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Documentation for Public Opinion Lite


Public Opinion Lite  is a free Magazine, News & editorial  WordPress theme.

Quick Installation

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.
TIP: A more visual guide can be found here.

Image Sizes

The recommended image sizes for Public Opinion theme are:

Post Thumbnail: 885x500px
Hero Full Width:  1340x500px
Media Item: 885x750px
Item Full Width: 1140x650px

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.

  • Public Opinion Specific plugin: You will be asked to auto install this plugin when installing the site. You can find this under your theme /plugins/ folder.
  • One Click Import : Use this plugin to help you import your content with just one click.WPForms use this plugin to create a contact form, then copy the shortcode it gives you and paste it in an empty page.
  • WordPress Jetpack: You can use this to create a contact form, insert sharing buttons, create tiled galleries etc.

Importing Sample Content using One Click Import

To automate the process of importing and for a better experience we have natively included support for OneClick Import Plugin. Let install it first:

From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’,
  2. Search for ‘One Click Demo Import’ and install the plugin,
  3. Activate ‘One Click Demo Import’ from your Plugins page.


  1. Download ‘One Click Demo Import’.
  2. Upload the ‘one-click-demo-import’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate ‘One Click Demo Import’ from your Plugins page.

Once the plugin is activated you will find the actual import page in: Appearance > Import Demo Data.

 Click on the Import demo data button and you are done!

This plugin requires PHP version of at least 5.3.x, but we recommend version 5.6.x or better yet 7.x. Please contact your hosting company and ask them to update the PHP version for your site.

Theme pages

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

Frontpage Page

To set up the homepage create a page named Home and set to it the Front page Template from the Page Attributes drop down on the right. To add content to your front page go to Customize > Widgets or Appearance > Widgets and use the theme’s widgets to help you display your content. You will notice that in your Frontpage template page under the WordPress text Editor you have a Frontpage Options section.

Here you can control the featured posts that will  appear on top of the homepage. These are posts tagged with the featured tag. You may optionally restrict the posts shown to a specific category, otherwise featured posts from all categories will be shown.

You can

  1. Select the layout you want for your frontpage featured section area.
  2. Select a specific category to restrict the featured posts.


this will be your posts page. Just create and publish a blank default page named “Blog” (or whatever you wish to name it) without adding any content, no further action needed for now.

Full Width Page

In this page you can add any content you wish without displaying the sidebar.

Default Page

In this page you can add any content you wish but the the sidebar. You can select under Sidebar section where you need your sidebar to appear

Also, you can select whether you need to display the featured image in that page.

by checking the “Hide when viewing this post’s page” option in your Featured image box.

Setting up your theme

In this section we are going to have a closer look on How to setup Public Opinion theme.

Adding Posts

To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > add new and proceed to:

  1. add a title to your post,
  2. enter the content in the editor,
  3. upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel,
  4. add a category and/or tag to the post
  5. Publish the post.

In Public Opinion we have included tools to allow you to create advanced articles with multiple features. In the Post Information box you can add some extra comment if you are reposting from another source, or if this is article is a review!

Under the Source tab you can

  1. Add the name (text) of the article source.
  2. Add the source URL.
  3.  Add the website/news outlet name of the article.
  4. Add the URL of the website/news outlet name of the article.

If you need a post to appear in the frontpage or in your post category listings you can add the “featured” tag under the Tags section

Customizing Your Theme

All theme customization is done via WordPress’s built in customizer. If you haven’t used it or want to learn more about it, please read this article.

Go to Appearance > Customize and you will see this

TIP: any changes you make in the tabs below will be previewed live on the site which appears in right side of the screen, however to save these changes you need to click the Save & Publish button on the top of the bar, if you have made a change but see the button grayed out (for example changed the font size of a heading), move the cursor outside the input box, for example, to the next input box, then the button should be clickable again.

Let’s take a look at the options each tab gives you.

Header Options are split into three sections.

In the Header style section  you make the header fullwidth.

Under the Top menu bar you can add some custom text to it like your email or phone number. as well as select whether you need to show or not Search module or your social Icons.

  1. Vertical Padding your your menu bar.
  2. Control your menu text size
  3. Add complimentary text about your business
  4. Show or hide extra modules like Search box and Social Icons.

In the Primary menu bar  you can change various display settings like the vertical padding of the menu and its text size.

Site Identity

Here you can  change the logo and favicon as well as the title and description. Use the appropriate fields to add your information, show or hide your site title and subtitle and upload your images.

Blog Settings

Here you can  change your blog archive looks as well as each element of your single articles. This section is divided in three parts Archive Options, Post Options and Featured articles.

In Archive Options

  1. Show or Hide the Sidebar.
  2. Change Excerpt Length.
  3. Select a pagination method.
  4. Exclude or not pages from search results.

In Featured articles

Featured sections throughout your website will only show articles that include this tag. The selected tag will be automatically hidden from tag lists.

In Post Options

Here you can select which elements you wish your single blog posts to have. This includes showing or hiding the date, the featured image, the author and author box etc. Or even enabling/disabling the Lightbox option for your galleries.

