Ithaca

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.

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.

Image Sizes

The recommended image sizes for the Ithaca theme are:

  • Post Thumbnail: 550x345px
  • Slider: 780x400px
  • Listing images ( category listing, homepage older posts etc): 360x360px

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 Ithaca 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 ithaca_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 “Featured Front page” template from the “Page attributes” panel.
  2. “Blog” this page will display all your blog posts.
  3. “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. finally publish your post.

3) Adding Reviews

To create your reviews go to Reviews > New Review.
The first four steps are identical to the ones of post creation above. Once these are done we move to the Review Details panel below the main text editor.
review_details
The panel has four tabs:

  1. Score:  here you can set the score you want to give to the reviewed item.
  2. Slider: here you can select if this particular review will appear on the homepage’s slider.
  3. Video: If you want to add a featured video to your review, you can do so from this tab.
  4. Review link: Here you can enter a URL to link the review to. Links will be placed at the top and the bottom of the review’s content.

Once you are done you can publish the review.

4)  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

Populating the homepage’s slider.

The homepage’s slider displays selected reviews. To add a review to the slider edit the review go to the Review Details panel, on the Slider tab and check the Show in the homepage slider checkbox.

Then go to appearance > widgets  and add widgets to  the Homepage sidebar.

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) Section titles

Under CSSIgniter Settings > Section Titles you can change all section titles, such as blog page title, various homepage section titles etc.

7) Widgets

The theme features six custom widgets (plus a deprecated one) which will help you display your content. Below each widget you’ll find a small description of the widget’s functionality.

The CI Posts from Categories widget was deprecated in favor of the more user friendly CI Latest Posts widget. The former will continue to function, so if you were using it your layout won’t break. The new widget is much more flexible and allows you to display posts from a selected post type, taxonomy and even particular term. You can also set the number of posts you want display and choose if latest or random posts will be shown.

Next Steps

Still have questions or problems setting up your CSSIgniter Theme? We will be happy to help you out in our support forums

Sophocles

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 Appearance – Themes. The theme should be available in your themes list. Click activate.

Homepage

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.

There’s a menu added in the WordPress admin called “Featured”. In there you can add a new featured box normally by adding a title, text and a featured image. Under the main editor there’s a checkbox which gives you the ability to add this specific post in the slider. If you choose that, the post won’t be shown as a featured box.

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.

Background options

Within the background options tab you can override the template’s background settings and set yours as needed. If don’t want that, just keep this tab disabled by checking the checkbox “Disable custom background”.

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 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 Sophocles theme are:

  • Thumbnail: 290x140px
  • Featured image: 295x150px
  • Slider: 480x290px
  • Blog thumbnails: 640x200px

Ultraseven

About UltraSeven

UltraSeven is an e-commerce theme for WordPress. It is WooCommerce compatible and allows you to easily setup a functional and beautiful e-shop to sell your merchandise. Its homepage consists of a slider and a widgetized area which allows you to use widgets to display your products, also a shortcode version of the homepage is available to give you more customization options.

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.

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

Thumbnail: 480x360px
Homepage slider: 1220x480px
Blog thumbnails: 480x360px
Product thumbnail: 100x100px
Shop page (product listing) thumbnail: 320x430px
Single product featured image: 560px in width, not limited in height

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.

  • Revolution Slider: The theme comes bundled with the Revolution slider plugin, if you want to install it you can find the plugin’s zip file in the /plugins/ folder of the theme. You can have a look at the plugin’s documentation here to help you create a slider.
  • 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 an empty page.

WooCommerce

To enable eCommerce functionality for your website you need to install and activate the WooCommerce plugin by WooThemes. You can download the plugin free of charge from the WordPress Plugin Repository. For installation and usage instructions please refer to the plugin’s documentation.

Once you have installed and activated the WooCommerce plugin please install its pages by clicking on the button that WooCommerce provides on its banner. This will likely create a duplicate of some pages along with the pages install by the sample content but its a needed step. You can delete the old pages that came with the sample content or use them instead by going to WooCommerce > Settings > Pages and assign them anew.

