Ask Support Questions

Posted January 19th, 2007 by Mike Cherim

Have a question about this theme? You can try asking here and I’ll respond as soon as I can. Or you can try the FAQs or contact me. If you just want to give feedback, please check out this feedback post.

Okay, it’s your turn.

78 Responses to: “Ask Support Questions”

  1. Arissa responds:
    Posted: January 23rd, 2007 at 3:24 am

    all i have to say is i love this theme, it’s really very well designed and I thank you so much for sharing it. I’m gonna try and do some configurations to it (but i’m no programming genius), will let you know if there’re any kinks I come across.

    Thanks again.

  2. Arissa responds:
    Posted: January 24th, 2007 at 2:09 am

    I’m trying to integrate a gallery into a page that I’ve created on my own wordpress blog. I was wondering if you have one in mind that would integrate seamlessly into beastblog theme while retaining it’s original outlook.

    thank you.

  3. Arissa responds:
    Posted: January 24th, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    hmmm~ that’s strange~ cos i don’t seem to have “beastblog-v2.css” under my list of styles.
    I only have:
    almost-spring.css ,beast-blog.css, blix.css, classic.css, connections.css, custom.css, default.css, green-marinee.css, ocadia.css, pool.css and seabeast.css

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong. :/

    I’m looking out for a gallery script that I can use, since I’m no php expert I hope I can find one soon ;D . But thank you so much for the suggestion. :)

  4. Arissa responds:
    Posted: January 24th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    *gasp* you’re right~!! everything’s in order now~! Thank you so much~!!!!

    I just tried out ANIga a WP-gallery plugin. It’s really easy to use and install. :D But I haven’t really uploaded anything yet.

    Thanks again for your speedy replies. I really really appreciate it.

  5. John Martin responds:
    Posted: January 26th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Hey, great theme, I’m going to use if for my wife’s science blog. But I do have an odd happening where in Flock, Firefox 2 and IE 7, the title displays on initial load but is then hidden by the leafy header. I’m curious if there is a workaround for this that I could hack.
    or (if my DNS changes haven’t come thru)


    John Martin

  6. Jeremy David responds:
    Posted: January 27th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Hey there,

    I was wondering how I can get the sidebar on a single post.


  7. Jeremy David responds:
    Posted: January 27th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    yeah thats what i tried before, except the sidebar appears at the bottom… I think the comment stuff spills over to far.

  8. David Zemens responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Mike & Jeremy,
    I successfully changed the single.php page at one of my blogs using this theme by adding the call to the sidebar immediately above the widecolumn division (which had to be changed from narrowcolumn). Works fine, the sidebar is in place as designed.

  9. David Zemens responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Like this:
    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    <div id="content" class="narrowcolumn">

  10. Arissa responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Hello Mike it’s me again (sorry for bothering you like that all the time) I’ve tried out the ANIga plugin and it worked pretty welll for me so far, my only complain is that the gallery pages do not have the sidebars as the Page templates that came with the plugins obviously do not have the gallery-index.css ,gallery-category.css and gallery-pictures.css files that are catered for the beastblog template. If I choose the “default template”, the sidedar appears but the plugin does not work anymore.

    Any idea wad i should add to the existing gallery-index.css ,gallery-category.css and gallery-pictures.css so that the sidebar would appear? That would be a really big help. Thank you so much.

  11. Jeremy David responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Oh thanks.

  12. Jeremy David responds:
    Posted: January 28th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    oooh i figured it out… I had to take out that home button - it was spanning across the whole page.


  13. Harry responds:
    Posted: January 31st, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    A small question,
    I use this theme for our Foundation, now I see that the search code is into the sitebar, but I don’t see it on the site themselves?
    Do I something wrong or?

    thanks Harry

  14. Harry responds:
    Posted: January 31st, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    No I had already a homepage, and use a plugin “static frontpage” that make the page with slug home the homepage. Of cource I can change this to your homepage to try if that is working.

  15. Harry responds:
    Posted: January 31st, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Now is everthing gone!!!!
    I have the home file in the root set to home.php and set there in my content, but its not working!!!

  16. Harry responds:
    Posted: January 31st, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    I had to set it back I have, only that I don’t use the static plugin, but use the option into wordpress 2.1 themselve to set a static page to home page. Why the search is not showing up I don’t know.

  17. Arissa responds:
    Posted: February 4th, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    The solution you provided worked completely. You’re an absolute genius. :D Thank you so much.

  18. craig responds:
    Posted: February 8th, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Is there any way to get around the parsed tags that are added to the code in the rich editor? It is driving me crazy. If I open up the HTML editor and remove the tags and save it, it puts them back in. I even tried replacing the “

  19. Mark responds:
    Posted: February 27th, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Thanks for a great theme, Mike.
    Is it possible to customize the theme so that the full text of a post on the blog’s home page is displayed instead of each post containing a short excerpt followed by “continue reading” which, when clicked, takes the reader to a new page with the complete version of the post?

