We often don’t think of the possibilities of two-column sidebar boxes because the multimedia box is so predominant. However, Thesis makes it easy to build and use sidebar boxes that span both columns of the sidebars. They can be placed above or below the multimedia box or at other locations along the sidebar — even at the bottom.
These boxes might be used for an opt-in box form, advertisements, pictures of Spot, a flash movie, or almost anything you might dream up to put in them. In fact, many people use them instead of the multimedia box because of their flexibility.
A new article, “How to Build Two-Column Sidebar Boxes,” shows you how simple it is to build these sidebar boxes, and provides illustrations of where they can be located on the sidebar. It is an easy-to-follow tutorial that will leave you itching to try it!
Later today I will publish two more articles for newbies (and oldies, too!) about basic CSS and PHP syntax and how they are used in the custom.css and custom_functions.php file.
One of the most frequent tasks in customization is creating a screen element and placing it. It could be an ad, or an image, or an opt-in box. Despite all these different uses, screen elements share a basic setup — and this article shows you how to do it!
“Create an Element and Place It on the Screen” first shows you how to set up a basic box with an id in custom.css and a simple function in custom_functions.php. Then it provides you with a real-life example of putting a “Subscribe by RSS” phrase and icon on a Multilevel Dropdown menu bar. The example includes all the code required, plus illustrations showing the various stages of getting the subscribe box into place.
I have lots of interesting and useful articles on tap, some big, some small. For example, a couple of little articles on finding hex color codes and controlling spam with the .htaccess file. Then a larger article on how to build and place two-column sidebar boxes.
On another matter, my Resources tab is empty right now, and may remain so. The DIYthemes Forums have started a new section, “Resources and Tutorials” that does much of what I intended my Resources section to do. Grouped under headings are listed external internet resources for many Thesis subjects, which is exactly what my Resources section is intended to do.
As a basic principle of this site, I have said that I will not duplicate material found elsewhere, so I’m thinking about doing away with the section and finding something else to fill its place.
What do you think?