About Tabloid

Tabloid is a blog/magazine WordPress theme for content oriented authors. It is clean, modern and designed to maximize your posts’ exposure by providing to the reader the absolutely necessary information in a simple yet appealing manner, eliminating distractions. The homepage consists of the slider and a widgetized area which provides you great flexibility regarding content appearance.

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.

Image Sizes

The recommended image sizes for Tabloid are:

  • Post thumbnail size: 750x429px
  • Slider image size: 1140x700px

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.

  • 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.
  • WordPress Jetpack Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools. We mainly use it for gallery layouts, sharing buttons and the Facebook like box widget.

Importing sample content

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 also download the Sample Content for Tabloid by clicking here

Importing widgets

You can also import the widgets you see on the theme’s demo. To do that, you need the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin. To install it go to Plugins > Add new search for widget importer exporter and install the plugin. Activate it and go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter click choose file and upload the tabloid_widgets.wie file which is located in the sample content zip file, click Import widgets and you are good to go.

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 held responsible for total or partial data loss, so please be careful.

Setting up your theme

1) Creating theme pages

  1. “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it either the “Frontpage with slider” template from the “Page attributes” panel.
  2. “Contact” (optional) here you can place your contact form which you will create using the Contact Form 7 plugin.

2) Populating your blog

To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > Add New and follow the steps below

  1. Give a title to your post,
  2. Place your text in the content editor,
  3. Upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel,
  4. Add a category to the post, if you so desire, from the respective panels
  5. Select whether you want the post’s thumbnail to appear on the homepage’s slider by checking the Add this post in the front page slider box in the Post Details metabox
  6. finally publish your post.

3)  Creating your menu

When your content is in place, you will need a menu. Go to Appearance > Menus, check the pages you want on your menu and add them, give your menu a name and save it. Finally you will need to set your menu as “Main” menu, this can be done either by checking the “Main menu” box in “Menu Settings” just below your menu items in Menu Structure, or by going to the “Manage Locations” tab and selecting the menu you just created.

(TIP, for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)

4) Creating your homepage

Populate the homepage’s slider by adding posts to it as described in the “Populating your blog” section above. Then go to appearance > widgets  and add widgets to the Blog Sidebar and the Homepage Main sidebar.

Duplicating the demo’s layout

The homepage on the demo consists of three slider items, and the following widgets:

On the Homepage Main sidebar: a CI Category with the “left 1 large, right 5 small” layout selected, a text widget containing code for a banner ad, a CI Category with the “Top: 1 large. Bottom: 2 large in 2 columns” layout, a CI Category with the “Left: 5 small. Right: 1 large” layout, another CI Category with the “Top: 1 large. Left: 5 small. Right: 1 large” selected and finally a CI Category with the “Top: 1 large. Bottom: 2 large in 2 columns” layout selected.

On the Homepage sidebar: On top we have the CI Socials Ignited widget, next there is a text widget with code for a box ad, following is a search widget, then we have the CI Stock Market widget, a sample newsletter widget, the Instagram widget, a Categories widget, a tag cloud widget and finally a Facebook like box widget provided by Jetpack.

The theme’s footer features an area for you to enter your copyright info, privacy policy etc. To change the text you need to go to CSSIgniter settings > Site options (5th box down). Primary footer text appears on the left side of the footer and secondary on the right.

6) Header layout

The theme features two header layouts, the default and one containing a banner for your ads, you can read more about them and select which one you want to use under CSSIgniter Settings > Display Options.

The theme has the ability to display a bar with trending posts, categories or tags. You can configure what this bar displays or turn it off under CSSIgniter Settings > Display Options.

8) Weather settings

The theme’s header displays weather information for a selected location right next to your logo, you can configure this location under CSSIgniter Settings > Homepage Options.

9) Section titles

You can modify section titles for the blog, author pages and related posts under CSSIgniter Settings > Section Titles.

10) Custom Widgets

The theme features ten custom widgets, which can help you display additional information.

All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their functionality.

11) Setting up the weather

For info on how to set up the weather display on the theme, please have a look at this guide.

The Settings Panel

Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find our custom built settings panel. From here you can manipulate various aspects of your theme, including, but not limited to, changing your logo, setting a custom background, changing color scheme and applying custom styles via the custom CSS tab. All options feature a description so you instantly know their provided functionality.

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.

ci_page_builder_template

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.

Support

If for some reason you have trouble setting up and using the theme, or have questions about theme functionality, don’t hesitate to post in the theme’s support forum. We’ll be happy to help.