Setting up your theme

WooCommerce

This theme has the WooCommerce plugin pre-installed for you. If it is deactivated, you can go under Plugins > WooCommerce and activate it. Also go under WooCommerce > Settings and in the Products tab set the image sizes that best fit your shop under the Product Image Sizes section, in case you need different values than the theme sets by default.

1) Populating your blog

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

  1. add a title to your post
  2. enter the content in the editor
  3. add a category and/or tag to the post
  4. upload a featured image by clicking Set featured image on the Featured Image panel
  5. Select the preferred post layout from the drop down in the Layout section
  6. Once done click the Publish/Update button.

brittany-add-new-post

2) Customizing the appearance

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

Go to Appearance > Customize and you will see this:

brittany-customizer

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

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

Header Options

Toggle the sticky menu, social icons and inline logo. Additionally you can customize the header colors.

Menus

Here you can create and assign menus to the theme. The theme features one menu location, the main menu. To learn more about menu creation, check out the Codex’s menu user guide.

Site Identity

In this tab you can modify the site’s title, tagline, logo and site icon.

Layout Options

Here you can define the layouts of the blog listing and single post, set the blog columns, modify the length of the automatic excerpt, toggle the excerpt display in listings or select between numbered and older/newer pagination.

Front Page Carousel

In this tab you can toggle the appearance of the slider, select a source post category to display on it, or specific posts via their IDs. You can also limit the number of posts that appear on the slider and modify slider timings. Finally you can select where you want the slider to appear.

Typography Options

Here you will find various options regarding the theme’s typography. You can change heading, body text and widget title sizes and toggle the capitalization of various elements.

Content Colors

Are you looking to create your own unique color scheme? This tab will help you do it by allowing you to modify the colors of many elements of the content. To do that click the Select Color button and either use a hex color value in the box or use the palette to select a color.
color-picker

Widgets

Through this tab you can add widgets to the theme’s sidebars. The theme features ten sidebars, the blog, pages, two homepage sidebars, an e-shop sidebar, the pre-footer Instagram one and four footer sidebars.

Sidebar Colors

This tab will allow you to modify the colors of various sidebar elements to complete your custom color scheme.

Social Networks

Here you can fill in the URLs to your various social network profiles supported by the theme. You can display them in a sidebar by using the Theme – Social Icons widget.

Posts Options

Here you can toggle various aspects of a single post, like the appearance of categories, tags, date, comments, social sharing etc. You can also set the default single post layout and change the related posts section title.

Pages Options

Here you can customize the display of the signature and social sharing buttons on pages.

Footer Options

Here you can edit the credits text.

Static Front Page

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

Other

In this tab we host the custom CSS panel. You can use it to insert styles for elements not covered by the rest of the tabs. You can also set the Google Analytics ID to get statistics on your site.

Theme pages

The Home page

To utilize the front page layouts this theme includes , create a page named Home and apply to it one of the available front page templates. These are:

  1. The Widgetized Homepage with Full screen Slider template offers you a full screen slider that adapts to the screen size, with all homepage widgets below.
  2. The Widgetized Homepage template offers a slider with a fixed height and the same width as the rest of the content.
  3. The Widgetized Homepage with Full width Slider gives you a front page with a full width slider with fixed height.

The template can be selected from the Page Attributes drop down.

The Contact page

To create a contact page similar to the one on the theme’s demo, create a new page, name it Contact and use the Contact Form 7 plugin to help you create a contact form. Then paste the shortcode it provides in the page’s text editor, publish and you are done.

Widgets

Apart from the WordPress widgets provided, Brittany features four custom made. The Theme – Items and the Theme – Latest Posts, will help you generate your front page layouts. You can view information about all of them in the image below:
brittany-widgets
Each widget has a text about its usage.

How to use the latest posts widget

The Theme – Latest Posts widget is the cornerstone on creating the various homepage layouts. It’s a highly versatile widget. Let’s take a look at how to use it.
brittany-widgets-latest-posts
Add a title to the widget and select a post category to display on it (leaving the option empty will display posts from all categories). Underneath it, select whether you want your posts to appear at random (default is by date from newest to oldest) or not and how many posts you want to display on the widget. Finally set the number of columns your items will be displayed upon and select one of the thirteen available layouts.

Excluding post categories from the widget

As mentioned above, if you don’t select a post category on the widget, it will display posts from all categories. It’s very easy to exclude some of them if you wish, by selecting them in the Categories to exclude latest posts from field. Don’t forget to click Save when you’re done.

