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#1 xabre

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 04:49 AM

A reviewer to a site we're developing pointed out that it's not clear where they are on the site when they are viewing a single blog post. I noticed that unlike when they are reading the main blog page that the upper nav "Blog" link is not depressed. Is there a simple way to have the upper nav link be depressed when someone is reading a specific blog post? I'm referring to WHPro but I suppose this is more of a general question. Thanks!

#2 bryan-hadaway

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:29 AM

Please provide a link to your site.

Also a very important indicator of where someone is located in a website is the browser title bar.

I personally find that this structure is the most user-friendly and seo-friendly:

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which will result in:

Name of Page/Post | Name of Blog

Thanks, Bryan

#3 Jackey

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:07 AM

I think the problem is that the blog button is the only button that does not stay depressed when viewing through posts. All other menu's can (be made to) function as an indicator of where you are. I think this is indeed the case with all the themes. I do not think it is possible with Custom-CSS because the blog menu buttom is not directly attached to the post but to the post-loop. Since my posts differ very from my pages I never noticed the blog button not being depressed before.

#4 xabre

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 03:18 PM

@ Brian. Thanks for your reply. I normally would be happy to provide a link but there is a confidentiality agreement in this case that precludes us from doing so. I appreciate the comment about the title bar. It's certainly helpful. However, readers still mention that they are confused because as Jackey points out this is the only case where the button does not stay depressed. @ Jackey. Thanks for your comment. Yes, it's because it's different behavior from the other tabs that it's odd. Some internal reviewers thought that maybe they got sent to another site. Obviously, this is a strange conclusion since the header, footer, etc. are the same, but for them to even think this might be happening is obviously not good :-) Btw, I love what you have done with your site. Let's see if the PageLines folks have any thoughts/fixes here. I'm relatively new, but they seem to be pretty good at responding.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 04:51 PM

This is tricky because when you click through to the actual post page it does in fact take you to a new page template with a new page id, etc. All the single post pages do have a css class assigned to them `.single` However, the structure doesn't allow us to use any sort of parent/child selector so that would seem hopeless. Let's see if Andrew has a fix...

#6 arpowers

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 05:06 PM

Sure, this is something we can fix in a maintenance release. Just add this to custom css: ` #nav .current_page_parent a{ background:url("images/nav-sprite-default.png") repeat-x scroll 0 -72px #2A2A2A; color:#FFFFFF; text-decoration:none; } `

#7 xabre

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 04:36 AM

Thanks! Appreciate the support on these boards from you guys.