TIP: If you need different product image sizes than the ones set by the theme, go to WooCommerce > Settings and in the Products tab set the image sizes that best fit your shop under the Product Image Sizes section.

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 fist:

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.

From WordPress.org

  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.

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), assign 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 Ultraseven by clicking here

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

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

  1. “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it the “Homepage Widgetized Template
    or the “Homepage Shortcodes Template” from the “Page attributes” panel. See below for homepage configuration.
  2. “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
  3. “Contact” here you can place your contact form.

(TIP, all page titles serve as examples, you can name your pages according to your needs.)

Once the pages are created, navigate to Settings > Reading and set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page as your posts page, as demonstrated in the image below.

ReadingSettings

2) Populating your blog

To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > add new, title your post, enter the content in the editor, upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel, add a category and/or tag to the post, if you so desire, from the respective panels and publish the post by clicking “Publish”.

3) Adding products

The most important thing of your e-shop are your products, to add them check this detailed guide provided by WooThemes here.

4) Adding Slider items

UltraSeven comes with two slider options, one is Flexslider which you probably have seen on the majority of our themes, to add items to this slider go to Slider Items > new Slider Item, set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the homepage), finally, publish the slider item. You can control slider behavior from CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options (2nd box).

The other option is Revolution Slider which is a premium slider plugin. To install it, unpack the zip theme’s zip file and locate the plugins/revslider folder. Inside you will find the slider’s documentation, which you need to read to see how you can use it and the revslider.zip file which you need to install by going to Plugins > Add new, click upload, choose file, point to the revslider.zip and finally click Install now. Once the plugin is installed, click to activate it. Then setup your slider according to its documentation and navigate to CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options, select Use Revolution Slider and write its alias in the box. Save and you are done. For more information about the Revolution Slider plugin, please have a look at the Useful Plugins section below.

5) Creating your menu

Now that 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.
You can also create a menu which will appear in the bar on the top of the header, create a new menu, as before, and set it as Top Menu from “Manage Locations”. Finally the theme features a “Mobile Menu” location in case you want to customize the appearance of the menu, when the site is viewed on a mobile device. Create a menu for the mobile view and set it as your Mobile Menu from “Manage Locations”. If you don’t set one the Main Menu will be set by default.

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

6) Setting up your Homepage

As mentioned earlier, UltraSeven comes with two different general homepage options:

Widgetized Homepage

If you have selected to use this template, navigate to Appearance > Widgets and assign widgets to the FrontPage Widget Area. Please note that only the following widgets are suggested for the homepage:

  • WooCommerce Products
  • WooCommerce Recently Viewed Products
  • WooCommerce Top Rated Products
  • -= CI Offer Box =-
  • -= CI Recent Posts =-
  • Revolution Slider (if installed)

Shortcoded Homepage
You can create unlimited variations of Homepages or simple Pages by using UltraSeven’s shortcodes. Please refer to this link for an overview of the available shortcodes and check out the Homepage variations in the sample content (listed as Homepage 1, 2, 3 .. ) to get a glimpse of how they are used.

Duplicate the demo’s layout

The theme’s demo has the “Widgetized Homepage” template selected. The revolution slider plugin is activated and the following widgets on the Front Page Widget Area sidebar: WooCommerce Products showing products by date, CI Offer, WooCommerce Products showing best sellers, and the “CI Recent Posts”. On the Footer Widgets Colums 1-4 sidebars we have respectively, a CI About Me widget, a CI Flickr Widdet, a Text widget, and finally the CI Socials Ignited widget along with another text widget.

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 and use the appropriate box (5th box down).

8) e-Commerce options

Under CSSIngiter settings > e-Commerce options you can modify the number of columns your shop pages will have along with the number of products that will be displayed on shop listing pages.

9) Custom Widgets

The theme features ten custom widgets which are displayed below
custom_widgets

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

10)Page with e-shop sidebar template

Normal pages display widgets assigned to the Pages sidebar. You can make any page display the e-Shop sidebar instead, by assigning to the page the Page with e-shop sidebar template from the Page Attributes box. This way you can display appropriate information to maximize your sales, whichever way you see fit.

