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    After changing over to Wordpress from the original platform for your hosted blogs, I was won dering if there was a good place to try to get my blog to look similar to what it used to look like. I like the black background to show off my pictures, but the titles to recent posts and links are invisible on the page. Any help would be appreciated to get this straightened out.

    Also, how do you get next page and previous page buttons set up on the page. I prefer this to looking at the side bar to get to the next page.

    Thanks and Happy New Year.

    Dave Dolan
    Thanks for your help,

    Dave

    DDolan New Birder

  • #2
    I had incorrectly changed the links color and got that straight. I was wondering if there is a way to upload plugins for my widgets. I am sure that there will be more questions. Sorry.
    Thanks for your help,

    Dave

    DDolan New Birder

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    • #3
      Hi Dave, here are a couple of Surfbirds blogs using the black background and some different examples of font type and color to help with readability. Black is always good to show off photos but there is the challenge of making the font readable. These two sites seem to succeed at that:

      http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/DD/
      http://www.surfbirds.com/community-b...eathersandink/

      Alan Henry's Falkland blog has good examples of how to show off your photography using gallery and thumbnail options:
      http://www.surfbirds.com/community-b...alklandbirder/

      There are "previous" and "next" links with each entry:
      http://www.surfbirds.com/community-b...unt-of-season/
      but in "appearance" you can change the layout and get rid of the sidebar completely on your blog homepage, although the sidebar is useful if you have widgets.

      In terms of widgets, Belvide blog shows off a few of the basic widgets most blogs have such as clustrmaps and top 100 badges etc. http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/Belvide84/

      Wordpress is a little more restrictive than the previous blogging system in that you can't add widgets that have javascript code. If you were previously using clustrmaps, you will need to modify your code. Select the simplest html version "B" see below and follow instructions:
      http://blog.clustrmaps.com/html-setu...-on-wordpress/
      going to "Appearance" "Widgets" and then selecting "Text" widget to add to your blog sidebar.

      For weather, you need to use widgets that are plain html. Apparently wunderground and weatherbug have some. Again, you would use the "text" widget to add any code to the sidebar.

      Wordpress is widely used, so with some googling, it should be possible to find tips and tricks and answers to many questions about style and widgets etc.

      Admin has to install plugins. All plugins require constant monitoring for security upgrades, so it's better if admin controls what plugins are in operation so that they can be upgraded on a regular basis. if there are requests for a plugin and enough users want it, we should be able to install.

      Would encourage all blog users to post questions/issues as well as helpful hints or new discoveries on the forum for others to benefit from.

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      • #4
        thank you. That helps alot. Especially about the Text Widget. Now I can play with it.
        Thanks for your help,

        Dave

        DDolan New Birder

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        • #5
          I got a comment about the width of my pictures. I actually like the way the look when they are bigger, but if they are not doing well for those with different screen size, then I obviously need to change things:

          Dave, your resolution and color are staggeringly beautiful. On my screen, however, the photos seem squeezed by the side margins so that the birds are all a bit elongated vertically. I think it’s a sizing error within WordPress. Possibly the template doesn’t allow pix at quite that size. I just wanted to give you a heads up.
          Thanks for your help,

          Dave

          DDolan New Birder

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          • #6
            Yes, I don't see that on your latest postings I've looked at. They all look great. Will take a lot at your old posts in case it's an issue when your old posts were brought over.

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            • #7
              I'll post tips and tricks here as same questions do come up a lot and we encourage others to post here with tips and issues too:

              * Clustrmaps. You need to make a slight change to the code your were using before. Select the simplest html version "B" see below and follow instructions:
              http://blog.clustrmaps.com/html-setu...-on-wordpress/
              going to "Appearance" "Widgets" and then selecting "Text" widget to add to your blog sidebar.

