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11 October 2012 @ 12:45 pm
Help Deck & Easy Fixes You Might Not Know About  

No worries. We'll find the answer.
So not everyone is a LiveJournal expert (I swear I'm not either). And, of course, there are those out there that are learning this all for the first time. So here are a few things that have come up that I hope will help beginners and people who just hadn't figured it out yet.

My Journal

  1. Change the number of entries per page

  2. Changing tiny icons (memories, tag, location, etc)

  3. Block of color behind layout

  4. No title or subtitle

  5. Removing page title in post

Header Section

  1. Changing navbar link names

  2. Header image multiplying

  3. Large gap under header image

Entries

  1. Moving userpic from left to right

  2. Get a future post to show up not schedule

  3. Renaming the comment links on posts

  4. My font not the same as your layout

  5. Don't see layout when in post

  6. Location, Music, etc (currents) missing from my posts

Comments Page

  1. Do or don't want to see theme in a post

  2. Comments aren't showing in thread form... all same width

  3. Weird Comment Bar Hovering on Page

Sidebar

  1. Change sidebar section titles

  2. Adding to my sidebar

  3. Calendar not showing after I enabled it

  4. Editing Tags

  5. Linked Images in sidebar

  6. Multiple Link Sections

  7. Don't want a sidebar

  8. Customize the sidebar userpic

  9. Numbers on Sidebar

Friends Page

  1. Friends page gap above header


The Answers

My Journal

  1. Change the number of entries per page: Check out the Customize Your Theme>Display section. There you will be able to change the number of journal entries on both your page and your friend page in the Basic Options section

  2. Changing tiny icons: Check out my Tiny Icons Tutorial.

  3. Block of color behind layout: Are you using a Plus Account? Because chances are you are seeing some kind of advertisement block that is hindering a perfect view of your journal. My only recommendations can be that you down grade to a free account, upgrade to a paid account or move the advertisements to vertical so they are in your sidebar. You can find a tutorial about the LJ Advertisements here.
    example: click for larger image

  4. No title or subtitle: Well if you are using one of my layouts the reason is that I don't use them so I tend to enter the coding .title, .subtitle { display: none;}. If you want the .title and .subtitle you need to remove the display: none; and possibly separate the two into their own sections (example: .title { } and .subtitle { }). I usually give them a position of relative and then use margins to get them into the exact location I want them. You may also need to give them a z-index: 199; to make sure they show up on top of all other elements.

  5. Removing page title in post: So far there is no way to remove this from the Flexible Squares layout. I have not tried on other layouts. If a coding fix for this becomes available I will definitely post about it.



Header Section

  1. Chang navbar link names: Really easy change. Go to Customize Your Theme>Text and you will not only see a the titles of your Header Links but the text before your current mood, music and location, the next for your comments, your back and forward buttons and all the text above your entry (skiplinks) such as Memorize, Track, Tag and Edit.

  2. Header image multiplying: This tends to be an issue for Scrapbook users. The issue is that the header image is set in the layout to be the width and height of the image I shared with you. So if the Scrapbook feature resizes the image, it leaves you seen double. In the Scrapbook, select your image and choose the "Original" link. This will show you the original image and in your address bar will be the URL for the image. Use this url instead of the one Scrapbook supplied you with. Image Tutorial

  3. Large gap under header image: My header image coding is at the very bottom of my coding so go to the end of the coding and above the url there is width and height. The reason you are seeing a gap (or double) is because your image height is smaller than the height indicated in the coding. Match them up and things should work just fine. Image Tutorial




Entries

  1. Moving userpic from let to right: Sometimes when messing with the userpics we don't realize that there is an option we need to change in the Customize Your Theme>Display section. Under Additional Options choose the position of your user picture.

  2. Get a future post to show up not schedule: Click Scheduled Entries to find all future posts. What I would suggest is that you post this entry for today and then go into your post and change the date after the fact. This circumvents the Scheduled Entries feature.

  3. Renaming the comment links on posts: Really easy change. Go to Customize Your Theme>Text and you will not only see a the titles of your Comment Links but the text before your current mood, music and location, your back and forward buttons (footer section) and all the text above your entry (skiplinks) such as Memorize, Track, Tag and Edit. The Link text to leave a comment can just be a word such as comment which I use here. But the Link text to read comments should be laid out like this 1//# or 1 comment//# comments. I used the first option here so just a number appears. You can name yours anything such as Sing as your comment link and then 1 song//# songs. That was if you have 40 comments it will say 40 songs.