The CSSIgniter 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.

Next Steps

Still have questions or problems setting up your CSSIgniter Theme? We will be happy to help you out in our support forums

Penelope

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 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.

Settings Panel

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. 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.

Homepage options

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.

Display 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 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 Penelope theme are:

  • Thumbnail: 270x130px
  • Featured images: 250x110px
  • Slider: 400x310px

Odyssey

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

Troy

About Troy

Troy is a blog/news tumblr style WordPress theme for content oriented authors. It is designed to maximize your post’s exposure by providing to the reader the absolutely necessary information in a simple yet appealing manner, eliminating distractions. The homepage consists of your posts along with a widgetized area on the right.

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 the Troy theme are:

  • Post Thumbnail: 500x450px
  • Blog image: 500px in width, no particular height set
  • Homepage Slider: 1140x600px

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.

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 Troy 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 troy_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

Troy does not need any pages to operate but you can add as many as you wish. If you’d like to add a contact page, you can create a page under Pages > Add New and use the shortcode given to you by the Contact Form 7 plugin in the page’s content area.

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. Finally move to the Slider Detailsslider_details panel below the main text editor. Here you can set a FontAwesome icon to be displayed over your post’s thumbnail on the slider and listing pages, select if you want the particular post to appear on the homepage’s slider, exclude it from the blog page if needed and finally upload a custom image to be displayed as slider image, instead of the post’s featured image.

2) Creating your menu

When your content is in place, you might need a menu (again in Troy a menu is sort of optional). 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)

3) Homepage Options

Under CSSIgniter Settings > Homepage Options you can control the homepage’s slider behavior, such as slideshow and animation speed.

4) Section Titles

Under CSSIgniter Settings > Section Titles you can change the wording for the “Read More” button and the “Related Posts” title.

Widgets

The theme features seven custom widgets, which can help you display additional information. They can be accessed under Appearance > Widgets, below each widget’s title you will find a small description on what each one does.

Next Steps

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IgnitionConf

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 the IgnitionConf theme are:

  • General thumbnail size: 460x460px

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 an empty page.

Importing Sample Content

To import sample content in order to make your Hernan installation look like the demo version, you need to go to the CSSIgniter Settings panel (accessible from Appearance CSSIgniter Settings). Site Options should be selected, so scroll to the bottom and in the last box, click Download sample content. You will be prompted to save a zip file, do it and then extract it. The contained xml file will be used to import the sample content. Back to your WordPress dashboard go to Tools Import and click on the WordPress importer. You will be prompted to install the plugin, install it, activate it and then navigate back to Tools Import and click on “WordPress” once again. Click Choose file and select the xml you got in the previous step. Click Upload file and import. In the following screen make sure you assign all posts to an existing user (or create new ones if you wish) and check the box that downloads and imports attachments. Click Submit and wait until everything is set up for you.

You can also download the Sample Content for Ignitionconf by clicking here

Configuring your theme

IgnitionConf is a single page theme, that means there is no blog functionality or inner pages. It is consisted of the following areas:

  • Header area – Where your logo and main navigation of your website appears.
  • Slider area – Where the posts from the custom post type “Sliders” appear.
  • About area – Where you can place the content of any designated page.
  • Speakers area – Where the posts from the custom post type “Speakers” appear.
  • Schedule area – Where the posts from the custom post type “Speakers” appear, only if you’ve selected them to.
  • Sponsors area – Where the posts from the custom post type “Sponsors” appear.
  • Contact area – Where you can show the content of any page (e.g. a page with a contact form) plus a map and widgets.

Global section information

You can disable or enable any section by going to Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings and then to the tab of the respective section (e.g. “Contact Options”). Also, you can set your section titles independently. Note that the menu is created dynamically by the theme depending on whether you hide or show each section.

