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Theme Name: NYCBlue
Description: NYC Blue is a fixed width theme with one right sidebar that is divided into 3 sidebar sections. Each sidebar section is widget-ready. Theme has a simple clean design for personal blogs with a New York city focus. Theme was formerly released as City Blogger. The design has been streamlined and the theme is now renamed to NYCBlue.
Version: 1.0
Credit: Header image photo William Warby

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If you’ve been having problems with updating your theme options starting with Producer 2.1.9 up to 2.1.9.5 you should update your copy of Producer to 2.1.9.6. It was previously reported that the problem was fixed in 2.1.9.5, however that report was incorrect. The problem was misdiagnosed and assumed fixed based on the faulty diagnosis.

Producer 2.1.9.6 can be download from the downloads page. It is not yet available on the wordpress.org website.

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Up to version 2.1.9.5 there are 3 available layout styles for magazine mode. With the release of version 2.1.9.6 there will be 4 layout styles for magazine mode. Each style will come with the option to use static or widgets as the magazine layout mode choice.

Layout 1

View layout 1 sample with sidebar on left

View layout 1 sample with sidebar on right

Layout 1 uses 1 sidebar that can be moved right or left of the content area. You can choose to use one or the other ofthe 2 available sidebars. The content area is laid out in 3 tiers. The top tier has 3 left-floating sections that will each show excerpts from Featured Category 1, Featured Category 2 and Featured Category 3. (Note: In versions before 2.1.9.6 The middle column of the top tier shows Featured Category 3 and the right column shows Featured Category 2) Starting with 2.1.9.6 Featured Category 2 excerpts show in the middle column and Featured Category 3 excerpts show in the right column.

The middle tier has 3 rows for featured content from Featured Category 4, Featured Category 5 and Featured Category 6; and the bottom tier has two rows divided into two left-floating sections for featured content from featured categories 7,8,9 and 10.

Layout 2

View layout 2 sample with sidebar on left

View layout 2 sample with sidebar on right

Layout 2 also uses 1 sidebar that can be moved right or left of the content area. You can choose to use one or the other of the 2 available sidebars. The content area for layout 2 is laid out in 3 tiers. The top tier has 2 left-floating sections. The left section will show excerpts from Featured Category 1 and the right section will show excerpts from Featured Category 2. The middle tier has 2 columns. The left column of the middle tier contains 3 rows for content from Featured Category 4, Featured Category 5 and Featured Category 6 respectively, while the right column for tier 2 will show excerpts from Featured category 3. The bottom tier has 4 rows to show excerpts from each of Featured categories 7,8,9 and 10 in that order.

Layout 3

View layout 3 sample

Layout 3 uses both available sidebars. The sidebars can shift position, but neither sidebar can be hidden when using Layout 3. If you only want 1 sidebar you should use either layout 1 or layout 2. Layout 3 has four tiers. The top tier is has two left-floating sections. The right section shows excerpts from Featured Category 1 and the left section shows categories from Featured Category 2. The second tier shows excerpts from Featured Category 3. The third tier has 3 rows. Row 1 shows excerpts from Featured Category 4, row 2 shows excerpts from Featured Category 5 and row 3 shows excerpts from Featured Category 6. The last tier has4 rows.  Row 1 shows excerpts from Featured Category 7, row 2 shows excerpts from Featured Category 8 and row 3 shows excerpts from Featured Category 9 and row 4 shows excerpts from Featured Category 10

Layout 4

View layout 4 sample

Layout 4 uses both sidebars. In layout 4 the sidebars are not movable. Layout 4 is divided into 2 tiers. Tier one contains 3 left-floating sections that will show excerpts based on tags.  If you do not provide tags the sections will show excerpts from the associated featured category.  The left section connects to Featured Category 1, the middle section connects to Featured Category 2 and the right section connects to Featured Category 3.  If there are no tags, and also no category is selected nothing will show in the space.

Tier 2 is divided into 3 columns. Column  1 is the left sidebar, column 2 is divided into 7 rows. Each row will show excerpts based on tags if tags are supplied. If no tag is found for a row that row will show content from the associated featured category if a category has been selected. Otherwise it will show nothing. Row 1 of column 2 connects to Featured Category 4,  Row 2 of column 2 connects to Featured Category 5,  Row 3 connects to Featured Category 6, Row 4 connects to Featured Category 7, Row 5 connects to Featured Category 8, Row 6 connects to Featured Category 9, and Row 7 connects to Featured Category 10 . Column 3 is the right sidebar.

Sidebars in Layout4 cannot be moved from position to position, neither can they be hidden.

Setting tags for Layout 4

Tags are set by going to Producer Standard Options->Featured Category 1 Settings->Tags for layout 4,  Producer Standard Options->Featured Category 2 Settings->Tags for layout 4, Producer Standard Options->Featured Category3 Settings->Tags for layout 4 etc.

When using tags for your Layout 4 sections you also need to provide a header title for the section. If no title is provided the tag will be used. You supply header titles under Producer Standard Options->Featured Category1 Settings->H2 Title for layout 1, Producer Standard Options->Featured Category2 Settings->H2 Title for layout 2, Producer Standard Options->Featured Category3 Settings->H2 Title for layout 3 etc.

Layout 4 Widgets Mode

In widgets mode Layout 4 does not use tags. It will show content from the associated featured category and the layout for each featured section will adhere to the styles used in layouts 1,2 and 3.