Finally in Featured Articles you can change the name of the tag name  for your Featured sections.  Throughout your website will only show articles that include this tag. The selected tag will be automatically hidden from tag lists.


This tab allows you to customize the colors and background images for the entire site, the header, the menu bar, sidebars and the footer.


Through this tab you can control the font size of key theme elements, such as headings, body and widgets. If you want to change the default Theme fonts have a look here.

Here you can modify the credits text and your Footer Column Layout.

 Bottom Bar Section

Here you can

  1. Select to show or not the bottom bar.
  2. Add you credit text. You can use some HTML here if you wish.
  3. Show Your Social Icons in the footer.

In Footer style

Here you can

  1. Change the columns the footer will have.
  2. Set the footer to be fullwidth or not.

Here you can create and assign menus to the theme.Your theme supports 2 main menus. If you wish to have two menus surrounding the logo, select the equivalent option from Customize > Header > Header Style. To learn more about menu creation check out the Codex’s menu user guide here.

Static Front Page

Use this tab to make the Home page your static front page so you can take advantage of the homepage template we have created for you.


In this tab you can change the titles for various theme pages, like the blog, search and 404.

Social Networks

In this section You can add your Social Network URLs. These icons will be displayed in the Theme-Social Icons Widget automatically.

Additional CSS

In this tab we host the custom CSS panel which you can use to insert styles for elements not covered in the rest of the tabs.


Here you can download your sample content files.


We have handcrafted some custom widgets to help you better display your content. You will find them under Appearance > Customize > Widgets or Appearance > Widgets

This widget will display in your Homepage latest / featured posts from a certain category in various layouts.

  1. Select the Category you need to display.
  2. Select the type of posts.
  3. Change the layout according to your preference.
  4. Change the number of posts.

Theme (Home)-Featured Posts

This widget will display latest / featured posts from a certain category in various layouts.

  1. Change the category of posts.
  2. Select a Layout.

Theme-Featured Posts

This widget will display latest / featured posts from a certain category in various layouts.

  1. Add your title.
  2. Select the type of posts.
  3. Change the category of posts.
  4. Number of posts to show.


Using this widget you can create a contact box including a title a map and various complementary elements with icons that will help you add more information like telephone etc about your business.

  1. Add a title for your Contact widget.
  2. Add a map code (iframe).
  3. Add a contact title
  4. Create new complementary elements.
  5. Add an icon code  (from and some text along.


This widget allows you to create a small Schedule table with extra contextual information.

  1. Add a title for your widget
  2. Add some complementary text. You can use HTML tags also if you wish.
  3. Add a new day/time widget.
  4. Add your day and time information for each item.


This will allow you to display your Instagram Account in your Front Page or Pre-Footer sidebar. The WP Instagram Widget must be installed and activated in order this Widget to appear

  1. Add a title for your Instagram Widget.
  2. Add your Instagram Account.
  3. Add a number of photos you wish to display.
  4. Select whether you need your images to open in the current window or open in a new tab.
  5. Change the link text.

Theme-Latest Post Type

This widget is built to help you display your latest posts  in any widget area you wish.

  • Add a title.
  • Select the post type you want to get the latest items.
  • Check if you need random posts instead.
  • Add the number of posts.


Shortcodes in WordPress are small  code like functions that allow you to do various things with little effort.

The main reason to use them is to execute code inside WordPress posts, pages, and widgets without writing any code directly. They can be used in Elementor ‘s (or any other page builder) shortcode module.

Public Opinion theme has many shortcodes you can use with various attributes:

Current Date

Shows the current date. By default, uses the date format from Settings > General.
Parameter ‘format’ : Optional. Sets the date format. Accepts PHP’s date() format values referenced here:

[current-date format="l F j, Y"]
Shows a “hero” section of featured posts. A “featured” tag must be provided via Customizer > Blog settings > Featured articles.
Parameter ‘layout’: Optional. Default ‘one-post’.
Parameter ‘cat_id’: Optional. A category ID to pull posts from. Posts still need to be assigned to the “featured” tag.
Parameter ‘cat’: Optional. A category slug to pull posts from. Posts still need to be assigned to the “featured” tag. If both ‘cat’ and ‘cat_id’ are set, ‘cat’ is used.
[featured-posts] (will show one featured post from any category).

[featured-posts cat_id="13"]

[featured-posts cat="news" layout=""]

 Latest Category

Shows latest or featured posts from a specific category, using one of the category layouts (different than “hero” layouts).
Parameter ‘layout’: Optional. Default ‘1’.
Parameters ‘cat’ and ‘cat_id’: Same as featured-posts shortcode. If none is set, the default posts category from Settings > Writing is used (usually “Uncategorized”).
Parameter ‘type’: Optional. Default ‘latest’. May be ‘latest’ or ‘featured’.
Parameter ‘count’: Optional. Defaults to Settings > Reading > Blog pages show at most. A maximum number of posts. Must be > 0.
[latest-category] (out of the box will show 10 uncategorized posts using layout #1)

[latest-category cat_id="13"]

[latest-category cat="news" layout="1" count="6"]

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.


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.

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