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    Hi there, I’d like to first commend the support staff here as I’ve noticed very prompt and pleasant responses to people’s questions as I’ve read and searched through the forums! Great job!

    I’m new to WP so I’m still getting a used to the framework and testing the waters, modifying the theme’s css and various php files to achieve the look I am going for; if I misspeak or fail to use the proper terminology, I apologize. I’ve read the entire cleancut documentation, and I’ve skimmed & searched through the support forums for solutions to the majority of my issues and have found work arounds or the help I needed. I am a decent web developer (more of a pc app developer and graphic designer) and am looking to add WP to my web based skill set. My website is:

    1) I would like to add a div with an image above the navigation on my page (essentially an image with my tag line). Modifying the css to expand the top margin and inserting a background image of the nav div is not achieving what I am looking for, nor is modifying the header.php and inserting a div and attempting to position it with css; this is probably because of my lack of understanding of WP and php (ntm being thrown into the WP framework + an advanced/premium thing all at the same time.) How would one of you go about doing this?

    2) This is definitely a WP hierarchy question and most likely has 0 to do with the theme but am hopeful for some assistance from the gurus. I found this person’s page ( while skimming through support threads and really like the way they’ve set this particular page up and would like to replicate the ‘layout’ with multiple ‘feature posts’ shown on one page. Can you tell me how they did this? Was it use of categories/pages/posts/plugins? I’m not entirely sure of the steps to take to set this up.

    3) This one may be stretching it. But I like both of the skins/layouts, the boxed skin where the content is constrained to a ‘box’ as well as the ‘banner/wrapper’ type theme that my site is currently set to (another reason I went with my current skin is that I love the menu’s arrow/dynamic bg). Is there a way to combine the two? And I, literally, just realized that this site, is doing EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Is it just a simple background image that makes the site have this appearance?

    I think there was one more but I’ve forgotten it now. I’m sure as soon as I click send I’ll remember it…

    Again, thanks so much for your time and effort it is VERY appreciated!


    BUMP… I hope commending the support staff at the beginning of my post was not made in vain.

    Also, in my portfolio section I removed all the template categories and added some of my own, as well as added a few portfolio items of my own; in doing so nothing in my portfolio is showing up now. Even after adding the old categories back and reassigning some of the portfolio items to the categories nothing shows up still. Any ideas?

    Thanks again.



    1) In header.php add your banner/div code after:

    <h1 class="logo ie6fix <?php echo $logoclass; ?>"><a href="<?php echo get_settings('home'); ?>/"><?php echo $logo; ?></a></h1>

    The banner/div html code should look like:

    <div class="banner">
    <img src="my-image.jpg" alt="" title="" />

    At least add following css code to style.css:

    .banner {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0px;

    Obviously you can adjust the position as you like. I.e. increase/decrease the right and top value. Insert the right path in the image tag code above.

    2) The website is currently in maintenance mode – I’ll visit it later. Maybe he made a few customizations to his site (i.e. custom template, custom queries, etc.).

    3) It’s not easily possible. Kriesi uses a visual trick to simulate a boxed layout. His bg image: shows a strip with stuff on it and in the middle you see the white “boxed” content area. However it’s just the bg image and not the content/css code itself which makes the website boxed.

    4) Did you assign the portfolio item categories under CleanCut Options > Portfolio Options to your portfolio page?


    1) Check!

    2) He was using the CleanCut theme. Sorry to reiterate my post text, I know as a developer it’s easier to actually see the layout and setup; however it appeared to be a ‘full-width’ page using multiple rows of the [one_fourth] tags to split up what appeared to be feature posts (the kind of posts that are shown on the home page with a title, image, blurb, and a read more link). It may have just been fancy foot work with a page post, but I’m not sure as it looked to be a function of the normal wordpress framework. Also could have possibly been a modified portfolio page as well. I’ll be sure to post again as soon as it’s up or if I find an alternative site that shows what I’m talking about.

    3) Ok so really what I would need to do is abandon this particular skin and jump to one of them that supports a full blown bg image as opposed to a z-indexed div bg element?

    4) I’m glad I prefaced the post with me being a newb. After applying categories to the portfolio page, all is well.

    Thanks so much for all your help! I really appreciate it!



    2) Maybe he used footer widgets – you can implement them by following the instructions here: (Purchase code hidden if logged out) -i-need-help

    3) Yes – you need to change the bg to a fullwidth background image. Another solution would be to code a boxed layout by creating custom divs, etc.

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