Theme installation

In order to install the theme upload the theme folder into your WordPress installation themes folder (wp-content/themes) and from the WordPress admin go to [b]Appearance – Themes[/b]. The theme should be available in your themes list. [b]Click activate[/b].

Odyssey comes with a featured article area, on the top of the front page.
In order for posts to appear there, they have to be set as sticky. This can be done via the admin interface, by two different ways:

  • via Quick Edit on the desired post, and then checking the “Make this post sticky” checkbox.
  • via the post’s Edit page, in the Publish box, clicking Edit on the Visibility line, and checking the Stick this post to the front page.

Only one featured article can be displayed at a time, but you don’t have to worry about that. Only the newest sticky post will be up there. The rest will appear where they should, as if they were never made sticky in the first place.

For best results, featured posts should include a featured image. Don’t worry about the exact size. We will resize and crop it to the appropriate size. You just make sure its nice, big and clear.

Theme Settings

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

Blog Options

Within this tab you can set your site’s logo text and slogan or even upload your image logo. You can also select your favorite color scheme and set the separator of the title tag for each page / post.

Display Options

Why mess with template files and PHP, when you can configure things from within the panel?
In this tab, you can choose whether you want to show the content or the excerpt on the listing pages of you blog. You can also define how long the excerpt will be, and what will be displayed as the “Read More” text. Optionally, you can choose whether the Read More text will be linked to the article or now.

Pagination Options

WordPress provides only one pagination option. This can be found at Settings Reading Settings. We decided to take this one step further by providing options for various listing pages. The first one is the global pagination which affects all listing pages. If you want though, you can set a different pagination option for the home page, categories and tags. As promised, you’ll find only the options you [i]need[/i], so don’t go looking for Taxonomy pagination in this theme. You won’t find it.

The available options are:
Enabled (which overrides the global option), Disabled (no pagination) and Global (which inherits its value from the Global pagination option).

Banner Options

In this tab you can upload a banner that will appear in the top right corner of your blog. You can also set the title and the banner link. If you don’t want to display a banner anymore just keep the input fields empty.

Archive Options

If you want to display an archive page in your blog all you have to do is create a new page and select the Archive template for the templates drop down menu on the right. Then, in this tab you can select how many posts you want to display and select the archive types that you want (weekly, monthly, yearly).

Google Options

I don’t think this tab needs an explanation. Just copy paste your Google Analytics code and you are all set for tracking visits.

Feedburner Options

Use this tab to enter your custom feedburner feed and email urls.

Buysell ads options

Setting up buysellads.com ads in your site is a 2 step process. Use this tab to enter the generic javascript code provided by bsa and then use our bsa widget to display your banners.

Widgets

Various custom widgets are available with this theme. All of our custom widgets have titles like -= Custom Widget =-. Detailed documentation on how each one of them work will be available really soon. (Pretty easy even for beginners to use them though).

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 Odyssey theme are:

  • Thumbnail: 23x160px
  • Featured image: 446x300px
  • Main thumbnail: 446x210px

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