Thanks for the reply.
Regarding the first issue - I initially tried to post this in the forum under Pagelines DMS called
Technical Support (Personal, Business, & Developer)
but instead of the Start New Topic button on the upper right, the button said You Cannot Start a New Topic. That was what I was referring to about not being able to post even though having paid for a year and having to post in the Technical Support (Free) forum.
For #1 - I do have the site set for Full Width Mode but moved the outer edges of the columns in slightly and so the dark background will give some contrast at the edges and between columns when the content sections have a white background (an aesthetic/design choice).
I tried your suggestion above but it got rid of the header image and gave me a header with a white background, and it also got rid of the dark background between the columns on the homepage, so that doesn't quite accomplish what I needed. On the homepage I can set up its own template and deal with any changes needed there easily but I'm trying to get all existing posts and pages fixed so the sections that contain text, media, etc. in each of the columns will have a white background.
I found that I can easily fix the existing individual posts. I went into an individual post and found it is using the Default template with the content of the post in the left column and the sidebar on the right. When I clicked on the Edit icon for the Content/PostLoop box for the post itself, I was given the option to edit Section Options type and Section Options local. When I edited the Section Options type and put in a Styling Class for a white background and saved that, it then made that change globally to all existing posts. I was also able to make that same global change to the sidebar by editing the Section Options type for all sections in the sidebar on that single post. I then tested this by adding a new post and it automatically put in the white background for the Content/PostLoop section and all the sidebar sections.
However, I was not able to do that on the blog index page ('Blog' page on the menu) or for any individual pages (including archive and category pages) - as anything that was a page only gave me a Section Options local when I tried to edit the Content/PostLoop section or the sidebar sections (no Section Options type).
I'm trying to find an easy way to make a global change to the sections on all types of pages like I was able to do for all single post pages.
For #2 - I didn't actually do any settings for that page. That is how it was when I activated Pagelines as the theme for this sandbox version of my existing site. So the offset and width were set somewhere else for every existing page. I tested this out by creating a new page in the WP dashboard and it automatically came out with the same settings. That page is http://beachredo.cle...lines-new-page/. I did not select any template in the Edit Page screen or do anything with settings in DMS so this is just how Pagelines is formatting the pages which means any page I add will be like this.
I need to find out where this layout is getting set so I can correct it. Going into all 67 existing pages to fix it and then having to do the same with any new page doesn't make any sense. I'm sure we could find some way to fix with custom CSS but there must be someplace that has code which is causing these settings, right? It seems like the best way to fix this would be to correct it there (and then make sure that setting is in the Child theme so it doesn't get messed up again when there is an update to DMS).
For #3 - this goes along with #2 since it really only affects pages and not posts. Again, there is some setting or code that is giving 0 padding on the right and left for the Content/PostLoop section on all pages. I created another new page and then edited it so that it had the Styling Class for a white background to be able to see the content. http://beachredo.cle...-with-white-bg/ On this test page you can see that there is no padding at all on the right and left which means that wherever the settings are for pages, they not only automatically set them to have a Content/PostLoop section that has an 8/12 width and an offset but also have 0 padding on the right and left.
So if we can figure out where the code is for the settings for pages we can fix both #2 and #3.
For #4 - I figured out the problem by going to a site online that described the problem and followed their suggestion:
- Go to Dashboard –> Settings –> Reading. Under “Front page displays” –> A static page –> Posts page –> Blog.
That fixed it and now the Blog page is showing all the posts like it should.
Sorry to put so much into one post here but I thought it would be easier than several separate posts. So at this point it looks like all the issues needing to still be fixed come down to figuring out where the settings for pages are coming from and then correct those settings so that all existing pages will be fixed and all new pages will come out correctly.