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.

Getting started

The easiest way to get started and find your way around using this theme, is by installing it into a fresh WordPress installation, and let us create some sample content for you, from within the CSSIgniter Settings panel, Site Options tab, Create sample content button.
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 help responsible for total or partial data loss, so please be careful. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!.

Theme features

Blog

Normal WordPress functionality. Writing normal posts, will be displayed blog style as usual. In case you have created a front page, you will need to create also a blog page where your posts will be displayed (see Front Page template with Slider below).

Events

Events are the bread and butter of the music performer, from gigs or concerts, to guest appearances, to CD signings. The Events post type allows you to do just that, and show it off in an elegant way.

From your admin panel, go to Events New Event and start filling in the information. Use the title to note the town/country the event takes place, and optionally the nature of the event, (e.g. London, UK or Secret Concert, New York City, NY, USA). Use the main content to write the description, details and any information regarding the event. If the event is part of a tour, you may create a Tour taxonomy and file the event under that. Bellow the main content, there is the Event Details section, where you should add location and date details about the event. Enter the event’s date and time using the included date and time pickers. Type in the name of the venue the event takes place, e.g. Moe’s Bar and then locate the place on the map. When you find the place, click on the Set Venue Position button and then click on the exact point on the map to place a marker. Below the map, you can enter additional information about the venue, such as its address, phone number and website address. Don’t forget to assign a Featured Image, as it will be used on the future. Read on to find out.

Once you have created one or more events, it’s time to show them to the world.

Events templates

Create a new page from Pages Add New and name it Events or something similar. From the Page Attributes box assign the Coming Up Event template. This page will now show a big map, with all events having an Event Date equal or later than today’s date.
You can create another page to show both past and future events if you wish. Again, create a new page named accordingly (e.g. All Events) but this time assign the All Events template.

Future events are also shown on the front page. See section Front Page template with Slider for more information.

Don’t forget about Events just yet. Just because you did that gig, doesn’t mean you have to forget about it. Update the event with photos taken on location, write your experiences there, and give people who attended a chance to share their experience with you. Not only you will gain audience engagement, but comments are a great SEO boost.

Releases

What performing artist doesn’t want to be a recording artist? Even on the early humble beginnings, everyone starts releasing demos, rehearsal recordings, bootlegs, or when things get big, LPs, CDs, DVDs, etc. Releases allow you to add all these to your website. Go to Releases Release Types and add some types, such as CD, DVD, Bootleg, etc. Then go and add everything you have released as an artist. From Releases New Release start by adding the title of the release (such as your CD Signle’s title). Next, go to the Release Details box, and select when it was released. Of course you want a cover for that CD of yours, don’t you? Add a Featured Image then.
And now let’s get to the good part.
Into the main content box, start typing away. Go nuts. Provide a description, special thanks, track listings… Anything! And when you think your audience is ready to get awed by your performance, get your music on SoundCloud, either as a single track, or if more, as a Set. Then just copy the URL of your track/set, and anywhere on the main content use the [soundcloud] shortcode to embed it as such:

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/your-url/etc[/soundcloud]

The player that appears will automatically expand to fit the content’s width, but if you want you can specify an exact width and/or height with the width and height parameters. E.g.:

[soundcloud width="200" height="150"]http://soundcloud.com/your-url/etc[/soundcloud]

Note that you can use only the parameters you want, and not necessarily both of them.

To show your releases to the masses, create a new page from Pages Add New and name it Releases or something similar. From the Page Attributes box assign the Releases template. The latest release is also shown on the front page. See section Front Page template with Slider for more information.

Videos

You’ve made a video clip? You have footage of your latest gig, or even the very first one? Upload it on one of the supported websites and show it off. From your admin screen, go to Videos New Video, give it a title, write a long story about it, and most importantly, on the Video File URL box paste the URL of the video.

To show your videos to your fans, create a new page from Pages Add New and name it Videos or something similar. From the Page Attributes box assign the Videos template. The latest video is also shown on the front page. See section Front Page template with Slider for more information.

Slider

This feature applies to the home page. Please see section Front Page template with Slider for more information.
Your theme comes with a beautiful slider on the front page. To assign images to it, you need to create Slider Items. Each slider item represents one image in your slider, and gives you the opportunity to have it linked wherever you want.
To create a new slider item, go to Slider Items New Slider Item, give it a title and set a Featured Image. That image will be displayed on the slider.
Now, if you want normal behavior, write a description or whatever you want to write on the main content, and just hit Publish. If you want your image to link somewhere else though, such as an event, a blog post, or even on an entirely external website, find the Slider Details box and paste the URL of the target page.

Widgets

This theme supports widgets. There are three widget areas defined. One, Blog – Right Sidebar, which appears on the right hand side of the content, on usual posts and pages. The other Right Sidebar, appears on the right of all other pages and post types. Last, there is an area on the footer, Footer that is displayed on every page and fits three widgets across.
The theme also comes bundled with a few widgets developed by CSSIgniter. For information on using widgets, please see http://codex.wordpress.org/Widgets_SubPanel

Shortcodes

The theme, like all CSSIgniter themes, is complemented by the CSSIgniter Shortcodes plugin which provides a variety of shortcodes for your use. See the instructions for usage information.

