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Postby MzSnowleopard » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:57 am

Hey Hang,

Mz. Snow Leopard here- First, let me to give you a bit of history about me. I am a writing who is seeking alternate to traditional publishing houses. After doing my research about the various companies and agents that make up the industry, I took a break from the search. In my living room I sat down, cracked up a Warsteiner and flipped that cap to the table. The cat gave chase. This was the moment soon after I learn about what rights a writer is ‘allowed’ to have with their own creation. The book is yours. You wrote it, you polished it. And you Agent and Editor will be with you in defense should some one attempt to trifle with your work. However, the books cover and title are selected mostly by the editor and company. The writer has no say in this.

Well, I’m a bit of a deviant. This news didn’t sit right with me. I did verify it with other sources who said pretty much the same thing. The book is yours; the title and cover are not. That cemented the deal for me- I’m going rogue… I’ll be taking the L train to self publishing.

There is so much more which can be shared along the way. Right now I want to get this intro post up and let y’all know who I am.

And now for the cheesy part…

I am single, living with 3 good kitties, 1 Dell Dimension that refuses to give up, and a collection of over 57 stories. Each one is at a different stage of completion. If I had the money I’d higher an assistant to help me work through the piles.

So why did I leave B2? It’s simple, because I am tired of my blog getting spam attacks and hacked (3 times in 1 year). I test drove a few blog programs before whittling it down to nucleus. Two things won me over: team blogging and some awesome templates / skins I found.

Ok- now- quit question- where do we post about problem unzipping the themes we’ve downloaded?

- Mz Snow Leopard
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Postby TCC » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:11 pm

Windows ships with a default unzip program called WinZip. Right click on the skins file and look on the menu for something called Unzip (or something similar). It should unzip into a folder named the same as the skin you selected. Upload that folder and everything in it to the skins file in your Nucleus installation. Then go to your admin panel, click on Import/Export in the left sidebar and under Import drop down to the name of the skin you uploaded. Click Import and the skin is installed.

Nucleus has a lot of documentation about skins.

You can also find on this website an FAQ about skins.

These two sets of docs will likely get you pointed in the right direction.
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Postby ftruscot » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:18 pm

General Questions is a fine place for posting most questions that aren't plugin related. I'm not sure what problem you are having. If it's knowing what to do with the downloaded skin file, TCC has pointed you in the good direction. If it's a strange error about requiring a password, there is a FAQ about that at http://faq.nucleuscms.org/item/195
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Postby MzSnowleopard » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:52 am

Thank you very much. You've been very helpful. Now I need to customize this blog.
Am I correct in assuming that what I'm used to see being called 'widgets' Nucleus calls 'plug-ins'?


Is there one that will allow us to add an image to the side menu?
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Postby TCC » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:36 pm

I can't say whether widgets you're familiar with are equivalent to plugins. Nucleus plugins allow you to extend and customize your blog. There are a number of plugins related to images at the plug in list but I don't use them.

To add an image to a sidebar, I add a div in the sidebar file and drop in code something like this:

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<div class="rightimage">
<img src="http://example.com/blog/skins/nameofskin/images/nameofimage.jpg"
alt="Text to show if image doesn't display"
width="200" height="200"
align="center" />
</div>


Note that the URL is your full URL (not relative). Replace the alt text with your alt text. Width and height are actual dimensions of your images in pixels. You will want to check that the name of your div is not already used in your skins.

You can style the div in your style sheet:

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.rightimage {
  float: left;
  width: 250px;
  border: 0;
 }


You can find more information in this thread.
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Postby MzSnowleopard » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:30 pm

I wasn't asking if they were equivalent- it was the definition. Looking at the list on your link it would seem that widgets and plugins are essentially the same thing. The main difference appears to be with installing them. I'm accustomed to dealing with widgets- they're practically automatic- drag and drop stuff. With plug-ins it's manual coding.

I admit- I'm not a coder but I'm willing to give this a shot. Thankfully back-ups are easy.

Of course - it would help if I were able to log-in. Theme is not giving me this feature.
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Postby ftruscot » Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:21 pm

Point your browser to yoursite.tld/nucleus

If you want a login form in your sidebar, use the <%loginform%> skin variable. There are also variables to add a link for the admin area to your sidebar. Some examples can be found in the skins/default/sidebar.inc file.
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Postby MzSnowleopard » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:30 pm

Got it- thanks... one more question- haven't seen this one asked...

Is there a book available on this program?

scratch this ... nevermind, I found the question under 'getting started'

http://faq.nucleuscms.org/category/13
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