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As explained in Producer Magazine layout mode – static, when using Producer in Magazine mode, you have an option under Producer Standard Options->General Settings that allows you to choose the magazine layout mode. The magazine layout mode refers to the choice between using the layout as it comes packaged or moving categories around to your liking.

In static mode you can’t move things around. In widgets mode you can put any category into any column by using Widgets. First put the theme in widgets mode, then  go to your Dashboard–>Appearance->Widgets and drag any of the widgets Featured Category 1, Featured Category 2, Featured Category 3, Featured Category 4, Featured Category 5, Featured Category 6, Featured Category 7, Featured Category 8, Featured Category 9, Featured Category 10 to any of Home Column One, Home Column Two, Home Column Three, Home Column Four, Home Column Five, Home Column Six, Home Column Seven, Home Column Eight, Home Column Nine, Home Column Ten.

You can also drag anything else you so desire into the Home Column spaces.

Under Producer Standard Options->General Settings you have the setting “Magazine layout mode” with options static and widgets.  Static means that the content that will be displayed in columns for the layout you selected under  Producer Standard Options->General Settings->Magazine layout will be the post excerpts that get pulled from the specific category associated with that columns. In other words, whereas in widgets mode you can display posts from Featured Category 7 in any column you desire by dragging the widget for that category to a any of the Home Column widget spaces, in static mode, posts from Featured Category 7 can only appear where Featured Category 7 is coded in the layout.

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To replace the blog name with a header graphic in Producer, upload your header image to the media library, copy the URL and past the copied URL into the Site logo box in Producer Options. In steps:

  1. Login to your dashboard
  2. Click the Media menu option
  3. Click the “Add New” button
  4. Upload the picture
  5. Copy the File URL
  6. Click the Appearance menu option
  7. Click Producer Standard Options
  8. Scroll to Site Logo
  9. Paste the file URL in the site logo text box
  10. Click the Update Options button

The maximum width for your header graphic is 990 pixels. The height can be whatever you want. Here are two header examples starting with the default

Header using a full 990 pixels wide image


Your choice of header graphic can enhance the overall appearance of your site or take away from it depending on how you use it. If you’re going to use an image in the header consider how it will look if it only stretches 1/4 of the way across, 1/2 the way across or 3/4ths the way across. Usually an image that’s less than 990 pixels wide will only look attractive if it blends with the header background color.

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Using Producer and having a problem with the tagline showing up twice in the header? Download block_logo_slogan.zip, unzip to extract the file block_logo_slogan.php. Upload block_logo_slogan.php to your Producer theme folder in wp-content/themes/producer/includes/blocks. That should fix the problem. If your Producer folder is named “Producer” instead of “producer” then you will be uploading to wp-content/themes/Producer/includes/blocks.

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Hyenas fighting

In this business you can’t afford to be too sensitive. When you are putting yourself out there some things come with the territory. Whatever the product that you’ve put out–a blog, a book, software, a CD–if there’s a way for people to rate it, or comment about it, you should be prepared for those people who derive pleasure from trying to hurt the feelings of others. In a perfect world all people abide by the “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all” principle; but this is not a perfect world. In this world, people who don’t have anything nice to say usually want the world to know the not so nice things they think and feel, and given the opportunity, they will exercise their right to do just that.

It can be hard not to take insulting words personally. When we feel someone is unjustly maligning us or otherwise injuring our image or reputation we naturally want to defend ourselves, but sometimes the best way to deal with negative feedback is not to respond to it in kind. What that means is that you sometimes have to smile and say “thank you for sharing your thoughts” to someone who obviously was not trying to be helpful in sharing their thoughts. More often than not responding to intentionally malicious comments ends with you doing more harm to your reputation than the negative feedback that spurred your response to begin with.

How you represent yourself when being taunted is important. You don’t want to engage in a nasty war of words with people who leave insulting comments on your blog or who rate or review your product or service poorly just because they have that power. If you are trying to project a professional image perhaps the best thing you can do is simply delete obviously inflammatory comments, assuming the comments are left on your own site. Sometimes negative comments about you, your product, your service, your business are left in places where you have no control over deleting them. In that case you have to make a decision about whether or not it’s worth it to address the comments on your own site or sign up on the site where the comments are left and publicly defend your reputation. It is usually a better option simply to ignore the comments, especially if they are unfounded. If your product or service is good that will do more to establish your reputation than the rude comment of an angry individual who did not like the product or was not satisfied with the service. Most people are reasonable enough to be satisfied with a 99% favorable rating and not be too concerned with that 1% negative feedback.

Some people don’t like to delete negative comments because they are afraid they’ll be accused of only approving comments that make them look good, but this is not a question of deleting constructive feedback. It’s the destructive feedback that’s in question. Of course, what’s destructive will vary from person to person and depend largely on how sensitive your ego is or is not. You need to have some willingness to accept constructive feedback even if it sounds like criticism. After all, your readers or customers deserve to have their thoughts considered and respected. They add value to your life every bit as much as you add to theirs and you should want to know and be willing to hear if they think you have made a mistake or otherwise fallen short; but at the end of the day, you still have the power, on your own website at least, to delete comments that are outright mean and pointless and that do not add value to anyone’s life, but rather only give a dark feeling of satisfaction to the person who posted the comment.

Not everyone is going to have something good to say. Not everyone is going to love you, love your blog, love your product, love your service. You have to expect negative feedback and accept it as par for the course. You shouldn’t take it personally and launch a counter-attack.

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