September 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm #4205
After spending quite a bit of time trying to figure out why background color and text color don’t seem to work in the ASE “Content Component” I see from a previous topic that this is apparently not supported in Novella. Is this correct?
Part of the reason I purchased this theme was that it was advertised on your site as being purpose-built to support ASE and I find it troubling to learn that instead of supporting all of the existing components it apparently limits some of ASE’s capabilities (and without even going to the trouble to remove the options from the menu).
Chris RorrerSeptember 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm #4212
Hi Chris. Thanks for your post.
Yes, you are correct. The designer of the Novella theme believes it is important to keep a uniform style throughout the theme and has limited color customizations.
You can, however, change the link and accent colors at WPadmin –> Customize –> Novella options. You can also change these same attributes on a per-post basis. Simply scroll to the bottom of a post and you’ll see the options.
In addition, you can overwrite anything you’d like by writing a little custom CSS code. I recommend using a plugin like Simple Custom CSS to save your CSS (https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-css/).
If you’re not familiar with how to use CSS inspector in Chrome, it’s super easy to use and will make finding the css classes that you’ll need when you want to change the design. Here’s a great in-depth article about this: https://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/developertools/part1/
Hope this helps!September 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm #4213
One of the reasons I purchased this (exceptionally expensive) theme is because I’m a writer and want to spend as little time as possible writing code or CSS. Stripping functionality from the ASE plug-in (which is what attracted me to the Novella theme in the first place) in a theme that is advertised as having been built to support that very plug-in makes little sense. For instance, why am I still allowed to place quotes within a colored background, but not other content? Am I missing something? What I’m trying to do isn’t even really a custom colorization – I’m not trying to step outside the main color combinations, just would like to have a background color behind content.
Are there other parts of the ASE plug-in that do not function within Novella? You’d be doing potential buyers a great service if you’d be inclined to let them know about them. At this point, I’m very much questioning my decision to purchase this theme which appears to limit the flexibility of it’s own plug-in! (not to mention options for its customers.)
Chris RorrerSeptember 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm #4243
Hi Chris. Just wanted to let you know that we’ve updated Novella (1.0.5) to not display any options that cannot be set (ex: background color in content).
I definitely understand that you’ve purchased Novella as a writer, not a developer. The designer of this theme decided to allow certain color changes but not others. I know that can be frustrating when you’re trying to make a compelling website.
If you get stuck on any CSS changes that you’d like to make, just let me know and I will do my best to help.
I do not believe there are any other options that have been removed from Novella. I will update the Novella product page to reflect that certain components’ background and text colors cannot be altered.
Please let me know if I can help in any way.September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm #4250
Thanks for the help and clarification, Jenny.
I guess the only request I would have is that the developers/designers might give (re)consideration to leaving this functionality intact as it is in the ASE plug-in for the next update. To reiterate, I’m not looking to use a different background color here, but simply the ability to use the same color specified for the story behind the content (in the same way as it’s used behind quote components, for example). In that respect, this isn’t really a color change at all, nor one that interrupts the theme design with a different or potentially conflicting color. Just my $.02 here, but the flexibility to use the ASE plug-in as intended within Novella would be nice. It seems so well conceived that it’s a shame to take a part away, even such a small one as this.
I’ll shut up about it now, and hopefully won’t have to bother you with too many CSS changes. I understand that no theme or design can be everything to everybody. 🙂
One last question – does Aesop Interactive do any custom development, or recommend any studios that do for those who are looking to step outside the bounds a tad?
Chris RorrerSeptember 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm #4253
Hi Chris. Thanks for your reply. Would it be possible for you to take a screenshot of the area that you’d like to have the theme background color? I’m not quite understanding exactly where you’d like the color to display so hopefully a visual representation will help. 🙂
And I’m happy to help you tweak things with CSS. If you get part way there and can’t figure something out, just let me know!
For custom development with Aesop, we recommend contacting Mike at Tuna Traffic ( mike (at) tunatraffic.com ). They’ll be able to help you out for sure.
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