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April 13th, 2010, 09:24 AM
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I see I posted here back in January and then completely forgot to check back, thanks for the advice on website building, my dh already had a domain so he got me started there and I've been trying to learn and build in Wordpress, dh got me a Wordpress book but it just doesn't go in depth enough. If any of you are familiar with wordpress, I am endlessly trying to find information on how to widen the middle section of my blog, check out my blog link below to see what I'm talking about. I want to enlarge my pictures but when I try to they bleed into the right hand side of my screen, I personally don't even want anything on the sides of my blog, I just want to be able to write text across the entire length of my blog and post large pictures to fit in the middle of my blog, I'd also like a bigger space for my header to make it larger, any idea's? I have been googling things left and right and to no avail, I can't find anything, I don't know if I need to change my template or what but I really like this template.
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April 15th, 2010, 06:32 AM
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Hmm, I usually build with a highly customizable Wordpress theme that makes it easy to change the things you're talking about. I don't know if it's possible to change it in that particular theme - what's it called?
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April 19th, 2010, 08:14 AM
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Its called Piano Black, I don't think you can change the width as it says fixed width, so I am assuming thats what that means? Do you have any theme recommendations that are customizable and easy to use for a newbie? I seem to find one that seems easy with a flexible width but then it doesn't have a drop down menu which is a must for me.
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April 19th, 2010, 08:39 AM
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Even with fixed width you could technically change the widths of the two columns using CSS. However, that theme has a single background image (rather than one background for each column), so if you changed the column widths they wouldn't align with the background anymore.

I pretty much only build with Atahualpa, but it requires quite a bit of customization to get the look right, plus you'd need to develop your background, etc., yourself, if you want patterns.

Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about other themes since I choose to build using the Atahualpa framework and customize myself.
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April 20th, 2010, 07:19 AM
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I was using Atahualpa for my sons blog and I got it looking decent but I was wanting some kind of pattern to the background instead of plain white or black and I couldn't figure it out so I kind of gave up on that theme ....it seems so easy though with all the things you could mess with under theme options, just couldn't get it to look quite right.
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April 20th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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To get a pattern, you just need a background image that tiles (repeats seamlessly). There are a lot of places you can get them for free (Google tiling background). Then, you upload it in your media library and use the URL in the background settings.
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April 20th, 2010, 01:51 PM
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Hmm...I will have to look into that more to see if I can do it.
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April 26th, 2010, 09:51 PM
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I am now using the Atahualpa theme but I wanted to see if you might know how I can disable allowing someone to click on my images and open them in another window which allows someone to save it to their computer? I have right click protection on my site but for some reason you can click the image and open it in another window which completely defeats the purchase of right click protection.
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April 27th, 2010, 07:29 AM
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I think that's a setting in the page or post editor. If you click on the image, and click on the edit image symbol, you can set the image link to "none."
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April 27th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Thank you that worked...now I am still trying to figure out how to change the background, its a little confusing to me.
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April 27th, 2010, 02:46 PM
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Do you have a tiling image to use?
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April 27th, 2010, 08:23 PM
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Yeah I saved a tile image I found online but don't know where to put it, I usually go into editor under different themes and find the background.css but I don't see that on this theme, its all php stuff and I couldn't figure out how to change it in the custom area, I tried plugging the url in a couple of places but it didn't work.
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April 28th, 2010, 03:30 AM
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With Atahualpa you never have to go into the theme files for anything - you can do pretty much anything through the theme options (worst case in the HTML/ CSS inserts section).

For the background, you go in the Body, Text and Links section (the third section down). It's the first box and there are examples right above it of the CSS you need.
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April 28th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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Thanks, I ended up figuring it out late last night, I am so used to going into the codes I didn't realize I didn't have to do that, thanks for all your help
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May 9th, 2010, 10:24 PM
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Hey, sorry to bug you again but its hard to find someone that knows much about wordpress and is using the same theme as me, do you know how I can change the amount of pictures that is viewed on each page in this theme? Like when I go to my blog it takes forever to load about 185 pictures on my first page, I'd like to cut that down to 50-75 pictures per page to lower the time it takes to load pages, do you know how to do that?
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May 10th, 2010, 02:47 AM
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A couple things:

1. In the Atahualpa theme settings, you can change the way images are displayed (the rounded corners, border, etc.) It's toward the bottom of the list of settings.
2. You can change the number of posts on your main page in your Wordpress settings (maybe in the Reading section?)
3. When you create a post, you can also use the "More" button to split the post so that not everything in the post is shown on the multi-post page.

I'm not sure if 2/3 solve the problem you're talking about. Also, there is a pretty active support forum for Atahualpa: Atahualpa 3 Wordpress theme - Wordpress Themes - WP Forum at BFA

You can find info on how to do pretty much anything on there (or ask if you can't find it in search).
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May 10th, 2010, 01:13 PM
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Thanks so much
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