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I'm trying to add a column of images with descriptive text into a sidebar that is easy to update (it's for an online newspaper)

Various boxes solutions take ages to update and are really set in stone.

Is there any advice on the best route to go with this?

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Hi,

What size do you want the images to be ?

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200px wide and maybe 113px high (video clip still)

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Hi dannydog

One simple way is use a widget text (or more), you only need add HTML with text an image.

I use the post editor to do this and then I copy the HTML.

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Okay, try this outside-the-box solution if the images are the feature image/thumb for the post.

Install Special Recent Posts. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/special-recent-posts/

This allows you to add a post loop, even a sidebar (as Batman suggest, in a text widget), with a shortcode. That shortcode allows you to customize what would appear in the sidebar. You can the style the size of the image, align it, and style the descriptive text.

If the images are not the thumbnails, then a gallery script may be your better solution.

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Thanks for your help. Got it resolved (with CSS)

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Thanks now works brilliantly - now trying to change the title font size which is too large. Do you have any ideas on this. Thanks

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Is there a way a just alter the text size without firebug?

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If you use Firebug, you'll see that Special Recent Posts has a unique identifier for each component. Thus, with Firebug you can test the changes needed, then copy and paste to your custom code. http://www.getfirebug.com

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Okay, your SRP shortcode needs to reflect these sizes. There are SRP settings you can find in the WP page for the plugin that tell you how to do this.

Then, in Dashboard > PageLines > Site Options > Custom Code in CSS Rules, add this:


.srp-widget-thmblink {

   border: medium none;

   height: 113px;

   padding: 3px;

   text-decoration: none;

   text-shadow: none;

   width: 200px;

}

Then, you'll find the image will appear at 200px wide and 113px high.

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Unfortunately you will need to use CSS to alter the text in Special Recent Posts unless the developer has a way to do it without CSS but you would need to check their support.

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i've installed 'recent special posts' which is a great plug-in but all my images keep getting scaled back in size. I'm not an expert - just wondering if there is some other element in the system which is over-riding it's instructions.

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