promenade tweaks

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  • #82539
    josephzieja
    Member

    hi there, i have just a few things that i need to fix with this theme that i cannot figure out how to do:

    1. http://joezieja.com/home-2/
    – i need to remove the title off of this page, where it says “home” above the banner so that it looks like this page in the demo: https://promenadedemo.wordpress.com/

    2. http://joezieja.com/military-in-fiction/
    – even though i’m using a pre-formatted color scheme provided by the theme, the comment background colors at the bottom of the page do not match and are very hard to read. how to fix when this won’t allow for custom CSS changes?

    3. http://joezieja.com/blog/
    – how can i get a banner (or “featured image”) to show up at the top of the blog page so that it matches the rest of the other pages in the site? as of now, i do have the featured image to be the same, with no luck.

    thanks and any help would be appreciated.
    denise biondo on behalf of joseph zieja
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    The blog I need help with is: (visible only to logged in users)

    #82779
    josephzieja
    Member
    Original poster

    hi there,

    i’m not sure how long that it will take to get a response, but i have one more question, about the built in contact form on this page: http://joezieja.com/contact/
    – it says that the name and email address are required, however, it has the account holder’s info in there by default and a person filling out the form can simply click “send” and not fill their own information in. i cannot access any settings for this form anywhere within the dashboard to change this function, or lack thereof. please help.

    #82789
    thelukemcdonald
    Theme Author

    Hi there,

    I’ll try my best to respond to each issue individually below. Sometimes it’s easier to post a new topic for each question when there a multiple questions, but we should be able to get through these here.

    1. It looks like you may have figured this out?

    2. It looks like you have custom colors applied. In this case you should be able to customize the comment text color with CSS. Are you not able to add Custom CSS?

    3. I’ll look into why a featured image for the Blog page is not showing when set.

    4. The contact form will auto-populate with the logged in users name and email address. For you, it is showing your name and email address; for me it’s shows my name and email address. This is a WP.com feature and not controlled by the theme.

    #82796
    josephzieja
    Member
    Original poster

    hi there,

    thanks for getting back to me. i believe at this time, there might only be 2 outstanding items. i’ll just continue here rather than to start a new thread.

    2. we have the custom colors applied but they are a standard selection from within your theme, so it’s strange that they turned out that way. if there are custom CSS settings that i should add in order to fix this problem, please let me know what they are. i was under the impression that wordpress.COM charged an extra fee for using custom CSS so hopefully whatever code that you give me will work since we have purchased the promenade template.

    3. thanks for looking into the featured image (or lack of) problem on the header of the blog. much appreciated.

    thanks!

    #82808
    thelukemcdonald
    Theme Author

    The theme defaults are white and black (for the most part). The theme does have support for changing the background color, however, I believe WP.com has now moved this to be part of the Custom Design paywall. If a theme had set the background color before WP.com made the change, you can still use the feature. So, I’m not entirely sure how it all works now.

    That said, it looks as though text color was also changed. This may be from a free Color palette WP.com offers/ed before the change? WP.com controls the free color palettes they offer, but it’s extremely tough to get things perfect. In some cases, the Custom Design upgrade might be needed to get things how you’d like. Otherwise, you can use the theme defaults of white and black and everything will be legible.

    If you are able to add Custom CSS or you do end up purchasing the Custom Design upgrade, you’ll see a CSS option in the Customizer. If you see this option, I can provide a CSS snippet that should get you started. Otherwise, there isn’t much I can do.

    The featured image should now be displaying on your blog page :)

    #82816
    josephzieja
    Member
    Original poster

    thanks for fixing the blog page. how can we go about having all of the pages have the header image flush with the menu like that? if you’ll notice, on some of the pages, such as http://joezieja.com/books-short-stories, there’s a whole space plus some, above the header area. is this also something that must be modified with custom CSS?

    #82817
    thelukemcdonald
    Theme Author

    The entry title is meant to show above the featured image. It looks as though you might not be adding a title in an attempt to get the logo to show below the menu. This isn’t a good idea because of SEO issues. If you’d like to hide the title and make the featured image show flush under the menu on Pages, you’ll need to have the Custom Design upgrade and add some custom CSS to do that.

    #82854
    josephzieja
    Member
    Original poster

    Why do we need a custom CSS upgrade, when it’s clearly already an option on both the HOME and the BLOG pages already?

    #82858
    thelukemcdonald
    Theme Author

    The front page uses a different page template than default pages. The front page title isn’t shown and it’s template has the home widget area in it.

    The Blog page should probably be showing the title at the top of page above the featured image. That said, the blog page is slightly different than other Pages as well.

    When changing things in the theme, we have to accommodate for hundreds/thousands of sites and how they are being used. Almost all sites have a page title and it’s recommended. If you don’t have a page title, you’re going to get a space above the featured image. In this case, some Custom CSS is going to be needed.

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