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Do any themes support "blank" pages ?

  1. Hi Folks,

    Using [ gigya src = "URL" ] I am able to "implent" an adobe flex (swf) file into a wordpress.com page. This is great.

    What I need now is to find a theme that supports a notion of a totally empty page that is without any bars and menus. This way my SWF could take over all of the visual space on such a page / browser tab. My SWF is in fact an application with its own menus and navigation.

    Have you ever seen such a notion of an undecorated or blank page, within any of the available themes?

    Thanks,
    TR

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

  2. Hi. Every single WordPress.com theme includes at the very least a header/site title as well as the footer ("Blog at WordPress.com - Theme: __ by __").

  3. Actually, I would not mind the footer being there, even though it would require scrolling down to it to see it. But I can not believe that none of the themes anticipated that something else (like a swf app) might need to take over the space. An what would be wrong if such pieces could be turned on and off within a page config?

    P.S. Can anything be done with CSS to manipulate such headers into non existence ?

    OK Thanks.

  4. I use Coraline, and you can specify a full-page template for individual pages, with only the header & footer (which I do have widgets in), but no sidebars. There are other themes that offer this feature, as well. You can look through the themes & filter to find others that do the same.

  5. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    You can create a completely blank page covering the whole of the browser window, with your flash on it, this way:

    <div style="position:fixed;top:0;left:0;height:100%;width:100%;background-color:#fff;z-index:11;">
    <div style="position:fixed;z-index:12;">
    FLASH SHORTCODE HERE
    </div>
    </div>

    You'll need to add coordinates for the inner div.

  6. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    PS I'm a Mac user, so I can't check if this will work in lousy Explorer.

  7. Wow, that would be cool. Except, is that not HTML and how and where do I make that entry within any theme or template ?

  8. I'll just respond to a previous statement. WordPress does not have "blank" pages for you to put flash and other things on because they do not officially allow flash. The gigya short code solution is sort of a stealthy gift, or a happy accident if you wish to think of it that way.

  9. Does "happy accident" mean that WP could yank it if/when any side effect gets discovered?

  10. I don't think they will yank it. The reason that flash is not directly allowed is for security reasons. This is a multi-user platform and we all share the same underlying files so that means any security issue introduced by one blogger could bring everyone down. The gigya shortcode insulates the platform from the flash code so that it cannot wreak havoc.

  11. Any ideas on the above <div> changes, as my understanding? is that we can not modify html pages in our themes - just the css ?

  12. You have to enter that into the HTML tab on a page that you created. I've not tried it, but I'm virtually certain that is what you would do.

  13. I'm bookmarking this.

    I tried it, and it worked -- well, I didn't put any shortcode in, but the resulting page was blank. My usual header appeared very briefly, then disappeared once the html in the page kicked in.

    I haven't tried it in IE. I don't think I could stand the pain! lol!

  14. Be aware that if you or a visitor is logged in to wordpress.com, the gray admin bar will still be there and should be accounted for in any spacing.

    BTW, does this violate anything because it removes the wordpress.com default footer -- with the theme, etc.? My thought is that since it's just the one page with the code, it wouldn't, since the rest of the site remains intact that way and it's not being removed merely for the purpose of obscuring the wp.com info, but I wondered.

  15. Why don't you simply as Staff?

  16. @mmadfan, I would assume if the footer goes away, and staff would find out, then they would probably tell you to put it back in. I don't know if that is something that can be done within the code inserted into the page or not.

    As far as the gigya solution since it is not an "official" thing (happy accident) then there is always the possibility that it could go away. I think it survival here depends on use and abuse. If people start abusing it, then yes, it could go away.

  17. Thanks, tsp! I was just curious -- it occurred to me when I looked at the amazing blank page. I don't think I'll ever need a completely blank page, but I occasionally suffer from potentially terminal curiosity! LOL!

  18. >> You'll need to add coordinates for the inner div.

    With regard to those nested DIVs above, how do I do that ?

    I get a blank page but the SWF is nowhere to be seen, not even with the right mouse click.

  19. I clicked your username link and got a white page with this in the upper left corner
    [ gigya src = "http://drz.cloudant.com/ws/_design/rn/player.swf" ]

  20. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    a) You've written this:
    [ gigya src = "etc etc" ]
    instead of this:
    [gigya src="etc etc" ]

    b) The src URL needs to be the URL of the swf.player, not the URL you've used.

    c) The shortcode needs additional attributes and values.

    d) You've put my code in your one and only post, so your front page becomes blank (or becomes your flash, if you get b and c right): you can't do that - that's not a wordpress.com blog anymore. If you manage to come up with the right shortcode, you need to create a page in Pages > Add New and put it there.

  21. ok, thanks a lot, i will try that
    my blog is totally empty now as i am basically experimenting

    i will be all set, once i figure out how to have new pages that do not force them selves onto being the front page

    thanks again

  22. if you take a look, it is sort of working, with the following exceptions:

    a) i have no idea what those extra short code attributes and values are for no what they look like

    b) my swf should be grabbing all the space that it can, so i can not tell if its missbehaving or if the inner div itself is limiting it

    c) i notice some other issues with my swiff whereby the youtube videos play automatically elsewhere but not via gigya

    so, any ideas on (b) and div within div sizing ... does it look ok or is it due to lack of necessary attributes and values?

    thanks again

  23. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    Sorry, I don't care if you're experimenting, I won't help with this as long as this thing is sitting on your front page and eliminating everything that would show it's a wordpress.com blog.

  24. @teslarepublic: Do not do this in a post; do it in a page. Select "new page," not post. If you put that code into a post you get rid of the blog itself, particularly since you have no other posts.

  25. @teslarepublic
    I think you will benefit from reading differences between pages and posts.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    Creating a page > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/

  26. ~~ mmadfan
    G'evening to you. :)

  27. ~~timethief
    And to you! :)

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