Submitted by Jim K on Sat, 2008-06-21 17:03

Well, for completely unknown reasons the default Theme for cpnhelp, called Fancy, broke! It would no longer display the tabs at the top for the primary links. So, I've temporarily replaced it with another as the site default.

We are working on a really beautiful, easy to use new theme but it requires a lot more configuration before it's usable, and it's Saturday, and I've spent way too long in front of the computer today! 

If you can't get the links, go to 'my account/edit" and select either Marvin, Chameleon, or Blue Marine.

I rather like the clean look of this one but there are some odd things going on, like typing this, I'm about 30 pixels from the top of the box and around 20 pixels in from the left. The text is tiny too.

Berkshire, UK. Diagnosed RRMS Feb 4th 2008.NAC 2400mg. All supps. Doxy 200mg. Zith 250mg. Metro 400mg.No GP/Neuro support. Self medicating with help from David Wheldon. Started CAP 20th April

Ah, Yes!! I'm Blue (or is this just the new CPNhelp theme). I must say there is something strangely pleasing about this look...........it's calming, I think.

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"Chance favors the prepared mind." --Louis Pasteur

Husband treating MS with CAP

Something odd happened, but I like the end result!  My page changed on its own from a black and white very drab plain layout to what I think may be the "blue marine" layout.  When I go to my account to look for other layout selections, I can't find any.  Has this changed now?  TIA Smile

NAC 2.4g, Zith 250mg/MWF, mino 200mg, Tini 5day/1g/5 pulses, ValcyteSupplements, CFIDS/FMS, Hashimoto's, Psoriasis, PA, IBS, Sec Addisons Don't believe everything you think!  

I changed the default layout to one called "Garland" because of the complaints about font size in the rich text editor. This one seems to do okay for now, and we'll stick with it until we get something better shaped up. I spent way too much time late last night testing different themes, most of which looked awful when finally mounted up on our site, and settled on this one. I'm not sure why some of the others aren't available to others. The good thing about Drupal is it has so many modules to do things with. The difficult thing is sometimes you have to do 5 things to get one module to work because of interdependencies. At least we have the new, faster and more secure site up. Many things like the search process, which requires a reindexing of the whole database, will improve over time. Our Google placement will also I presume as the bots update our pages.

Blue Marine seems to work too, and I get to see the whole of the sentence about Cpn at the top of the page, although all the tabs are small and stacked in two rows.

I'm still having to enable rich text when writing a comment. Is it something I'm not doing in my profile that results in this?

Also using this theme my comments appear in italic once posted although not when I am writing it.

Correction, just switched back to Garland and the italic post is still there, so nothing to do with the theme... 

 

Michèle (UK) GFA: Wheldon CAP 1st May 2006. Daily Doxy, Azi MWF, metro pulse.

Gee Jim, sounds like you need some rest! This is fine on my end and fucntional for the time being...
marie

On CAP since Sept '05 for MS, RA, Asthma, sciatica. EDSS at start 5.5.(early cane) Now 6 (cane full time) Originally on: Doxy 200, Azith 3x week, Tini cont. over summer '07, Revamp of protocol in Summer '08 by Stratton due to functional loss; clarithro

Ohh.  I just saw the note above from someone with tender eyes.  I have my monitor brightness adjusted down.  That might help, if not already tried.

 For my eyes, I love the blue background to compose my post.  It's much less  strain than a white background while typing.  

And the system lets me add a line of white space to make short paragraphs.

Much better with clear typing font, too.  The size works well right now.   Although, it is easy (if on a MAC) to just hit the apple key and the + or (-) key to change type for composing or reading.   It won't affect the size that goes on line for others to see.

Same here, My Account / Edit doesn't provide any way to change the layout.  Also, signature block isn't automatically coming up on comments.  I'll adapt to anything, but was quite satisfied with the layout of the site as it was.

CAP for M.S. 8/2007 - 3/2009.  Twentieth pulse metronidazole + INH completed 3/12/2009.  Intermittent treatment thereafter until 11/20/2009.  

Okay, I'll be honest..... I'm all for improvements, but I rather liked the font and colors of our old site  -- with the blue, we're not "unique"  we look  like most other sites on the Net. It is also, for me, a bit hard on the eyes as well.

 Also, the font size is (for me) a bit too small and I can't increase through the IE . (and I wear reading glasses when I'm on the computer).  I do appreciate all of the time, effort and hard work!

Embarassed Jeanneroz

JeanneRoz ~ DX'd w/ CPN 4/2007; 6/07 -"officially" dx'd w/CFIDS/FM; also: HHV6, EBV, IBS-C, 100 Doxy:BID; 500 mg Biaxin BID; Tindamax Pulses, B12 shots, ERFA Dessicated Thyroid,Cortef, Iodoral 25 mg, Vit D-6,000 uni

Ditto font size and I like more color; but, hey, Jim, I appreciate all your work so whatever you end up with is fine with me!

