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Jackie Jacobson
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Hello Rick and everyone else.

I have just completed entering the data to one category on my site. http://jackiejacobson.com/tile...../coasters/

I've used the fancy display shortcode, and I like howhow the page reads. But I am wondering if you think I need to use CSS to adjust the spacing between each of the items?

I am very happy with this WPeSTORE plug in, because for over a year I wondered how I could get a grid look, since I am really a newbie and don't know about code, CSS and all of the rest. Rick and his wonderful video lessons have helped me create wht I thought was impossible. So bottomline…I now have a grid layout … does it need tweaking? Would the tweaking be like Lesson 7 part 4?

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Hi Jackie.

I have been watching your progress with great interest, especially as I am at a similar stage of learning.

My current state of play is http://www.briantozer.com.

I am blown away by your photo-realistic art ability and creations.

Your page comments -

It could be nicer if the quantity entry box could be a smaller more appropriate size. This may be achievable in the custom.css with apropriate new rules.

It would seem possible to make your right hand pane a little narrower and space your tiles a little closer and display 4 per row.

I think that all of the above are relatively simple but will hand the floor back to Rick now ............

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August 17, 2010 - 9:49 am
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Hi Brian

 

Thanks so much for watching. Much appreciated. And I do appreciate your comment about the sidebar being made narrower and leaving room for a display of 4 per row. In an ideal world, that's what I want to do.

I agree about turning the floor back to Rick. I don't know what will happen to the multimedia box if I do that. We'll both here when he comes in with an answer.Oh before I send this off, I will try it. UPDATE: Tried it and got 4 per row, but multimedia box image hung over side.

Nice to meet you here online. We'lll be talking more, I'm certain. I just hopped over to your site, and my comment...You are a very good student.Cool

 

Jackie

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August 17, 2010 - 1:19 pm
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Jackie - Adding the following to your custom.css file will allow 4 images per row on your existing layout.

Reduce the 7px value if necessary.

Rick will no doubt comment and/or improve/enlarge on this.

.custom .eStore-fancy3 {
padding-right:7px;
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My gosh, I am so dang impressed!  Here's what I'd suggest, and I'm going to do a little video real quick to show how to do it;

  1. I'd fix the input stuff, both button and text box.  The typical Thesis behavior is preventing them from assuming their normal size.
  2. While the sidebar is certainly wider than it needs to be I played with making it narrower to get 4 in a row and I felt like there wasn't enough white space.
  3. In order to center (ish) the items in the white space and to give more space around each item I'd change the padding to the left and increase it.
  4. Finally I'd increase the bottom padding as well so each product has it's own white "frame".

I'll post here when the video is done.

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Thank you, thank you. I agree, about the buttons and text box. I don't know how to do any of the things you're talking about, and will await the videos. I agree about 4 items in a row. I like it better with 3 and more white space. Artist...white space is importantWink

 

Did you also notice that on the post of the products like Bamboo http://jackiejacobson.com/08/bamboo/  that the button is huge. I mean huge. How do I correct that, before I go any further on posts.

 

Rick, thanks again for all of your help. I'm spreading the word about how incredible you are at this stuff, and hopefully it will bring you more students/subscribers.

 

NOTE: Now that I'm thinking about it, didn't you do a video that included fixing the padding? Was it a CSS video. Direct me to where I can learn it on the site, if it is available.

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Jackie - here is the video that directly addresses my suggestions - How to use Firebug and Web Developer to test style changes on a catalog page.

Yes, I have addressed the question of adjusting the button size in a couple of tutorials.  The best example is the Tools of The Trade - Firebug and Web Developer videos  If you combine that with the video I just posted you should be able to fix all of the button issues.

The button problem stems from the default Thesis styles.  Thesis automatically makes them 45% wide.  What you have to do is to use css to tell the buttons to have an automatic width.  You'll see what I'm talking about.  I've included the code below the video.

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Rick

You are absolutely terrific. You got on that soooo fast. I really appreciate all your help. I'll get on it tonight or tomorrow and update you as soon as I have accomplished our goal. If i have a problem, I'll write. Thanks so much

 

Jackie

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You bet - I'm getting ready to crown you DIY Superstar!

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About the crown. Wait til Friday. That's my 74th BDay. Not bad for an older lady, who actually paints for a living. I keep hoping someone will hire me to do computer work, pay me with real money, and then I could give up my 47 years of an art career. The art career never paid me with real money, just lots of personal satisfaction.

