Archive for the “Markup”

The Blogger’s Boxes

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 26th, 2006

The “Blog Functions” box, the “Blogger’s SideBar,” the “Blogger’s FarBar.” These areas are for all those other “things” and any static content you might want to display. They are made for your needs. One of the common WordPress maladies I see a lot is people put stuff in their Sidebar files, which can be a bit difficult for some people to get their bearings in — and they end up having problems with validation and often even suffer presentational issues. The mark-up is not a place everyone wants to mess around in. Some people would rather just stay out. I make this possible by separating these content areas from the surrounding mark-up and scripting. To offer a safer environment in which to work.

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Making Your “About” Page

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 26th, 2006

In the Blog Author’s box your name or company’s name will appear, depending on how you configure the theme. This is a link. The target of this link is up to you. It could point to a resumé or CV, or to a external online profile, or to another website, or, as I have used here, the original intention, is to use it for an “About Me/Us” page.

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Using In-Line Styles

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 25th, 2006

As you may know if you’ve been reading here for a bit, I provide lots of pre-made Posting Classes & Elements for you so you can style and format your content in many ways without making you delve into the CSS, or even use the USERS_CSS file I made for you. That said, though, it doesn’t mean you’ll not want or need additional styles. If it’s something you’ll use over and over again by all means put it in the USERS_CSS file, but if not, in-line styles may prove to be the perfect solution.

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Adding a Custom Feed

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

WordPress provides an RSS Entries Feed, for the posts or excerpts, and an RSS Comments Feed for comments obviously. These are unstyled feeds. They can be subscribed to and read with feed readers and some browsers. This is assuming of course your visitor knows what RSS is, and how to use it. Seeing these unstyled pages won’t do anything to stem the mystery. You can change all that by burning then offering a custom feed like what FeedBurner offers. Your visitors will get a much nicer page — like the FeedBurner Feed for this site — and they will also be given access to more information. Here’s how make it so…

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Adding Icon Lists

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

In the “Adding Link Icons” entry, I tell you how to add those little link icons to the given list on the Farbar, under the default “Blog Icons” heading. I also noted in that entry that in that file you will deal with “list items” but the list itself, meaning, the <ul></ul> part of it isn’t visible in the file. But trust me when I say there is indeed the necessary XHTML for an unordered list supporting all the list items, <li></li>. The “ul” elements live outside the file is all. Knowing this, working with the file and adding more lists is rather simple, you just have to remember to close the first list, open or begin a second list, and remember to not close the second list, it’ll already be closed.

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Adding Link Icons

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 24th, 2006

They are icons, they are chiclets, and they are badges. To a number of names they respond, but in the end, they are just linked images. WordPress provides a means of loading and displaying them for you should you choose images when “Adding a Link Category” (from the “Links” page, and with default list settings of <li> <br /> </li> please). But I have created one as well. The reason is simple: A lot of people don’t use the what’s provided. Not obvious enough perhaps, or not intuitive enough. They end up delving into their sidebar.php file to post the icons directly, trying to make their stuff not mess up the stuff that’s in there, which is hard to do because the nested lists and sidebar systems can be confusing at best. Thus I created the option: Blog Icons.

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Blog Functions

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This file, USERS_FUNCTION, is yours for adding such blog add-ons as flickr, Skype, and other non-WP goodies. Do try to keep items added to this section at around 120 pixels or less in width to prevent the sidebar from slipping in IE on 800x600 resolution monitors. Need to add CSS styles for items in this box? Easy, use the USERS_CSS file to do so. Then validate!

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This file, USERS_FARBAR, is yours for whatever you wish. Text in simple paragraphs, <p></p> lists, whatever. This is a liquid-width column. That said, you should to keep whatever — fixed-width item — below 120 pixels wide. Again, that concerns fixed-width items, self-forming, liquid items like text in paragraphs will adjust its own width. If you must place a slighter wider item, you can use the USERS_FUNCTION or USERS_SIDEBAR file to do so, but do note that that too should remain thin at only 162 pixels as it is a fixed-width column.

Added Headings!

You can also add headings in these user files. As many as you like. On and on she goes, where she stops. nobody knows! Do remember, though, in these file you have to use proper XHTML. Of course, this content can serve as example to you. Need even more help? Well, professional help is available.

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