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.


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 have a slider with featured posts on the top of you homepage. You can have as many posts as you want appearing in the slider.

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.

For best results, use the featured image option to display images. They will be cropped automatically in the right dimensions for both the slider and the rest of the blog.

Theme Settings

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

Site 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.

Homepage options

In this tab you can set the “Learn more” text for your slider in the homepage. The slider can be controlled from this tab as well. Set the slider to auto-slide mode and set the duration between transitions.

Display options options

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. […])

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 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).

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.

Buysellads options

Setting up 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.


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 Persephone theme are:

  • Thumbnail: 270x80px
  • Slider: 605x300px
  • Featured image: 350x400px
  • Full height thumb: 350px in width no particular height set.

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