on the secondary bar...

    With this theme I also don't seem to be able to put widgets anywhere else but in the 2 side bars?

    I follow a couple of blogs with similar sets of functions and looks I would like to end up with : they are

    http://thebumpiestpath.com > fave - simple but clean looking - corresponds to the kind of "look" we like > white, sparkly

    permaculturecottage.wordpress.com/ > less clean (darker, earthier), ut simple, still functional and fits with our subject matter

    Seem that the flexibility I seek is not so easy unless I pay for it? Even to change fonts and colours? What is anybody else's experience and advice? Can a reasonable site really be done for free, or have you all customised to greater or lesser extent?

    So still outstanding we have

    1/ can I get the primary sidebar on the left moving - or not?

    2/ can I have more flexibility with the Ari theme without changing theme or paying a Premium > advice welcome...

    Cheers!
    Sally

  3. It also looks as if I will need to learn at least a bit of code to get stuff formatted exactly how I would like :-/. Can;t get a "gap" to appear between the image and the text however many times I hit return.

    1) The web standard is one blank line between paragraphs, so hitting return repeatedly shouldn't work. Don't think of webpages in terms of typewriters!
    2) Ari (and many other themes) have flexible width, to adapt to different screen resolutions and devices. Drag the browser window to make it narrower and see what happens. This is one of the reasons why you can't adjust the vertical positioning via returns anyway.
    3) So yes, some things require some coding. To add space below an image, you switch the editor to Text (=code) and turn this:
    <img ETC ETC
    to this:
    <img style="margin-bottom:24px;" ETC ETC
    Change the number to adjust the amount of blank space.

    it seems a lot needs reconstructing when you change theme

    Not necessarily. Depends on whether you switch to a theme with a similar layout and structure or not.

    OK, I seem to have solved the "secondary" side bar thing, it appears in all pages except the static front page, so I might just change the "front" page from being static to just a "post" page

    No. The secondary sidebar on Ari appears on all static and dynamic pages, except if you select the full-width template on a static page (which is what you've done for the page you set as your front). You need to edit the page and turn its template to default.

    With this theme I also don't seem to be able to put widgets anywhere else but in the 2 side bars?

    Where else would you like to have widgets?

    can I get the primary sidebar on the left moving - or not?

    Not without the Custom Design upgrade.

    Even to change fonts and colours?

    Same reply…

    I follow a couple of blogs with similar sets of functions and looks I would like to end up with

    If you like these two blogs then how come you chose Ari? It's not similar: these two have a header with a top menu (like most themes), while on Ari it's the left sidebar that pays that role.
    To select a theme that might be closer to what you'd like, you can visit the Theme Showcase and see all themes in action:
    http://theme.wordpress.com/

  4. Thanks for reply justpi,

    Getting there and ari has grown on me, i might need to get the custom design upgrade at some point, but just learning by doing it's already getting to look better (eg since primary side bar cant be moved I just moved the stuff at the bottom i couldnt see to somewhere else.

    I did a fair amount of theme trawling before deciding on ari which is sufficiently similar to our website not to phase people but sufficiently different for them to recognise it as a blog, whilst not copying on mates' designs too closely...

    Thanks again,
    Sally

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