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Help with adapting html code

  1. I previously published a newsletter on my web site, but have started a WordPress blog to migrate it here.
    My first attempt struck a number of little annoyances due to automatic transformations your software imposes:
    1. Internal links within the document get prefaced by a thing like
    2. Similarly for <img src
    3. I can't put a colored border around a table.
    4. Horizontal rulers seem to come in one width regardless of my specs, and again, color is not allowed.

    I would like the page with text on it to be wider. Is the narrowness a function of the theme I have chosen?

    There may be other things, but I would like advice on these points first.

    Thank you

    The blog I need help with is

  2. 1 and 2 are dealt with by competent HTML design. 3 and 4 are dealt with via the Custom design upgrade.

  3. Thank you for the comment, but so far it hasn't been all that helpful.
    >1 and 2 are dealt with by competent HTML design
    The code I pasted in my request was not put in by me but by WordPress when I pasted code into the "text" version. This code works fine on my web site.
    Is the Custom design upgrade available to a free user? No point paying for something until I have worked out if it satisfies my needs.
    With thanks,

  4. a) What exactly did you try to paste? You can paste it here between backticks.
    b) The C.D. upgrade isn't for free, but 3&4 do not require the upgrade. See these posts of mine:

  5. Thank you Justpi.
    I had a html page, as published at for example which I pasted into the WordPress text editor with annoying results. I've decided it's less work to write directly in WordPress, at least until I learn the new language.

    Thank you for the 2 links. Very useful, but it's a pity one needs such a complex workaround for what was a few words in html 4.


  6. I replaced one of my <hr> tags with
    <div class="aligncenter" style="width: 80px; height: 3px;"></div>
    and even the faint gray line disappeared. I tried various versions, varying the numbers, deleting and including various components, but no horizontal like is visible.
    The internet gremlins are laughing. Do you think it has something to do with Halloween?

  7. You're welcome.

    <div class="aligncenter" style="width: 80px; height: 3px;"></div>
    is a totally empty and colorless (therefore invisible) section. Please read my post more carefully: you don't replace an hr tag with the above code, you either enclose the hr tag in such a code to constrain its width etc, or you replace it with a div that has a background color.

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