Slider section

The slider section brings forth posts from the “Sliders” post type. In order to create a slideshow you have to add at least 2 Sliders and fill them with the appropriate info such as the main big title (which is taken by the Slider default title at the top of the post), super-titles, and subtitles which are provided by the theme as custom fields. In order to accompany your slider item with images, you must set a featured image. The recommended size for the featured images is 1920×600 pixels.

About Section

The About Section gets populated by the content of any page you select in Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings > About Options. You can place anything you want, mainly text and images.

Speakers Section

The Speakers Section is populated by posts that are of the “Speakers” post type. Simply add new Speakers and assign featured images. The name of the Speaker should be set as its title and the description that pops up in the tooltip once the speaker is clicked is the main post’s content. Again, you can place whatever content you want as a description.

Schedule Section

You can create a timeline or a schedule for your event/conference by inserting details in the Speaker Presentation Details section of the Speaker’s post edit screen. Fill out the appropriate info and then check the “Show this speaker on the Schedule.” The image and name of the speaker will be taken from the featured image and title of the post.

Sponsors Section

You can also create a Sponsors Section by adding posts in the Sponsors custom post type. Only the featured image will be shown and you can select an external URL for the sponsor logo to point to.

Contact Section

If you wish to show a contact form in your website, first you need to install a contact form plug-in. The theme is designed to behave with both the “Contact 7” and the “Gravity Forms” plug-ins. Navigate to Plugins > Add New, and search for either of the above plug-ins. Install one and activate it.

As soon as you activate your desired Contact Form plugin you should then create a contact form; place as many input fields as you wish and then create a new page (Pages > Add New) named “Contact” or something similar.

The only thing you need to place there is the shortcode of the Contact Form you created by using one of the aforementioned plugins.

Hit Publish, and then navigate back to the CSSIgniter Settings > Contact Options. At the bottom of the list you will find a dropdown, listing all the available pages on your WordPress installation. Select your Contact page and you are all set.

In order to create your map, if you wish, please follow the detailed instructions that we have placed in the Contact Options under the Map section.

Next Steps

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Neuton

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 the Neuton theme are:

  • Listing widget thumbnails: 700x464px
  • Small hero image: 600x277px
  • Big hero image: 600x554px
  • Fullwidth thumbnail: 1300x600px
  • Main thumbnail size: 825x380px

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 an empty page.

Getting started

The easiest way to get started and find your way around using this theme, is by installing it into a fresh WordPress installation, and let us create some sample content for you, from within the CSSIgniter Settings panel, Site Options tab, Create sample content button.

You can also download the Sample Content for Neuton by clicking here

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 help responsible for total or partial data loss, so please be careful. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!.

Creating your homepage

The theme comes with two Homepage Templates, one with the featured Hero section where your featured news show up as a grid and one with a slideshow.

To create a homepage navigate from within the WordPress Dashboard to Pages > Add New, give your page a title (e.g. Home) and from the right assign a homepage Page Template (named either “Front Page w/ Hero” or “Front Page w/ Slider” respectively). Just leave the page content blank and Publish it.

After you’ve published it, navigate to Settings > Reading and set the page you’ve just created as your static page.

Populating your homepage is just a matter of adding the custom widget “-=CI Posts from Category=-” in the homepage widget areas (namely: Homepage Widgets 1, Homepage Widget 2 and the Homepage Sidebar where you can put just about any widget you wish). The -=CI Posts from Category=- widget is basically a 7 in 1 widget where you can select how you wish to display your post listings from the selected category.

Marking a post as featured by clicking on the “Mark this post as featured.” checkbox will send the post to the hero (or slider) section of your homepage.

Widgets

This theme supports widgets. There are multiple widget areas defined. The theme also comes bundled with a few widgets developed by CSSIgniter. For information on using widgets, please see http://codex.wordpress.org/Widgets_SubPanel

Make sure you have populated your sidebars with widgets (especially the Footer Columns) so that your website does not appear empty.

Custom Menus

This theme supports custom menus. There are three menu locations defined, Main Menu, that appears under the header, Header menu which appears in the ribbon across the top of your website and Footer Menu which appears under your Footer Widgets. For information on using custom menus, please see read http://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_Screen.

