If you don’t want to serve visitors to your site the standard WordPress 404 page, this is how to customize what they see using settings in Ultimatum Theme. With this framework, there is no ‘themed’ 404 page, instead you are expected to make your own, and you should. So, what is a 404 page? Well, a user requests a page from your website but your database cannot find it and so WordPress shows this error message page.

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For some time this website has been styled using the Bootstrap framework, and I have been meaning to investigate how to make a Bootstrap Float to Top Button. It should be quite easy; a simple snippet of javascript and a small amount of CSS. You will need to make a javascript file (I called mine bs-back-to-top.js) containing this code:

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$(document).ready(function(){
      $('body').append('<div id="toTop" class="btn btn-info"><i class="fa fa-arrow-up"></i>Back to Top</div>');
    	$(window).scroll(function () {
			if ($(this).scrollTop() != 0) {
				$('#toTop').fadeIn();
			} else {
				$('#toTop').fadeOut();
			}
		}); 
    $('#toTop').click(function(){
        $("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);
        return false;
    });
});

Note that this uses Font Awesome for the icon on the button, so you will need to have Font Awesome already loading to your site pages. To get WordPress to call this javascript file, you are going to have to roll your sleeves up and do a bit of coding. For beginners this will be hard. If you know WordPress at all, you will not be using a theme directly, but instead you will be using a child theme. This is especially so if you are using a theme framework, such as the one I use; Ultimatum Theme. Assuming that you already have a child theme, it will have a file called functions.php in the theme folder. Into that you will need a few lines of script like this:
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This thorny topic has bugged me for some time, ‘How to make a sticky footer with Ultimatum Theme?’ I thought that I had an answer, but, after a few days of lengthy Skype conversations with Emmanuel ARNOUD (a fellow user of Ultimatum Theme framework), I realized a completely new approach was needed. Most CSS/HTML solutions rely on certain HTML elements on the page and for the footer to be a fixed height. But we know that the footer often has quite a bit of content, meaning that its height will vary. The only solution is to use javascript, and, in particular, jQuery. So, before going any further, make sure you have jQuery loading in WordPress. I am sorry to say that you are going to have to roll your sleeves up and do a bit of coding. For beginners this will be hard. If you know WordPress at all, you will not be using a theme directly, but instead you will be using a child theme. This is especially so if you are using a theme framework, such as the one I use; Ultimatum Theme. Assuming that you already have a custom stylesheet for your child theme (mine is called custom-style.css and sits in a css folder insider the child theme folder, and is already enqueued, see this post for more details on a custom css file and the functions.php file), this is the new css to add to it:

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.footwrapper {width: 100%;}

Note so hard, so far. By the way, if you have either html or body set to 100% height in css, you will need to remove this ‘height:100%’ css rule. Next, if you do not have one already, you need a javascript folder inside your child theme folder on your server. It is normal to name this folder ‘js’. Inside that folder, make a text file called ‘wp-sticky-footer.js’. You can copy and paste the code from below into that file, and save it:

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This post explores the subject of searching in WordPress and the theming of Ajax Search Pro with Bootstrap, using Ultimatum Theme. It will also cover how to use Ajax Search Pro to provide a search dedicated to a single Custom Post Type (CPT), in this instance to search articles created using BWL Knowledge Base Manager. A few days ago I started to write a series of posts (Part 1 and Part 2) about BWL Knowledge Base Manager, and also a post about Synchronizing Ultimatum Theme Bootstrap & UberMenu 3.

To summarize the previous posts, I had come to the conclusion that BWL Knowledge Base Manager was an excellent plugin and does ‘what it says on the tin’. But, and there is often a but, it was let down by the somewhat poor search engine provided in the WordPress core. Not a surprise to anyone who has used WordPress. The WordPress core developers like to keep WordPress slim and extensible. Those extensions are called plugins, and you often have to pay to get decent ones. Free core software supplemented by paid for optional extras. Much the same model as free apps/games on your smartphone that have paid for add ons and/or ‘pro’ versions. The first search I will make using Ajax Search Pro is for use in a page sidebar on BWL Knowledge Base Manager pages.

Remember, in this run through, I am both theming the search to look like the Bootswatch 3 Darkly theme I am using for my site and also making a search for use the Article CPT that BWL Knowledge Base Manager has installed. Before we go much further, it is assumed that you have already added the categories you want in the knowledgebase, and you will need to add one test article in each category, otherwise the categories will not appear in these options we are about to set. Furthermore, if you later add one or more categories to the knowledgebase, you will need to return to the search setup and add them. I do not think that they will be automatically added.

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Some while ago I wrote about this subject, and now I can revisit this in a second post; Synchronizing Ultimatum Theme Bootstrap and UberMenu – Part 2.

Since I last covered this topic, a new version of UberMenu has appeared; UberMenu 3, and boy is it different. So, over to CodeCanyon and download the latest version (at the time of writing this is 3.1.0.1), along with the new Flat Skins Pack and Conditionals plugins. Soooo many new options. This is like being used to a small village shop and for the first time walking into a big city Hyper Market. Where to start? Well, since the last time I did this, when I spent ages making a custom css file, I have discovered Less.js, and so this time I have written a .less file that when compiled makes a css file that overrides UberMenu’s default styling to make it work and look like a Bootstrap 3 Bootswatch Darkly themed navigation bar. Whilst I freely admit that these are not the most tidy of files (there may well be coding that isn’t required and I will come back and edit these files from time to time as I modify them for my own use), here are the files for you to download in an archive file:

Download ubermenu-darkly3.zip
in a ZIP archive

Simply set Ubermenu Basic Configuration Skin to none (disable) and enqueue this new css file from your functions.php, like this:

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function add_ubermenu_darkly3_style() {
  wp_register_style( 'ubermenu_darkly3', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/css/ubermenu-darkly3.css', false, '1.0.0' );
  wp_enqueue_style( 'ubermenu_darkly3' );
}
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'add_ubermenu_darkly3_style', 99 );

I also wanted the navigation bar to be ‘sticky’, so I also purchased the UberMenu – Sticky Menu Extension – it was only $5. I did try a lot of free sticky plugins, but couldn’t get any of them to work with UberMenu. Anyway, I digress. The reason for doing this was so that the Bootswatch Darkly themed navbar on this site could become a ‘megamenu’, allow shortcodes and widgets in the menu and allow conditional menu items. Hopefully, this will then allow me to include a menu from Ajax Search Pro for WordPress in the navbar. Assuming that I can achieve this, I will then need to style the search tool to match the Darkly theme. Whilst I was playing with this idea, I think I found a ‘bug’ in Ajax Search Pro for WordPress, in the file ‘hooks.php’, the last line reads:

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add_action('wp_print_styles', 'search_stylesheets');

should read:

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add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'search_stylesheets');

Why? According to http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/wp_print_styles: Since WordPress 3.3 wp_print_styles should not be used to enqueue styles or scripts.

Why is this a problem? If, like me, someone wants to edit the stylesheet by removing it and enqueuing our own, we can’t. Maybe you could make this little change for the next release? Otherwise I have to be careful about when I update that the updates don’t remove what I have done. I have reported this to the plugin’s authors. And so, on to see if I can add that search bar to the main navbar. I will be back to finish this post later on, probably tomorrow.