Furthermore, the theme provides an extra shortcode, [soundlcoud], in order to allow you to embed music from SoundCloud. You can use the shortcode as such:

[soundlcoud]http://soundcloud.com/your-url/etc[/soundcloud]

The player that appears will automatically expand to fit the content’s width, but if you want you can specify an exact width and/or height with the width and height parameters. E.g.:

[soundcloud width="200" height="150"]http://soundcloud.com/your-url/etc[/soundcloud]

Note that you can use only the parameters you want, and not necessarily both of them.

Custom Menus

This theme supports custom menus. There is one menu location defined, Main Menu, that appears under the header. For information on using custom menus, please see read http://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_Screen.

Front Page template with Slider

To set-up a front page, you need to create two pages. Name the first one “Blog“. Name the second one “Front Page” or something similar, and from the Page Attributes box assign it the Front Page template. Next, go to Settings Reading, on the Front page displays select A static page and on the following two drop-downs select first your Front Page and then your Blog page. Save your changes.

The front page consists of various sections showcasing your work as an artist. In detail:

  • Slider: The slider shows Slider Items that you have created, have assigned a featured image, and may or may have not linked to a page. See slider section above for more information.
  • Latest Release: The release with the latest release date is shown.
  • News: The items from the blog are shown.
  • We are social: Shows a Facebook Like box. You need to create a Page in Facebook for this to work.
  • Tour Schedule: Shows a mini-map and a list of the events that are about to come.
  • Latest Video: Shows the latest video posted.
  • Recent Gigs: Shows the two most recent events that have passed. Once an event takes place, make sure to update it posting photos from the event and writing your experiences.

Full Width Page template

You may have any page displaying full-width, without a sidebar. All you need is to assign the Full Width, No Sidebar template from the Page Attributes box.

Archive page template

You can have an archive page displaying your posts based on the date. All you need is to create an empty page and assign the Archive template from the Page Attributes box.

Settings Panel

Our custom options panel can be found under Appearance CSSIgniter Settings. Let’s have a look at each tab’s options:

Site Options

From this tab you can set your site’s properties.

  • Logo text: Textual logo – site title
  • Slogan text: Textual slogan – site description
  • Upload your logo: Allows you to upload a logo image. You need to upload it to the correct size. Logo and slogan text are used as alternative logo description.
  • Color scheme: Allows you to change the color scheme used.
  • Upload your favicon: Uploads and registers a favicon. It must be already in .ico format.
  • Sample content: Creates or deletes the sample content.

Home Page Options

From this tab you set the properties of the home page.

  • Select the “Portfolio” page: Assigns a page as the portfolio collection. You need a page with the Portfolio Collection template.
  • Introductory text: Some introductory words to you work or website. Appears above the slider.
  • Slider: Allows you to change the behavior of the front page slider.
  • Show/Hide front page elements: Allows you to show/hide specific sections of the front page. For the Social section, you have to enter your Facebook Page URL.

Background Options

Within the background options tab you can override the template’s background settings and set yours as needed. If don’t want that, just keep this tab disabled by checking the checkbox “Disable custom background”.

Display Options

Various options that affect what your website displays.

  • Use the following on listing pages: Allows you to have the Content or the Excerpt displayed on various listing pages.
  • Read More text: What will be displayed instead of the default Read More… or […]
  • Excerpt length (in words): Limits how many words the excerpt will be, and whether it should be linked to the post.
  • Excerpt auto cut-off text: When a manual excerpt is not provided, WordPress generates one automatically from your post’s content, limiting the words according to the setting above. Because that may be mid-paragraph, the cut-off text is appended at the end to show that the text continues.
  • Title separator: How the various elements of thetag will be separated (dash, pipe, colon, etc)
  • Show “Comments are closed” message: Allows you to hide/show the default “Comments are closed” message when comments are disabled.

Archive Options

These options control the behavior of the Archive page (if you created one) with the Archive page template assigned.

Google options

  • Google Analytics Code: Just copy paste your Google Analytics code exactly as given by their website, and you are all set for tracking visits.
  • Google Maps API Key: Paste you Maps API key. You can get one from http://code.google.com/apis/console/.

FeedBurner Options

  • FeedBurner Feed URL: Paste the feed that FeedBurner provides you with, and it will be automatically be server to your users.
  • FeedBurner Email URL: Paste the URL FeedBurner provides for registering to email updates.

BuySellAds Options

  • BuySellAds.com Code: Paste the BSA code as given by their website and it will be automatically included on every page. Use our accompanying widget -=CI BuySellAds.com=- to display the ads.

Custom CSS

Paste your custom css in the box, and it will override the theme’s styles, along with the Background Options.

Additional information

Useful Plugins

  • 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 the contact page you created earlier.

The recommended image sizes for the Dionysus theme are:

  • Slider : 940x345px
  • Featured image: 679x300px
  • Frontpage thumbnail for events: 220x140px
  • Frontpage latest releases: 220x220px

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