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 Appearance – Themes. The theme should be available in your themes list. Click activate.
Configuring the homepage
Setting up the homepage is really easy. All you have to do is create a page and assign the template “Featured Front Page” to it. In the WordPress menu on the left you will notice there’s a new post type available called “Featured”. In there you can create custom posts for use in the homepage. You have the option to display these posts as featured boxes and also use some of them as items in the slider. There’s a custom field available that gives you the option to create a link to page that you want (e.g. details page about your product / service). Use the featured image option to display images. They will be cropped automatically in the right dimensions for both the slider and the feature boxes.
From there you can display the lastest blog post or news and on the bottom right there’s a widgetized area where you can place any widget that you want (e.g. a newsletter subscription form).
In order to set this page as your homepage go to Settings Reading and set the page that you just created as your Front page. In the same fashion create a new page called “Blog” and set it as your “Posts page” in the same menu.
From there you can use the theme as a normal blog where you can set widgets for your sidebar, create more pages, posts etc.
Our custom options panel can be found under Appearance CSSIgniter Settings. Let’s have a look at each tab’s 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. You also have the option to display a small “beta” cap on the left corner of your theme by checking the “Display beta cap” checkbox.
In this tab you can set the “Learn more” text for your featured boxes in the homepage if you have links to another page. The slider can be controlled from this tab as well. Set the slider to auto-slide mode and set the duration between transitions.
Here you can set whether you want the content or the excerpt to be displayed on listing pages. You can set the length of the excerpt and set a different “read more” text or characters (e.g. […])
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 Categories, tags and taxonomies. The available options are:
Enabled (which overrides the global option), Disabled (no pagination) and Global (which inherits its value from the Global pagination option).
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).
I don’t think this tab needs an explanation. Just copy paste your Google Analytics code and you are all set for tracking visits.
Use this tab to enter your custom feedburner feed and email urls.
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).
- 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 Penelope theme are:
- Thumbnail: 270x130px
- Featured images: 250x110px
- Slider: 400x310px