Category Archives: Tools and Tutorials

Styling Wide, Widgetized Sidebars Part II

This tutorial will walk you through creating a single widgetized sidebar container filled with individually styled widgets that can span a wide sidebar or float to either side to create the appearance of columns. An alternative strategy was covered in … Continue reading

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Styling Wide Widgetized Sidebars, Part I

There are two general approaches to styling a wide, widgetized sidebar: fill one dynamic_sidebar with individually styled widgets, or fill a sidebar container with several instances of dynamic_sidebar. Though perfectionists and geeky control freaks will appreciate the control of individually … Continue reading

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WordPress Sidebar Widget Sandwich

This tutorial will cover adding several “sidebars” to sidebar.php using simple “if” statements, and where to place unwidgeted content in the same file. This is a first step to my next tutorial, which will present some ideas for how to … Continue reading

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Protecting Customizations to WordPress Default

So, it’s time to install an important security upgrade. You back up your database, but forget to back up your customized version of a theme that comes with WordPress. When performing the upgrade, the new Default files overwrite the old … Continue reading

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Wide Sidebar and Header for WordPress Default Theme

This tutorial will walk you through how to widen Kubrick, the WordPress Default Theme, without losing the ability to use the theme’s custom header image coloring. The result will be wide enough for a second sidebar, or for one of … Continue reading

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Reducing Header Height – WordPress Default Theme

The WordPress Default Theme measures about 220 pixels from the top of the screen to the bottom of the header image, with a 760px wide by 200px high header image. Many popular sites have only between 100 and 150 pixels … Continue reading

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WordPress: Add a Second Widget-Ready Sidebar

This is the tutorial I wish I had found when I first wanted to know how to add a second widget-ready sidebar. Step One: Create a second sidebar file 1)a: Add content to sidebar2.php 1)b: Upload sidebar2.php Step Two: Add … Continue reading

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A Little Forecast

Background bits: Even when there are very few actual visitors, blog posts that contain very specific terms get found via a search or two. It’s nice to be needed, and found. Search is cool. Some of the posts that were … Continue reading

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Skip To My Content

One simple feature can help users get into your site. Without this feature there is a barrier on every page. Some users will pass this barrier without noticing. For others, this barrier is a significant usability problem. I’m talking about … Continue reading

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Blogrolling My Footer

A couple posts ago I wrote about at-a-glance features that help me get a quick sense of what’s going on with a blog. For the next few posts I’m going to chip away at adding some of those features to … Continue reading

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