Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wordpress

I thought it was about time I start using Wordpress for my website. Actually, for quite a while I have wanted to switch to using a CMS instead of using some custom integration with phpBB. I had dabbled in Drupal and Joomla and a few others and always got frustrated. I installed Wordpress a long time ago and didn't make much progress.

However I had decided to give it another go since Dreamhost added one click install. The admin interface appears to have matured and after some googling to get a decent blank slate theme I have started work on porting my current sites theme to Wordpress. The current site is full custom and I have been wanting to move away from the dark theme for a while, however I am in love with the general layout and wanted to preserve it. I have made decent progress on core layout and modernizing certain elements of the design, including dropping support for IE <8.

One annoyance though was the new Admin Bar (or Toolbar). My theme utilizes a height:100% style on html and body. The admin bar adds a margin to the top of html which made my theme scroll funny. This only matters if you are logged in (aka, just me) but it pissed me off so I wanted to fix it. After scouring the internet I pieced together the steps to unhook their addition of the margin and add my own hook to adjust the padding instead. Just add this to functions.php in your theme:

function pad_admin_bar() {
  echo '
    <style type="text/css">
      html {
        padding-top: 28px !important;
        box-sizing: border-box;
      }
    </style>';
}
function my_admin_bar_init() {
  remove_action('wp_head', '_admin_bar_bump_cb');
  add_action( 'wp_head', 'pad_admin_bar' );
}
add_action('admin_bar_init', 'my_admin_bar_init');

The box-sizing trick makes my height style still work as expected. Now I can be happy and move on to the parts of the theme normal people see.

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