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Custom addition to sidebar area (The Columnist)?

  1. impetusetudiant
    Member

    Hi There,

    I'd like to move some of my widgets to the left column of my blog - the category and tag cloud in particular. They are presently in the footer, in accordance with the theme's design.

    I can see the sidebar entry in the original CSS, and that it's display is "none". But I can't seem to change that, no matter what I try. I should add that I'm not skilled with code :)

    Any insights?

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

  2. Based on your current configuration (using all of the footer widget areas), you can move the tag cloud widget from below posts to the left sidebar using absolute positioning. Here is an example to get you started:

    #first {
    	position: absolute;
    	top: 460px;
    	left: -280px;
    	width: 223px;
    }
    
    .three .widget-area, .four .widget-area {
    	width: 193px;
    }

    You may also want to give the bottom of the tag cloud a little extra room:

    #wp_tag_cloud div {
    	padding-bottom: .2em;
    }
  3. impetusetudiant
    Member

    Dead on. Thank-you!

  4. impetusetudiant
    Member

    Euh... Kay I give up. Thought I could work it out from what you provided above, but I'm still coming up short.

    The cats and tags will display beside each post (single post left column), but I've been aiming to have them on the front page instead (main left column)... 'Twas why I mentioned the display issue above ... Maybe has something to do with it? All my efforts to date have been futile :)

  5. You can't move content from one page to another using just CSS. What you can do with CSS is adjust the appearance of things that are already on the page.

    I checked the info page for The Columnist theme:
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/the-columnist/

    And it says:

    Widgets will not appear in any template where multiple posts are displayed.

    That means there's not a way to add widgets to the home page displaying multiple posts. It's a limitation of the theme.

    If you wanted to go deeper, you can get full control of the code, including HTML and PHP and the theme itself, if you switch to a WordPress.org setup.

  6. impetusetudiant
    Member

    Ahhh. K. Thanks for the explanation. Appreciate it!

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