About Berliner

Berliner is a WordPress theme designed for musicians and record labels . It allows you to display your content mainly by using the six custom post types provided, “Slides”, “Events”, “Discography”,, “Videos” “Galleries” and “Artists”. The above act as standard WordPress posts or pages but each of them has specific functionality which differentiate them from the former. The homepage is comprised of custom widgets specially crafted to bring those custom post types together as discussed later on in the documentation.

WordPress theme installation

The easiest way to install the theme, is by accessing your WordPress admin panel, then go to Appearance > Themes. Select the Install Themes tab and click the Upload link located just below the tab’s name. Click on Browse… and select the WordPress theme zip file you just downloaded. Then click the Install Now button, and after a few seconds, your new theme should be installed. Click activate and the theme is ready to use.

In order to install the theme manually, or in case you have trouble installing it through the admin panel, you have to unzip the WordPress theme’s zip file on your computer, and upload via FTP the resulting theme folder into your WordPress installation themes folder (wp-content/themes). Then, from the WordPress admin go to Appearance > Themes. The theme should be available in your themes list. Click activate.

After activation, you will be redirected to the CSSIgniter Settings panel (accessible from Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings) to start customizing your brand new theme.

Image Sizes

The recommended image sizes for the Beaute theme are:

  • Homepage slider: 1920x600px
  • Discography & Gallery images : 700x700px
  • Page header image: 1920x250px
  • Video thumbnails: 700x450px
  • Event thumbnails: 700px in width, not restricted in height

Useful Plugins

These plugins provide functionality and features used directly (or not) by the Theme. So, it is recommended to install and activate them before importing your sample content.

  • CSSIgniter Shortcodes you can use our custom made shortcode plugin to help you create a variety of layouts and elements on your site. Instructions can be found here.
  • Socials Ignited use this plugin to create a widget that links to all your social profiles. You can also customize it with your icons and add new social networks, a guide can be found here.
  • Contact Form 7 use this plugin to create a contact form, then copy the shortcode it gives you and paste it in an empty page.
  • SoundCloud ShortCode this plugin is necessary if you are planning on adding SoundCloud tracks in your albums’ tracklistings.

Importing sample content

The easiest way to get started and find your way around using this theme, is by installing it into a fresh WordPress installation, and importing our sample content.
To get it go to CSSIgniter settings > Site Options, scroll all the way down and click the Download sample content link. Extract the zip file you downloaded and upload the xml file in Tools > Import > WordPress (if not already present, you will be prompted to install the WordPress importer plugin), assing the authors to an existing user and make sure you check the “import attachments” box. You can now import the sample content.

You can also download the Sample Content for Berliner by clicking here

WARNING: As this will create posts, pages, custom post types, categories, widgets, etc. and change various system settings, it is strongly advised that you do this on a clean WordPress installation, without any previous and/or precious data. Under no circumstances we can be held responsible for total or partial data loss, so please be careful.

Importing the default widgets

You can also import the widgets you see on the theme’s demo. To do that, you need the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin. To install it go to Plugins > Add new search for widget importer exporter and install the plugin. Activate it and go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter click choose file and upload the berliner_widgets.wie file which is located in the sample content zip file, click Import widgets and you are good to go.

Setting up your theme

1) Creating theme pages

Let’s start by adding pages you are going to need. Go to Pages > Add New and create the following pages:

  1. “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it one of the three available “Homepage” templates from the “Page attributes” panel.
  2. “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
  3. “Events Listing” this page will list your events, apply the “Events Listing” template. You can disable the map if you so desire by going to CSSIgniter settings > Display Options and uncheck the designated box (2nd to last).
  4. “Discography Listing” this page will list your albums, apply the “Discography Listing” template.
  5. “Video Listing” this page will list your videos, apply the “Video Listing” template.
  6. “Galleries Listing”, here you can list your galleries, apply the “Galleries Listing” template.
  7. “Artists Listing”, here you can list your galleries, apply the “Artists Listing” template.

(TIP, all page titles serve as examples, you can name your pages according to your needs.)

Once the pages are created, navigate to Settings > Reading and set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page as your posts page, as demonstrated in the image below.

ReadingSettings

2) Populating your blog

To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > Add New, title your post, enter the content in the editor, upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel, add a category and/or tag to the post, if you so desire, from the respective panels and publish the post by clicking “Publish”.

3) Adding Events

To create a new event go to Events > New Event. Add a title, any text necessary and upload a featured image, then move to the Events Settings panel. In the Event Details section you can enter the event’s venue, location, date, start and finish time. In the Event Map below you can input the event’s location. Once done, publish the event.

4) Adding Discography items

To create a new discography item go to Discography > Add New, set the album’s name as a title, enter relevant information in the content editor, set a featured image and move to the Discography Settings panel below. Here you can fill in relevant album details, purchase details and finally add tracks to the item’s tracklisting. See the additional info section for more about the tracklisting.

5) Adding Slider items

To add items to your frontpage’s slider go to Slider Items > Add New, set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the frontpage), in the Slider Settings panel you can set a URL to which your visitors will be redirected when the slider’s button is clicked, a subtitle for the slider and an icon which will appear above the button. When finished publish the slider item. You can select the number of slides on the slider or disable it entirely, if you so desire, under CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options.

6) Adding Videos

To add a new video go to Videos > Add New. Add a title, any text necessary and upload a featured image (if your video comes from YouTube the theme will pull the thumbnail automatically, you do not have to set a featured image), then move to the Video Settings panel. Fill in the location where the video was shot and add a URL to the video, if it is a self-hosted video check the corresponding box and publish the video.

