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  1. Well I guess I am the first to move one of my Options based sites to this forum.
    The site is http://xfactor-updates.com
    The X-Factor is a UK based music talent show pretty much like American Idol in the US.
    The site is using Options & Spartan as the child theme.
    It is just over a month old and is already getting an average of 1,500 unique visitors a day with Options fantastic design playing a large part in that I'm sure.
    Any feedback on the site, good or bad is well appreciated.

  2. I like it for the most part. I think the Features Gallery would fit in much better if it were larger, but I guess you're probably trying to cut back on site load time. You have a few too many videos on the front page, which causes the list to go below the video player.

    OK. That's enough negative comments.

    I'm a big fan of the footer and will definitely be stealing that idea from you at some point. ;)

    The header image works well with your site and you definitely picked the right theme (Spartan) to use it with. This is something a lot of people don't get right. They pick a theme that doesn't match their site at all.

    Anyway, I hope this helps a bit.

    And, congratulations on being the first person to post on the new community forum!

  3. Thanks for the feedback Justin.
    I agree on the size of the features gallery, but I decided to set it to the size of the images I get rather than have a blank space at each side.
    I change those images weekly with a new image from the show so I might try & upscale them a little bit this week and if they look ok, increase the size of the gallery.
    As for the videos, I remove the person voted out each week so this list will get smaller as the weeks go on.
    I witetized the footer so it was easy to try out different widgets there, pretty happy with it now though.

  4. I upscaled the images & cropped to a suitable height and it does look a lot better now, thanks for the tip Justin.

  5. Very nice job with the Spartan child theme Davek and congrats on the excellent traffic figures already. On Firefox 3 under XP the top banner is pushed out to the right - I checked IE7 and found the same result? Other than that, very nice (love the footer mod), makes it difficult for me to hold off on new designs until 2.7 final is released.

  6. I definitely like it with the larger Features Gallery better.

  7. StormRider, thanks for the feedback. I am also using Firefox 3 & XP and don't see the banner issue. Just checked in IE and also on my kids PCs as well as Firfox on Ubuntu and still don't see it. How far is it pushed out? anychance you can take a screenshot & email to me? I am using an iFrame for the banner code which I know I shouldn't be using, must search back to a recent post I saw Justin posting on how to properly use embed code instead...
    The traffic is fantastic, hit over 3,500 uniques on Saturday, the day the show is broadcast, 800 up on the previous Saturday, will push up the weekly adverage a nice bit & I am hoping this trend will continue but it is seasonal traffic, have another 4 weeks before the show finishes...

    Justin, I prefer the features gallery too, the upscaled & cropped images don't look too bad so it works well. I'd love to remove the [gallery] shortcode I am using on the post pages and reuse the features gallery code to display the images attached to that post or do you know if it's possible to not display the gallery images & just display a link something like View More Images to display the attached images?

  8. I have taken a couple of screenshots and will use your contact form at propertyireland.net to get an email address from you.

    I just noticed that "headerbanner" has the following attributes: position: absolute; right: 30px; won't this result in the banner being in different positions in relation to the rest of your page depending upon the viewers actual screen width? eg. my screen width is 1280 and it looks to me like the banner could be 30px in from the right hand edge.

    To confirm this, I just ran a test on browsershots.org with wider screen sizes and achieved the same results as I see on my screen.

  9. Hey, I like it! The widgetised footer is definitely cool - that's one thing I've been really wanting to add to my site but I have *no* idea how to do it. Justin, have you published a "widgetising footers" intro at any point??

    And Davek, if you have the guts to post yours I guess I had better post my site too! :)

  10. Hey, I like it! The widgetised footer is definitely cool - that's one thing I've been really wanting to add to my site but I have *no* idea how to do it. Justin, have you published a "widgetising footers" intro at any point??

    And Davek, if you have the guts to post yours I guess I had better post my site too! :)

  11. StormRider, thanks for pointing out the issue & confirming that it's now fixed, it was a css mistake on my part.
    rickybuchanan, If you want & Justin doesn't mind, I'll gladly share how I widgetised the footer.

  12. No problem, glad to help. I too would be interested to know how you "widgetised" the footer.

  13. OK, as Justin hasn't objected to me posting how I wdgetised the footer on http://xfactor-updates.com, here you go.
    Justin, feel free to move this to another thread if it suits better...

    It does contain a slight modification to 2 core options files, first:
    options/library/functions/widgets.php

    You need to add __('Footer','options'), to the $op_sidebar_name = array

    so this should now look like:

    $op_sidebar_name = array(
    		__('Sidebar Home','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Single','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Archive','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Attachment','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Page','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Category','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Tag','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Search','options'),
    		__('Sidebar Author','options'),
    		__('Sidebar 404','options'),
    		__('Footer','options'),
    	);

    Now, you need to widgetise the footer, To do this open options/footer.php and add

    <div id="footerwidgets">
      <?php $op_sidebar_id = __('Footer','options'); ?>
      	<?php
    		if(dynamic_sidebar($op_sidebar_id)) :
    		else :
    			if(dynamic_sidebar(__('Footer','options'))) :
    			else :
    				_e('Add content to your footer through the widget control panel.','options');
    			endif;
    		endif;
    	?>
    </div>

    just under <?php get_sidebar(); ?>

    So my options/footer.php now looks like:

    </div>
    		<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
    <div id="footerwidgets">
      <?php $op_sidebar_id = __('Footer','options'); ?>
      	<?php
    		if(dynamic_sidebar($op_sidebar_id)) :
    		else :
    			if(dynamic_sidebar(__('Footer','options'))) :
    			else :
    				_e('Add content to your footer through the widget control panel.','options');
    			endif;
    		endif;
    	?>
    </div>
    	</div>
    	<div id="footer">
    		<?php op_footer(); // Footer hook ?>
    		<?php wp_footer(); // WP footer hook ?>
    	</div>
    </div>
    </div>
    </body></html>

    Finally, you need to style the footer widgets.

    I added the following to my child theme style.css, should get you going...

    #footerwidgets{ clear:both; background-color:#FFFFFF}
    #footerwidgets .menu {width:32%; float:left; background-color:#f7f7f7; margin:6px;}
    #footerwidgets .menu .post {margin-bottom:2px;}
    #footerwidgets .section-header {
    	padding: 5px 9px;
    	background: #fff url(images/section-header.gif) repeat-x 0 0;
    	border-top: 1px solid #ccc;
    	border-left: 1px solid #ccc;
    	border-right: 1px solid #ccc;
    	margin-bottom: 0px;
    	}

    Hope this helps anyone wanting to do the same.
    Justin, If you have a better solution by using a function in the child functions.php rather than editing the footer.php, please let us know.

  14. Yeah, I was going to go over this last night but passed out at around 10 — it was a long day.

    Here's the thread explaining how to do it in a child theme:
    http://themehybrid.com/support/topic/how-to-modify-your-theme-the-right-way/page/3#post-13386

  15. Justed updated http://xfactor-updates.com/ to use Hybrid and a blend of Leviathan and Hybrid-News.

  16. Hi, im interested in this template hybrid news, i wonder if there is a bb theme for the hybrid if you became clubmember?

  17. I'd put in an area before your content that says what your site is all about, and have 3 major options of deep links. A site should welcome you, with out saying "welcome to..." and then have some sort of call to action. Your site was eaten by host gator yesterday, btw....

  18. finally got around to redesigning the site once again, wanted a cleaner look & to integrate BuddyPress before this years show kicks off, any feedback appreciated.

    http://xfactor-updates.com

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