Reviews

To create a new Review, go to Reviews New Review. A review is no different than a post, only it does not support post formats and has a rating custom field where you can place your rating for the review. The Category taxonomy is identical for Reviews and Posts for your convenience. You can create a “Reviews” category if you wish to group your reviews and show them in the homepage via the Posts from Category widget.

Full Width Page template

You may have any page displaying full-width, without a sidebar. All you need is to assign the Full Width, No Sidebar template from the Page Attributes box.

Archive page template

You can have an archive page displaying your posts based on the date. All you need is to create an empty page and assign the Archive template from the Page Attributes box.

Contact page template

You can have an contact page displaying a contact form using the Contact Form 7 or Gravity Forms plugin. All you need is to create a page and paste your contact form shortcode in it.

Trending Topics are automatically generated by the theme’s algorithm which analyzes your most recent comments for the last 7 days, gets the most popular posts from those comment numbers and extract their Tags in order to generate the Trending Topics.

What this basically means is that in order for the Trending Topics feature to work you need to have tagged your posts (normal WordPress tags) and have comments in the last 7 days. The rest is automatic.

Theme Settings

Our custom options panel can be found under Appearance CSSIgniter Settings.

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.

Next Steps

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Igloo

About Igloo

Igloo is a WordPress theme for restaurants that allows you to display your menu (food or drink items), photo galleries, your customers’ testimonials and any announcements you might have, mostly by using four different Custom Post Types: Slider Items, Menu Items, Galleries and Testimonials. All the above act as standard WordPress posts or pages but each of them has extra fields which differentiate them from the former. The homepage is comprised of custom widgets specially crafted to bring those custom post types together as discussed later on in the documentation.

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.

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

  • Home slider full width: 1920x420px
  • Home slider fixed width: 1240x420px
  • Thumbnails: 770x520px

Useful Plugins

To get the sample content file you can click the link in the notice that will appear on your dashboard immediately after activating the theme.

  • 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 an empty page.

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), assign 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 Igloo by clicking here

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

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

  1. “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it either the “Frontpage Fullwidth Slider” or the “Frontpage Fixed Slider” template from the “Page attributes” panel and publish the page..
  2. “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
  3. “Contact” here you can place your contact form, apply the “Contact Page” template.
  4. “Menu” this page will serve as your menu listing page, apply the “Menu Template” to it.
  5. “Location” here you can place info relevant to your business’ location, apply the “Location Page” template. The page features a map showing your location, you can set the location under CSSIgniter settings > Contact options.
  6. “Gallery Listing” this page will host your galleries, apply to it the “Galleries Listing” templateand notice the “Gallery Listing Options” panel that appears. Here you can select the number of columns your gallery listing page will have.
    gallery_columns

(TIP, all page titles serve as examples, you can name your pages according to your needs.)

Once the pages are created, navigate to Settings > Reading and set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page as your posts page, as demonstrated in the image below.

ReadingSettings

2) Populating your blog

To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > add new, title your post, enter the content in the editor, upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel, add a category and/or tag to the post, if you so desire, from the respective panels and publish the post by clicking “Publish”.

3) Adding Slider items

To add items to your homepage’s slider go to Slider Items > new Slider Item, set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the homepage, the image should be at least 1920×420 if you chose the fullwidth slider template and 1240×420 if you chose the fixed template.), in the Slider Details panel you can set a URL & text for the slide’s button, finally, publish the slider item. Slider speed and autoslide functionality can be adjusted under CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options.

4) Adding Menu items

  1. First, you need to create some categories for your goods. From your admin panel, go to Menu Items > Menu Categories, and then create some categories such as Appetizers, Main Dishes, Desserts and Drinks.
  2. Then, you need to create the actual goods. Go to Menu Items > New Menu Item and enter the title (e.g. Bloody Mary), on the main content box enter the description (e.g. A bloody-red spicy cocktail with tomato-juice and Tabasco), select the Menu Category that it belongs into (Drinks), add a Featured Image by clicking on Set featured image (at least 700×450), and finally, on the Menu Item Price box add the price.