 Nancy 

PPMS-misdiagnosed 2001-diagnosed 2006. Probably caught cpn in birth canal but it didn't pass BBB until my 40s. Minocycline 7 mos.- resulting bronchitis 5 months.Go to private m.d. out-of-plan. Wheldon CAP 3/2/07 Stopped 12/12; resumed 12/13

Thanks, all, for your understanding. I'll talk to the developer today and see if we can "un-break" the Fancy theme.

I'm ultimately gearing towards a new theme which is highly flexible and quite readable. Our aim is to have a redesigned frontpage (home page) that gives nice, clear boxes at the top that simplify things for all the new folks coming to the site and takes advantage of Michele's fine work in providing the First Steps, and following steps, booklets. The new theme also has drop-down menus that will help make a cleaner and less confusing look along the top of the screen getting rid of so many cluttered tabs. There is also an option to format the forums more like those of more familiar forum-based websites so that new people will not be as put off by them. And, hopefully, we will initiate a blog page link that presents blogs by disease category as well as by recent blog posts. That way people coming to the site with, say, MS would be able to see blogs specifically pertaining to this.

However, to keep all this with a cleaner look, there may be less options for all the different blocks like recent comments, active forum discussions, and such. I won't get much shaped up this week or so, but when I do I'll try and restore the option for members to select themes so you can all try it out and give feedback. 

Thanks for your patience on this switchover. Every time we have to do something this major we risk a temporary mess, but I can tell you that the security improvements have been significant. While our spam filters were working well to prevent you all from seeing the posts, it didn't stop the spammers from sucking up our band-width, filling up the database with unpublished spam, and slowing down the website for all. I'm so relieved to be able to look at the site logs and see none of that junk, when before we would be under attack for hours at a time.

I am thrilled to see the "old" format somewhat back. Really do prefer it.

Must say I also preferred the general listing of ongoing discussions versus the categorization in the new format.

But just glad to see the old format back for the most part. It really is easier to read. I hope you will be keeping it as it is today.

Thanks,

denise

63 year old woman feels like 80!  CFS since 1998.  Severe fatigue and awful reverse sleep main symptoms.  No Fibro.  Tested positive for CPN 3/07.  Severe reaction to azithro (begun slowly in 5/07) - stopped. 

LOL, people always prefer the familiar. You're used to it Denise but for newbies it can be very confusing. The advantage to having a similar format to other sites is that people can get going very quickly.

What Jim and the Devs are trying to do is provide a site with options that's clearer than this one. Hopefully the new template will allow you to resize the text without breaking too.

Berkshire, UK. Diagnosed RRMS Feb 4th 2008.NAC 2400mg. All supps. Doxy 200mg. Zith 250mg. Metro 400mg.No GP/Neuro support. Self medicating with help from David Wheldon. Started CAP 20th April

I understand what you are saying as it was quite confusing to me when I was new here.  I just found the type in the new design hard to read and being lazy liked having all the discussions in one location.Also, there is something to be said for retaining some of the old when new things are introduced.   

63 year old woman feels like 80!  CFS since 1998.  Severe fatigue and awful reverse sleep main symptoms.  No Fibro.  Tested positive for CPN 3/07.  Severe reaction to azithro (begun slowly in 5/07) - stopped. 

For me, the site has decided all by itself to default to a very colorful, sort of 'warm' theme. How do I get my old, soothing blue one back? I'm not seeing any option for site theme....

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Sorry. Doing some construction work on a new theme and turned off all the other themes so I didn't create any errors. Patience...

You know, I've been on flagyl for, like, six or seven weeks. But, oddly enough, I have tons of patience these days. (No, really; I do!) Make it stunning, Jim!

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Im a newbie, I haven't got a clue what I am doing but I just want to say that I have read so much interesting relevenat information on this website.  Because I'm not at all computer literate, I end up confused as soon as I turn turn the computer on... and I know, I've been told, the only way to learn is to keep on using it.                                                                                                                                           I have MS and Im really fortunate that I'm taking the 3 antibiotics and all the supplements so to have a website for people on the cpn treatment is brilliant!!   Not to sure what to do next? Think I have to 'post  comment' so here goes...................... 10 minutes later I still haven't been able to post it.

I'm a newbie, I haven't got a clue what I'm doing but I just want to say that I have read so much interesting relevant information on this website.                                                                                        Because I'm not at all computer literate I end up easily confused even just turning the computer on!......I Know, I've been told, the only way to learn is to keep on using it.                                                              I have MS and am very fortunate to be on the cpn treatment, I take the 3 different antibiotics and all the recommended  supplements so to have a website for people on the cpn treatment plan is brilliant!Not sure what I have to do now? I think I have to post it.......  I have been trying for the past half hour..says something about 'navigate away from page blah blah ok cancel'  Here goes, I will try again.

