Problem setting up widgets

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  • #999469

    zalindor
    Member

    I have tried to set up a widget in the side bar and although I can drag the widget to the side bar and give it a name it does not show on the page, what am I doing wrong ?
    Blog url: http://zalindor.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is zalindor.wordpress.com.

    #999568

    raincoaster
    Member

    What kind of widget is it? Some don’t show until they’ve been configured.

    #999572

    zalindor
    Member

    One was called ‘Catagories’ the other ‘Text’, what exactly do you mean by configure? I thought you just dragged it over in to the side bar ?

    #999574

    raincoaster
    Member

    Well, the Categories widget won’t show unless you already have some blog posts with Categories.

    The text widget has no contents at all until you put some in, so nothing will show until you put code in the text widget. It’s just empty.

    #999580

    zalindor
    Member

    I am obviously missing something here !

    I have given the ‘Text @ widget a title and put text in the relevant box and selected save but it does not show…. am I doing this wrong?

    #999582

    raincoaster
    Member

    Hmm. Sounds like you’re doing it right. I’m not sure, but is Blix one of those themes that is configurable under Theme Options and possibly you chose a layout with no sidebar?

    #999585

    zalindor
    Member

    I have seen others using the Blix theme that have side bar, and surely if it was not available in Blix it would not present itself as available ?

    Thought this was looking like an easy process, starting to have doubts now.

    Thankyou for your assistance.

    #999597

    raincoaster
    Member

    Check the theme options. If you use an older, non-configurable theme, it’s much easier.

    #999666

    zalindor
    Member

    What do you mean check the theme options ? Are you refering to Blix ? I have found another dog site on wordpress that has all the widgets set up in the side bar and that site is based upon the blix theme.

    #999669

    timethief
    Member

    @zalindor
    I know the Blix theme and I have it up on my test blog. I can do what you can’t re: the widgets. I have also viewed your blog and I can see something is amiss with it so I have flagged this thread for Staff attention.

    #999712

    zalindor
    Member

    Hello,

    I have now discovered that although I can not see the Widgets when trying to set them up, if when done I view the site and pick the box in top right hand side of home page of Zalindor site then the widgets appear, surely this is not how its supposed to be ?
    Also if I leave the page/site and come back to it they are not there again and I have to select the GO! box again to see then

    I know that the widgets should be visible as I see them on other sites.

    Interested in your comment ‘timethief’ that something is amiss, but curious as to how the blix theme/template would not show itself to me correctly when it is for other users.
    Are you a member of the wordpress staff ?

    #999719

    zalindor
    Member

    Having spent the last couple of hours trying to fathom out how to set this website up I starting to despair, surely it can’t be this difficult. It all seemed so promising when I first found wordpress.

    If the theme or whatever is not working properly how would I contact the appropriate wordpress staff to resolve the situation ?

    If wordpress are monitoring these posts please can you help me.

    #999721

    raincoaster
    Member

    I flagged this for staff attention.

    #999723

    zalindor
    Member

    Thank you raincoaster I really appreciate your help.

    I assume that you are connected to wordpress staff?

    #999726

    raincoaster
    Member

    Nope. But I know that if you need their help in a thread, you put Modlook in the Tags and they will come.

    #999757

    zalindor
    Member

    Hello Raincoaster,

    Not had any help from wordpress yet, I assume you have done this before ? Any idea how long they might take to get onboard with the problem?

    Where or what are these Tag things, perhaps I could do this Modlook thing to speed things up.?

    #999758

    @zalindor
    This is timethief. I viewed your blog again today and the same layout issue exists on it. I’m using Firefox 15 and I believe that may be connected to your widget issue. I also flagged this thread for Staff attention 2 days ago.

    #999759

    zalindor
    Member

    Hi Timethief,

    I think you are all much more computer literate than me….. don’t think I am using Firefox……Windows and Explorer… does that make sense ?

    I am trying to sort this so that when the puppies arrive I have a site to put pictures on…………..

    #999760

    It’s my opinion that the layout issue on your theme must be fixed by Staff. Only they have backend access to your blog and only they can sort this issue out for you.

    #999767

    macmanx
    Staff

    At Settings -> Reading in your blog’s Dashboard, you currently have the static front page and the blog page set to the same page, hence the problem. They will need to be either two different pages, or you will need to select “Your latest posts” instead.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

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