If your forum columns – most notable on the Topic View (posts) – are not lined up correctly, and the post content appears below the user data on the left then you need to adjust the column widths. This can happen for a variety of reasons. A narrow width for the forum to fit in can cause this. Or an overlarge graphic used, for example as a rank badge, can widen the user section and force the content below. This might also be more noticeable using Internet Explorer which handles margins and padding in a non-standard way.
You will need to edit the affected template. If the above example then this will be the spTopicView.php template which can be found in the /templates folder of your selected Simple:Press theme. You can use the built in Theme Editor for this.
If you scroll down to the Posts display section you will find a series of ‘Columns’ defined – clearly marked in the comments. In the case of the Topic View template there are just 2 columns.
Looking at the code for this you should see the entries that look like this:
Note that each of these calls to
sp_ColumnsStart() contains a ‘width‘ argument within them. These are most usually expressed as percentages. Each column defined will have a width and the sum of all the widths must be 100% or less. In the case of Internet Explorer it is usually best to aim for 98% or 99% maximum.
You will need to adjust these column widths until the display corrects itself. So – for our example – the User Section (column 1) will need to be made a little larger to cope with whatever is causing it to expand – and the Post Content section (column 2) will need to be made a little narrower. Modify until things work as desired.
As always we recommend that you create your own Simple:Press theme so that any customisation made is not lost during a future update. This is not a difficult task. See – https://simple-press.com/documentation/codex/themes/theme-basics/creating-a-theme/ for details.