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    Tom
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    I recently published GenesisThemes.ca, using a modified Minimum Pro.

    Hopefully I’ve ironed out any bugs and typos or presentation problems. Tweaking CSS for multiple device profiles was fun on the theme and archive pages as well as the front page. Please let me know if you find anything funky.

    This is my second WordPress site and was quite a bit of fun to build. I counted at least twelve very helpful Genesis people I learned a great deal from during this build. Just from regulars in these forums, including Brad Dalton, Carrie Dils and Sridhar Katakam – but also a from host of others in the Genesis community offering tips, techniques and code from around the world. Thanks to you all!

    I’m also very interested in building up the catalogue of Genesis themes. I know there are several publishers I’ve yet to add to the twenty already up, but if you know of one or ARE one I’d like to hear from you.


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    #91597

    Susan
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    Nice work!


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    #101680

    Kate
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    I will second Susan, Nice Work indeed! :)

    I myself am trying to set a recipe blog using the Minimum Pro theme, like you did.

    Would you be so kind Tom, and hint me how I can make content to be shown in posts in this column style like you have done.

    It will be great if I can show one column of content with the preparation instructions, and right next to it, in another column the ingredients needed and so on.

    Thank you!

    #101708

    Tom
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    Hi Kate, & thanks for the compliment!

    For your recipe blog, I’d suggest using a purpose-built plugin. The columns of theme data I display are built with custom post types, custom taxonomies, custom-coded templates and tons tonnes of CSS. (how’s that for a recipe?) it’s much easier with a plugin,and there are multiple other direct benefits, such a improved SEO/ranking potential (like using microdata), updates for new WordPress goodies, and modularity – being easily able to use a different theme at a later date. Also, they typically will include style sheets to allow your readers to print your recipes, and may offer other ways for you to share your recipe info.

    In all likelihood you can use a plugin, get all those benefits and still style it as you please to stand out in a crowd. For example, take a look at the demo for Easy Recipe Plus (http://www.easyrecipeplugin.com/demoplus.php). The instructions follow the ingredients. To get these into columns only requires the three lines of CSS at the bottom of the screencap below. You can also change your mind/style later very easily.

    Good luck with your food blog!

    Modified Recipe Plus output.


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    #101802

    Kate
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    Hi Tom,

    Thank you very, very much for your kind wish!

    I sincerely wish you good luck with your site too! :)

    Actually I wanted to say much more about your site, and how I like it, but I was afraid my compliments not to sound too “cheesy” and related to the fact that I seek your help.

    You have done an amazing job, and obviously you are incredibly knowledgeable and have the secret recipe to create such an outstanding site! ;)

    You have provided me invaluable help pointing that plugin.

    This is exactly what I needed and I have never thought that this can be done with a ready-made plugin. Thank you for opening my eyes!

    On another forum they have advised me to use a plugin named “Tablepress” in order to achieve this column look, but the one you have shared with me is THE one :).

    I hope that this would not be too impolite to ask you a second question.

    On your site you have moved the titles of your items over the picture itself and they are not above the picture, the way it is with my portfolio.

    When the name of the recipe is something simple like “Oreo cupcakes” for example, the title is shown on one line, but for more time consuming dishes with “complicated” names, the name is too long and it is on two lines, which makes the recipe page (I use the portfolio for that) to looks “messy” and not properly lined.

    The way you have solved that is amazing!

    Is there a plugin that brings that look, or at least can you hint me with a guide that can follow to achieve that look.

    I want to thank you in advance for your precious time and kind cooperation.

    Once again thank you very, very much for all your help and being such a gentleman!

    Thanks!

    #101896

    Tom
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    Use CSS to position the title relative to the image. Something like:

    
    .image-item{
    	position: relative;
    }
    
    .text-to-position {
    	position: absolute;
    	bottom: -1em;
    	left: 0;
    }

    Make variable-height titles line up by using a minimum height (e.g. +2x the font-size). Something like:

    .sometitles h2 {
    	min-height: 45px;    /* for 20px font */
    }

    (You should continue with design questions in the Design Tips forum.)


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    #102061

    Kate
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    THANK YOU soooooooo much Tom!

    I really appreciate your invaluable help.

    I will continue with my questions in the Design Tips forum as you have guided me, but I just wanted to express how thankful I am for your help, support, and the plugin.

    Thank you! :)

    And once again I wish you good luck!

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