Newbie Layout Questions

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  • #635376

    taweinhold
    Member

    I have just created a combination website and blog. I am using the Twenty Eleven theme and currently have four distinct pages, including my blog page. The layout of my blog page is different from the other pages in a couple of ways. First, the blog post content lays out flush left in alignment with the domainname title header at the top of all my pages. On the other (non-blog) pages, the left edge of my content lays out app. 1.5″ farther to the right. How can I get the text layout on these pages to match my blog page layout? Second, at the bottom of my non-blog pages, there are “share this” buttons and well as a “leave a reply” comment box – but none of those show up at the bottom of my blog page. How do I reverse this, i.e., how do I get the “share this” buttons and “leave a reply” comment box off my “static” website pages and onto my blog page instead? Thanks in advance.

    The blog I need help with is businessandglobalpoverty.com.

    #635556

    raincoaster
    Member

    Do you know CSS editing? Do you have the paid upgrade?

    If you want the Share This buttons to show on your main blog page, you must go to Settings->Sharing and enable it on index pages as well as individual posts and pages.

    #635557

    On the 2011 theme, the blog page has a sidebar. Your other pages you have set to have no sidebar. There is no way to set the blog page to NOT have a sidebar.

    You can take a look at different themes and find one that is one-column only, or has the ability in theme options to set it for no-sidebar on all pages.

    #635559

    taweinhold
    Member

    Thank you, but I’m still not quite clear. But first, to answer your questions, I do not know CSS, nor do I have the paid upgrade.

    When you refer to my “main page blog”, I’m not clear what you mean. I have a “home” or “main” page for my website – where Share This buttons are present but I don’t want them. I also have a blog page, where there no Share or Reply options, but that’s where I would like them to be.

    #635562

    taweinhold
    Member

    Responding to “thesacredpath”: thank you. I am happy to have a sidebar on my blog page. That is not my problem. Rather, I have these two problems: first, on my blog page, there are no “Share This” or “Comment” options, but I would like them to be there. Second, on my (supposedly) static web pages there are “Share This” and “Comment” options which I don’t want there — and, additionally, I would like my text layout to be positioned as far to the left on these pages as it is on my blog page.

    #635563

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    About having your static pages on the left as your post page is, you much select the “sidebar” template for them.

    #635564

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    must, not much…

    #635566

    taweinhold
    Member

    To “1tess”: thank you. I follow that. How, though, do I get the “share this” buttons and “leave a reply” comment box off my static website pages and onto my blog page?

    #635567

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    About your static home page (and other pages), you must turn the comments off (allow comments should not be checked) in the page editor if you don’t want the “share” and comment box on the bottom. Look in the discussion module of the edit page. Don’t forget to update so the change takes effect.

    #635568

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    About having the share buttons on your blog page, you have to realize that they will only appear when a reader is looking at a single post. I think you have so far only one post. If you click the title of that post, then the comment box and share buttons will be there.

    Readers can not comment on the front page in general, they can only comment and share single posts.

    #635569

    taweinhold
    Member

    To “1tess”: also, can I have different content in the sidebar of my static website pages versus the sidebar of my blog page? In particular, can I have text content in the sidebar of each static page (ideally, different sidebar content on each page), and have widgets only in the sidebar of the blog page?

    #635570

    taweinhold
    Member

    To “1tess”: thank you for your subsequent clarifications. I think I understand what I need to do now.

    #635571

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Sorry, front page is the same as your blog page. Usually blogs don’t have a static front page (though lot of them do) so I was calling your blog page “front” out of habit.

    #635572

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    The content of your sidebar will have to be the same for pages and posts: you can’t have different widgets on different pages.

    #635573

    taweinhold
    Member

    To “1tess”: again, thank you — including for your patience and graciousness in responding to my questions. But for further clarification: now that I understand that I can not have different widgets on different pages, could I use my sidebar for (the same set of) widgets on certain pages, but on other pages use the sidebar simply for text but no widgets?

    #635575

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    You can use s custom menu with child pages to note things of importance relevant to your main pages in lieu of specific widgets in the sidebars of pages. Not quite the same, but it could be useful for providing the information you want to convey.

    #635576

    taweinhold
    Member

    To “1tess”: thank you, I’ll experiment.

    #635578

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Ah.
    I think we are talking together at the same time. May be it is confusing, but I hope this is helpful…

    No, whatever widgets are on one page or post will be on all pages and posts. But the idea of using a custom menu for additional information might compensate for that?

    #635582

    taweinhold
    Member

    To “1tess”: now that I think our conversation overlap has caught up, can I ask this last question: where might I go to learn about “custom menus with child pages”, and can you point me to any examples where I could see a page with that kind of layout?

    #635583

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Certainly.
    WordPress.com has some very nice support documents.
    See if this helps:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    If you need more information we volunteers are at your service.

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