Marj- First thing is go to "my account/edit" an put in your signature information that has your condition, current abx, etc. so people have a way of orienting to your posts. Then you might post a blog (create content/blog page) that outlines your story and what you are doing now, any starting questions.The "are you sure you want to navigate away from this page..." is just a feature to keep people from switching to another page before they've posted their comment text. If you switch pages before you post text, you lose it! This is called an "autosave" feature in the text editor, but isn't so clear in the message it gives, sorry.

I haven't been able to be on the site during all these tumultuous times of change as it just blows my mind when things don't work.So, I thought, things are looking pretty normal now, I will post to Sphinx.  I typed up a nice little paragraph for her & then ZAP & %((^%($##$, IT DSAPPEARED.  Apparently my page has a time out & I had to re sign in....please, please please, this site is NASTY for time outs & info disappearing, can we do something about that back in the brains of this thing?I pray this doesn't happen again, I just can't take it.  I have only so much time for energy & this takes alot of it & poooof, it's gone...my energy, my patience, my posting.thnxr

CFIDS/ME, FMS, MCS, IBS, EBV, CMV, Cpn, H1, chronic insomnia, Chronic Lyme, HME, Babesia, Natural HRT-menopause, NAC 2.4 gm,Full CAP 6-2-07, all supplements+Iodorol, Inositol-depression, ultra Chitosan, L lysine Pulse#27 04-19-10 1gm Flagyl/day-5 days<

Ruthless, I hear your frustration, I too have lost lengthy answers in the past.   Time out has never been the reason for me, moving to quickly before the entire upload has completed has been my problem (in the distant past).  Have you tried Cholestyramine for energy improvement.  I know you swear by chitosan and charcoal but I continue to be re-amazed by my once a day routine when I fall into the pit of porphoria fatigue, inertia and lack of brain power intermittently.  Just this week 3 nights and I was dramatically better, last night was the 4th and I feel like a ball of fire now.  (Yes I know I am not there really but in comparison I am upbeat and active once again.So mull it over, it works for my fat soluable load they way nothing else has in the past.And once I turn the corner I wean off and stop and I am good again for sometimes even more than one pulse.Louise

  • CAP(TiniOnly): 06/07-02/09 for CFS
  • MethylationProtocolSupplements: Started08/08
  • Intermtnt CAP: 02/09-02/10
  • Full MethylProtocol & LDN 02/09
  • Off CAP: 02/10, cont LDN & MethlyProtocol support

"Sorry. Doing some construction work on a new theme and turned off all the other themes so I didn't create any errors. Patience..."  Well, at least you weren't messing this time, but I do prefer blue sky to the fairground!.................SarahAn Itinerary in Light and Shadow

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Jim, I'm suffering.  Wink   Is the boring blue theme going to be available again soon?

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Sorry you're suffering Mac, but I think you are one of the few.... I am hoping we have either a vote, or the ability to view the site as we so desire; i.e, the ability to select our individual themes ...... The blue was hard to read ..... and IMO boring, I guess I like the "circus" ambiance ( I believe that is what someone referred to "fancy" as LOL.... kinda goes with the protocol! I realize we each have our own preferences -- I am hoping the selection is not a "slighted" vote :) If I am in the minority I'll have to live with it KissJust my 2 cents...  

JeanneRoz ~ DX'd w/ CPN 4/2007; 6/07 -"officially" dx'd w/CFIDS/FM; also: HHV6, EBV, IBS-C, 100 Doxy:BID; 500 mg Biaxin BID; Tindamax Pulses, B12 shots, ERFA Dessicated Thyroid,Cortef, Iodoral 25 mg, Vit D-6,000 uni

Macintosh- The blue theme was never "configured" properly, i.e. set up to include the particular blocks on the sidebars and such. I was working mostly on configuring a new format and theme with the idea of organizing the site better, but basically I've had no time to do website modifications due to work demands, vacation, and family demands. I'd like to get the blue theme as a user choice, but probably won't have time to gussy it up properly until after (whenever) I can get the new theme working.

Miracle, I think I'm finally on. Guess, I'll have to go with the flow, however, last web was fine for me. I was finally getting to the point of figuring that one out. Then it changed!Jim K -you have done so much work for the website. Thank you so much. I think I'm thinking "leave well enough, alone".Brain fog, you say - you're right!

diagnosed MS Jan.2000 ,  chronic neurological lyme disease Nov.2002.doxy 100 mg. 1BID. roxy.150 mg.? BID,adding rifampin soon, pulsed tini. every 3 weeks, as of oct.17/08, rifampin,naltrexone (LDN),NAC, nystatin, major wheldon supplemrnts daily,

Jeanneroz, No, I wasn't looking for it to be the 'one and only' choice; before, it was one of several user choices and it was easier on my eye. The orange of 'fancy' irritates my optic-neuritis-damaged eye and, while I can adjust my screen at home to be less bright, I can't do that at work. It's not the end of the world, just difficult to check in once in a while if I'm at work.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi