Delete the sidebar, Titan Theme

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  • #1132468

    fgherbert
    Member

    I experimented with different no side bar themes, like “book-lite”, no sidebar, but it had all 25 of my pages listed at the bottom of every page. I was unsuccessful in deleting that list
    Went back to Titian and discovered that my sidebar had reappeared, without widgets, listing the following on a sidebar in every page:
    Recent Posts
    Categories
    No categories
    Archives
    Also, “No Categories” appeared as last item of pages across the top. It doesn’t display anything with the cursor hover or click.
    How do I get rid of the sidebar and the mysterious “No Categories”?

    The blog I need help with is fgherbert.com.

    #1132553

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Just put the empty RSS widget into your sidebar again.
    ≥^!^≤

    #1132558

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    As for the categories in your top navigation,
    appearance—>menus—>
    if you have a custom menu then remove the “categories” page
    but if you didn’t make a custom menu, then make one with only the pages you want to use:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    #1132562

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    I tried out Book Lite on a test blog and think it looks nice and crisp.

    Did you have a widget in one of the footer bars? Maybe a pages widget or a menu widget? It’s worth trying it again to see if that happened somehow. When there are no widgets in either of the bottom bars, the bottom of my test blog was empty.

    #1132582

    justpi
    Member

    a) Footer widget areas are optional. As Tess says, when you switch to a theme with footer widget areas there will be no widgets in the footer except if you had previously added a widget yourself in a similar theme. You just go to Appearance > Widgets and delete it.
    b) In most themes with a sidebar, when no widgets have been added, the theme displays a sample set of sidebar items. You get rid of them by adding your own.
    c) But there’s no point experimenting with themes that have a sidebar if you want no sidebar. In the other thread you’ve started I explained that if you don’t want a sidebar there are three types of themes that would do in your case.

    #1132611

    fgherbert
    Member

    BookLite theme looks good but I am not after appearance, I want a theme that will work well with WP “Write a Book” and the Blog to Book services transfer it discusses.

    I had forgot moving an empty RSS widget to clear sidebar, got that done. Worked the Custom Menu, the “no Categories” still appears with the pages at the end of the menu.

    #1132625

    justpi
    Member

    1. The “Write a Book” suggestion and the rest work with practically every theme.

    2. The “No categories” tab appears because the regular top menu in Titan includes post categories by default, and you have no posts. Go to Appearance > Theme Options, click to open the Navigation module, check the option “Hide all categories”, save.

    #1132656

    fgherbert
    Member

    Your instructions on getting rid of the “No Categories” tab worked. I do find Book-Lite more pleasant, but can’t get rid of the “Start Here” footer, on every page appearing with no widgets selected. I’ll work on that later.

    #1132659

    justpi
    Member

    As Tess and I pointed out earlier, themes don’t display footer widgets unless you add your own. “Start Here” is the title you’ve given to a Pages widget you’ve added in Footer Three.

    #1132670

    fgherbert
    Member

    I have not added a pages widget nor have I titled any Page widgets. All my footers are blank on my widgets page. I have never typed “Start Here” because the top menu takes the visitor right to the home page automatically.
    Must be another problem.

    #1132673

    fgherbert
    Member

    I have been trying different things, I highlighted the title “Footer Three” in an attempt to delete it. When it was highlighted, “Start Here” came into view, not visible before the highlight, and I was able to delete that which solved the problem.
    Hurray!!

    #1132681

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Fred, It looks very good now: professional and crisp. Easy to read, and to navigate. Very good work.

    I’m almost afraid to ask you, but when you talk about “write a book” are you asking about how to write your site to make an ebook or to print your own limited edition (self-published)?

