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Signature height in Default theme. How to increase signature height for users using signatures.

Dave van
Feb 18, 2018 - 5:00 am

Hi guys.

I tried to sort this but could not find a topic on the forums  or work out in the files where the height command for the forum post Signatures are stored.

I'm using the Default theme with black/gold  colour overlay.

It has signature "%" value but it does not seem to affect the height.

Here is a link to a forum with a Steam signature and it shows how the sig is cut off.

I have tested in Explorer and chrome with same cut off results.


Any advise would be appreciated.

Yellow Swordfish
Glinton, England
Feb 18, 2018 - 5:57 am

Oh gosh... this takes me back!

The old 'default' theme was constructed before the advent of CSS3 so managing the signature (allowing for a variable height AND pinning it to the very bottom of the post content) was rather tricky and it meant using a pre-defined height - something that we no longer had to do with CSS3 compliant themes like Reboot and BareBones.

The height was set at 55px. In your case it looks like you need about 105px - at least that was what I tried on the page you linked to.

You can fix this quite easily but as always we do advocate the use of the Default child theme for this.

  1. In the forum admin > themes > theme editor - open the file spTopicView.php from the templates list at the top.
  2. Nearer the bottom that the top of the file is a call to the display function named sp_PostIndexUserSignature(). I would use your browser 'find' which should scroll the window to the the desired place.
  3. At the end of that line of code you will see - maxHeightBottom=55 - change the 55 to 105 (or adjust to your preference).
  4. Click on the update button at the very bottom of the window (you may need to scroll down to it).
  5. Go to the forum admin > toolbox > housekeeping and click on the task to Reset the Combined CSS Cache.
  6. And finally clear your browser cache and give it a try.

Hopefully that should do the trick.

Dave van
Feb 18, 2018 - 8:54 pm

Thank you. I will do the above and let you know.

I was using barebones but there are no buttons for the reply, just text, and so it is a little hard to see the reply button..  

Are there advantages in using CSS3 over the default them? Should I purchase one of the newer themes?

Mr Papa
Simi Valley, CA
Free Members
Feb 18, 2018 - 10:11 pm

there are some advantages, like they are responsive - so will look good on mobile devices...  and should be easier to modify if needed (since new tech)...

but really its about preference and which one more matches the look you are trying to achieve...

Dave van
Feb 19, 2018 - 1:16 am

Thanks for the advice and help. Worked as advertised.  

When the bank account has a little more funds, I will try a purchased theme out.

Yellow Swordfish
Glinton, England
Feb 19, 2018 - 4:04 am

That looks better. You know - for an old, original theme, I am not sure i have ever seen it looking better than on your website. You have done a nice job there.

Dave van
Feb 19, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Thank you for the complement. I appreciate it. But without such a wonderful platform, it would not be as it is.

I'm very impressed with simple:press. Obviously a lot of love and care went into it.

I wish I had known about simple:press years ago. It would have saved a lot of heartache. 

I found it by accident in a forum post looking for bbpress help. What I tried to accomplish for months importing post's and users into bbpress, I achieved in under an hour with simple:press. No errors, no fuss.

Makes me happy to pay for plugins, themes and even support. Small price to pay if you add up all the weekends and nights I wasted.


Thanks again for the help and advise. 



Yellow Swordfish
Glinton, England
Feb 19, 2018 - 5:23 pm

Thank you for the compliment... always appreciated and encouraging.