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Formating with wpmu theme

  • I know its been asked. Yes I have searched. Have everything integrated besides the positioning.

    Problem 1: My forum loads on the left of the screen, below sidebar and above the header.

    Tried changing the position of the get_header to the end of the files in bbpress, that only created sidebar problems.

    Am I missing something simple? I assume that I need to modify the CSS file for displaying the content to make it reference the correct location. I tried using an absolute tag but that creates problems for people with different screen sizes. Any recommendations on the CSS code to use?

    Anyone have an idea of what to do? I’m loading the sidebar at the beginning instead of the end of bbpress php files.

    By the way I’m having the config for bbpress call the wp-get-header. Inserted the relevant bbpress styling into my wpmu themes stylesheet.

    Problem 2: On IE 7 part of my sidebar loads in the area where I want the forum to go. I believe it thinks that the sidebar is ending, some div work fixed it for the wpmu part of the site.

    I have a login form that loads different information (control panel) once a user logs in. the problem only occurs when a user is logged in. If anyone has a clue I’d appreciate it.



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  • #1: There are no style rules to tell the forum to go into the column. It’s just made of unstyled divs inside the body element. I don’t know how comfortable you are with HTML, but they should go inside the div with id wrap. That would really fix the greatest issue. You don’t need CSS to do that, since the wrap element would already do that (and the forum could actually be next to the sidebar).

    #2: Please create a test account for us to see the HTML that’s causing a problem, or log in and copy the HTML to a pastebin and link to it here. My clue would be that there’s something wrong with the HTML, by the way. Is this an IE7 exclusive problem?

    fel64. Thanks for the input on the HTML!

    Created a test account for people to see the Account and problems.



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    I added div id=wrap, div id=header, & div id=right to my bbpress template. That solved all position issues in Mozilla. However IE is even more of a mess now.

    Your HTML has improved. This is your current structure of major div elements:

    div id="wrap"
    div header [1]
    div header [2]
    div wrap [x]
    div right
    div sidebar
    div content
    div hottags
    div discussions
    div footer

    You have two div elements with id wrap. IDs should always be unique, and the second one, marked with [x], is empty anyway so you can go ahead and delete it. You also have duplicate headers. The content of header [2] should be the only thing in header [1]. Div sidebar should be at the same level as div header is, not a child element. You can also delete the div right, as it’s kind of pointless.

    Div footer should not be in content. It should be on the same level, not as a child. That should fix some problems with it, too. You can take out both float: left; and display: inline; in the CSS file for div content – they seem to cancel each other out, and floating it is unnecessary anyway and could come back to bite you later.

    Your main problems in IE seem to be (seem, I don’t have dev tools for it) that major wrap is not centered and that content is just wide enough to conflict with sidebar. Slowly decrement the width of content and test if that makes it work. I am surprised it’s not centered in IE7, I’m fairly sure that the CSS margin: 0 auto; worked. However, to center it in IE6, you need to add the text-align: center; property to the wrap element (in CSS). To counter the effect this has on text, you need to add text-align: left; to header, sidebar and content.

    When logged in, the div class post at the very bottom of the sidebar is not closed. You can just get rid of it I think. You are also using li elements for your Private Message Manager and Community Forum links, without actually having opened a ul or ol for them, which would probably cause problems so just remove the li tags.

    That’s a start, anyway. Try it and we’ll see if it’s fixed anything.

    Thanks! I’ll give it a try when I have a break between meetings! I really appreciate the help!!

    ok. Played around with the code a little bit. Have a few questions.

    With this div tag structure this is referring to the overall structure spanning the multiple php files in the template folder?

    Do I need to include the div ids for header, sidebar, content, footer whenever they are called in the templates php files?

    I assume that the child element reference is that I should have all my div header, div sidebar and div footers closed when those sections end.

    Since there are a handful of php files in the template can you explain how I know which to add?

    If you couldn’t tell I’m pretty confused! Really appreciating the help.

    That’s right. A typical template file in your theme will be like this: bb_get_header() loads header.php from your theme’s folder or otherwise the default kakumei one (header.php should contain what is now in your second div called header), then there’s a bunch of content, and then bb_get_footer() will get the sidebar and the footer elements in footer.php. You won’t need to modify this or add any files or anything like that to make your theme, at least in all probability.

    Because header.php and footer.php are always called, the unchanging HTML and php should all be in there.


    //some head stuff, links and meta etc
    //header HTML for your logo etc


    //content HTML and php


    //sidebar HTML and stuff
    //footer HTML and stuff

    I hope that’s clear, it’s a little late so I might have some tired logic. This is pseudoHTML – body corresponds to <body>, but wrap corresponds to <div id="wrap"> and sidebar = <div id="sidebar"> etc. I hope that’s okay.

    So there are usually only three files that directly contribute to the output of the forum. Most of the HTML you’re messing about with should go in header.php or footer.php.

    bb_get_header() and bb_get_footer() deal with all the mucky stuff for you, you don’t need to ‘call’ them (if I’m understanding you right) from the main template individually. Just make sure they’re proper HTML inside header.php and footer.php.

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