Homepage layout & activities
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I have some problems with the appearance and content of some activity widgets in the default Cbox themes.
– Site wide activities are mis-aligned with an excess bullet,
– Wiki most active and most recent have an excess bullet as well, and they display docs as well as wiki pages
Here’s the link: http://dev.commonsabundance.net/
Thanks for helping me solve this.
Or are there any other plugins that could help us display our activity in groups, site wide and wiki in a more compelling way?
Hi Helene – I took a look and didn’t see the issue. Can you please provide a screenshot of what you are seeing? Also, maybe clear your browser’s cache.
In terms of other plugins – I don’t know of any, but may others do. You can always change the way the activity stream displays by adjusting the CSS.
Hi Scott, here’s a screenshot, I highlighted the problems in red.
I would love to adjust the CSS, but I don’t know how to do that…
FYI, we do not recommend that CBOX instances run without oversight/maintenance by admins with knowledge of WordPress, HTML, and CSS. I know it can be hard for small organizations to find people with such skills; if that’s the case for your org, it might be worth exploring HTML markup and CSS styling though a service like Code Academy or some other free, web-based training/tutorial system. CSS isn’t too hard to learn and I think you’ll find that some basic knowledge of CSS classes and style properties will go a long way towards helping you customize your CBOX install (you can use the Custom CSS field on the CBOX options to do so).
There is a long tradition of WordPress serving as a kind of gateway to web design and maintenance; should you start with HTML/CSS, I wouldn’t be surprised to see you fiddling with PHP before long.
Thanks for the tip. I have some vague notions and the capacity to learn but very little time. One of the reason we chose commons in a box was because it was… in a box… This creates some expectations. 🙂
Getting help from a coder for customized features and styles is one thing. Getting to fix out of the box plugins and features meant to be compatible that are buggy is another, probably more difficult…
We are in the process of raising funds to develop the website, but for this we need to show activity and minimal features that work.
I hope someone can help us with this. Also I don’t know which plugin operates the (wiki) most recent/active widgets, if its buddypress itself (what I assume) or another plugin…
For the sitewide activity, I already asked the plugin author for some advice.
Now if someone can direct me to an activity plugin widget that looks ok with the Cbox theme, or share a snippet of code to make it look good, it would be welcome. I would be surprised if no website in the community provides activity lists…
Thanks a lot.
The software *is* “in a box,” and as your install shows, it’s possible to
get a complex community site up and running even without web-design
expertise on one’s team! I’d call that a big success.
The problem occurs when one has a desire to make custom changes to one’s
install without resources, time, or expertise. This goes beyond the scope
of what is promised or implied by “in a box.” I do hope that you will be
able to find one of the three and thank you for being part of our community
I also encourage others developing for CBOX to share their code with the
community so that others can benefit. We are a free software project and
depend upon the collective good will of our users and developers to keep
the project moving forward.
Thanks yes a big success. But I would like to undeline here that this version did not totally come out of the box and that I invested an enormous amount of time to get there, despite the fact I can’t really code. With the help of the community than you everyone!
I am trying to share and help where I can in architecture and user experience and can provide advice on plugins that I have installed.
Helping each other is important!
Hi Helene – I opened up an issue for the wiki widgets issue here: https://github.com/boonebgorges/buddypress-docs-wiki/issues/13
I wasn’t able to exactly recreate what I see on your site – but I do see some issues that the dev team should look at.
For the activity widget issue, I see that you are using the BP Sitewide Activity Widget plugin, and noticed that you have already entered an issue on its support page.