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How I change the text on the sliding menus at the top of the page?
The text in the sliders is part of the image itself. You can make your own sliders with text using any image editing software).
If you use Photoshop, you can download the original Photoshop file here:
The titles of the images are changed by editing the image in Photoshop. If you don't have photoshop just use any image editing software to get a picture, crop it to 320 x 200, then write some text on the left side of it, then save it as a jpg.
Try to make the filesize small - in photoshop you do this by 'save for web' and choose medium or low quality - not high.
How do I upload the pictures after I have made them?
1. Firstly make your new sliding image in photoshop or whatever on your computer. Then from wordpress go into a page or post that is in your main menu and select 'upload image' then select 'use as featured image to upload the image.
There's a pictorial guide here:
The sliders are linking somewhere else, not to my page
If your site doesn't yet have any pages, the sliders are set to point to some preset links just so that they work.
So the first step is that you need to make 7 pages on your wordpress site. As you go you can give them a featured image, or you can come back and do it later. The images for the sliders will later be picked up from the 'Featured Image' of these 7 pages.
THE MENU'S ARE THEN SET UP USING THE BUILT-IN CUSTOM MENUS:
1. Go into Appearance - Menus
2. Create a New menu and add 7 Pages to it.
3. A new dropdown will appear on the left called 'Sliding Navigation' Select your new menu here.
How do I link to somethign other than one of these 7 pages?
To link to category or pages outside of your blog you need to install the plugin called "page-links-to" plugin. The theme should prompt you to do this. This adds the "page links to" box at the bottom of each page in the admin side of wordpress, where you can enter any URL that you want the slider to point to.
1. Install the 'page links to' plugin.
2. Use the 'page links to' plugin to point your page to anywhere!
How do I link to a category in the sliding doors and select an image for that category?
There's no way to pick up category images, so you need to load the image you want to a page, then use page links plugin to point that page to the category.
To link a slider to a category just treat it as if you were linking to an outside page.
(1) Make sure the slider has a page.
(2) Upload the image you want for the category as the featured image for that page.
(3) In the 'page-links-to' entry type the category URL.
To get the category url, go to the category and copy the URL from your browser.
How do I find the admin page if I have disabled it as a widget?
1. Just type in your url and add /wp-admin/ at the end.
How to order your images on the "sliding door"
To change the order of the sliding door images, you have to go to menus on your admin page. On the right side, underneath your menu name you will have your pages in the order they were created (assuming you added the pages to the menu). Each page will be listed in its own box. You can actually click and hold on a box and drag it above or below other boxes. So put these boxes in the same order you have your pages and VOILA! When you save your menu and go to your website you will see your images in the order you want.
Help my sliders don't slide anymore!
Try disabling your plugins. The sliders won't stop working by themselves. Usually in the process of customising the theme or adding plugins something is broken, so just reverse back through what you've done, and be sure to make a backup of the theme files BEFORE you make any changes!
How can I find an older version of the theme?
I've put all the older versions here for now: https://public.me.com/wayneiphone in the 'sliding door' folder.
How do I change the appearance of XXX.
where XXX = font colour, font size, background colour etc
Firstly read this post about child themes:
Pretty much everything to do with the appearance of the sliding door theme (except for the images themselves) is controlled by the CSS file. It's called style.css and it is a text file with lots of entries that look something like this:
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font-family: "Lucida Grande",Tahoma,"Lucida Sans Unicode",Verdana,sans-serif;
The code snippet above means that in the 'body' of the page, the dafault text color is #fff which is white. The background color is #000 which is black and so on.
The styling of the sliding menus is in the imageMenu.CSS file.
The styling for the rest of the theme is in the style.CSS file.
You can just go and edit the CSS file by hand, then look at the results in a browser, but I wouldn't recommend that, because it can be hard working out which bits of the CSS file correspond to which bits of the page. If you want to change things like font size and font colour you really need to start to learn your way around CSS. There are a couple of good ways to do this.
1. Get a program like CSSedit.
CSS Edit is easy to use. You just open the site URL with CSS edit, and click on whatever it is that you want to change. CSS edit will then show you which part of the CSS file you need to change, and it will even give you some options in a little toolbar. Check out the CSS edit page for more details.
2. Get the firebug add-on for firefox.
Firefox is a Web browser that you can download, and firebug is a plug-in for it. Once it is enabled, you can inspect any area on the page and it will tell you exactly what line it's style comes from in the CSS file. Here is a very simple example of using firefox to change the margin below the header.
