I think this works great….
After installing commentpress and following the directions, I’m getting a “fatal error” in the coding. Any advice on this?
The theme is broken with WordPress 3.0. I did adapt it so that it works to some extent (see the site URL I’ve given), but I couldn’t get the paragraph-level commenting to work and so I removed it altogether from the plugin & theme. I left “General Comments” enabled and renamed it “Comments on the Book.” Let me know if you want the code and I’ll be happy to give it to you — I like the “bookishness” of the CommentPress theme enough to forego the paragraph-level commenting.
Any outside chance that you guys could do a Blogger version?
I don’t see how that would be achievable. Blogger is a closed system.
How so? You can edit all the code without paying, unlike WordPress.
CommentPress is for self-hosted WordPress installs, not wordpress.com
I’ve been using CommentPress for my site for some time now. I think it’s a brilliant tool. I thought I’d give my 2 cents on what could be improved.
I think the major “problem” is with the layout of the front page. It’s not very “inviting”, as some of my readers have said. And I agree.
First, there needs to be an easy way to change the colors. The current ones are too dark. I know I can create a child theme, but that’s not exactly straight-forward with CommentPress. It’s hard to figure out the style sheets.
More importantly, I think the general layout needs to change. I think it would be better if the items on the left-hand side were moved to the Header. Table of Contents could be a drop-down menu of some sort. The items under “Special pages would go to the right of the Table of Contents. It would probably make sense to move “Activity” to the header as well.
This change would solve two major issues. First, it would provide more reading room for the page. That would make the page easier to read, and not look so squished. Also, the items under Special Pages would be much easier to find. And it would focus attention on the main point – the text and the comments.
Just something to consider, just my thoughts. I know making these type of changes would be difficult. CommentPress is complicated (I’ve been looking through the code! Whoa.)
Many thanks for your thoughtful comments, Steve, you feedback is greatly appreciated.
I certainly agree that the homepage template needs to be more inviting and/or functional. It has always been assumed that people would do that themselves, though perhaps too much technical knowledge has also been assumed. I will have a think about that, however, and see if I can make some quick improvements.
As far as child themes go, there is a starter child theme which even I use to customise sites to suit a particular colour scheme. The default grey palette is deliberately muted so that it doesn’t get in the way of designers too much. I am reluctant to go too far down the road of offering back-end configurable color schemes for a number of reasons, but mostly because it would require considerable effort. Time for a crowdfunding campaign, perhaps?
Regarding the design changes you suggest, I have taken them on board and whilst I’m not promising to implement them, I will bear them in mind when I do get the opportunity to do further updates.
Thanks again for your feedback.
Thanks for taking to the time to respond. I’m not sure my suggestions would be helpful in reality, but something to think about anyway. And yea, I understand the amount of work.
I was checking out my site on my new android, and i see that NAVIGATE, CONTENTS, DISCUSS appear in the footer. interesting. that seems to work well. i like it.
I started to look into making some modifications myself, but quickly found it was a bit over my head. I was able to install a child theme, and edit the CSS a bit, although i found even that a challenge. I decide to work on some simpler themes first, do some reading, and return to it when i understand it more. I’m starting to get a much better idea of how to go about things.
Happy to hear you’re getting the hang of things. CommentPress is not as friendly as it could be for less technical folks. Hang on in there and it will become clearer.
Glad you like the responsive elements to the design. In fact, you could trigger them at larger screen sizes if you prefer the layout. Try making your desktop browser window smaller and you’ll see the design change to be a bit more like what you’re seeing on your mobile device. I’ll investigate how straightforward it would be to make that an admin option if it appeals.
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January 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm
Thanks for the workaround and for finding the bug. I can confirm that a captioned image as the first item does indeed break the markup. It is actually a (presumably unintentional) quirk of the WordPress wp_autop() function that results in this error – so in a sense it’s not the “fault” of CommentPress, but it’s also not the “fault” of WordPress either! Quirks are unavoidable. I will post a fix for this in due course.
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January 24, 2017 at 10:06 am
Hurray, I found a kludge! On both pages, the image was the first element. When I precede the image with “<p><span></span></p> the error disappears. The display does not change. If, however, I only insert <p></p> it doesn’t help.
January 24, 2017 at 8:50 am
Hi Ralph, can you email me please? I have an idea why this might be happening, but I’d like to see what the editor really shows and how the caption is placed in the flow of the text. Comments are a bit of an unwieldy way to manage this!
January 24, 2017 at 6:36 am
I solved the button problem in the Flat them by moving them to the right, so the comment button no longer obscures text.
But now I have a real problem: Being obsessive compulsive I W3 validated the html on all 135 pages of my online eBook.After a few minor corrections, they all passed – except two! Both showed the error:
Error: No p element in scope but a p end tag seen.
Both occurred with the first of two captioned illustrations (the only two pages with two illustrations). The source code reads:
<!– cp_caption_start –><span class=”captioned_image alignleft” style=”width: 400px”><span id=”attachment_2888″ class=”wp-caption”><img class=”size-full wp-image-2888″ src=”http://www.stuehlingen.online/Book/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/BusColAbs-e1485171019750.png” alt=”Business mix, absolute” width=”400″ height=”282″ /></span><small class=”wp-caption-text”>Figure 8. Absolute commercial pattern of 34 most active merchants.</small></span><!– cp_caption_end –></p>
And it is the unpaired </p> at the end that triggers the error.
In the page editor it looks thus:
[caption id="attachment_2888" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img class=”size-full wp-image-2888″ src=”http://www.stuehlingen.online/Book/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/BusColAbs-e1485171019750.png” alt=”Business mix, absolute” width=”400″ height=”282″ /> Figure 8. Absolute commercial pattern of 34 most active merchants.[/caption]
Without a trailing </p>.
In the WP forum they are telling me that the problem must be due to the plugin.
January 17, 2017 at 9:34 am
Hi Stacy, I’m not qualified to advise on legal matters, but perhaps one solution might be to make your website private so that only your students can view content when logged in? There are plugins such as Restricted Site Access that can make this happen.
January 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm
I’m interested in using this, but I don’t understand how the text is used.
For example, if I wanted to use an article from the web, I couldn’t just post it for my students. I’d have to get written permission to copy it so I could have it on my blog.
How does this work? I really like the idea, but I don’t know how to put it to use without violating copyright laws.
January 13, 2017 at 8:10 am
This website currently uses the “Modern” theme supplied with the plugin. I’d still be interested to hear why you think the button in the “Flat” theme is problematic.
I don’t know any particularly good ones, but I’m sure you can search for a relevant tutorial.
January 13, 2017 at 6:55 am
The comment button is floating, so when users scroll, it obstructs parts of the rightmost body text. I notice that the comment press website doesn’t display the comment button. How did you get rid of it? Also, where is the CSS tutorial, you are referring to?
January 4, 2017 at 6:20 am
Hi Ralph, you should be able to override anything in the default stylesheet by being more specific in targeting the element in your child theme’s stylesheet. A CSS tutorial will explain the mechanics of specificity to you – it’s a bit complex to explain in a comment reply.
Out of interest, what is your issue with the button overlapping the text? There should be plenty of screen space where it doesn’t do so.
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