- Footer- need 3 columns for widgets, gadgets, etc. - Would like one long horizontal sidebar or 3 widget columns, whichever is workable.
- Fluid main content div to fit the page rather than be fixed or float and throw off the alignment. (This seems to be ok, so far).
- Add header graphic, under the header text and link. (Not able to do this with Headway it seems).
- About page is missing and navbar seems to be uncoordinated. (Turned out to be user error which I fixed).
- Background, something new. (Still high on my to-do list).
- Sidebars, look untidy still. (Done, changed my font, personal taste).
- Set up e-cards - WordPress thing. (This has been on my to-do list awhile. I keep putting off getting into figuring it all out).
- Headway saves and then returns to previous settings. Why? (Still a mystery but... it only did it the first day I was working with it).
- Set standard for all pages. (I am still missing sidebars when you click into a post etc).
- Lifestream feed and RSS. (Done).
- Big, gaping space appears at bottom of content, above footer. (This was an odd thing. My div columns were re-setting themselves, one kept becoming very long. Seems to be ok now.)
- If possible... have a ticker type thing announcing posts which I would like to highlight or feature, running right under the header and navbar. (Have not started this project but expect I can find some kind of WP plugin that will work for my idea).
Comment from: MommyGeek
Great review, thanks for contributing to this community! A few notes on your questions at the bottom of your post and in your review:
- You can actually do a Mass Font Change in the Visual Editor - the option is under the Tools Menu!
- To get the widgetized footer you’re looking for, this tutorial is very clear & simple to follow - http://headwaytips.com/creating-a-widgetized-footer/
- Fluid main content (wrapper) is probably not going to happen anytime soon; a completely fluid layout is something of a Holy Grail of web design; it’s very very difficult to create, and it would be hard to program so that users weren’t banging their heads against walls! The fluid footer and header options do make a site appear to be MOSTLY fluid, though, which does help.
- You can add a header graphic behind the Site Name and Tagline, you just need a little custom CSS to do it. The details can be found in the forum actually, we just had someone recently ask this question.
- You can set up standard sidebars by either Linking pages or linking individual sidebars.
Some of your other issues sound like user error that you worked through - awesome!
Thanks for the feedback. That is the tutorial I used for the footer. It didn’t work for me. At the stage when I was ready to add widgets there was just nothing there. I had to add the code via FTP cause my WordPress screen did not have a save button. Could be a WP3 glitch. Anyway, I had the code up but no one was home. I have been looking for another way to fix this up.
I am glad to know about the forum post for the header. One more thing to cross off the list. :)
If you hear of a way to do the footer using a plugin that would be wonderful. It would be independent from updates to both WP and Headway if it was a plugin versus a modification to the template.
Comment from: Grant Griffiths
You don’t need code to do a widgetized footer. If you are adding code to your WordPress install and Headway via the FTP, this may be your issue. In fact if you are modifying the core code of Headway, this may also be the issue.
The only code I added was exactly what came in the tutorial to the files as per the tutorial. I don’t see how saving it via FTP would make any difference.
Comment from: Danny Brown
Nice review and comparison. I also came from Thesis, though I wasn’t a coder so the swap was better for me.
Not sure why the code from Headway Tips isn’t working - when you copied all the code, I assume you went to the WP dashboard widget area and placed whatever widgets you wanted into the Footer box?
Although the new version of Headway (currently in beta) is going to answer a LOT of your questions |:)
I’d never give myself the credit of being a coder. I know some from what I have had to learn. I did read one book about HTML all the way through, that’s about it.
I don’t know what didn’t work for the footer. But, there wasn’t a footer box at all when I tried to add widgets. The only thing I had were my two sidebars (the same two I already had created for the main blog). Quite likely I missed something in the process. I will give it another try tonight. Your guide is good. Thanks for the feedback here.
I’ve been hearing about the new Headway update. I am looking forward to working with it.
Comment from: MommyGeek
Sounds like you maybe missed a step - the part where you declare the widgetized footer in custom_functions.php.
We can discuss this on Monday if you’d like!
Comment from: Corey Freeman
This is an old review but I’d like to point out that headway hacks (my site) was and is updated more continuously than any other headway tutorials blog and my host is no longer made of bullsh*t and actually loads my site and fixes website errors. >.>
Comment from: Tomasz Stasiuk
Thanks for the overview. Headway seems … oblique to me. Powerful, but for a standard theme user like myself, hard to get started with.
Comment from: Joy
Thanks for the information on headway. I’ll have to ask my website designer what he is using, because for myself, I have no idea. Looks good though.
This is an old post Joy. I’m using a theme called Catalyst now.