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How to format custom widgets like the default Columnizer widget area


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I am wanting to have custom widgets formatted similar to the generated default Columizer widget area. The problem is as soon as I use my own widgets with Columnizer with the "custom sidebar" plugin, I don't have h3's wrapping the widget title to format properly. Is there a way I can manually ad "tags" around my widget titles using my own widgets? 

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It may be possible to wrap your titles like this <h3>My Title</h3>, but if there's pre-structured formatting or the system won't accept that it will display exactly as written, rather than as desired.

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It may be possible to wrap your titles like this <h3>My Title</h3>, but if there's pre-structured formatting or the system won't accept that it will display exactly as written, rather than as desired.

 

I tried that solution, as well as <strong>My Title</strong> and the system simple stripped out the formatting. I'm going to try a custom class and then apply that to the footer area. I just need to figure out what the widget titles are called...

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Jake (another moderator) and I were testing this earlier this evening and discovered there's a problem, and a possible bug.  It may be the plugin, or a problem with the columnizer.  We're going to continue testing today and report this as a possible bug. It's not you.

 

I tested the same condition on my own site and had the same result as you.

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Has anyone figured this out? Its quite annoying that it does not act as advertised... 

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Hi,

 

The issue has already been reported in our bug tracker, so our developer are aware of the issue. In the Meantime you could try using this other plugin, which from my quick test didn't remove the header tags.

 

http://wordpress.org/plugins/sidebar-manager-light/

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So I've tried to use the sidebar manager light, but I can't figure out how to get the widgets to actually be in columns like you'd think they would by the title. They just show up in one column like this. http://bit.ly/1hU0iB5

 

What am I doing wrong as I test out and try to migrate from Pagelines to DMS.

 

Thanks!

 

-r

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Hi there,

 

In the columnizer settings after you've selected the menu and saved, set the 'number of grid columns' to something other than 3 that's the default and save/publish and you should see the change. http://screencast.com/t/pbPsmzTV8GW

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Hi,

 

The issue has already been reported in our bug tracker, so our developer are aware of the issue. In the Meantime you could try using this other plugin, which from my quick test didn't remove the header tags.

 

http://wordpress.org/plugins/sidebar-manager-light/

 

still have this issue: no widgets title styling is possible because is not wrapped inside a <h> tag

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manuel_84 - Can you provide a link to the site in question and make sure DMS debug mode is active please.

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Hi there,

 

In the columnizer settings after you've selected the menu and saved, set the 'number of grid columns' to something other than 3 that's the default and save/publish and you should see the change. http://screencast.com/t/pbPsmzTV8GW

 

Hi James, still not working...I've set it to 6 and I'm not seeing columns http://bit.ly/1dV6Z5k, it looks like the widget is taking up more space though. I'd like something like 3 widgest in this area, which was easy to set up using the old Pagelines. How can i get around this.?

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Hi there, I've just set up three columns using widgets I've put into a custom sidebar. I've recorded a screencast for you.

 

Checkout - http://screencast.com/t/pDUFsWqO9jZ

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Thanks for that. I've done the exact same things, but get different results, so there must be something in my install, or css, or something prohibiting it from working correctly. I'll keep investigating.

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So I don't have any CSS that impacts this part of the footer. You can see the site for yourself here: http://itarsenal.staging.wpengine.com/

 

I've created a video as well, doing the same actions you have, but my widgets still line up vertical. I'm using WPEngine, DMS WP 3.8.1

 

Here's the video: http://youtu.be/UmZ5mNwCmVY

 

How can I fix this?

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Hi Rob, that is strange as the default icons display as normal first. Can you put up the broken version so we can see what css is actually being applied to those widgets. At the moment the site seems to have the default set up.

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itarsenal I was having the same problem and tracked it down to the DMS Professional Tools plugin. When I deactivate this plugin the columns float correctly. It appears to only effect the custom sidebars created with Sidebar Manager. If I use the default WordPress sidebar the styling is fine. I have not been able to pinpoint the exact code that is making this happen, but hopefully it will get resolved. When I reactivate the DMS Pro Tools plugin after all is fine. Hope this helps.

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Slate - Can you record the issue as I am unable to recreate the issue you describe. You can use QuickCast or Jing.

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Danny - I just tried to recreate the fix on a clean install and it appears that it was just a coincidence that when I disabled DMS Professional Tools on my last site that it fixed it. You will see on a clean install of 3.9.1 the custom sidebar through Sidebar Manager called "Custom Footer" is still having problems and formatting in a single column while the default Wordpress Primary Sidebar is not.

 

http://recordit.co/z2SxKR7kJk

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What plugin are you using to create your custom sidebars ?

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Danny - Sidebar Manager Light v1.7

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This may be a bug, I have reported this to our tracker for you.

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