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537056345_Inactive (New Admin) 6/30/2004 4:30 PM EST : ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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Becoming Adept!

I don't know hardly anything about CSS, XML, XSL, etc. All I know is HTML. I created a new website for my DAoC guild cause the old webmaster left the guild and I was elected as the new web master. I like the look and feel of guildportal's themes and their tools that are included. However, I'm wondering how I can do simple things like move the upcoming events box to another spot etc? Is there a simple resource where I can find this kind of information? A beginner's guild if you will.

I browsed the help files and only found info on admitting members and their permissions.

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Deleted User (New Admin) 7/3/2004 6:52 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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Well, I can tell you that I am new also, and beginning to dabble in CSS, XML, and XSL. For starters, check out the source of your webpage. (view source) the beginning of the code lists the style settings of each element on the page. Knowing what you do about HTML, and after looking at it for a few minutes, It will likely start to make sense. Copy the <Style> ......... </Style> portion to a wordpad document. This is a good starting point. Copy this style into the CSS panel in the control panel. Here you can manipulate the various elements, add styles not defined in the original style sheet, (some of which are found here New CSS Classes ) and just generally play around with it. You'll start to get the idea quickly, I'm sure. I am still new to all of this and experimenting all the time. Some good, some bad. But I'm having a good time with it, and the guild is enjoying the progress.

Now for XML, well that's a longer story, and I'm not the best one to tell it. But there are some great examples here in the forums, the Tech Zone forum, and some folks are using this in a cool way. For a primer on XML, check out Guild Portal XSLT Community , there is also a good XML Learning site that I cant find the link to right now. I'll post it later.
You might also check out the Winamp skinning tutorials they get your feet wet with XML in a pretty cool way.
FYI, MSAccess and MS Excel can take your tables into xml documents for you quickly.
Hope that helps,
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22542_Inactive (New Admin) 12/7/2004 3:36 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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As to how to do things like move content around.. That's all contained in the Control Panel of the guild. When you click on the control panel link, a new page should open. On the left will be the control choices. To rearrange the order of things on Guildportal pages, just open the site pages section and click on the content link for the specific page you want to change. That will list all the content and where it is displayed. If you check the display properties of any item it will show you the name that is displayed, the content type in the box, the section of the page it's on (Left, Center, Right), and the display order which is a numerical number. You can move it from left, center, or right just by changing the dropdown. You can reorder from top to bottom by assigning numbers to each content type. Lower numbers get displayed higher on the page. The trick is to just explore the control panel, see what options are available and play with them. Don't be shy. I personally set up a secondary site that I use for experimentation with graphics and styles so that I don't make changes to my guild's site until I am pleased. It also lets me set something up that can be previewed by the guild before it becomes official.If you have HTML knowledge, you can achieve quite a bit. The embedded page (displays an externally hosted webpage inside of a panel on your guildportal page) and the Freeform Text/HTML (insert your own html code into a panel to be displayed) options will let you really customize some panels with your own work.Hope this helps.
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Tubzinsac (Guild Admin) 4/17/2005 10:23 PM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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I am a complete newbie at CSS but I borrowed a theme listed here on guild portal and I liked it so that was good. Then I added a picture and that was bad...

See Here...

How do I fix it? By it I mean the top right picture box has been cracked open by the size of the picture and now the right side stretches beyond the length of the top and bottom boxes. I really just want to get the top and bottom to stretch but not knowing a thing about how this is done I figured I would come here first. The easier the fix the better but the picture is just the right size basically.
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Rhoninn Thistlethorn (Guild Admin) 4/18/2005 5:23 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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That picture looks fine to me viewed in firefox, you're talking about the member pic right.



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Tubzinsac (Guild Admin) 4/18/2005 6:16 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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Yes not really the pic but the boarder around it. I am viewing from IE and it seems the pic busted the right side wall of the content box out. It is a CSS taken from the list GP gives us nothing creative on my part. Did it at work and now home so I know it is not a monitor issue. Perhapes it is an IE issue... If nobody else sees it that way and confirms it here then I guess I am ok with it.
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Rhoninn Thistlethorn (Guild Admin) 4/19/2005 5:22 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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Fired up IE to have a peak and this is what I saw.


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Tubzinsac (Guild Admin) 4/19/2005 8:23 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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Yes it is busting out the side wall I was just wondering if that is an IE fault or if there is a way I can get the boarder to go flush again without trimming the photo. Also thank you very much for taking a look at the problem RT.
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Rhoninn Thistlethorn (Guild Admin) 4/19/2005 7:10 PM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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This is definately some weirdness with the box not resizing in IE forsome reason, did you try another theme to see if it still did it, I'mwondering if it's a flaw with this theme. I'm kinda reaching herebecause I don't see how this could be a CSS issue.


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Tubzinsac (Guild Admin) 4/20/2005 3:54 AM EST : RE: ACK! Help I'm a complete noob!

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Not sure I just know that when I chose this theme I recieved a pop up notification that the theme was designed using a CSS and that font may not be editable from the content manager. It was the first CSS theme I have used and thought that perhapes that could be the problem. As I said I am a total newbie in this department. I do know that I use another theme for my old Website for Age of Rebirth and those pictures do not bust out the sidewalls. That Age of Rebirth Website was our evil side guild untill we heard the from someone that patrons can be of either city and reap the benifites in their city so it has not be changed in a while. So it might be a problem with the theme although short of changing the theme entirely not sure where I would edit it.
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