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sidebar form support
April 6, 2007
8:10 pm

Hi Oliver,

I’m in the process of trying to get your plugin to provide a “subscribe to mailing list” function in the sidebar. I’d like to use the CSS for the second version (the green one), but I can’t figure out how to stop the form from spilling over the edge of my sidebar.

It seems the form fields are using the main CSS, which I don’t want to touch, as I have another form on the site using it. Obviously I don’t want to alter that at all.

Any help or suggestions you could give would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

April 6, 2007
8:15 pm
Munich, Germany
Forum Posts: 6400
Member Since:
March 6, 2005


Of course you can use the CSS code for the “green demo form”, or start from scratch.

It’s difficult to troubleshoot without a URL, generally however, if the width of the form is a critical issue, you may want to start with adding an overflow:hidden; attribute to e.g. #cforms2form, so even if its a bit wider it won’t break your layout until you fixed it.

The overall width of your form is determined by these factors:

  • form width

#cforms4form {}

  • input field width:

#cforms4form input,
#cforms4form select,
#cforms4form textarea {}

  • if applicable, the additional (’required‘) text:

#cforms4form span.reqtxt,
#cforms4form span.emailreqtxt {}

Any of the above declaration, due to the form-prefix, will only apply to this specific form. If any CSS definition (e.g. width) is not accepted (overruled by main CSS style) you may have to use an !important suffix:

#cforms4form {width:140px!important;}

Also, on general note: if you’re using Firefox , install Firebug as an extension. This little gadget is THE BEST CSS/web developer tool I’ve acome across in the last years and it will help you perfect your cforms (and any other) CSS in a heartbeat.

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