  20. Mark responds:
    Posted: February 27th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Many thanks, Mike. I’ll try that.

  21. Mark responds:
    Posted: February 28th, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks, Mike. Your suggestion worked like a charm! I just need to tweak our site a bit now. Thanks for a wonderful theme and your kind support! It’s much appreciated.

  22. Mark responds:
    Posted: February 28th, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    You’re right, Mike - that is what I was trying to achieve. Thanks for the tip. If I understand your instructions correctly, I simply put the text and image I want to post in the “Optional Excerpt” text area instead of the “Write Post” text area? Wouldn’t that involve having to change every existing post manually?

  23. Mark responds:
    Posted: March 1st, 2007 at 3:08 am

    Thanks for the advice, Mike.

  24. crazychildrenangie responds:
    Posted: March 4th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Mike, I downloaded your theme with reference from Arissa’s blog. And I’m am glad that I did. After switching from blogger to wordpress, the next best thing to happen is to have a good content management loayout and blogging support. I am still exploring your theme =) I hope you would consider making the theme widget capable too in future. This will probably help scripting idiots like me . Thank you!

  25. Mark responds:
    Posted: March 4th, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, widget support would be nice.

  26. David Zemens responds:
    Posted: March 29th, 2007 at 10:31 am

    There’s nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others! :-)

    Seriously, though, I was glad to help out, in this small way, as a partial payback for all the help you have given me in the past year.

  27. Doug Hacker responds:
    Posted: July 19th, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I’m really having trouble with the Contact form page. I find the directions hard to follow.

    I installed and activated the plug-in. I created a new page called “Contact Us” and chose the appropriate template.

    While the page is mostly correct I have a blank where “Required anti-spam question” is and the “Time To Send It To Me” has a blank green button below.

    What am I missing?

  28. Doug Hacker responds:
    Posted: July 19th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Sure Mike, check it out here . . .

    In the “non-WordPress” version of the plug-in there is a config file. My download from this site had no config file, is that the issue?

  29. James Harris responds:
    Posted: August 13th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    I really enjoy your blog and the theme you have created. I spent the weekend trying to twek it in some. (I am completely new to Wordpress and definitely not a web programmer, but I am learning). It took me quite a while to figure out how to remove some of the images by making them remarks rather than commands. (wrong terminology…?) I guess I need to hire a graphics artist or you to create some appropriate images to use.

    Anyways, I am trying to understand the testarea commands and inserting descriptions, META, etc… I have read your posts a few times and I am not sure I understand exactly how to do this. I see under KEY several selections:_utw_tags_ , _utw_tags_0 , _wp_attached_file , _wp_attachment_metadata , _wp_page_template . I do not see description or keywords so I assume I still have to add these and that length is the same as outlined in Configuration? So that leads me to what these other KEYS are used for? Do I need them and if not can I remove them so they don’t confuse me? Are there any other commands I should enter to take full advantage of your template?

    Next, I believe I read on your site that we could use your site info page/privacy so long as we did not tamper with anything. I had one heck of a time trying to get it the same. I could not get the images to load. I kept getting blank images. I was placing the images in the wp_themes/~/images folder with the rest of the blog images. I even tried using the upload feature in the page creation area. The images would appear but I could not get them to float left, right or center and it removed the sidebars and moved the last paragraph into the sidebar area. Can you point me in the correct direction as to properly format the pages and have the images appear properly?

    I realize that’s a lot and appreciate your time and efforts.

    Best regards,


  30. James Harris responds:
    Posted: August 13th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks! I appreciate your feedback.

  31. James Harris responds:
    Posted: August 13th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Sorry, I meant to tell you what I found. When I uploaded the images on the create page screen I didn’t pay attention to the default. I was typing in as you had above but missed two folders: /wp-content/uploads/2007/08/access_img.jpg

    I have the hang of it now. BTW, I checked out you other featured sites. They are very nice. The one for your daughter is nice indeed. :-)


  32. Greg responds:
    Posted: August 15th, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I’m putting together another blog using this template. I’m changing almost all the colors, going through all the entries in the stylesheet. I can go through the entire sheet, but for the sake of time was wondering if you have a document identifying what changes what on the weblog page?


  33. Greg responds:
    Posted: August 16th, 2007 at 12:30 am

    I forgot about viewing the source code itself. Thanks, will do.

  34. Kirsten responds:
    Posted: August 23rd, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Hello again Mike!
    I wrote to you ages ago to get help with some tweaking and you were both prompt and helpful. Thank you. I’m redoing things (I managed to make a mess of things by dropping wordpress for something else and them coming back) but it’s much easier this time.
    To make a long story longer, I have two questions…
    1) would you know if there is any way that I can make the Amazon search box that I have on the sidebar valid? I’m going to remove it because it’s giving the validator fits but I thought I’d ask first. I know this is beyond the scope of your theme so feel free to say “not sure”.
    2) I have not had any php experience (yet) and am not quite sure how to adjust the config file. I keep getting parsing errors when I try and put in the copyright start date and the creative commons rights info.
    Any help would be appreciated.