There is quite a lengthy discussion about CSS here.
Using CSS you can do many things like change the heading size, change the background color, change the font color, change the indenting of categories, change sidebar spacing and more.
How do I change the home page to be just a home page and not my latest blog entries
This is a wordpress question, you can find the answer at wordpress.org, but basically, in the back end go to Settings - Reading and the first option is Front Page Displays... Change it from Your Latest Posts to A Static Page.
I made some changes and now it looks really bad in Internet Explorer, but it looks OK in Safari and Firefox.
Windows Explorer has many bugs in it.
Basically you can design something to look good on any other browser, and it will look good on all the other browsers, but Windows Explorer looks different.
Lots of web designers have to design things twice, once for windows explorer, and once for all the other browsers. There are often separate css files and pieces of code to deal with the bugs in explorer.
The bottom line is, if you go changing things in a theme, you need to check the results on on non-Explorer browser (eg Safari or Firefox etc) and Explorer. Do this as you go, not at the end.
If you design on Explorer alone, it might look bad on all the other browsers.
If you design on another browser alone, it may (probably will) look bad in explorer.
So best to have a mac and a PC going together and check it on both as you go.
How do I change the background of the sliding images?
You have to go into the imagemenu.css style sheet, and find 'background-color'.
How do I change the text heading at the top of my site to a custom image?
Check out these topics:
http://www.mac-host.com/support/viewtop ... mage#p2008
http://www.mac-host.com/support/viewtop ... 3128#p3128
http://www.mac-host.com/support/viewtop ... mage#p3047
How do I make the sliding images work on all the pages, not just the front page?
By default the sliding image menu only works on the front page and the category page. There is a line in the header.php file that does this, and you can remove the line to make the sliding images appear on every page. Read this thread to find out how to do this.
I have changed images at the top of the page but I am still seeing the old images.
This is a very common problem, it's a proxy or cache issue on your server. The new image is uploaded, but your computer is displaying the old one. Three ways to fix it: (1) Wait a while, (2) reset your browser cache, or (3) use a different browser.
How can I delete the timestamp information from the posts?
This question is answered here.
Can rearrange it to be a two column theme?
Check out here and here
How can I shift the sidebar from the left to the right of the page?
Answer is here!
How can I change the number of images at the top of the page?
This question is answered here.
How do I get rid of the following error? Warning: Wrong parameter count for preg_replace() in /home/tnjb/public_html/tjrj.net/wp-content/themes/sliding-door/functions.php on line 59"
Sliding Door theme requires PHP version 5.1 or later. E-mail your host provider and ask them what version of PHP they are using. For example, bluehost uses 5.2.
If your provider supports version 5.2 it maybe that is not turned on. You can turn on PHP 5 by one of the following options:
1. go to cPanel PHP Configuration and choose PHP5.
2. Open your .htaccess file and add this line :
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
If all else fails, the earlier versions of my themes did not require PHP version 5.
Sliding Door 1.7.2 is available from here, it should work on old versions of php.
Where is Wayne, why don't my questions get answered?
1. The Sliding Door theme works as written and the proof is the thousands of people who have made web pages for a few years with it.
2. When someone goes into the files and changes things they are on their own. It is assumed if someone can change a file they also can reverse or repair what they changed. Please make a backup of the files before you change them, and do one change at a time!
3. If a plug in or wordpress update messes up your site it is probably not a fault with the theme. If you haven't messed with the theme files and you get an error, check out the wordpress.org support page as it's likely a wordpress problem. If the sliding door theme breaks there will be hundreds of posts to this forum about it!
4. The Picture Perfect theme is much less popular and so I haven't really supported it. Only use it if you want to use it as-is or have the skills to edit it.
5. Most answers of these forums come from other users - not me. That's great. If you use the theme, place answer someone else's question who might be a bit behind you. I see my role as (1) Collating the most frequently asked questions here and giving good answers and (2) Answering questions that no one else can answer. I check this site every month or two.
How can I make a donation?
Everything here is free - no need for a donation.
COMMENTS FROM OTHER USERS OF THE THEME:
First note: it should be stated somewhere early on that seven pages must be created before the header links will work. I spent a couple hours reading, trying, reading, trying before I finally found a post where someone mentioned that you need to create all seven pages first.