Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A quick HTML/CSS/Blogger question: I recently fiddled with this site's template - shifting the archives around a bit, altering the title text etc. As far as I understood it, if I alter the template, that should affect every page on the site - including archived pages.

So why, when I click on archive pages, do they still appear with the pre-fiddled-with layout? Shouldn't that be impossible, if the template no longer contains the information that is being displayed on those archived pages? It shouldn't be a cache issue, as some of the pages I've just checked this on I've never previously looked at on this computer. Very confusing...

I fully accept that I will never make a web designer...

9 Comments:

Anonymous Sunny said...

In theory, yes. However it might be that when you fiddled around with the layout, you did that for the file that deals with your front page only. Your archives are likely to be called out from a different file.

If all you changed was your CSS file, then it should be uniform across the entire site. Are you using Wordpress by any chance? That's the only blogging software I've worked with.

11/22/2005 04:07:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Nope - using Blogger, which only has one template file. It makes no sense. Also, bizarrely, when I check the main page at the moment, this post doesn't even appear - I've had to access it via the email I get sent when someone leaves a comment.

Last time I had a similar problem it was just my computer's cache remembering old pages - but I've cleared the cache and tried it again, and it's still doing it. I'm utterly stumped.

11/22/2005 04:11:00 pm  
Blogger doctorvee said...

It's a while since I used Blogger, so I don't know if you still have to do this. But did you remember to republish every page?

11/22/2005 04:50:00 pm  
Anonymous Sunny said...

I've never used Blogger, sorry. But having just clicked your archives (going back to the month this blog started), the template is the same as your front page. It must be a cache issue? I'm using Firefox, and its fine on mine.

11/22/2005 04:55:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

I've tried it in Firefox and Safari on Mac OSX - haven't been able to check on PC as I only noticed it this afternoon. Very odd.

I'll try republishing the entire thing as the good Doctor Vee suggests - may do the trick, I suppose.

For the record, I hate technology.

11/22/2005 04:57:00 pm  
Blogger strangely rouge said...

if after you've republished your entire blog you still have problems here's something else to check:

a problem I've had editing Blogger templates is making changes within various blogger specific tags. any changes made between the MainOrArchivePage></MainOrArchivePage> tags will only effect the main archive, just outside it it will be on all pages including article pages( the ones accesible through PERMALINK)

any help?

11/22/2005 05:57:00 pm  
Blogger Disillusioned kid said...

Bring back the carrier pidgeon says I. (I'm sick of trying to recode my blog BTW.)

11/22/2005 06:38:00 pm  
Blogger MatGB said...

I'll try republishing the entire thing as the good Doctor Vee suggests - may do the trick, I suppose.

It, um, says to do this very thing in the 'how to' section. If you only republish your index, it does the entries currently on your front page.

It's likely an idea to do a separate .css file if you're going to bugger around with the layout a lot, but I have no real idea how to do it, although I do plan to learn.

Thx for the statcounter link BTW, looks like I have another tweak to the template to do. If I had any cash, I'd bung DK a bit to get him to give mine a once over, his new layout is dead good. Apart from the colour.

Oh, rambling on, I really don't like the way your name is in the title od each page instead of the name of the post, it messes up the 'blog this' button I cobbled together for my toolbar and it'll also, I think, hurt your google results a little, they pay attention to page titles more than page content. No idea how you fix it so it's on the main page but not archive pages, I'd put it on the profile or in the subhead meself.

11/22/2005 09:21:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Right - that may or may not have done it. Possibly. Sodding Blogger kept refusing to republish the thing.

11/23/2005 09:46:00 am  

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