5) Adding Galleries

To create a new gallery item go to Galleries > new Gallery, set the gallery’s name as a title, enter some text if you wish in the content editor, set a featured image and proceed to upload your images by clicking the “Add Images” button in the “Gallery Information” panel ( Notice, if you are using versions 1.1 and older, please read the “Creating Gallery items and uploading images” section first), drag & drop to rearrance the image order and publish the gallery.

6) Adding Testimonials

To create a new Testimonial, go to “Testimonials > New Testimonial”, set the author’s name as the title, and the testimonial’s text in the content box, finally, publish it. Testimonials can be used in any widgetized area you like by using the “CI Testimonials” widget.

7) Creating your menu

Now that 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)

8) Adding content to your Homepage

The homepage on Igloo features three widgetized areas, the Homepage Testimonial Widget, the Homepage Second Row and the Homepage Third Row. All three feature a small description on how to use them optimally to display your content. You can access and add content to them in Appearance > Widgets.

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 and use the appropriate box (4th box down).

10) Changing header text

To modify the text displayed on the right side of the header navigate to CSSIgniter settings > Contact options (1st box) and follow the on-screen instructions.

11) Header images

Pages, posts and single galleries in Igloo feature header images. To set the default and learn more about how you can have custom images on each item, please navigate to CSSIgniter settings > Display options (2nd box). When using custom header images you might want to hide the featured image from the page’s/post’s body, to do that again in CSSIgniter settings > Display options and un-check one (or both) of these boxes

feat_toggle

12) Custom Widgets

The theme features seven custom widgets which are displayed below
custom_widgets

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

The CSSIgniter 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.

Additional information

  1. Create a new Gallery.
  2. Click “add media” or “Upload images”.
  3. Drag & drop the images from your computer (do not use already uploaded images).
  4. When your images are done uploading click the “X” on top right (do not click insert to post).
  5. Finish setting up the rest of the item’s details, if any, and publish the item.
  1. Edit the Gallery.
  2. Click “add media” or “Upload images”.
  3. Notice on the top left of the media manager a drop-down menu, select “Uploaded to this post”.
  4. Add/remove or re-order with drag & drop.
  5. When you are done click the “X” on top right.
  6. Update the item.

Next Steps

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Kontrol

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 the Kontrol theme are:

  • Homepage slider: 1600x500px
  • Widget thumbnails: 700x430px (Notice: thumbnails for events have the same width but are not restricted in height)
  • Video thumbnail: 480x280px
  • Square thumb: 480x480px (used on most listing pages)
  • Fullwidth featured image: 930x570px

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 an empty page.

Importing Sample Content

To import sample content in order to make your Kontrol installation look like the demo version, you need to go to the CSSIgniter Settings panel (accessible from Appearance CSSIgniter Settings). Site Options should be selected, so scroll to the bottom and in the last box, click Download sample content. You will be prompted to save a zip file, do it and then extract it. The contained xml file will be used to import the sample content. Back to your WordPress dashboard go to Tools Import and click on the WordPress importer. You will be prompted to install the plugin, install it, activate it and then navigate back to Tools Import and click on “WordPress” once again. Click Choose file and select the xml you got in the previous step. Click Upload file and import. In the following screen make sure you assign all posts to an existing user (or create new ones if you wish) and check the box that downloads and imports attachments. Click Submit and wait until everything is set up for you.

You can also download the Sample Content for Kontrol by clicking here

Configuring your theme.

Setting up your homepage

Navigate to the CSSIgniter Settings panel and click on Homepage Options. Your first option is to enable or disable the slider on the homepage, check the box if you want one, uncheck if not. Next box will allow you to choose how many slider items you wish to have, just enter a number here (remember you need at least 2 for it to “slide”). Then you can select if you want the “Latest Media” section on your homepage, check or uncheck according to your liking. The following box allows you to display the content of a certain page in your homepage instead of your latest blog posts. If you wish to do that select the page from the dropdown menu, otherwise leave it blank so it displays your blog posts. Next select how many news items (or blog posts) you want in your homepage, select a number. Finally you can choose only certain blog categories to appear in your homepage, set their id’s in the box.

