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Broken layout; Sidebar displays below page

  1. Hi, my side bar is displaying below the page contents. I understand that the most likely cause of this is inclusion of 'div' in the code, but I don't have any of those. All other pages appear to be okay (checked a sample of other pages not all).

    The page is here: http://macwester.wordpress.com/macwester-28-atlanta-28/

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!
    Blog url: http://macwester.wordpress.com/

  2. Sidebars do not fall to the bottom and display below posts and/or posts do not appear in sidebars unless
    (1) content has been imported into the blog,

    (2) the blogger has been copying and pasting content from elsewhere, without using either icon 5 or icon 6 in Row 2 of the visual editor http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#pasting-text

    (3) or the blogger has copied and pasted invalid HTML into a text widget or left an HTML tag open

    See here for sorting this out > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/sidebar-at-the-bottom-and-related-issues/

  3. Thanks timethief ...I've tried one or two of the most obvious ones already but certainly not all. I'll work my way through this list and hopefully find a solution. Thanks again : )

  4. The problem is in the last comment on that page. Edit the comment and remove these from around the PS:

    <li>
    </li>

    (What were you trying to do by adding those tags?)

  5. justpi: thank you so very much. I was really beginning to tear my hair out, as I couldn't find anything wrong wiht my content, and I don't tend to copy and paste from Word.

    I was not looking at the comments, just my post. Removing the
    <li> tag from the last comment worked did the trick.

    In answer to your question "what was I trying to do by adding those tags?", I should perhaps make the point for others reading this in the future, that as a content creator I had done nothing wrong.

    I did not add the tags. The tags were part of a comment made by a reader, and i guess that this effectively means that any time a comment is made on a WordPress blog by a third party, there is a chance that comment might inadvertently include code that screws up the layout.

    Not sure that's great news, but seems to be how it is. I guess I'll just have to keep an eye on comments, however I'm not sure that I get to see the actual code when a comment appears for moderation.

    Thank you once again very much for taking the time to help me figure this out : )

  6. Sorry; that should read as one comment, but I'm a bit tired and must somehow have ...I don't know why my reply is split into two.

    Best wishes

  7. You're welcome.

    "The tags were part of a comment made by a reader, and i guess that this effectively means that any time a comment is made on a WordPress blog by a third party, there is a chance that comment might inadvertently include code that screws up the layout."
    No. The code a reader can use in a comment is extremely limited (to prevent such accidents, among other reasons). See this post of mine:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/html-allowed-in-comments-2/
    All other code is automatically stripped out. So if you didn't add the li tags yourself, it must have been a rare temporary glitch. I've only seen it once before (and it was in a comment by the administrator of the blog).

  8. Thanks again justpi; for the record I didn't edit the comment in question (I tend not to interfere with comments) at any stage, so something else must have happened. Best wishes

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