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My Twenty Eleven theme has started to break slightly / possible WordAds conflict

  1. I use the Twenty Eleven theme, and recently the design of my site has started to fray a little around the edges. It seems likely to me that this is the result of some hasty theme tweaks to allow for the inclusion of WordAds. I realise not everyone will see this as a big deal, but I care about the presentation of my blog.

    1. The padding between the top of the page and the header has gone.

    2. On image pages, the image area is bursting outside the content margins.
    eg: http://halfblog.net/2011/11/12/disparity-and-greed/robert-b-reich-pay-vs-productivity/

    3. I think a bit more care could be put into how the Twenty Eleven 'showcase' pages accomodate the skyscraper ads.
    eg: http://halfblog.net/aboutness/

    That's everything I've spotted so far.

    The blog I need help with is halfblog.net.

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  4. Thanks for letting us know! We'll look into it.

  5. Hey there,

    Thanks for reporting this. Sorry about the issues you've been experiencing. Our goal is to integrate the ads as beautifully into the themes as possible.

    I've restored the padding between the top of the page and the header.

    I've improved the look of the image pages.

    I've revised and improved the look of showcase pages -- the gray box at the top now goes behind any banner ad in the side, and the Flickr box doesn't bleed in to the main column when using Firefox.

    Let me know if you have further issues.

  6. There are several other people in the forum reporting similar issues. I'm sure they would like some help with their themes. One is reporting garbled code at the bottom of each post.

  7. Thanks for your attention to this Joen, that's a clear improvement. The images pages are still suffering a bit, but I guess that's a necessary compromise.

    Cheers.

  8. Found a few more layout problems:

    When you reply to a comment, the comment thread moves to the left and outside of the content border. The resulting comment looks fine, it's the act of expanding the form to write the reply that shifts everything around.

    Also, on single post pages, the Prev/Next navigation looks like it's a part of the skyscraper ad.

    Finally, the theme is responsive and seems to hide the ads at anything but full width. The gaping hole the skyscraper space leaves behind though is not responsive, so the layout breaks quite badly at smaller sizes.

    I'm curious to see if I've earned any revenue from these WordAds, because I think opting out of them may be the best solution.

  9. Thanks for the detailed reports, it's very helpful in tracking these annoying bugs down.

    I've fixed the issues you mentioned here.

  10. Thanks Joen, things are looking pretty good again. :)

  11. Thrilled to hear it!

  12. Any luck fixing what's scrambled? My blog's still broken ;-)

    Cheers, Henry

  13. henryswanson420,

    It looks like you've set your Custom Design upgrade to replace entirely the stylesheets of the themes you use. Can you go to Appearance > Custom Design > CSS and see if "Don't use <themename>'s CSS, and replace everything with my own CSS" is checked? If so, pick the other option.

  14. Dear Joen

    *facepalms* Doh! Thanks for your help!

    Sincerely, Henry

  15. Found another one I'm afraid.

    This theme supports some very nice blockquote styles, pull, alignleft and alignright. They are designed to bleed into the whitespace.

    Now the main column on single pages has been shoved over, align left results in this: http://halfblog.net/2011/10/18/instacast/

    I haven't checked for examples of the other alignments.

  16. (Grr, CODE isn't a block element! If I'd wanted my above post to look like that, I'd have used PRE. :P)

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