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  1. My blog displays fine on my desktop but the sidebar has relocated to the bottom on my iPad. I DO NOT use the mobile theme. I read the info about faulty HTML code, but I can't find it. The post says to contact WordPress and they will be happy to sort it but when I do it only tells me to post it. So far as I know there is no HTML that wasn't created using the visual editor (ie no actual HTML that *I* put in) so no idea how to fix it. Any thoughts?

    Mary Anne

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

  2. The theme you're using has a responsive layout. Drag the browser window to make it narrower (on your desktop) and see what happens.

  3. I actually posted this when I was using TwentyEleven, but changed to Yoko, which is responsive. What I really need to know is how to fix 2011.

  4. There's nothing to "fix": Twenty Eleven is also responsive (sidebar turns into footer on narrow screens).

  5. Humm. I thought I saw that you could select fixed width in that theme, but to be honest I looked at so many themes and none of them had exactly the combination of things I wanted. By the end my head was spinning a bit :) and I probably got them confused.

    Thanks for your reply.

  6. You're welcome.
    No, 2011 doesn't have such an option (very few themes do).
    What exactly is the combination of things you wanted?

  7. Well, I wanted a fairly clean looking theme, with a big, wide custom banner. 2 columns, ideally, custom menus, post formats, optional full width. But I wanted one that would not shift the sidebar to the bottom, but keep it on the side. I don't know what that would be called - fixed? flexible?

    The banner size is important for me, so that was what swayed me towards Yoko and 2011.

  8. Fixed means the width of the theme does not change according to screen resolution (or the width of browser) your visitors use.

    Flexible means the theme will be as wide as your visitors can make their browser window.

    Fluid means the width of the theme changes according to screen resolution (or the width of browser) your visitors use.

    Responsive width means the the layout adapts depending on the size of the device being used to view your site. When responsive width themes are viewed on mobiles sidebars appear below the posts in order to provide as much space as possible for reading.

    The WordPress.com Theme team uses the “responsive-width” tag in the Themes Showcase to indicate which themes have this feature.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/widths/responsive-width/

  9. Flexible means the theme will be as wide as your visitors can make their browser window.

    There's no such theme. Flexible and fluid is the same thing, it means the theme shrinks to adapt to narrower screens, but all such themes stretch up to a certain width: they all have a fixed maximum width, and that width is narrower than the widest screens available (I have a 1680px-wide screen, and no theme covers all of it).

    I wanted a fairly clean looking theme, with a big, wide custom banner. 2 columns, ideally, custom menus, post formats, optional full width. But I wanted one that would not shift the sidebar to the bottom, but keep it on the side.

    I know all themes like my pocket, and I can assure you this is a very tough combination! The only themes that come close are Twenty Ten (but the no-sidebar template isn't exactly full-width, it just shifts the main column to the center) and Modularity Lite (if you consider this a "clean looking" theme).

  10. @justpi
    Thanks for the clarification.

  11. PS The two themes I suggested have a fixed total width. If you want a sidebar but you don't mind a shrinking main column, I can probably give you more options.

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