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Want to change the default display to look like Simple Press Forum
Michael Kugler
19 Posts
Nov 20, 2019 - 8:29 am

Good morning,

I purchased a 2 site license this morning and am running into trouble trying to get the layout to reflect what I (ideally) would like.

The default pulls in latest topics and screenshots from my site, which I did not want or request. Please see screenshot

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The right hand sidebar occupies too much space and compresses the forums too much for me. If these same blocks (widgets?) were located in the footer area it would be more acceptable to me.

I am simply looking for a clean look much like this one:

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When I bought SP I thought this would be the case and the setup would be pretty straightforward. So far this has not been the case and I could use some help.

TIA, Mike

SP Community Support

280 Posts
Nov 20, 2019 - 9:32 am


What you’re running into is the difference between the content area of your page which is controllable by Simple:Press and the header/footer/sidebars of your page which are controlled by WordPress and your WordPress theme.  If you look at your other pages, chances are they have the sidebar area as well.  The content in the sidebar area is populated by WordPress widgets – WordPress includes some default widgets in that area if you’re using the default WordPress theme.

The size and width of the content area is also controlled by the WordPress theme.  Some themes make that area very wide and some narrow.  Some include one sidebar and some include two sidebars. Some themes include multiple page templates so you can choose whether you want the sidebars or not.

You can remove the widgets/data from the sidebar by going to your WordPress Appearance->Widgets screen and removing the widgets there.  But that still leaves a blank area and does not change the size of the content area to make it wider.

To do that you can check to see if your WordPress theme provides full-width page template.  If it does, it will appear when you edit the page.  Go to your WordPress PAGES menu and edit the page. Look for a section called Page Attributes.  If using the latest editor, it’ll be in the right hand side under the DOCUMENT tab. Under there will be a drop-down called Template. You might have a full-width page template.  Or check under your WordPress Appearane->Customize option to see if the theme provides for a default page layout that is full-width.

If none of those options exist, you’ll need to ask the WP theme developer to add a full-page width option or switch your WP theme out to one that includes a full-width page template. Many themes (but not all) in the WordPress.org repository either include one or allow you to set the default page layout to a full-width page layout under Appearance->Customize.

I hope this helps.

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