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[SOLVED] NextGenGallery Upgrade Altered Config of Center Page Widget


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Old Mar 20, 2010, 11:33 PM
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I have just finished the design, development and creation of a new website for our very small church. I humbly ask you to visit my site for positive critical review.

I know there are some minor visual cosmetic challenges I need to overcome. Specifically, due to the recent upgrade of NextGen Gallery Slideshow plugin, I have a messed up my home page configuration and I haven't figured out how to correct it yet. In the upper right side center column, within a created widget area, it is now inheriting the style and colors of all widgets. How do I get rid of these inherited style elements and simply have the slideshow plugin centered within the widget area? Suggestions highly encouraged and welcome.

Please click on:

www.cambridgebaptistchurch.org

I look forward to your responses.

Moderators, if this is the wrong place for this posting, please feel free to move it.

Thank you,
Craig
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 07:44 AM
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It looks like your NG widget is centered in the right hand widget area Craig. Is this fixed now or is the problem something different?
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 11:23 AM
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Hi Larry,

Thank you for the quick response and taking the time to look at the site. With a great deal of trial and error working within the code for widget areas, I was able to move the pictures from the far left or right and get it into the middle of the widget area. I think that will have to do and I believe it will work visually for all visitors.

As for the background and border inherited from div.widget, I've tried working with every CSS file I can locate with negative results. Honestly, I can live with it and wouldn't have accomplished what I did had it not been for this support forum.

Thank you again Larry.
Craig
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 12:33 PM
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I fooled around with Firebug and came up with this CSS that you could put in the Atahualpa CSS inserts area. It may give you some ideas.
HTML Code:
#my_widget_area_fp_1 {
width:200px;
margin-right:10px !important;
padding-right:10px;
}
#my_widget_area_fp_2 {
width:155px !important;
}
#my_widget_area_fp_2 div.widget-title {
margin-bottom:10px !important;
}
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 12:49 PM
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OK Larry!

That is freak'n "AWESOME!" Exactly what I was looking for and very clean in appearance. You see, THIS is why I use Flynn's theme and love this forum. It's people like you that make this experience fun vs. suicidal.

Thank you and very much appreciative. I should have asked before spending 3 hours trial and error on it myself.

Craig
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 01:05 PM
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Glad I could help Craig. I have a heart for small churches.

One other thing is to either set the min width to about 1270px or better yet set the site to a fixed of about 1000px. This will mean tweaking the width of your slideshow but right now if I make my browser window less that about 1270 the slideshow starts overlapping the right border and sidebar.
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Old Mar 22, 2010, 01:14 PM
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Hi Larry,

I've taken you advice to heart along with suggestions from ChaseMann on the Showoff board.
  • Reduced the number of header image panoramas from 5 to 2;
  • Reduced the size of the site from 99% to 1100px;
  • Reduced the height of the header image bar from 150 to 120px;
  • Removed all background color except the very pale sidebars and footer;
  • Slowed the image rotation on the header image from 15 to 18 seconds;
  • Adjusted the slideshow, reduced size and slowing it to a 10 second rotation;
  • Adjusted content for more consistency including adjustment of the "Search."

I ran the website analyzer and learned it seemed to all be written in Klingon! I saw the word compression all over the place but have no idea what it means or how to do it. Prior to all of the current adjustments the download times are, 56K 54.26 seconds; 128K 19.67; and 1.44Mbs is 5.73 seconds.

You've taught me a lot in only a few posts. Thank you for taking the time.
Craig

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