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January 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm in reply to: Looking for someone for music industry – web design / graphic design project #176160This reply has been marked as private.
It's a bit of a kludgey workaround, but in the case of the widget where I was using the Black Studio plugin but the 'hidden' code in the visual editor view was pushing down the content, I used a custom widget and basically added a big note in uppercase to the widget text, saying "Don't delete the apparently blank line!" Yes, it's a bit of a tedious workaround and, of course, it does depend on your client reading instructions, but so far - touch wood - it seems to be working.
I think it also depends on how complex your homepage is. One route I have considered with less experienced users, if it's quite a complex homepage, is creating a custom post type, with their own section on the WordPress menu called "HOMEPAGE" or similar, so they can update all their relevant homepage widgets using that.
Let us know what you decide to do - interested in your choice!
I think a large part of the move is because of mobile devices and, perhaps concurrently, shortening attention spans. People want to glean what they need to know from a site's homepage, and the traffic that will then click through to other pages drops off significantly - hence the move towards one-page sites. I think, too, the move towards larger pictures, larger (but also shorter) text is because many users are put off by text-heavy sites.
I've had similar issues to the one you suggest, Brian - I've built a few sites recently where the users wanted to update their own homepage, but were quite inexperienced with WordPress. Even after some training, I was aware that they might confused by seeing HTML in a widget they were editing.
On the first of the sites, I used the Featured Page and Featured Post widgets to output the contents of special Pages I created for them, hidden from search engines and with titles like 'HOMEPAGE TOP PANEL' etc. That worked pretty well because they had the standard Page editing interface they were already familiar with - though as Lauren suggest above, you need to style the appropriate CSS for the text that ends up getting shown on the homepage.
Another option is the route I took more recently, where the user was a bit more comfortable inside WordPress, but still would have been uncomfortable finding HTML in a widget they were supposed to be editing. Discovered a plugin called called Black Studio TinyMCE Widget, which adds the standard text editing visual interface to a widget, but allows you to enter any essential code too. It's not ideal, because if you have a lot of essential code at the start of the widget, I found it pushed down the text content even in the visual view, but if it's a fairly simple widget it works fine.August 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm in reply to: Why Genesis? A philosophical question from a newcomer. #119882
These are good questions, and I hear where you're coming from. I'm from a long background as a web editor/producer in public broadcasting, but started building WordPress websites in my own time a few years ago based on what I'd already learned about HTML and CSS in my various jobs. I felt I had a good knowledge of WordPress, but then wanted to step up a level and employ a framework to streamline building websites (and get that head-start as Carrie mentioned above).
I looked at Genesis initially, but it seemed a touch daunting with (as you mention yourself) lots of talk of templates, hooks and editing functions.php etc. However, I eventually arrived back at using Genesis via Dynamik Website Builder, a Genesis child theme that advertises itself by talking about its many "no-coding options". It certainly has those - though I didn't need its numerous CSS options boxes as CSS was something I did know well! - but it's also an extremely powerful child theme with features to help you build Genesis site designs from scratch. It integrates custom CSS, functions, templates, hooks, conditionals etc all in the same interface, which I've found enormously helpful.
However, if you do still want to try out Genesis, you might want to look at Dynamik's sister product, Genesis Extender - this is a plugin that offers that same all-in-one interface as Dynamik (minus the hundreds of no-coding options for CSS) and is perhaps a slightly more user-friendly way for some to customise the Genesis sample theme and all the various child themes on offer.
It was those two products that really helped me get into Genesis and understand it better - first DWB, then Extender, and now often using just Genesis (though I still turn to the others frequently) - so you might want to check one of them out. (I'm not on commission, honestly...)
Sorry, this suddenly seemed to post itself after two days, hence the duplicate. Please ignore.
I've had a custom 404.php file in my child theme directory previously, yes, when I was trying the recommended route of using a custom 404 to override the default Genesis version, but when I'd tried the redirect to any URL instruction in functions.php, I'd deliberately removed the file just to be sure.
Thanks Porter. Unfortunately I'd already tried that one with no success (see no.3 in my original post). Just tried it again, just in case, and still no good, but cheers for the suggestion.
Ah, sorry Ben - that was my mistake (though thanks very much for your answer!). That page is left up from my attempt (as stated in item 3 in my original post) to add code to my functions.php to redirect to a static page I'd created to carry a 404 message. I've set that back to draft now.
So I'm talking about, for instance, http://louisbarabbas.com/pagetitle
Yeah, I wondered if it was a particularly stubborn cache, but I've tried it on different browsers, on tablet and on mobile now, and tried clearing the cache, turning off the cache, turning off my CDN, everything, and still the same default Genesis 404 page, sadly.
Still looking for a solution to this, if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks so much. 🙂
I'm trying to use the 411 Pro Theme and find that the Backstretch background is flickering in IE11 on Windows 8.1 (with the default 'smooth scrolling' left on).
Searched the forums and found this post, meaning that Microsoft still hasn't fixed the bug. However, I've also used Agency Pro and Parallax Pro recently and they don't have this flickering issue with Backstretch in IE11 - does anyone know what fix was applied to those two themes that I can use in 411 Pro. I've tried checking through as much of the code as I could, but can't find any obvious fix applied.