  35. Gill responds:
    Posted: December 30th, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Mike, slightly techie and not really theme related but somebody else might have a similar issue and it’s been driving me nuts for a couple of hours.

    I have a post containing a video, no sound as such just images. I decided to set up a Longdesc for it. Then came the problem….. how? I can’t have it as a post in its own right or it appears on the main page so I figured I’d set it up as a page. Fine but it insists I have to associate it with a parent page and that sticks it in the menu.

    What I need is a page that doesn’t appear anywhere that I can link to from the post. Any ideas? The only other possibilities I’ve come up with are to create an AT category and put it in there or set up a standard html page on the main site and link to it.

  36. Gill responds:
    Posted: December 31st, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Michael you are a scholar and a gent. Your genius and generosity know no bounds.

    Just one thing….. why have you hidden the techie stuff on another site? ;-)

  37. jinx responds:
    Posted: January 9th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Mike! I’m a WP newbie (convert from Greymatter) and am having fun poking around as I begin migrating/designing my son’s blog. I’ve installed your theme and love how flexible it is. Thank you for all the time you must spend developing and supporting.

    One thing I haven’t been able to figure out: how to have “previous entry” and “next entry” links on the single posts. I’ve tried incorporating code from the WP default theme, to no avail. I just don’t have enough experience with the code. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  38. jinx responds:
    Posted: January 9th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Ha-Ha! You’re right! Hijinks. See also: “Jinx, you owe me a coke.”

    Mike, thank you so much for your speedy reply. Your code does the trick. I did swap out ‘»’ for ‘«’ in the “next post” code but other than that, perfect. I think I was making it way more complicated than it should be.

    Again, huge thanks. On to the next bit…

  39. Jayme responds:
    Posted: January 19th, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Hi Mike! I used the Beast Blog V.2 for my blog but I preferred the style and images of Version 1 so I replaced the V2 css files and images with those included in the BB Original folder.

    Since the theme displays the default header image, I made a copy of the masthead image and edited it to include the name of my site and its description. I uploaded it to the images folder with the same filename bb_masthead.jpg and the bb_masthead_on.jpg.

    But it doesn’t seem to have any effect because when I view my site it still shows the original header.

    I would really appreciate your help.

  40. Jayme responds:
    Posted: January 19th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the swift reply Mike!

    I actually check all the pages and the header still displays the image with the words “Beast-blog . com Mike Cherim’s Professional and Personal Web Log.”

    One weird thing is, when I go back to the file manager in my cpanel and check the modified images I uploaded in the images folder, it still shows the original image files.

    So what I do is, I delete the original image files with the file names bb_masthead.jpg and bb_masthead_on.jpg. Again, I upload my modified image files with the same filenames.

    But when I click the modified image files I just uploaded to view its contents, it displays again the original images that I’ve erased.

    So I tried uploading my modified images with a different filename bb_masthead_jayme.jpg and bb_masthead_on_jayme.jpg

    This time when I view the contents, it displays the images that I have modified.

    So I erased bb_masthead.jpg and bb_masthead_on.jpg.

    But when I checked my site, it still displays the default images in the header/masthead.

    This might seem like a silly question too, but what part of the modifying image process am I doing wrong?

  41. Jayme responds:
    Posted: January 19th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Hi again Mike! It’s 11:50 pm on my clock and I still can’t sleep so I tried again to figure out what to do with the header. And finally, I think I figured out something right.

    What I did is I uploaded my modified image files with a different file name. I logged into my WP Admin panel and edited the header image filenames in the stylesheet.css and header.php and it worked. :) (Or is that what I should have done in the first place? Sheesh…it took me this long to figure it out.)

    One thing though, there’s a gray line and a green L that appeared at the upper left part of the header (above the passiotive . com). Is it really supposed to be there or is there something wrong with my image or editing?

  42. Jayme responds:
    Posted: January 19th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Got it! Thank you so much for all the help. :D

  43. Xavi Ivars responds:
    Posted: February 4th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Mike!

    First of all, thanks for your great theme!

    I want to use it in my blog, but I wanted to use images from original theme. The other thing is that I wanted to change them a little bit (basically, change their colour) to adjust them to my preferences (I love orange, you can see it on my blog ;) ). Do you think you could provide native (png) images for original images as well as you provide for the v2 ones?

    Thanks a lot!

  44. Xavi Ivars responds:
    Posted: February 5th, 2008 at 4:12 am


    Oh… I’m not a great designer with drawing software. Anyway, thanks for your answer. If I get any success, I will send you my new images back, so you can use them if you want.

    Just a question: do you think you will release a new build very soon? If you do, I will wait for it to make the changes.

    Thanks again!

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