7) Adding Galleries

To create a new gallery item go to Galleries > Add New, set the gallery’s name as a title, enter some text if you wish in the content editor, set a featured image and proceed to upload your images by clicking the “Add Images” button in the “Gallery Details” panel (please read the “Creating Galleries” section below, first) and finally publish the gallery item. Single gallery column numbers can be controlled in CSSIgniter settings > Gallery options.

8) Adding Artists

To add an artist go to Artists > Add New. Add the artist’s name as a title, any text necessary and upload a featured image, then publish the item.

9) Creating your menu

Now that your content is in place, you will need a menu. Go to Appearance > Menus, check the pages you want on your menu and add them, give your menu a name and save it. Finally you will need to set your menu as “Main” menu, this can be done either by checking the “Main menu” box in “Menu Settings” just below your menu items in Menu Structure, or by going to the “Manage Locations” tab and selecting the menu you just created.

(TIP, for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)

10) Adding content to your Homepage

The homepage on Berliner consists of three widgetized areas which feature all the content unique to the homepage. You can access these areas and add content to them in Appearance > Widgets. Add any widgets you like in any of the “Homepage Sidebar #” areas to shape the Homepage to your liking.

Duplicate the demo’s layout

On the demo’s hompage we have four slider items, six CI Item widgets, with an event selected on each, on the Homepage Sidebar #1. Following are the default 5 recent posts displayed (this number can be changed or posts can be replaced with the content of a page from CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options). We then have four CI Item widgets on Homepage Sidebar #2 displaying a gallery, an event, an album and a video. Finally on Homepage Sidebar #3 we have theCI Album Tracklisting, two CI Recent Items set to display 2 albums and 3 videos and finally the CI Top Tracks widget. On the Footer Sidebar 1 we have a text widget, the Footer Sidebar 2 is blank, on the Footer Sidebar 3 we have the CI About Me widget and finally in the Footer Sidebar 4 the CI Socials Ignited and a search widget.

The theme’s footer features an area for you to enter your copyright info, privacy policy etc. To change the text you need to go to CSSIgniter settings > Site options (4th box down). Primary footer text appears on the left side of the footer and secondary on the right.

12) Section Titles

Each listing page has a section title, these by default follow the naming of the custom post types, but you can change them to match your needs under CSSIgniter settings > Section Titles.

13) Custom Widgets

The theme features ten custom widgets, displayed below, which can help a lot when setting up your homepage.

widgets

All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their functionality.

The CSSIgniter settings panel

Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find our custom built settings panel. From here you can manipulate various aspects of your theme, including, but not limited to, changing your logo, setting a custom background, changing color scheme and applying custom styles via the custom CSS tab. All options feature a description so you instantly know their provided functionality.

How to use the page builder template

The theme comes bundled with a page builder template which allows you to use your favorite page builder plugin on it and create unique layouts very easily.

To use that template start by going to Pages > Add New. This will create a new page. Add a title to your page and select the Page builder template from the template drop down in the Page Attributes metabox.

ci_page_builder_template

That’s it. You can now start building your page using the page builder of your choice, once done publish it and check it out.

Additional Information

Creating Galleries

To create a gallery using our gallery management system follow these steps:

  1. On the “Gallery Information” panel click the Add Images button.
    gallery_info
  2. To upload your images, drag & drop them in the Edit Gallery window which will pop-up, or select Add to Gallery in order to select already uploaded ones. Once you are done, click the Update Gallery button on the lower right.
    edit_gallery
  3. Your “Gallery Information” panel will look like this
    gallery_w_img
  4. You can re-arrange the order of images by drag & drop.
    gallery_move_img
  5. If you wish to remove an image from the gallery, hover your mouse over it and click the X as shown below.
    gallery_remove_img
  6. By checking the Randomize order box your gallery images will appear in random order which will change on every page refresh.
  7. When done, publish the gallery item.

If you need to add images after the gallery’s creation just follow the same procedure.

Tracklisting

Each discography item, can have multiple tracks assigned to it. Tracks can be registered through the Tracks Details section, within the Discography Settings section.

track_details

 

To add a new track, press the Add Track button. This will add a new empty line for you to fill. First, add a title and optionally a subtitle.

If the track can be purchased online, enter the URL inside the Buy URL field.

You can provide a preview (or even the full song) for your visitors to listen to, by entering the URL of the MP3 file inside the Play URL field. You can upload and/or select an already uploaded song through the WordPress Media Manager, by pressing the button located inside the field.

You may allow your users to download the track, by entering the song’s URL inside the Download URL field. Please note that for locally hosted MP3s, the theme tries to force the visitor’s browser to download the file. If the file is on another server, whether it will be downloaded or just opened, is a matter of configuration of the remote server and not the theme’s issue.

You can also add the lyrics for each track, in the big Song Lyrics field.

Tracks can be re-arranged by dragging and dropping them in the appropriate order. Track numbers are automatically updated to be in sequence.

In order to remove a track, press the Remove Me button next to the desired track. Please be careful, as there is no confirmation of removal. If you publish/save/update the post, the change is irreversible.

Displaying the track listing

Once you add your tracks you may display them by using the [tracklisting] shortcode in the discography item’s main text box. By default, it will display the tracks of the current discography item, so the simplest usage is this:

[tracklisting]

You may also display the track listing of any discography item, in any other post/page or widget (that supports shortcodes) by passing the ID or slug parameter of the discography to the shortcode. E.g.:

[tracklisting id="25"]

or

[tracklisting slug="the-division-bell"]

You can also selectively display tracks, by passing their track number (counting from 1), separated by a comma, like this:

[tracklisting tracks="2,5,8"] 

and can limit the total number of tracks displayed like this:

[tracklisting limit="3"]

Of course, you can mix and match the parameters, so the following is totally valid:

[tracklisting slug="the-division-bell" tracks="2,5,8" limit="2"]

Next Steps

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