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How to change background colour of Quoted text?
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Jan 10, 2016 - 5:25 am

When I use the Quote function, the edit box shows a dark grey background for the quoted post (fig A). However, after saving the post, the quoted text appears in a white or almost white background (fig B) which doesn't do much to separate the quote from the new reply.

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How do I change the background colour of the quoted text?

Sawtry, UK
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Jan 10, 2016 - 9:05 am

Hey ebiznet,

I checked out your forum from a link in your profile as I couldn't work out what forum theme you were using and it turns out your WP theme is interfering with the forum CSS.. It uses:

blockquote {
    border: medium none !important;

Using !important is irresponsible as it means any plugin that uses the common 'blockquote' CSS class will be overwritten with boder: none.

Simple to fix though, you will need to go to your forum admin and navigate to Forum > Themes > Custom CSS, and paste in there:

#spMainContainer .spTopicPostSection .spPostSection .spPostContentSection .spPostContent blockquote {
    border: 1px solid #BBBBBB !important;

Make sure to click 'View Raw Code' above before copying.. That should allow your forum themes blockquote class to take precedence.

Hope that helps!

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Jan 10, 2016 - 10:15 am

Hi Ike

Thank you very much for the quick response and help - that did the trick!

Mr Papa
Simi Valley, CA
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Jan 10, 2016 - 12:41 pm

good news!  glad we could help....

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Jan 11, 2016 - 12:19 am

Ike, I am impressed how you were able to look at my site and resolve this issue so quickly for me.

If I may, I have another burning question about using Simple Press on my site.

The Forum page is set up using the Full Width template for my theme. However, as you can see at my forum it is not full width.

As the support for my paid theme has expired, I wonder if you can help me with tweaking the settings  or code that will allow the forum to be displayed at the real full width of the browser screen?

Yellow Swordfish
Glinton, England
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Jan 11, 2016 - 3:28 am

Just as an aside - can I ay it is always useful if you can start a new topic for new questions, Makes it easier for us to find the topic when we need to and also helps others looking for the same answers...

If your WordPress theme does not come with a proper full-page template then the only recourse is to make one. There is a guide on our codex for this ( but beware as every theme is a little different and, of course, this is best done in a child theme to ensure it does not get destroyed by future theme updates.

Personally, before tackling this - and believe me it is pretty easy - I would also refer to the WordPress codex where there should be a more up to date tutorial.

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