FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What themes work well with the plugin?

Some themes are simply better than others for a whole suit of reasons. We want to start a library of themes that have demonstrated working well with Your Idea Counts! and encourage you to let us know any you use or have discovered to work well too.

Theme Author Comments
Astrid (free) aThemes Works especially great with some CSS changes.
Assumption is that Astrid Pro works equally as well.
Avada ThemeFusion Limited testing, but came out super nice!
All Site Origin themes Site Origin Testing did not reveal anything unwanted or unwarranted.
SimpleBlogily (free) Superb Themes Limited testing. Simple and pretty good. Don't know about Pro.
Which idea statuses can be voted on and not voted on?

Here is the table of idea statuses and whether they can be voted on or not.

Idea Status Voting?
Active Yes
Already Available No
Committed No
Duplicate No
For Future Consideration Yes
Fully Delivered! No
In Progress No
In Review No
Need More Information Yes
Not Considering No
Not Enough Interest Yes
Partially Delivered! No

Note that the Premium version provides you greater flexibility to suit your specific business needs. Each idea status can be renamed to anything, define the color and activate or deactivate voting.

How can I change the widget headers background color?

In this section, we outline how to change the CSS for all widget headers background color except Create An Idea and Browse Ideas which use your theme's <H3> tag (and thus you can change the <H3> and/or area formatting per your theme's documentation or theme customization).

While our widgets are intentionally designed to be neutral to best blend with any theme, we recognize that you may want to change a few things above and beyond what can be changed in the widget to either better match your theme or just to make it different.

Need:

You want to change the header background to a light green look.

CSS specification use:

.yic-widget-row .yic-panel-default > .yic-panel-heading

The actual CSS to make the needed change to a light green look:

/* Change background color for all widget headers */
.yic-widget-row .yic-panel-default > .yic-panel-heading {
   background-color: #f0fff0;
}

What it now looks like for each widget:

How can I change the widget detail background color?

In this section, we outline how to change the CSS for all widget detail background color except Create An Idea and Browse Ideas which have predetermined formatting done as neutral as possible.

While our widgets are intentionally designed to be neutral to best blend with any theme, we recognize that you may want to change a few things above and beyond what can be changed in the widget to either better match your theme or just to make it different.

Need:

You want to change the detail background to a light yellow look.

Note that we have maintained the custom CSS for the header backgrounds in all the examples here.


CSS specification use for the Recent Ideas widget:

.yic_idea_details

The actual CSS to make the needed change to a light yellow look:

/* Change the background detail color for Recent Ideas */
.yic_idea_details {
   background-color: #ffffe0;
}

What it now looks like for this widget:


CSS specification use for the Tag Cloud widget:

.yic-tag-cloud-container

The actual CSS to make the needed change to a light yellow look:

/* Change background color for Tag Cloud */
.yic-tag-cloud-container {
   background-color: #ffffe0;
}

What it now looks like for this widget:

How can I use shortcodes in tables?

Sometimes a theme you are using is very restrictive or does not have flexible options. While there are many page building plugins, there may be reasons those are not feasible such as the learning curve, site restrictions, etc.

Here is a technique you can use to implement our shortcodes (and anyone else's for that matter) to look like a widget inside of a table on a page. Deep knowledge of HTML and CSS is not necessary, but could be helpful to make adjustments to our example as you see fit.

This technique mimics having separate widgets.

Steps

  1. On a new or existing page, create a table. In our example we only use 1 row and 3 columns, one column for each shortcode.
  2. If your theme has standards for tables, the spacing between the columns may be satisfactory. If it is not, you may need to specify spacing between the rows and columns using the table options cell spacing (space between cells) and cell padding (space between the cell wall and the cell content) or using CSS to suit your needs. Then you may have to experiment with the settings, trying out different combinations until it looks the way you want it to.
  3. Insert the desired shortcode for the widget you want to use in each column cell.
  4. In the example below, we used this table statement, and along the way used most of the default shortcode settings:
    <table style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 100%; border: 0px !important;">
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td style="width: 33.3333%; border-style: none; vertical-align: top;">

    Our Top Ideators

    • No ideator found
    </td> <td style="width: 33.3333%; border-style: none; vertical-align: top;">

    Our Top Thinkers

    • Rob Shapiro (15)
    </td> <td style="width: 33.3333%; border-style: none; vertical-align: top;">
    </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

    Note that in our example we had to use a "!important" option to turn off the table border due to the theme we are using.

Example of above HTML

Are there any uninstall considerations?

No, there are not, other than knowing that removing the plugin will not remove anything. All ideas, idea categories and idea tags will be preserved.

Note: If you are uninstalling in order to install the Premium version, nothing will be lost.

Taking screen shots, of course, can always help from a point of view of how you present on your pages.

Proceeding to remove the plugin means:

  1. Deactivate it (can't be deleted if it is not deactivated)
  2. Delete it: