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EmberMike

« on: July 03, 2013, 15:31 »
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I've been working on my site today, got it set up, child theme installed, customized it a bit, loaded a vector image onto the site, did a test transaction with PayPal, all is working well. Now I just need to populate the site with more images and get the homepage looking good, and I'm stuck.

Here's my site: http://www.emberstock.com

Nothing is showing up on my homepage. I put the Latest Images and Featured Images widgets into the Home Page sidebar areas, but nothing shows up. What am I doing wrong?

Also, I don't want a blog on my site, I just want the Search to search images. How do I disable the blog portion so I don't have a dropdown under the search bar.

And anyone know why I don't have a Search button?

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help. :)


« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 16:08 »
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Hi Mike, a couple of things to check:

First if you have upgraded to 2.4.9 you will need to the Symbiostock area, and at the bottom of the Network tab check the box for Update public image info and save.

Other things to look at:

1) Under the Wordpress Settings - > Reading, check to make sure you have selected static homepage and chosen the proper page in the drop down for that.

2) On the page you are using for you homepage, check what template you are using (HomePage CTA's works best for putting in the widgets)

Apologies if you've done those already or if I read the question wrong. 

Did you take the search box out of your header when you did your customizations?  if you are goign to use the default search box I'm posting a quick tutorial on the code change to take out the drop down box, it's fairly straight forward.  I'll link in just a bit.

« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 16:14 »
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For the Featured Images you need to select the images you want to appear by including them in the Symbiostock Featured Images category (along with any other category tags you're selecting for that image).  They display in increments of 6 per row so it's recommended that you pick 6 as featured images, or increments of 6 if you want more rows.

For the Latest Images (maybe both) I think you need to go the Symbiostock Admin area (the tab with the bee) and at the bottom of Settings and also Author Options there is a checkbox to update public image info.  Check that and save changes.

I think that might get them to show up, but not 100% sure as it was awhile ago that I activated those options.

« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 16:31 »
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I like your color scheme and the design so far is nice.

You have to add the following code to your child theme's CSS file to make the drop down menu (for blog search) disappear:

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#symbiostock_main_search #select_type {
   display: none;
}

« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 16:42 »
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You can do that with CSS, it's a bit safer (or proper or whatever :) ) to do it in the PHP.  Found the post where we worked this out initially:

http://www.microstockgroup.com/symbiostock-technical-support/how-can-i-remove-the-dropdown-in-between-the-search-bar-and-the-search-button/msg313226/#msg313226

The line numbers may be off but it should still work.

EmberMike

« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 16:52 »
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Thanks, folks. I was able to fix a few of these issues.

I'm still having a werid issue with the Search box. I was able to use click-click's code to disable the blog search dropdown item. But, whenever I upload a new header.php file to the child theme, it deletes the search bar completely. Even if I do nothing to the header file, just upload an exact duplicate of the file from the main theme.

Does something else need to go into the child theme along with header.php to avoid breaking the child theme header?

Edit: Nevermind. For whatever reason, it appears to be working fine now.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2013, 16:55 by EmberMike »

« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 16:59 »
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Oh! I know why...you have to include a copy of your search file in your child theme as well.  So just copy searchform_symbiostock.php and it should work fine.

Edit: Okay I thought that was fixed, if you discovered why it wasn't working let us know :)

EmberMike

« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 17:01 »
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It was the searchform file! :) I had copied it over to use your PHP method of disabling the blog post search dropdown, and that also fixed the error.

EmberMike

« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 17:02 »
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Ok, new problem:

An image search says "Results: 5" but doesn't show the images.

Anyone seen a problem like this before?

« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 17:04 »
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Hmm that's odd, did you try the "Update public image info"?  I know there were a couple of hiccups with the newest version that need that update to run so results show up.

Are you using any kind of caching plug in?

EmberMike

« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2013, 17:18 »
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Tried the "Update public image info" checkboxes, no luck.

Not using any caching plugins.

Edited to add: I just deactivated my child theme and reverted to the basic SY theme instead, still have the same search issue.

« Last Edit: July 03, 2013, 17:21 by EmberMike »

« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2013, 17:19 »
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Ok, new problem:

An image search says "Results: 5" but doesn't show the images.

Anyone seen a problem like this before?

first, you need to click on thee box that enables networking;your symbiocard shows it's not set

you also need to generate the network & image files  -- at the bottom of the network page under symbiostock - this lets other programs find your images

also, your blogee price is set to $.05 -- is that what you intended?
« Last Edit: July 03, 2013, 17:23 by cascoly »

EmberMike

« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2013, 17:22 »
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Ok, weird fix for this:

I activated the network, search results still displayed no images. I deactivated the network, and now search works.

Weird... :)
« Last Edit: July 03, 2013, 17:24 by EmberMike »

« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2013, 17:25 »
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You can do that with CSS, it's a bit safer (or proper or whatever :) ) to do it in the PHP.  Found the post where we worked this out initially:

http://www.microstockgroup.com/symbiostock-technical-support/how-can-i-remove-the-dropdown-in-between-the-search-bar-and-the-search-button/msg313226/#msg313226

The line numbers may be off but it should still work.

Thanks for posting this. I was not aware which version is safer and/or preferred to be used.

I used the CSS solution and have not run into any issues whatsoever. This may be because I was not messing with any php files directly.

Should I still resort to changing the php file instead of using the CSS option? Is the CSS solution more prone to problems?

I'm trying to understand the pros and cons between the CSS way and the php way.

Thanks in advance.

EmberMike

« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2013, 17:25 »
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also, your blogee price is set to $.05 -- is that what you intended?

That was just for testing.

How can you even see that? I don't have any images set to that size anymore.

« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2013, 17:27 »
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also, your blogee price is set to $.05 -- is that what you intended?

That was just for testing.

How can you even see that? I don't have any images set to that size anymore.

that's ok then -- I was looking at your symbiocard.xml file  to see what might be a problem

I can search your site ok now - 'badge' turns up several images

EmberMike

« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2013, 22:43 »
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Think I might have found a bug...

When I do a search, and click on the zoom icon to get a quick preview of an image, it displays available size options that aren't actually available. Anyone else notice this? Is it just me and my settings or could it be a bug?


« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2013, 23:00 »
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Just checked. It shows the available size options correctly. I still run v2.4.8, though.

However, it reminded me that my preview window is in desperate need of some css polishing.  :o

« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2013, 00:29 »
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Pilens, I was just looking at your site on my tablet, every time I click on a picture to view, it gets a red cross.  If you have no right click enabled it does not play nicely with my tablet

« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2013, 02:32 »
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Pilens, I was just looking at your site on my tablet, every time I click on a picture to view, it gets a red cross.  If you have no right click enabled it does not play nicely with my tablet

Thanks for checking and telling. I run a "No Right Click Images Plugin". Did the red cross look like image attached?

I've disabled this plugin for now. Could you please check with your tablet again?

« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2013, 02:51 »
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Sorry what I am asking but what is Child theme?

« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2013, 08:41 »
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I have discovered the answer to this in the last few months but can only give you a non technical answer

The child theme is something you install and activate and make any changes on.  It is related to the main theme but if you make your changes on the child theme you do not lose them everytime you update the parent theme.

You can download one from here http://www.symbiostock.com/download/ - install it the same way as you did the main theme so it is shown as active.

This is a more technical answer - http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/wordpress-child-theme-pros-cons/
The answer is though that yes, you will benefit from having the symbiostock child theme.


travelwitness

« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2013, 08:48 »
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Sorry what I am asking but what is Child theme?


This should explain it for you...

http://www.symbioguides.com/getting-started/installing-symbiostock/


 

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