If you need a custom background in your homepage just go to Color Options and un-check the Disable custom background box. Then you can select a color or upload an image as a background.
Navigate to Display Options and have a look at your slider options, select auto-slide, slider effect, slide direction (if applicable) and set duration, in milliseconds for the slideshow and animation.

NOTE It is advised to turn auto-slide off if you are planning on displaying videos on your slider, otherwise it will slide out of view during playback.

Creating a Homepage.

NOTE If you imported custom content this is already done!
Go to Pages > Add new and create a new page. Give it a title like “Homepage” and on the Page Attributes box on the right select the Frontpage template. Publish the page.
Now go to Settings > Reading and set the page you just created as your homepage. Click the “A static pag” radio button and set it as Front page from the drop down. Save Changes.

While you are here:  As you can see there’s an option Posts pageunder the Front page option. Create a new page called Blog or News or anything that you want to publish normal posts and set it here as your posts page. Save Changes.

Setting up the slider

Go to Slider > New Slider Item. Set the title. This is the text that will be displayed inside the slide. Set the featured image which will be cropped automatically to fit the slider and finally in the Slider Settings set the URL where users will visit if they click on this slider item, here you can also set a video URL if you want a video in your slider. You can also disable slider text entirely.

Homepage Widgets

Go to Appearance Widgets and place your desired widgets in the “Homepage Sidebar” (widget functionality will be explained below)

One last thing that we need to setup for our homepage (but visible on any other page on our website too) is the main navigation. So go to Appearance > Menus create a new menu with a menu name of your choice. In the Theme Locations select the menu you just created. Add items from the left hand side boxes (Pages and Custom Links) to the right. Re-order with drag and drop.

Create listing pages for Artists, Discography items, Galleries and Videos.

Go to pages new page give the page the desired title and from the page attributes in the right side select a page template. You have two template options for each type, one with a sidebar and one fullwidth. Publish the page.

Events page setup

NOTE: If you imported custom content this is already done!

Go to Pages > Add new and create a new page. From the page attributes on the right, from the Templates dropdown select the Events Listing. Now you can start inserting your events from Events > New Events item. So. Give the event a title so you can remember it. We are not showing the title somewhere. It’s just an identifier for you. We leave the main editor empty (optional) and we move a bit lower in the Event Settings section where we fill the details of the event.
As you can see in the Select the event statusdropdown we have 4 different types of statuses.

  1. Tickets Available
  2. Sold Out
  3. Canceled
  4. Watch live

For Status “Sold out” and “Canceled” you don’t have to set anything else. For Status “Tickets Available” you can insert the URL from the site where people can buy tickets in the input field below with the title “If the event is still available enter the URL where someone can buy tickets”. Same thing for the status “Watch live”. You can also change the default text of the
button (Buy tickets, canceled etc) A last option for the events page is that you can show/hide the events map and the past
events. Just go to Appearance > CSSigniter Settings > Display Options and locate the box that allows you to hide the map.

Discography setup

With Kontrol you have the ability to provide self-hosted music and music from Soundcloud.

Go to Plugins > Add New and search from the SoundCloud Shortcode. Click install and once the plugin is ready activate it. Now we can use SoundCloud.

Go to Discography > New Discography Item. Set the album title and upload the album’s cover in the featured image section. Now in the main editor you can write anything you want PLUS you can display the tracklisting of your album with the ability to let the users preview your tracks! For this we are going to use a shortcode.

