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How do I get a single column in Piano Black?

  1. I've read the instructions "Optionally hide the sidebar on pages using the “Full-width, no sidebar” template option when creating or editing a page. Content on pages using this template will span the entire width of the layout." But I can't find the option to that anywhere at all. Help with this?
    Blog url: http://5x5blog.wordpress.com/

  2. Hi Scott,

    On the Edit Page screen, it'll be in the Page Attributes module. If you don't see that module, you can activate it in Screen Options (top right) while on the Edit Page screen.

    Alternatively, you can use Quick Edit when viewing Pages -> All Pages to change the (Page) Template there.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. :-)

  3. Thanks for this reply, it was a very specific answer. Unfortunately, the Page Attributes module isn't available on my Edit Page, and it's also not an option to activate in the Screen Options. (Under Screen Options I have Categories, Tags, Excerpt, Discussion, etc, but no Page Attributes.)

    In the All Pages option you mentioned, I am able to change the 'About' Page only, as I haven't actually published any posts yet.

    As I am still writing drafts, is it possible that is the problem, that the Page Attributes module will become available once I publish the posts? This seems backwards as I can't preview what that will look like before publishing.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Scott

  4. Unfortunately, the Page Attributes module isn't available on my Edit Page, and it's also not an option to activate in the Screen Options. (Under Screen Options I have Categories, Tags, Excerpt, Discussion, etc, but no Page Attributes.)

    To confirm, are you viewing the Edit Page screen for your About page at 5x5blog.wordpress.com?

    As I am still writing drafts, is it possible that is the problem, that the Page Attributes module will become available once I publish the posts?

    Do you mean posts or pages? (The Page Attribute module won't be available for posts, but will be available while drafting pages.)

  5. Aha, we're getting closer, thanks again for the response. I guess I'm not clear on the differences between pages and posts, but I'm starting to get it. Instead, let me tell you what I'd like to do and see if that's possible.

    I'd like the page that my posts appear on (is that the right terminology?) to have only a single column, without the sidebar for widgets. When people read my blog I want only text and photos, centred on the screen.

    Possible?

  6. I'd like the page that my posts appear on (is that the right terminology?) to have only a single column, without the sidebar for widgets. When people read my blog I want only text and photos, centred on the screen.

    Possible?

    Ah, okay! Thanks for clarifying. :-)

    So with the Piano Black theme, you can add a blank text widget in Appearance -> Widgets to the Sidebar module, and that'll remove all content from the sidebar, but that sidebar area will still be there as it's a two–column theme.

    It's definitely possible to change widen the main content area by editing CSS with the Custom Design upgrade, or you can check out many of our themes that feature one column:

    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/one-column/

  7. Great, okay, that clears things up - mostly! So the place you post entries is not considered a page then? For a newbie to WordPress, that is not obvious at all. When I read that I could make pages full width, I assumed that included the content I would be adding. That to me would be the most important part of the blog!

    That aside, if I get the custom design upgrade, can I widen the main content area completely, so in effect it becomes one column, or just to a certain point, always a having a (smaller) sidebar?

    Thanks for putting up with these questions, and thanks for the single column link, I will definitely be checking those out too.

  8. bryanvillarin
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    So the place you post entries is not considered a page then?

    Pretty much, yes. (We're aware of this confusion, and I'm sorry for the inconvenience.)

    Pages are static content, and your blog (posts) section are dynamically updated as you publish more posts (always displaying them from newest to oldest).

    if I get the custom design upgrade, can I widen the main content area completely, so in effect it becomes one column, or just to a certain point, always a having a (smaller) sidebar?

    Absolutely. If you need help with editing the CSS, please feel free to reply here or create a new post in the CSS Customization forum for dedicated CSS help.

    Thanks for putting up with these questions, and thanks for the single column link, I will definitely be checking those out too.

    You're welcome!

  9. Hi Bryan, Back to this conversation of a couple months ago, I'm now ready to widen my blog to one column using CSS. I only want to make that one change but I'm completely new to CSS, so I'm very likely to get it wrong. Is this a simple change? Can you help me with that?

    Thanks!

    Scott

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