Can't use 2 menus on Comet theme (I.E.)

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    Hello, I’m on and just tried out the new Comet theme — it’s lovely, it worked fine & looked very gorgeous in yellow mode until… I added both menus (pages for one, categories for the other). The moment I added the lower menu (menu 2, the one below the header), the main body of my blog vanished. Gone.
    Ditto when I tried using JUST the lower menu without the top one.
    I’m using I.E.9.
    I could use it with just the top menu but one of the main attractions was that I like the double menu… so I’m going to sit on Coraline for a day or two ’til I get this figured out. Anyone else got the same problem?

    The blog I need help with is


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    I am on :) promise! — I have my own domain mapped to it here, & I have the css upgrade so it looks a bit different from the normal Coraline but it’s a dot com. I wouldn’t be anywhere else!


    Oops, my bad, they slipped a new theme in on my while I wasn’t looking.

    I see you have coraline active right now and it appears you have customized the CSS, is that correct? If so, you first have to remove all the custom CSS (save it to a plain text file in case you ever switch back to coraline), make sure “add to existing…” is selected and then click save stylesheet to return to the original CSS. CSS is theme specific and if you try applying the CSS from one theme to another it can cause things to blow up on you.


    Thanks — I’ve tried that. Stripped out all css and font updates, reverted to Comet css with no additions, still no go, blog is still missing if I include the lower menu. It’s FINE in the custom font preview mode and on my Android phone, it looks lovely, but not on my IE9 laptop. Have cleared caches, rebooted, etc.
    I wondered if I had a loose div in my widgets so removed all widgets — same.
    Removed header, same. Swapped the menus over, same.

    Tried it on a different blog ( — and it worked fine… but my custom domain isn’t mapped there… so I went back to my main blog, restarted it all, and it still doesn’t work…

    I KNOW it’s something I’m doing, the theme clearly works… ha ha, bless, it’s some weird little glitch but I can’t find the thing for love nor money…

    Thanks for your help — I’ll keep bashing on…


    Yeah, I’m afraid this is something staff are going to have to look into. I set it up on my test blog and viewed it with Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera and no problems. On the W3C validation report there are some issues either in some of your posts, or in widgets with the HTML, but I don’t see anything that should kill the menu given that the menu div loads before the sidebar div so there shouldn’t be a problem with the HTML errors cascading down into other elements. And besides, you said you removed all the widgets and still had the same issue.

    Staff monitor this forum, so they will at some point see this thread and hopefully get this figured out.


    Thanks :) Don’t worry about checking it out, I can stick with Coraline for now, I’m pretty happy with it & it works. I noticed with Comet that in the left sidebar the Twitter widget was over-running into the margin so not sure if I just overloaded the widgets with a long link or something, could be a margin thing. The menu pops up, it’s the middel main section that’s gone.

    I’m still learning css so not VG at it, either. I’ll give it another once over… or alternatively, I’ve also got my eye on a couple of the premium themes so might look that way before long… Minimum looks pretty amazing…

    Thanks very much for your help!


    You are welcome. Staff need to do some tweaking on it it sounds like.


    marthawriting, I’ve tweaked Comet and the hidden content with two menus issue in IE9 should be resolved now. Let us know if you see any other theme wonkiness.


    Thank you! That is amazing — and I have the site up. Thank you very much for your help.


    p.s. sorry now I can’t change the css/fonts without losing my background sep images & nav arrow images, it’s me, I’m jinxed. I have swung over to Linen now as an easy option… :) Thanks for your help, though, I will check out Comet for another blog I run, with simpler content, so your help’s still been v valuable :)


    Are you pasting the entire stylesheet into the CSS editor? If yes, that is the problem. You put into the editor, only the specific selectors and only the specific declarations you are changing.

    If this was the body selector content in the original stylesheet,

    body {
    background-color: #D0D0D0;
    color: #333333;
    font-family: Georgia,Times,serif;
    font-size: 62.5%;

    and all you wanted to change was the background color, then this is all you would put into the CSS window.

    body {
    background-color: #D0D0D0;

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