The title, the featured image and the Discography settings don’t need any further explanation but let’s see how we can use the Tracks details.
You may add the tracks of your release, along with related information such as a Download URL, Buy URL and lyrics. Press the Add Track button to add a new track, and individually the Remove me button to delete a track.
Once you add your tracks you may display them by using the [tracklisting] shortcode. By default, it will display the tracks of the current discography item. You may also display the track listing of any discography item in any other post/page or widget (that supports shortcodes) by passing the ID or slug parameter to the shortcode. E.g. [tracklisting id=”25″] or [tracklisting slug=”the-division-bell”]

You can also selectively display tracks, by passing their track number (counting from 1), separated by a comma, like this [tracklisting tracks=”2,5,8″] and can limit the total number of tracks displayed like [tracklisting limit=”3″]

Of course, you can mix and match the parameters, so the following is totally valid: [tracklisting slug=”the-division-bell” tracks=”2,5,8″ limit=”2″]

Videos setup.

Go to Videos > New Video Item, set a title and scroll down to the Video Settings, here you can paste the video URL and if it is hosted on YouTube or Vimeo once you hit Publish it will automatically get the video thumbnail from YouTube/Vimeo and set it as your featured image. Of course if you want you can set your own featured image (if the video is not hosted on YouTube/Vimeo you have to set a featured image).

Artists setup

In order to insert a new artist just visit Artists> New artist. In this section you won’t find any custom fields so you can enter the name of the artist in the title field, use the featured image and the main editor for any content (biography etc.)

Widgets

We have created 11 custom widgets.

  • CI Ads Displays banner ads
  • CI About Me Custom About me widget
  • CI Album Tracklisting lists tracks, in the widget’s text area you can use the tracklisting shortcode described above in order to list any track you like.
  • CI BuySellAds BuySellAds.com integration
  • CI Event Display one event
  • CI Flick Widget Display photos from a flickr account
  • CI Latest Albums Display your latest albums
  • CI Latest Photo Galleries Display your latest photo galleries
  • CI Latest Videos Display your latest videos
  • CI Recent Events display upcoming events
  • CI Tweets Display tweets (needs to be setup from CSSigniter settings twitter options)

The theme also provides seperate widgetized sidebars for each section.

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

    From this tab you can set your site’s properties.

  • Logo text: Textual logo – site title
  • Upload your logo: Allows you to upload a logo image. You need to upload it to the correct size. Logo text is used as alternative logo description.
  • Upload your Favicon.
  • Upload Touch icons to be displayed on touch enabled devices
  • Customize your footer text

Home Page Options

Detailed description in the homepage setup section

Artists/Discography/Galleries/Video Options

From these tabs you can set a number of post items to be displayed in the listing page and change the section title (where applicable).

Display Options

Various options that affect what your website displays.

  • Slider controls detailed above
  • Column number for your listing pages
  • Events map toggle
  • Show past events on the events page
  • Read More text: What will be displayed instead of the default Read More…
  • Excerpt length (in words): Limits how many words the excerpt will be, and whether it should be linked to the post.
  • Excerpt auto cut-off text: When a manual excerpt is not provided, WordPress generates one automatically from your post’s content, limiting the words according to the setting above. Because that may be mid-paragraph, the cut-off text is appended at the end to show that the text continues.
  • Title separator: How the various elements of thetag will be separated (dash, pipe, colon, etc)
  • Show “Comments are closed” message: Allows you to hide/show the default “Comments are closed” message when comments are disabled.
  • Show or hide featured images
  • Change featured image size on fullwidth page.

Twitter Options

These options control the behavior of the -=CI Tweets=- widget.

Archive options

These options control the behavior of the Archive page (if you created one) with the Archive page template assigned.

Google options

Google Analytics Code: Just copy paste your Google Analytics code exactly as given by their website, and you are all set for tracking visits.

FeedBurner Options

FeedBurner Feed URL: Paste the feed that FeedBurner provides you with, and it will be automatically be server to your users.
FeedBurner Email URL: Paste the URL FeedBurner provides for registering to email updates.

BuySellAds Options

BuySellAds.com Code: Paste the BSA code as given by their website and it will be automatically included on every page. Use our accompanying widget -=CI BuySellAds.com=- to display the ads.

Custom CSS

Paste your custom css in the box, and it will override the theme’s styles, along with the Background Options.

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.

Next Steps

Still have questions or problems setting up your CSSIgniter Theme? We will be happy to help you out in our support forums