  4. My font not the same as your layout: I feel as though fonts really bring something to the layout, like icing on the cake. So when I create a layout I often list the special fonts I've used. Check my layout post for those fonts and then go to the Fonts I Like To Use post to download them and find a tutorial on how to upload them into your computers system. Refresh your page and you should see the font.

  5. Don't see layout when in post: Check out the Customize Your Theme>Display section. Under the Basic Options there is a "Disable customized comment pages for your journal. Choose No if you want the generic LiveJournal comments page or Yes to use the customizations in your layout coding. There is a tutorial HERE for this change.

  6. Location, Music, etc (currents) missing from my posts: Simply answer is that I forgot I turned them off. See I don't use them so I add this little line of coding... .currentlocation, .currentmusic { display:none; }. Find this line of coding (it will be in the Currents Section) and simply delete it.




Comments Page

  1. Do or don't want to see theme in a post: Check out the Customize Your Theme>Display section. Under the Basic Options there is a "Disable customized comment pages for your journal. Choose No if you want the generic LiveJournal comments page or Yes to use the customizations in your layout coding.

  2. Comments aren't showing in thread form (all same width): Entries # 1 applies here. Try changing the user picture position to reflect the changes you want.

  3. Weird Comment Bar Hovering on Page: Are you seeing a bar with action prompt hovering over your page. There is some coding you'll need to update... chec out Comment Bar Problems.




Sidebar

  1. Change sidebar section titles: Go to the Customize Your Theme>Sidebar Section. Not only can you turn different components on and off but you can change their title or remove it all together.

  2. Adding to my sidebar: Sidebar #1 applies here for adding and removing all components to your sidebar.

  3. Calendar not showing after I enabled it: Oops. I forgot all about turning off this ability. In the sidebar section of my coding you'll find #sidebar_summary, #sidebar_calendar, h2 { display:none!important; }. Delete this line and the calendar should show up in your sidebar.

  4. Editing Tags: You can edit tags or rename tags in the Manage Tags feature. You; however, can not move tagged entries to another tag. That you have to do manually in each entry.

  5. Linked images in sidebar: You are going to want to do this work in the Customize Your Theme>Sidebar Section. I have a tutorial waiting for you here.

  6. Multiple link sections: Go to Customize Your Theme>Links List. Here you can put in titles of links and link addresses. If your create a title without putting in a link you get another link list section. The first link list title can be edited in the Sidebar Section of the Customize your Theme.

  7. Don't want a sidebar: We can do this. Please check out the No Sidebar Tutorial which is for using a layout coding which is already set up for this. Or there is the Sidebar/No Sidebar Tutorial for changing layouts with sidebars into no sidebar layouts.

  8. Customize the sidebar userpic: Chances are, if you are using one of my layouts, that it is missing coding for the default userpic or just hasn't been customized. I don't usually have my userpic on my sidebar so it is something I tend to forget. The coding for this is .defaultuserpic { text-align: center; padding: 10px; margin: 0 0 8px 0; } and I would add this to the Sidebar section of your coding. This coding gives the userpic some padding and centers it. You can add additional coding such as a border though because of the padding the border might not be flush with the icon. To remedy that I would suggest removing the padding and using the margin for spacing.

  9. Numbers on Sidebar: Are you seeing numbers on the sidebar which you've not put there... almost like it is starting a bulleted list? Check out Random Numbers on Sidebar.



Friends Page

  1. Friends page gap above header: This was something I couldn't quite figure out until I stumbled on a post about Friends Page indentations at s2flexisquares. There is a coding solution but it can come with problems attached... See MIND THE FRIENDS GAP tutorial.




Click on image sot see what parts of your journal are called.


If the above doesn't help you, please...

  1. Supply example of your problem. If it is in a community please give me a link.

  2. Sometimes it can take me a little while to find the information asked for, so please be patient.

  3. I'm not currently taking requests but I'm more than willing to help you figure out problems with coding.

  4. Do NOT message me with a request for assistance. Please comment to a layout you are having trouble with or below. Replying to messaging with coding and other explainations is harder and prevents others from finding the solutions to the same problems.


 
 
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casettcasett on October 11th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ii read this all the way through and found it very helpful! Thanks.

I think you link to Tiny Icon Tutorial is incorrect.
Jill aka Jo: Misc: Hobbs double Words Fail Mesireesanwar on October 11th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
I love your icon. So cool. It works for this community too. But a big Haven fan here.