    #1132684

    fgherbert
    Member

    Very glad you E-mailed me. I had signed out so I could test visitors to my web site using my lap top (I usually work from a PC). Lap top couldn’t get on Google, for some reason, and I could visit my site from the PC but never got the sign on form. When you E-mail me I could get to my site by replying to you and then play administrator again.
    Yeah, the BookLite theme looks good, I wonder how I can get the header to be all sky and clouds.
    My original intent was to create a web site, upload a small portion of my book, ask visitors to sign-up to get notifications of more content, show publishers the number of visitors to influence them that the book would sell.
    I don’t know if this is a good idea and don’t know how I can send an E-mail to a batch of visitors when I decide that the time is right.
    While learning to use WordPress, I discovered write-a-book and thought that it would give me an option of self publishing using FastPencil that I learned of though write-a-book; however, I would like to influence a publisher to publish the book.
    I have been surprised at the amount of time I have spent on the web site development but I am getting to the point that I will be able to write more pages, keep them in draft form and publish in small batches if I figure out to work the E-mail notifications.
    What do you think?

    #1132685

    fgherbert
    Member

    1tess, I looked through the widgets to see if there was one that I could put in a footer to send the visitor back to the top of a page when she read a complete page. Some of my chapters will be long. I don’t want an entire menu in the footer, just something that returns to the top.
    Do I start another thread for that question?

    #1132688

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Hi Fred,

    I think we may be getting terms mixed up, but just to be sure I need to confirm: I did not email you. I have only communicated with you here in these forums. I foolishly left my lap-top logged in on my desk while I left the office, so if you did get an email from me, well, it wasn’t me. Or do you mean this correspondence here in these public forums? I only wonder because if you got an email, then my computer may not be secure…

    Okay, on to other topics:

    I don’t know anything about “fast pencil” so cannot advise about that.

    The web site development can certainly take a lot of time. But what you have now looks great. Spend time on your writing.

    As for the email notifications, you are doing things in an un-blog-like way. If you were doing posts, people /general public could “follow” or “subscribe” to your blog. But you are using pages and those are not options. And you want to target a particular audience, so I think you will have to do that by hand, or in person, or something like that: let them know via personal email that you have a book they would be interested in publishing.

    My husband has published a couple of articles in a regional paper and that happened via personal contact with the editor? publisher? (I’m not sure of the fellow’s exact position.) My sister-in-law also used personal contacts (and friends of friends) to get her first book of poetry published 25 years ago. She’s published a number of poetry books, and co-authored various other books, worked for the poetry foundation and has a good reputation among poets to continue: but it was / is a lot of work.

    I assume you know all of that though.

    #1132689

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Some of my chapters will be long.

    This might work for you to split a long post into several pages.
    Take a look at pagination:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/nextpage/

    #1132690

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    long page, instead of long post
    is what I meant

    #1132709

    fgherbert
    Member

    Every time you answer one of my questions, the forums system sends me an email message containing your complete answer. I can press a “reply” button and automatically I am connected to the forums so it is normal for me to refer to your answers as “email messages”. No problem with your laptop.
    I am still having problems logging into my website. The only way I could get in this morning was to reply to the system’s email message. It states that I cannot respond unless I login and the words “login” are highlighted. When I press that, I can get into my website. This is a huge problem!

    I thought of the website because so many authors complete manuscripts and can’t get an agent or a publisher to even read them. I need to test if I set the website “public”, can a potential user get into it and complete the sign up form, and can I receive, from the system, the people who have signed up and with their email addresses. I may have to advertise the website in aviation and history magazines, etc.

    I’ll look up pagination later. I am worried about the inability to login to my website.

    #1132711

    fgherbert
    Member

    Correction, Tess, where I wrote “login” I should have written ” view forums”.

    I just got into the website by clicking on “view forums” and changed the website from public to private. Now when I attempt to get into the website I get a request for my user ID and password and everything works well.

    The problem is when I tried to connect to “http://fgherbert.com” I could not get to the website.

    I’ll troubleshoot this thing on this end. Thanks, Fred

    #1132720

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    That’s good about the email situation. You are subscribed to this thread so you do get notices which are emailed to you. Thank you for setting my mind at peace about the security of my laptop. I’m glad no one at my job used my laptop while I left it unattended. LOL: I just wondered.

    …can a potential user get into it and complete the sign up form, and can I receive, from the system, the people who have signed up and with their email addresses.

    Your site is private again, but while it was open, your contact form certainly looked fine. While your blog is private, I cannot test it though (by sending you a message).

    You should be able to access your site with this link:
    http://fgherbert2.com/wp-admin/

    (you have mapped your site to http://fgherbert.com/ ?)

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