Suggested layouts for optimal appearance

While all posts appearance & column combinations will work, the once suggested below will provide you the best visual result.

TIP: These combinations work for the blog listing layout ( See layout options in the Customization section above) and the Items widget.

Blog Page Layout: Right Sidebar

Demo preview Item appearance Columns
1 Column Default 1
2 Columns Default 2
2 Columns Fixed Fixed 2
Horizontal left fixed Horizontal left fixed 1
Horizontal right fixed Horizontal right fixed 1
Horizontal fixed alternating Horizontal fixed alternating 1
Media 2 columns Media 2
2 Columns no excerpt No excerpt 2
3 Columns no excerpt No excerpt 3
2 Columns plain Plain 2
2 Columns reveal Reveal 2
2 Columns vertical Vertical 2

Blog Page Layout: Left Sidebar

Demo preview Item appearance Columns
1 Column Default 1
2 Columns Default 2
2 Columns Fixed Fixed 2
Horizontal left fixed Horizontal left fixed 1
Horizontal right fixed Horizontal right fixed 1
Horizontal fixed alternating Horizontal fixed alternating 1
Media 2 columns Media 2
2 Columns no excerpt No excerpt 2
3 Columns no excerpt No excerpt 3
2 Columns plain Plain 2
2 Columns reveal Reveal 2
2 Columns vertical Vertical 2

Blog Page Layout: Fullwidth narrow

Demo preview Item appearance Columns
1 Column Default 1
2 Columns Default 2
2 Columns Fixed Fixed 2
Horizontal left fixed Horizontal left fixed 1
Horizontal right fixed Horizontal right fixed 1
Horizontal fixed alternating Horizontal fixed alternating 1
Media 2 columns Media 2
2 Columns no excerpt No excerpt 2
3 Columns no excerpt No excerpt 3
2 Columns plain Plain 2
2 Columns reveal Reveal 2
2 Columns vertical Vertical 2

Blog Page Layout: Full width wide

Demo preview Item appearance Columns
Default 2 columns Default 2
Default 3 columns Default 3
Default 4 columns Default 4
Fixed 3 columns Fixed 3
Fixed 4 columns Fixed 4
Media 2 columns Media 2
Media 3 columns Media 3
No excerpt 3 columns No Excerpt 3
No excerpt 4 columns No Excerpt 4
Plain 3 columns Plain 3
Plain 4 columns Plain 4
Reveal 3 columns Reveal 3
Reveal 4 columns Reveal 4
Vertical 3 columns Vertical 3
Vertical 4 columns Vertical 4

Recreating the demo’s homepage layout

If you chose not to import the default widgets, but want to recreate the homepage layout of the theme’s demo, you can achieve that too by following the instructions below.

The homepage consists of the Slider area and the Homepage sidebar.

The Slider area

The slider can be configured under Customize > Front Page Carousel. The size of the slider depends on the template you have selected for the Home page.

The Homepage sidebar

Under Customize > Widgets you can access the homepage sidebar. Let’s take a look at the widgets used on the theme’s demo:

  • Theme – About Me it displays some information about the author
  • Theme – Latest Posts displaying six items from a post category, in a three column layout with the reveal appearance setting
  • Instagram widget provided by the WP Instagram Widget plugin
  • Theme – Latest Posts displaying six items from all but one post categories in a three column layout with the vertical appearance setting
  • Theme – Items displaying three products in a three column layout with the default appearance setting
  • Text a text widget with a newsletter form and some text

Additional Information

Useful Plugins

  • Contact Form 7: Use this plugin to create a contact form, then copy the shortcode it gives you and paste it in the page that will serve as your contact page.
  • WP Instagram Widget: Use this plugin to help you display your Instagram feed in any of the theme’s sidebars.
  • WordPress Jetpack: You can use this to create a contact form instead of Contact Form 7, insert sharing buttons, create tiled galleries etc.

Image Sizes

The minimum recommended image sizes for Brittany are:

  • Post thumbnail: 750×460px
  • Slider images – Fullwidth featured image: 1140×475px
  • Fullwidth slider: 1920×850px
  • Square thumb: 300×300px
  • About me widget thumb: 360×220px
  • Plain layout thumb: 360×450px
  • Vertical thumb: 360×540px
  • Vertical fixed: 355×325px
  • Horizontal fixed thumb: 375×430px