Anyways, I'm very glad this little quick fixes guide was helpful to you and I very much appreciate the tip about the link being wrong. Went through all links and fixed them.
Susie Carmichaelsumrndmgrl on October 13th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
Wow, hitting so many nails on the head at once. Great post :)
Jill aka Jo: Misc: Kermitsireesanwar on October 15th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I try.
hangercreationhangercreations on November 29th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
Pictures on the sidebar / links list
Hi sireesanwar,

Really envy your proficiency with Livejournal. Im still a total noob aft all tis time!
So i came across a livejournal blog:
http://leglassslippers.livejournal.com/

Those links with the nice pretty pictures on the leftmost column, may I know how do i go about achieving that?
Is there a tutorial related to that?
Thanks so much for ur time!!!
Jill aka Jo: Stock: Flower with morning dewsireesanwar on November 29th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Pictures on the sidebar / links list
Sure. That isn't a hard thing actually. That actually falls under the Free Text Space which you can edit here.

Basically all this blogger did was to create or find image for her links and put them in the free text/blurb space and link them to different areas of the web or their journal.

Let me know if you still need help with this or if you need me to make a tutorial about it. I'd be happy too. And I can honestly say that there was a time I would have been stumped by that journal and wondering how they'd gone about it.
hangercreationhangercreations on November 29th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Sireesanwar, it wld be great actually if you could do a tutorial about this. Im sure it will help lots of others as clueless as me, but still wanting the best for their blogs. Thanks for your reply and time!!!
Jill aka Jo: RA: North & South Thorton and Margaretsireesanwar on November 30th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
No problem. I will work on it and hopefully it will be done today.
hangercreationhangercreations on December 2nd, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!!!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 2nd, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
No problem.
aglaiya on December 2nd, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I found you by your comment to my icons in inspireoncemore

That's my LJ aglaiya I know the layout isn't everybodies darling but I love it. It's still an old many times changed S1 layout.
Now my question: It is possible to make such a layout in S2? I looked around and have never found one...
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 5th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
What layout are we talking about?
(no subject) - aglaiya on December 5th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sireesanwar on December 5th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aglaiya on December 5th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aidos_dg on February 6th, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
menu navigations
how do I create a navigation bar on the top? do you have the code for it?
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Alice A world of my ownsireesanwar on February 6th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: menu navigations
Check out #1 in the Header section, above.

Edited at 2013-02-06 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: menu navigations - aidos_dg on February 7th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: menu navigations - sireesanwar on February 7th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
*angi_is_altered on March 21st, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
I tried to change my layout but I don't know with all the LJ changes if it is screwing up things.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 21st, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think they've messed up everything yet. Are you having a problem I can check out?
某Asa: Museasaphira_sachi on March 31st, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Including the Calendar
Hi, thank you for all the great layouts. I absolutely love the link hovers that you have.

I do realize most of the layouts don't include the calendar though. I have my Calendar for sidebar set to yes, but nothing appears on the side bar. How will I be make the calendar visible with the layout? Thanks!
Jill aka Jo: Chuck: Don't Panic Be Awesomesireesanwar on April 2nd, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Including the Calendar
Oops. I always forget that I've turned that option off. Okay so here is the fix.

Look for this line of coding:
#sidebar_summary, #sidebar_calendar, h2 { display:none!important; }

Delete it and save. All fixed.

Great question. I'll be adding that above.
Re: Including the Calendar - asaphira_sachi on April 2nd, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Including the Calendar - sireesanwar on April 3rd, 2013 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Anna (アンナ)kattunglaylover on June 20th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hi, thanks for your tiny icons tutorial! It's very helpful!

I have a question, I'm using a Minimalism journal style as a base, how do I do if I want to put this box in my profile, too? If I can do it, of course! http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1z2givp&s=7 this is the box I'm talking about, but it uses a flexible square base, I'd like to know if I can do the same thing with a Minimalism layout.

Thank you a lot!! ^^

Edited at 2013-06-20 05:49 pm (UTC)
Jill aka Jo: GOT: Sansasireesanwar on June 20th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
I will look into this but I can't promise anything because I've never worked with Minimalism so I don't know if the learning curve will be quick or very very long.
(no subject) - sireesanwar on July 31st, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
나쁜기지배nappeungijibe on August 19th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
don't know if i could still get an answer but i'll try my luck.

how can i get my home page to have theme but my entries to be themeless(?)

for example http://ninokyu.livejournal.com/ and http://ninokyu.livejournal.com/2114.html

hope you can help.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on August 19th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
This one I can do... Check out the tutorial below...
http://layout-lounge.livejournal.com/12705.html
(no subject) - nappeungijibe on August 20th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
Nenya Kanadka: [emotion] Intarwebz srs bsnsnenya_kanadka on September 27th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Bookmarking this page! Thank you!