Actually not true, I have a great career going down here in the Palm Springs area. Wonderful collectors from all over the US and Canada visit me annually at the street fair where I display my work. I'm truly a blessed artist. Since most of my collectors live out of the area, I needed an e-commerce site. You have definitely been my super-star. I actually had someone doing my site (who believed it was his profession.) This revamp of my site, will make sense to most people who want to see the art and possibly order something. You have helped me create order out of chaos.

I have a way to go, since I really want to rework the home page, but now I have something to offer people with this first page of tile art coasters.

Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments. We can always use a pat on the back, or in my case, a crown on the head. Cool

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August 17, 2010 - 8:03 pm
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Hi Rick

Well I managed to understand and do everything in the video. It looks perfect, but ..

  1. I downloaded Microsoft Visual Studio, used the editor, Saved to file (I can see where it saved perfectly)
  2. Went to File Zilla - uploaded custom.css (shows it transfered)
  3. Went to site - did not update the css.
  4. Did it 4 times - gave up and did the unthinkable
  5. I did the change in Thesis - custom file editor.
  6. Of course that worked.
  7. I'll probably need help on how to edit and get it to work through Visual Studio/FileZilla etc.

 

You made it look so easy to fix the layout of the page. Thanks so much

for taking the time to show me how.

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Problem Fixed. I did not have the correct directory for the custom.css file in Visual Studio. Fixed and won't have the problem when I need to do any new custom.css updates.

I just finished Lesson 8. Made some additional changes to my site, which really helped. You are so helpful, down to every detail. Thanks.

And now I see that you've uploaded Lesson 9. Yeah, I needed another project. I only have 26 posts left to do, to complete the products in the coaster tile category. But I'm appreciative that I can keep updating the site. I plan on a big mailer campaign, starting Sept 1, and it will help to have some of what will be available in the next several lessons.

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August 19, 2010 - 8:18 pm
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Jackie - Are you able to access any of the videos in Lesson 9?

I can't yet.

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August 19, 2010 - 8:32 pm
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Brian

No not yet. The same thing happened with Lesson 8 yesterday. It will probably be up and working tomorrow.

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The actual videos are wrapping up post production right now and being uploaded to the server.  Fortunately since the pages and posts are all completed I'll be adding the videos in the next hour or so.

 

Happy Birthday Jackie!

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Rick: Wow, thanks for the Bday wishes. That is so nice of you.

I'm known as the hugging artist, so here's big hugs to you for the wonderful wishes.

Kiss

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Okay Jackie, I need to ask you more of an artistic question rather than a computer question.

How did you get/make the pictures of your products that you used on your web site?

My product is just a simple 3 inch wide by 6 inch tall booklet.

Just I just need to take a photo of it?

What do you suggest?

 

Thank-you!

Reece Jr.

P.S.  You don't look 74 years old in your self-portrait!

Here are my domain names in case I forget to list them in my post: http://www.LadyLuckDiary.com, http://www.TulsaFencing.com, http://www.GamblingTaxInstitute.com and  http://www.TaxThinkers.com

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Hi Reece

 

All of my artwork is done in the computer. I digitally paint and save in different formats. I do take photos of product,upload them, and then use photoshop to enhance/improve the images. Then I save that file in the size and resolution that works best online, in the jpg format, upload into thesis, and voila.

 

I do use a good camera, and suggest you do the same. Find a friend who is a photographer and have her/him take the photo for you. If you need any help, don't hesitate to ask me.

 

As for my age, I don't feel it either. I think age is in the head. The self portrait really does look like me. I did it a little over a year ago.

Let me know if any of the above helps.

Jackie

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Obviously, I prepped my booklet cover and pages on the computer as well.  But, I am having it printed on colored cardstock.  So, I was trying to decide whether to "print" an image of the cover and then photoshop the color of the cardstock or to just take a picture with a digital camera.

I do have a friend that is an above-average photographer.  He does a lot of potrait type stuff.  I just don't know if he has taken "booklet" still-life pictures before.

I may just try it both ways and see which one turns out best.

Then, I will probably ask your opinion as to which one looks better.

 

I will keep you posted on my progress.

 

Thank-you for your information.  It really helps.

 

Reece

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