Berliner is a WordPress theme designed for musicians and record labels . It allows you to display your content by using multiple posts, these are slides, events, discography, videos, galleries and artists. The homepage uses widgets specially crafted to bring these post types together.
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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:
- Home. This will serve as your homepage. Assign to it one of the three available Homepage templates from the Page attributes panel.
- Blog. This will be your posts page. Just create it, no need to add content for now.
- Events Listing. This page will list your events. Apply the Events Listing template. You can disable the map by going to CSSIgniter settings > Display Options and uncheck the designated box (2nd to last).
- Discography Listing. This page will list your albums. Apply the Discography Listing template.
- Video Listing. This page will list your videos. Apply the Video Listing template.
- Galleries Listing. Here you can list your galleries. Apply the Galleries Listing template.
- Artists Listing. Here you can list your galleries. Apply the Artists Listing template.
(TIP: all page titles serve as examples, you can name your pages according to your needs.)
Once your pages are created, navigate to Settings > Reading. Set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page to be your posts page, as demonstrated in the image below:
2) Populating your blog
To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > Add New. Title your post and 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, from the respective panels. Finally click Publish.
3) Adding Events
To create a new event go to Events > New Event. Add a title, any text necessary and upload a featured image. Then move to the Events Settings panel. In the Event Details section you can enter the event’s venue, location, date, start and finish time. In the Event Map below you can input the event’s location. When you are done, publish the event.
4) Adding Discography items
To create a new discography item go to Discography > Add New, set the album’s name as a title, enter relevant information in the content editor, set a featured image and move to the Discography Settings panel below. Here you can fill in relevant album details, purchase details and finally add tracks to the item’s tracklisting. See the additional info section for more information about the tracklisting.
5) Adding Slider items
To add items to your frontpage’s slider go to Slider Items > Add New. Set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the frontpage). In the Slider Settings panel you can set a URL to which your visitors will be redirected when the slider’s button is clicked. Also, a subtitle for the slider and an icon which will appear above the button. When finished publish the slider item.
You can select the number of slides on the slider or disable it entirely, if you so desire, under CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options.
6) Adding Videos
To add a new video go to Videos > Add New. Add a title and the text necessary. Upload a featured image (if your video comes from YouTube the theme will pull the thumbnail automatically, you do not have to set a featured image), then move to the Video Settings panel. Fill in the location where the video was shot and add a URL to the video (if it is a self-hosted video check the corresponding box). Finally publish the video.
7) Adding Galleries
To create a new gallery item go to Galleries > Add New. Set the gallery’s name as a title and enter some text in the content editor. Set a featured image and proceed to upload your images by clicking the Add Images button in the Gallery Details panel (please read the Creating Galleries section). Finally publish the gallery item.
Single gallery column numbers can be controlled in CSSIgniter settings > Gallery options.
8) Adding Artists
To add an artist go to Artists > Add New. Add the artist’s name as a title and the text necessary. Upload a featured image and then publish the item.
9) Creating your menu
Now that your content is in place, you will need a menu. Go to Appearance > Menus, check the pages you want to appear 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)
10) Adding content to your Homepage
The homepage on Berliner has three widget areas that feature all the content unique to the homepage. You can access these areas and add content to them in Appearance > Widgets. Add any widgets you like in any of the Homepage Sidebar # areas to shape the Homepage according to your liking.
Duplicate the demo’s layout
On the demo’s homepage you will find four slider items, six CI Item widgets, with an event selected on each, on the Homepage Sidebar #1. Following are the default 5 recent posts displayed (this number can be changed or posts can be replaced with the content of a page from CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options). We then have four CI Item widgets on Homepage Sidebar #2 displaying a gallery, an event, an album and a video. Finally on Homepage Sidebar #3 we have theCI Album Tracklisting, two CI Recent Items set to display 2 albums and 3 videos and finally the CI Top Tracks widget. On the Footer Sidebar 1 we have a text widget, the Footer Sidebar 2 is blank, on the Footer Sidebar 3 we have the CI About Me widget and finally in the Footer Sidebar 4 the CI Socials Ignited and a search widget.
11) Changing Footer text
12) Section Titles
Each listing page has a section title, these by default follow the naming of the post types, but you can change them to what you need, under CSSIgniter settings > Section Titles.
13) Custom Widgets
The theme features ten custom widgets which can help a lot when setting up your homepage. They are displayed below:
All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their function.
The CSSIgniter settings panel
Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find our custom built settings panel. From here you can shape various aspects of your theme, including 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 function.
To create a gallery using our gallery management system follow these steps:
- On the Gallery Information panel click the Add Images button.
- To upload your images, drag & drop them in the Edit Gallery window that will pop-up, or select Add to Gallery in order to select already uploaded images. Once you are done, click the Update Gallery button on the lower right.
- Your Gallery Information panel will look like this:
- You can re-arrange the order of images by drag & drop.
- If you wish to remove an image from the gallery, hover your mouse over it and click the X as shown below.
- By checking the Randomize order box your gallery images will appear in a random order that will change on every page refresh.
- When you are done, publish the gallery item.
If you need to add images after the gallery’s creation just follow the same procedure.
Each discography item, can have multiple tracks assigned to it. Tracks can be registered through the Tracks Details section, within the Discography Settings section.
To add a new track, press the Add Track button. This will add a new empty line for you to fill. First, add a title and optionally a subtitle.
If the track can be purchased online, enter the URL inside the Buy URL ﬁeld.
You can provide a preview (or even the full song) for your visitors to listen to, by entering the URL of the MP3 file inside the Play URL field. You can upload and/or select an already uploaded song through the WordPress Media Manager, by pressing the button located inside the field.
You may allow your users to download the track, by entering the song’s URL inside the Download URL field.
(Please note that for locally hosted MP3s, the theme tries to force the visitor’s browser to download the file. If the file is on another server, whether it will be downloaded or just opened, is a matter of configuration of the remote server and not the theme’s issue.)
You can also add the lyrics for each track, in the big Song Lyrics field.
Tracks can be re-arranged by dragging and dropping them in the appropriate order. Track numbers are automatically updated to be in sequence.
In order to remove a track, press the Remove Me button next to the desired track. Please be careful, as there is no confirmation of removal. If you publish/save/update the post, the change is irreversible.
Displaying the track listing
Once you add your tracks you may display them by using the [tracklisting] shortcode in the discography item’s main text box. By default, it will display the tracks of the current discography item. The simplest way is this:
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 of the discography to the shortcode. E.g.:
You can also selectively display tracks, by passing their track number (counting from 1), separated by a comma, like this:
and can limit the total number of tracks displayed like this:
Of course, you can mix and match the parameters. The following is valid:
[tracklisting slug="the-division-bell" tracks="2,5,8" limit="2"]
- CSSIgniter Shortcodes You can use this shortcode plugin to modify 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.
- SoundCloud ShortCode This plugin is necessary if you’re planning to add SoundCloud tracks in your albums’ tracklistings.
The recommended image sizes for the Berliner theme are:
- Homepage slider: 1920×600px
- Discography & Gallery images : 700×700px
- Page header image: 1920×250px
- Video thumbnails: 700×450px
- Event thumbnails: 700px in width, not restricted in height