              * Twitter feed. Wordpress doesn't allow the javascript code twitter uses for their widgets. We may install the twitter plugin by popular demand. However, you can still post a feed of your tweets using RSS. Here's how:
              You can add your twitter feed by logging-in, going to appearance>widgets and dragging the RSS widget to your sidebar. Enter your twitter rss feed, which is:
              https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/u...reen_name=xxxx (where xxx is your screenname)
              select number of items to display (5 or less seems popular), putting in the title of the feed eg my twitter feed and then click "save".

              * Change background of my blog from black text on white to white text on black. Go to appearance > theme options, you can change it to a black background with white text. To change font color, when you are writing or editing a post there is a button at the far right of the row of buttons for bold, italic etc. Hover over that button and says "show/hide kitchen sink". Click that and you get more formatting options. Click on the "A" button and you get a choice of colours for your text.

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              • #8
                I seem to be having the same problem that Babbette metnioned on my last post. My landscape pictures are posting as portrait on my post. I have not published the post yet and may have really messed things up by trying to fix it. Would you take a look and either fix my settings or tell me what to do? thanks
                Thanks for your help,

                Dave

                DDolan New Birder

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                • #9
                  On my work computer with the large screen, everything looks ok, don't know if it is just the computer screen size.

                  Posting a video from YouTube does not seem to embed the video like they say that it should. Does that only happen after the post is published and not on preview? Here is the help page that I used:

                  http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/

                  I tried posting like with a picture using Photobucket, I tried using the embed code, I tried just copying and pasting and unlinking as well as allowing the link and I do not get the video embedded. I don't want just a hyperlink.

                  Sorry to be such a pain...
                  Thanks for your help,

                  Dave

                  DDolan New Birder

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                  • #10
                    I posted this on my test blog. Here is the location for those who might have an idea for me. http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/ddolantest/

                    http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/ddolantest/
                    Thanks for your help,

                    Dave

                    DDolan New Birder

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                    • #11
                      It seems that the videos did show up once published on my test blog! But it did not post on my regular blog when published! Does it have anything to do with Akismet?
                      Thanks for your help,

                      Dave

                      DDolan New Birder

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                      • #12
                        Hi Dave,

                        1. I was able to embed the 2 Youtube videos on to your main blog. When on youtube.com, click "share" below the video and then click "embed". You will see an iframe piece of code that is highlighted. Copy and then go to your post, click "html" on top right and paste it in. Seemed to work fine and not sure how that compares to advice on the wiki you referred to and also no idea why you got it to work on your test blog and not your main blog.

                        2. For photos that you are embedding from another site (eg photobucket), I found I was able to keep the aspect ratio by clicking the "add image" icon next to Upload/Insert. This is above the text box, when you are in "edit post" mode. Then select "From URL" and enter your image details, url etc. Your White-tailed Hawk saved it's landscape ratio when I added it to a test post just now.

                        Let me know if you still have problems and keep the questions coming as it's helpful for others to see the solutions.

                        Thanks

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                        • #13


                          Here is what is on my computer.

                          here is the html code from my blog:

                          [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="White-tailed Hawk on Windmill"]<img src="http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm392/ddolan1075/High%20Island%202010/100219_39777Attwater2_filtered.jpg" alt="White-tailed Hawk on Windmill" width="1024" height="731" />[/caption]


                          This is what it should look like:




                          The videos did work. Thanks
                          Thanks for your help,

                          Dave

                          DDolan New Birder

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                          • #14
                            BTW my pictures on My Favorite CBC look just fine on this computer.
                            Thanks for your help,

                            Dave

                            DDolan New Birder

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                            • #15
                              Hi Dave, I have been able to replicate the squished effect on your pics. Have you tried the method #2 above?

                              2. For photos that you are embedding from another site (eg photobucket), I found I was able to keep the aspect ratio by clicking the "add image" icon next to Upload/Insert. This is above the text box, when you are in "edit post" mode. Then select "From URL" and enter your image details, url etc. Your White-tailed Hawk saved it's landscape ratio when I added it to a test post just now.

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