And two questions:

1) I've seen a couple of people ask this in other comms but never seen an answer: when I click through to a single-entry view, the title displays both the journal title AND the subject of the entry, in the same line instead of just the journal title. (e.g. "Nenya Kanadka - Orphan Black: holy shit" when I just want it to say "Nenya Kanadka" like the Recent Entries view does.) On Dreamwidth, I can do this by saying .pagetitle { display: none; } in the CSS, but I can't make that work on LJ. Do you know an equivalent code?


2) My comments aren't indenting, despite going to the Customize Journal > Display page and setting the icon position to Left. I'm using this layout, and while I've changed some of the coding for the header etc, I haven't touched comments. Any idea what might be wrong?

Both issues currently showing up on this entry: http://nenya-kanadka.livejournal.com/107779.html
Jill aka Jo: Sanct: Henry Inner Beastsireesanwar on September 27th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
1. I don't think there is coding for that. What I would recommend is creating the same effect with a .headerimage. This means you get the same look without that annoying subject jumping up there.

2. Let me look into this.. I feel like there is something obvious in the coding I'm just missing. I may have to consult with another coder.

I'll let you know what I find out.

(no subject) - sireesanwar on September 27th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nenya_kanadka on September 28th, 2013 09:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sireesanwar on October 1st, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nenya_kanadka on October 2nd, 2013 03:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sireesanwar on October 1st, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nenya_kanadka on October 2nd, 2013 03:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sireesanwar on October 2nd, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nenya_kanadka on October 3rd, 2013 02:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sireesanwar on October 3rd, 2013 06:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
sabret00thesabret00the on June 22nd, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm looking for a layout style that looks like the front page, I'm surprised it's so hard to find, could you point me in the right direction at all?
Jill aka Jo: Andromeda: Bekasireesanwar on June 23rd, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Front page of this journal?

It is actually a variation of

78. Sound System and 88. Tabby.

I kind of pieced it together from those. I can post it. Funny how I never thought of it.
lilydescend: I can't do that Davelilydescend on November 1st, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hello!
I have a weird problem with the layout at my community (http://divine-squids.livejournal.com/). A few weeks ago a black background started to appear over comment links, entry titles (over a part of a title) and userheads. At first I thought it's LiveJournal making some changes again, but I've just found out that the black background doesn't appear when I use Windows Internet Explorer instead of Firefox, which is my main browser.
I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask advice since it seems to be a browser issue rather than LJ one, but perhaps you would have some idea what could help in this situation?
Jill aka Jo: Bones: Angelasireesanwar on November 4th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
The problem is in your coding. It isn't actually a black background but this:


In parts of your coding you have a image as a background and because that image appears to be gone.

What To Do:
Go to your coding in LJ's Customize Section
Find the below coding sections
.subject
.comments

Remove the lines:
background-image
background-repeat

Once you save it this should fix the problem though it is possible there are more removed images. You'll have to look around the community to see if you've removed everything.

The blank behind the userhead images is the same issue.

Find this bit of coding
.ljuser img {
width: 0;
height: 0;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-color:transparent;
/* so that IE users will still see an image */
background-image: url(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/9762/user2dx6.gif);
padding: 9px 8px 0 2px;
}

.ljuser img[src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif"] {
background-color:transparent;
background-image: url(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/9762/user2dx6.gif);
padding: 9px 8px 0 2px;
}

.ljuser img[src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/community.gif"] {
background-color:transparent;
background-image: url(http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/2002/community1xe1.gif);
padding: 8px 6px 0 2px;
}

The "background-image" coding is also a removed image. Just remove the imageshack link and see if that helps. If not just remove this coding altogether.


Edited at 2014-11-04 12:22 am (UTC)
 A lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom: David Bowiehughville on November 13th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
How do I get rid of the word 'tags' that appears before my tags? I have a tiny icon of a pencil for my tags and don't want the word 'tags' between the pencil and the colon.
Here is a screencap:
 photo tags.jpg

This comm is amazing! You have provided so many helpful hints.


Edited at 2014-11-13 06:45 pm (UTC)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 15th, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
This is something you have to do in a theme layer which is a little harder the other option is to got to the .ljtags section of your coding and change the text color to the background color which hides it. There will still be a gap there so I'm thinking what you want is the paid theme layer. If you have experience in that I can give you a link to where it is explained.
(no subject) - hughville on November 15th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sireesanwar on November 18th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)