New WordPress information about this site

November 16, 2020 • 6:42 pm

I’m pretty fed up with WordPress, which is not being responsive to my concerns about this site’s glitches. At any rate, if you do web design, and can work on WordPress websites, please email me as I am willing to pay for help in redesigning this site.

In the meantime, the sidebars seem to have both migrated down to the left side of the page, and you have to scroll all the way down to see them, including the search box and the subscriber button.

Bear with me while I deal with WordPress, which is quite willing to take my money but not very willing to deal with glitches.

31 thoughts on “New WordPress information about this site

      1. You haz “Like” stars bellow comments now!

        I suspect these are not “glitches,” but WP test driving a new format on it’s customers.

  1. Of all the old saws that need bringing back, two stand out: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”; and “Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

      1. Perhaps I wasn’t clear. I mean that whenever WordPress (or Facebook or etc.) is running along smoothly, they are always eager to “fix” something, which generally makes things worse. (Or maybe I was clear and we just disagree about that 🙂 )

        1. No I was assuming you meant WEIT or WordPress as it is now.

          The phenomenon you describe, by the way, is more or less endemic in the IT industry. People are always reinventing the wheel but underestimating the amount of time and energy that went into the old fashioned wheel and thus ending up with something more crap.

          1. True. Those reinventions probably shore up the designer’s resume, please a handful of techie users, and piss off the majority, who were perfectly happy with their functionality before the change forced them onto a new learning curve they never asked for.

  2. I have no help to offer but I do have an observation. One of the visual aspects of your blog is the warm creamy color. That tone lowers the contrast just a bit and makes it easier on the eyes, so thank you.

  3. I had wondered about the merits of Blogger, where Larry Moran resides. One nice thing is that commenters can edit their comments. Whatever The Panda’s Thumb uses is also pretty nice.

  4. I’m not a web designer, and I’ve only tinkered with WordPress out of curiosity, but it seems to me that the placement of the content in the sidebar is probably just a style setting which it may be possible to tweak through the administrator interface. I have no idea which WordPress theme PCC(E)’s web site uses, otherwise I’d try installing it on a test system myself and playing with it. Some themes advertise themselves in the page footer, but this doesn’t seem to be one of them.

  5. I am a web developer and I can tell you how to fix it, though not why it broke. There’s one little css change needed. In the file 2c-l.css is the css:

    div#container {
    float: right;
    margin: 0 0 0 -200px;
    width: 100%;
    }

    You can override that in another CSS file or change it directly there (I’m not sure what WordPress themes let you do) so that -200 is replaced with -240. Your left column is 240px wide and the left margin on the main content column needs to match that.

    1. It’s likely that PCC(E) can’t edit specific files directly. As I understand it, the site is hosted by WordPress, so he may not have direct access to the CSS files.

  6. Blue star, standard. “Like” a comment, and get a “gold” star, tho it’s so small, it looks orange.

    WP wants to be more facebooky!

    1. Now can comment and self-identify as SA, Sue, Sam and Sarah, and also “Like” my own comment! (WordPress used to be so rigid about that? Has it become more “woke”?

      Never was into video games, but, as the situation presents itself, am trying to bring back the cat in recent comments.

      1. just a test. would not try this on regular page as I have never tried this before. file:///Users/sumac2/Desktop/Three%20cats%20on%20WP%20WEIT.png

  7. WP is “thinking” about if it should accept a third comment from me, hence “Loading” by the star, and a note that “it is awaiting moderation. But it was accepted.

        1. Bummer, as the kids used to say.
          My Sam and Sarah got generic icons and wiped out my CATS total. CATS must return.

            1. WP has changed my beloved cat icon to generic. Will have to wait until all the dust has settled and see if it comes back.

  8. My comments are all tests. Under recent “Comments” my cat icon shows up twice. Will WP grant me a third mention? Stay tuned…

  9. I know why the sidebar fails to appear at the top of the page. It is because it is below the main content in the HTML

    This is how it comes down from the site:

    https://sincereflatteryblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/screenshot-2020-11-17-at-13.35.48-1.png

    This is how it should be:

    https://sincereflatteryblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/screenshot-2020-11-17-at-13.36.12-1.png

    In each case the blue highlighted line is the container for the sidebar whereas the item above or below it labelled “container” is the entire body of the article and all the comments.

    1. That’s fine. There’s a ‘float: right’ on the main container. It just needs to have the correct right margin set.

      1. I tried taking the margin out but it had no effect unless I also took out the width 100%. If I took both out, the sidebar comes back up to the top but the content is indented too far in.

  10. Feel free to shoot me a message and I can help out — there are many factors to consider when doing a redesign including ensuring a seamless transition of archived content and database, among others. I can quote a complete redesign or basic help to troubleshoot the current issues — I’ve been designing and building WordPress sites for 10+ years. tomlewek[at]hey.com

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