I want more than 1 column of text

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  • #206952

    morris108
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    All the css themes I have seen, (and I want three columns) have just 1 column for Blogging.
    The other two columns are blogrolls, categories, calender etc.
    I also want at least one smaller column extra for blogging, where that text also gets pushed down like in the main blogging column.
    I am new to Blogging,
    therefore apologies in advance if I am missing something obvious.
    Hope someone can clarify/help
    TIA

    #207197

    wiidude
    Member

    i see. go to where you can modify that, and skip to the bottom of the page. there is a column where you can select how many text widgets, rss feed widgets, and how many category widgets you would like. save the changes, and you will have more widgets to use. you can have a maximum of up to 9 of the same widgets.
    !~Incubus7~!

    #207199

    rosclarke
    Member

    The CSS themes only modify the style of your blog, not its functionality. As far as I know, all the themes offered on WP.com have only one column for blogging. If you really need two, then you might consider self-hosting on WP.org and see if you can find a theme that will do what you want over there.

    #207200

    morris108
    Member

    Thank You, and that is helpful, but ….
    I want to use the extra column as a blog as well, so when I enter a new post, it pushes the last post down. A text widget won’t do that, will it?

    #207202

    morris108
    Member

    rosclarke, thanks will go have a look

    #207206

    morris108
    Member

    Okay I went to wp.org, i now understand they make the software and wp.com is a hosting server for that software.
    I downloaded the software to see what templates might be there. But I got stuck on the first hurdle. It says: ‘Open up wp-config-sample.php with a text editor like WordPad or similar and fill in your database connection details.’ Well I don’t understand what ‘database connection details’ are.
    I realize I would need to find a host server outside of wp.com, that is okay, but I would first like to find if the templates exist for what I want, or where I have to go to find them.
    When I opened, ‘ /wp-admin/install.php ‘ in a browser it just came out as text, presumably cause i didn’t configure the config-sample.

    #207208

    ellaella
    Member

    morris – There’s a theme here called fjords, with 4 columns. I don’t know if that would work for you, but it’s in your presentation tab.

    In order to use the free software from wordpress.org you need to hire a web host and install it there. Here, wordpress.com is your free host. HTH

    #207217

    rosclarke
    Member

    @ellaella – I thought of that too, but I think there’s still only one active blog column. The others are all sidebars.

    #207248

    morris108
    Member

    Thanks for everyones help.
    It would be nice if there was a way to preview what is possible on a server, before one signs a contract. Like either have a dummy server where your files are erased after a couple of hours, or be able to download a copy of wordpress that works offline without any configuration. That is now my wishlist.

    #207251

    raincoaster
    Member

    There are some webhosts which have one-button installation of WordPress. Your best bet is to go to WP.org’s forums and search for recommendations and beginners resources.

    Try this to start:
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/tutorial-setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpressorg-blog/

    #207265

    rosclarke
    Member

    You could also google for WP themes and see if you can find one that will meet your needs – most have previews so you can see what you’ll be getting.

    #207266

    morris108
    Member

    I will go & look, am answering now because I am on a slow smartphone. But I still imagine one has to sign a contract with a host before you can see what is possible.

    #207267

    The thing is, it is all going to be dependent on if there is a theme out there already that has two columns for posts. I have not seen any. If you have to build one it is going to be a lot of work since it is not just CSS, but hacking, modifying and changing the theme php files. Then once you get that done, you have to test it in every browser on every platform (windows, mac, unix, linux) to make sure it works on all of them. When you look at theme CSS and php files, you find that there are a lot of “hacks” to make this or that browser behave correctly.

    #207276

    morris108
    Member

    http://tonykaron.com
    This is a 2 blog column wordpress blog.

    #207277

    morris108
    Member

    http://tonykaron.com
    This is a 2 blog column wordpress blog.
    But googling didn’t help me.

    #207302

    That actually isn’t two columns. There is only one post column, the center one. The right hand column is just showing recent posts with excerpts (which could be a plugin. The theme appears to be custom made, or a derivative work build off of another theme.

    #207309

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you knew how to code, you could make a webpage with two iframes side by side which would each display content from a different blog. But without technical skills at a better than basic level or the money to hire someone like that, I doubt this will be achievable for you, and certainly not within WP.com.

    #207314

    morris108
    Member

    OK, I will now go and learn about plug ins.
    This forum proved to be very helpful.

    #207315

    morris108
    Member

    BTW. @thesacredpath, that is two columns. A post can be added to the right hand column & not effect the central column.

    #207317

    isadora
    Member

    morris, no, it’s not. It’s a three column layout with a central column for posts and two sidebars (one on the left and one on the right) for excerpts, links, and so on.

    Those posts on the right hand are just excerpts, if you click on them you get them displayed in the central column.

    You can get that functionality here without much effort but some copy/paste in a text widget (or something similar by using the rss widget) or on a self hosted wordpress installation by adding the functionality to your theme (by php) or maybe using a plugin (if it exists) which does it automatically. It’s not a functionality provided by the hosting, but personalization you have to do by yourself. (Something like this, although this one only displays the post titles: http://wordpressgarage.com/code-snippets/display-recent-posts-in-wordpress-sidebar/).

    Please refer to http://wordpress.org/support and/or http://codex.wordpress.org/ for further information about how to insert the excerpts in the sidebar on a self hosted wordpress installation.

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