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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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Publishing Mark-up

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 23rd, 2006

If you’re a developer, programmer, technical writer, or of that stripe, you’ll probably want to post code, mark-up, or script — your language of choice — in your posts. The way to do this is to put it in some sort of meaningful container, namely <code></code>, and a <pre></pre> box — as covered in the “Code & Pre Boxes” entry. But how do you enter the code, mark-up, or script itself? Let’s see here what’s involved.

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Email Subscription Form

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 22nd, 2006

If you want to have a “Subscribe Me” or “Sign Me Up” newsletter or email notification form you want to place on your site, the Blog Functions (USERS_FUNCTIONS) box is a good place to put it, but forms are fairly involved if you’re going to do them right. To make them proper and ensure they are accessible and usable. Here’s one example.

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Skype Link

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 19th, 2006

In the USERS_FUNCTION file, you can place a Skype link for even more contact options for your visitors, and using the code below, it’ll be a lot be accessible and usable to a wider group of people. Oh, yeah, it’ll be valid too. Here’s the Skype button code:

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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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Blogger’s FarBar

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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