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Chateau: sidebar, menu, post questions

  1. Hi all,

    Have been playing around with my customizations of Chateau, and have found lots of helpful tricks and solutions in this forum, so first of all: THANK YOU! However, I have hit a roadblock with some of what I'd like to do, so here's the list (feel free to respond to any one of these at a time, I know it's a long list! They are roughly in order of importance.):

    Some background: This is my academic webpage, so the first few pages are meant to be static pages, but I want the last page to be a bit more interactive, and that is what has led to some of these questions.

    1. Probably the most important: Following on from some tricks posted by design simply, I've figured out how to enable the sidebar on ONLY the post page. This is brilliant! Unfortunately, as you can see on the other hidden-sidebar pages, the grey line lingers. Any idea how to remove this from the static pages, or else how to change its colour to white?

    2. If you go to the "CV" page, you can see that the formatting for a header like the word "Education" gets a double underline...any way to make this just one line?

    Similarly, on the "Public Engagement" page, whenever I have a block quote, it gets this kind of awkward-looking box around it. Is it possible to remove these lines and just have the block quote?

    3. I would prefer the navigation menu to be below the header image, but I have read on here that due to Chateau’s being in a flexible format for optimal viewing on smartphones and smaller screens this will mess up the spacing when viewed on these screens. Is this right? Is there any way to put the menu under the header without other parts of the page getting distorted?

    4. On the "Public Engagement" page, when you click on the posts, the title changes colour to the theme’s original red when on its own page. (I've altered the post title colour to burgundy on the posts page) How do I control what colour it is on its own page?

    5. How do I move the body text over to the left (and right) to line up with the edge of the header image? This is mist evident on the "About page"--you can see that the body text is not quite lined up with the edge of the header image.

    6. Eventually, I would like to have drop-down menus off of the main navigation menu. When I do this, the text of the drop down menus are centered...any way to left-justify them? So I guess: what CSS magic controls drop-down menus formatting?

    7. Is it possible to remove “posted by” under posts? (Ideally, though I would like to leave the “leave a comment”, if possible.)

    Do let me know if it would be better if I separated these into multiple forum posts...I realise these may be too unwieldy to address in one thread.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    The blog I need help with is

  2. guidpublicaciones

    Hi, sorry to answer your question with a question but I'm also using chateau and am a complete novice. I have a dark background and I can't figure out how to change the colour of the widget titles in the sidebar to white so they are visible. Can you help? thanks

  3. # 4

    Use the same code you used for your post title but put .single before it.

    .single .post-title {use your post-title code here}

  4. Thanks houstonweaver--worked like a charm!

    And guidpublicaciones: I'm not sure how to change the colour of the widget titles, but I'm pretty sure you can change the font/color/etc of the widget TEXT by typing the html code into the text box for the widget (if it allows you to), if that helps at all.

  5. #7 Try this

    .post-info {display: none;}

    Let us know if it works. Be sure to check it on both the posts page and the single posts page.

  6. Thanks houstonweaver--that worked to remove the "Posted by X in [Category]", as well as the "Leave a comment" link, on both the posts page and single posts page. Is there anyway to keep the "Leave a comment" part under the post title?

  7. guidpublicaciones

    Thank you for the advice!

  8. lpwhw - sorry I haven't figured out how to show the comment area yet on #7

    Try this for # 1. In my test it worked to eliminate the vertical line on the static pages, yet keep it to set off the sidebar on the blog and single entry pages:

    .content-sidebar #content {
    	border-left: none;
    	border-right: none;
    	margin: 0 21.66% 0 0;
    	padding: 25px 2.083% 70px 0;
    .blog  #content {
    	border-left: none;
    	border-right: 3px double #ddd;
    	margin: 0 21.66% 0 0;
    	padding: 25px 2.083% 70px 0;
    .single  #content {
    	border-left: none;
    	border-right: 3px double #ddd;
    	margin: 0 21.66% 0 0;
    	padding: 25px 2.083% 70px 0;
  9. Perfect!! Oh that looks soooo much better--thank you so much! My twitter button is not showing in the sidebar, but that could be a twitter problem, not a wordpress problem.


  10. on #2, the blockquote section, I managed to get rid of that awkward box by using this css: I made notations about what each piece accomplished for me:

    /*changed this to eliminate the top and bottom borders*/
    .post-entry blockquote,
    .comment-text blockquote {
    	border-bottom: none;
    	border-top: none;
    	margin-bottom: 15px;
    	padding: 2px 0 0;
    .post-entry blockquote p:first-child,
    .comment-text blockquote p:first-child {
    	border-top: none;
    /*changed this to eliminate the right border*/
    .post-entry blockquote p,
    .comment-text blockquote p {
    	border-right: none;
    	color: #665f33;
    	font-size: 1.6153em;
    	font-style: italic;
    	line-height: 128%;
    	margin: 0;
    	padding: 20px 3.78071833%;

    On the horizontal line on the other pages you mentioned in # 2, were those copied from a word processing program and did you know you had a horizontal rule there. And do you want it there? If not, you may be able to edit it out on the edit box. It is a very odd looking "hr" element on my computer. Don't have time to look into it right now.

  11. Yes, I don't think the twitter button issue is related to your css. :-)

  12. are the website whisperer! Blockquote awkwardness and double-underline gone!

    I'm not sure if the latter came from my copying over from might have done. It also might have been something to do with me trying to add an extra space (page break? you know, like pressing enter three times to get two spaces between paragraphs) between the different sections. I fiddled with that for ages and it wouldn't stick so maybe at some point the hr found its way in there.

    And yes, twitter button reinstated (thought it might have been that the new sidebar commands limited the space for it, but no, just a twitter thing).

    This is so great--thank you for spending so much time on all my little website details!

  13. LOL, was experimenting with the hr business and had a few clues that worked but not as I expected them to, then was interrupted by a visitor and went back to it and saw it had only one line and I had no css applied in my test. Realize you must have fixed it.

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