12 May 2008 @ 7:57Modified Blue-Pix Theme

This blog is running a modified version of the Blue-Pix theme. I have made a lot of minor changes to the Blue-Pix theme since starting this blog less than a year ago. Some changes were just minor visual tweaks like simplifying the search field in the header, while others, were a bit more involved, like making the theme widget compatible. My most recent modification was to change the load order of the page.

I have been reading up on some SEO, and one thing I came across (which may or may not be true but sounds plausible) was that search engines prefer your content to be at the top of the page. That may sound silly to you, because where else would you put your content? I thought about this for a minute, and then looked closer at the source for my index page. My content was not at the top of the page. It turns out that the Blue-Pix theme loaded the sidebar first with the property float:right, then the content. So, in an attempt to make things easier on spiders, I reversed this behavior. The content loads first with a float:left followed by the sidebar coming in and filling the space to the right of the content.

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  1. Mi | 02 Sep 2008 @ 11:24 #

    Hi there. Nice modifs. I was hoping you could help me add a banner – like image to the blue pix theme – just like you did with the blockbuster total access banner. Thanks.

  2. Jon | 02 Sep 2008 @ 12:38 #

    Between the <?php get_header(); ?> and <div id="main"> in the Main Index Template, I put this:

    <div style="text-align:center; padding: 5px 0 5px 0; margin:0 0 10px 0;background-color:#ffffff;width:100%;border: #B6C9D3 solid; border-width: 0 0 1px 0"><!-- banner goes here --></div>

    You may have to adjust the width of your blog or the margins around the banner.

  3. Mi | 02 Sep 2008 @ 13:05 #

    thanks for the fast reply. And you loaded the banner with img src ?

  4. Jon | 02 Sep 2008 @ 13:20 #

    Yes, replace <!-- banner goes here --> with the img src.

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