i feel ripped off with genesis 1.9

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  • #26165

    freddie
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    i bought it last month hoping it’d help me customize my sites and blogs – it advertises itself as very simple and user-friendly.

    however for a beginner it is anything but.

    the first site i’ve migrated from blogger now looks terrible, much, much worse than before, and trying to fix it is glacially slow as i need to mug up on code and search the internet looking for answers to really simple things like how to change the font sizes..

    the menu no longer has a “design” element you can click to change the fonts, you have to go into the css (why have they removed this from the menu?).

    all in all i am hugely disappointed and wonder if there isn’t better software for a beginner like me, or whether i shall have to pay designers to fix my really simple problems.

    #26169

    braddalton
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    Show me what your site looked like before and i will help you make it look the way the want to the best of my ability. Other community members will also help you with styling your site and creating the functions you need.


    #26172

    freddie
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    oh hi brad that’s a very kind offer.

    the old site was an off the shelf blogger design (and it showed) and no longer exists as i migrated it to wordpress.org.

    i wanted something that looked more professional but am having a terrible time getting there, because to use genesis, you needs to know code (which isn’t how they advertise it).

    the site now looks terrible now for several reasons:

    (i) i can’t work out how to reduce the size of the font in the sidebar (the genesis video i saw showed a “design” option in the menu where you could do that but that option no longer exists – for some reason – so you have to know where to go in the code, which i managed to do for the headline and the body copy, but i haven’t yet found out for the sidebar);

    (ii) there are lines running across the site – i realize this is probably something i cannot change on this child theme (sample) but it seems absurd to advertise you can customize a site but then you don’t allow something so simple.

    there’s lots of other things i want to do but i think i shall have to work out how to fix such really basic things first.

    thanks in advance if you can point me in the right direction for any of this.

    #26867

    Charlie
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    Post a link to your site Freddie and I’m sure there’ll be lots of people willing to lend a hand. It sounds as if the things you want to do are quite simple (relatively) so it won’t take some of the gurus round here (like Brad) long to get it looking how you want.

    #26963

    braddalton
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    Thanks Charlie.

    I’ll help you with the styling once i see your site Freddie.


    #27033

    freddie
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    thanks guys, here’s the link:

    http://www.freddieomm.com/

    – you’re right, i’m looking to do really basic things to tidy it up and make the typeface sizes & colours cohere a bit better, and i guess i was hoping genesis would help me to do that…

    i also have other sites/blogs i am migrating over from blogger and wordpress.com, and am planning to launch more in the future – so i was hoping to learn the basics so i could set them up and run them myself – (i am more of a content maker/writer than a designer, obviously…)

    #27095

    braddalton
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    The style sheet uses rem values with a pixel fallback.
    The rem values are calculated per the examples below:

    12 / 16 = 0.75rem
    14 / 16 = 0.875rem
    16 / 16 = 1rem
    18 / 16 = 1.125rem
    20 / 16 = 1.25rem
    24 / 16 = 1.5rem
    30 / 16 = 1.875rem
    36 / 16 = 2.25rem
    42 / 16 = 2.625rem
    48 / 16 = 3rem

    1. Add this CSS code to the end of your child themes style.css file:
    [css]
    .sidebar.widget-area {
    font-size: 12px;
    font-size: 0.75rem;
    }
    [/css]

    Adjust the values for the sidebar font size using the chart above.

    2. Go into your child themes style.css file and open it using a text editor like Notepad++.

    Find line 548 and change the code from this:
    [css]
    .post-meta {
    border-top: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
    padding-top: 1.5rem;
    }
    [/css]
    To this:
    [css]
    .post-meta {
    border-top: none;
    padding-top: 1.5rem;
    }
    [/css]


    #27119

    freddie
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    i did the first one but it hasn’t changed the size of the sidebar font – it’s still way bigger than any of the others on the site.

    #27154

    sokratesagogo
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    You have put Brad’s code into the ¬†ipad media section – I think you need to move it to before line #1252¬†14 Media Queries :-)


    “I toast, therefore I am”

    #27155

    braddalton
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    Try this:
    [css]
    .sidebar .widget-area ul li {
    font-size: 12px;
    font-size: 0.75rem;
    }
    [/css]


    #27168

    freddie
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    @sokrates – no, brad said put it at the end of the file..

    @brad – still no change.

    #27170

    sokratesagogo
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    I think you may have deleted a closing curly-bracket at the end of the ipad responsive code. Try putting in a } before Brads code.


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    #27172

    freddie
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    sokrates – that’s fixed the font size issue, thanks!

     

    #27174

    sokratesagogo
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    You’re welcome. I would recommend you move the code to section 10 of the style.css though (wrt the table of contents at the top of the style.css – you being an author too!), it will save you aggro in the future, and will help you to find code when you need to refer back to it :) I say this as a repentant coding slob.

    Sok


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    #27176

    braddalton
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    Tested the code in Firebug and it worked fine.


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