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WordPress + Thesis Tutorial: Finding and fixing phantom spacing on your web page

I came across something while working with WordPress and Thesis that I know will help at least one person and possibly save them hours of frustration. So here is the tutorial.

I was working on a revision to a visual layout of a website I previously helped develop on the Thesis theme framework. I spent more time than I should trying to find out where the extra space between webpage elements was coming from. Was it the CSS? It had to be.

I checked the CSS using my editing tools. No extra margin, no extra padding, yet I still could not get page elements aligned the way I wanted. There was a mysterious “gap” between page elements. No matter what I tried with my CSS (other than negative margins—no bueno in this case) the gap would not go away.

I finally got smart and looked as source code—the html. Typically I get to the source code earlier in the process, but this time I thought all my issues were in CSS but they were not. The key to the solution lie inside the HTML.

I recorded the video tutorial below in hopes that it might help you. If it does, let me know in the comments.

Be sure to click on the small, 4-arrow button in the bottom right corner of the video (as shown in the graphic below) to see the video at full size. Hope this helps.

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Taking time to update

I’ve been remiss in updating the blog. This is for various sorted reasons. Suffice it to say that I am back. Here is a video to help catch up.

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A Website Realignment: Day 56: Branding Berchman

This post is the first in what may be many video posts (ie., vlog posts). I am exploring new content formats so this may appear to be a bit ‘raw’ and unrehearsed, but it is real. I’m not reading a script (although you do see me look off and pause—I’m looking at a whiteboard with notes).

So, how does this fit into the “Website Realignment” you may ask? Well at this stage I am assessing content and its function and role in the website:

  • What types of content do I use?
  • What content formats don’t I use?
  • Are certain types of content suited to a specific format? (Tutorials are always text?)
  • Should I have more than one type of content?
  • Am I making this not simple?

So here it is. The first video post. I plan on these becoming higher quality the more I do them. Would definitely welcome your comments on using this format in the comment form below.

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A good week for links

Over the past week I have been humbled and honored by two different websites.

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Three Thesis Sites in One Week


It has been a busy publishing week for me. I have had 3 websites go “live” this week that are based on WordPress and Thesis. Two of these website involved comprehensive design and the other involved functionality customizations. The point of this post is to share some recent work to show that all Thesis sites do not look totally the same. The best part is that I learned many new things about WordPress and Thesis in the process—some of which I will share soon.

Coming up next after this post will be a serious undertaking that I will chronicle on this website—the redesign of berchman.com on WordPress and Thesis. I will post the whole process from start to finish as a complete “under-the-hood” look at how it all gets done. So stay tuned. The posts on the redesign of berchman.com will start next week. Continue Reading →

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Noticing Things That Are Broken

I came across this video yesterday. It is a presentation given by Seth Godin at the Gel Conference in 2006. He gives a slideshow of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and sometimes tells how to fix them.

Other than being hilarious at moments, the video reminded me about the importance of functionality. When designing anything it is important to give thought, consideration and ample time for reflection of your possible solutions. To truly design things well does take time: Time to see flaws, loopholes, and incorrect assumptions.

If you don’t invest the time, you end up with crap.

Here is the video. Truly worth watching and please share with others.

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Somehow the loss was traced to me; Haha.

Thank goodness I know I will vote, but this video I received today reminded me of the power of one persons vote. I know the power of a single vote. I remember my father losing a local election by 12 votes. Change 7 peoples minds and he would have won the election.

The video is hilarious nonetheless.

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The Immersive Ugliness of Our Environments in America is Entropy Made Visible

I cannot claim to have made the title of this blog post but rather James Howard Kunstler can. He did so at the beginning of his talk at the TED conference in 2004 (I love the gems that keep getting found at the TED website).

Oddly enough I came across this video when reading a blog post about web site strategy. The parallel between building of public spaces in the “real” world, and the building of public spaces in the “virtual” world can come to a common understanding that we care about those spaces that are designed well and invite participation.

The video of his talk is worthwhile to watch (and funny in parts too).

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Difference of Opinion

I typically don’t get political in this space, but this happening requires an exception. My father is in St. Paul Minnesota this week at the Republican National Convention. He is a John McCain delegate from the state of New York. My father actually served in the navy with McCain during Vietnam aboard the USS Oriskany.

This week while at the convention the Albany Times Union is doing a video blog, interview style, with him while he is in attendance. The introduction to my father is here. It ought to be interesting, especially in light of Hurricane Gustav stealing the spotlight from the convention.

I will say that my father and I respectfully disagree in matters dealing with politics.

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Looking Forward…

Been working hard since my return from vacation.

Time for a little play tomorrow.

Going to see Radiohead @ Hollywood Bowl.

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