Setting up your theme

1) Creating theme pages

Start by adding the 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 Frontpage template from the Page attributes panel and publish the page.
  2. Blog. This will be your posts page. Just create it, no need to add content now.
  3. Contact. Here you can place your contact form which you will create using the Contact Form 7 plugin.
  4. Package Search Page. This page will list the package search results. Apply the Packages Search Page template. Once the page is published go to CSSIgniter Settings > Package Options and set it as your Package Search Pages. From here you can modify the text on the search button.

(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. Set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page to be your posts page, as demonstrated in the image below:

reading-settings

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. Publish the post.

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3) Adding Packages

The package post type features four taxonomies. These are Destinations, Types, Duration and Price Range. Add the appropriate terms to each one. For example under Duration you can add the length under which your packages will be categorized, i.e. “Three Days”, “A Week”, “Two Weeks” etc. Similarly for Types, you can set the number of persons each package can accommodate, i.e. “Single”, “Couple”, “Family” etc.
If you decide you don’t need one or more of the four taxonomies you can disable them under CSSIgniter Settings > Package Options.

Once the categorization options are set up, go to Packages > Add New to start creating your packages. Start by giving the package item a title, the text necessary and a featured image. Then move on to the Package Details metabox.

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Here you can set the duration and price of the package. You can also set it as an offer and make its featured image appear on the homepage’s slider. The information set above combined with the selected taxonomies for each package, will appear on the homepage’s and single package’s slider along with some descriptive icons.

The images can be modified under CSSIgniter Settings > Package Options by following the instructions in the Package Taxonomy Options panel. Next we move to the Itinerary panel.

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Here you can set the package’s itinerary, separated by countries/cities/places visited or on a time schedule like days or weeks. Start by giving the desired title to the itinerary section and then click the Add Field button. On the box that appears add a title, a subtitle and a small description for your first itinerary stop. Then either click the Add Field button again or move to the next panel if you are done adding itinerary items. As stated in the panel’s description, the itinerary won’t appear by default. You will have to add the:
[package-itinerary]
shortcode in your text editor, on the line you want the itinerary to appear.

Next you have the Included – Not Included panel. You can display to your clients what is included in the package and what is not. The procedure for adding items is the same as before with the itinerary. Set a title for the included and one for the not included sections and add items to each one using the Add Field button. Again, you will need to use a shortcode if you want to display the Included/Not Included section. The shortcode is:
[package-includes]
You can select to either display only the included or the excluded items by using a shortcode like this:
[package-includes show="included"]
or:
[package-includes show="excluded"]

Next you have the Maps – Videos panel. Follow the instructions closely to add a map and/or embed a video item to your package.

Once you are done with the above, add the package in the various categories we created earlier. This is done by checking the appropriate boxes from the sidebar on the right.

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Finally publish the package and move to the next one.

4) 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 widget area you want by using the CI Item widget.

5) Populating the Slider

Below the text editor in pages, posts and packages, you will find a metabox that (if checked) will display the current item’s featured image on the homepage’s slider.

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The slider’s behavior can be controlled under CSSIgniter Settings > Homepage Options.

6) Setting up your homepage

The homepage on Cousteau consists a slider (see above on how to populate it) and a widget area named Front Page Widgets. The area is accessible under Appearance > Widgets.

Duplicating the demo’s homepage layout

The homepage on the theme’s demo displays three packages on the homepage slider. In the Front Page Widgets widget area you have a CI Items widget displaying six packages, a CI Testimonials widget displaying three testimonials and another CI Items widget displaying three more packages.

7) Creating your menu

Now that your content is in place, you need to set up your menus. Go to Appearance > Menus and create a menu. Name it main menu customize it by adding menu items. Next go to Manage Locations, set the menu on the main menu position and save.
You can also set up the footer menu in a similar fashion. You can either display the same menu or create a different one for the footer.

cousteau-menu

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

8) Setting a Header Image

You can set a custom header background image for each post/page/package by pasting the URL to the image you wish to use in the Header background metabox located below the main text editor.

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A default header image can be set under CSSIgniter Settings > Appearance Options by uploading an image or pasting the image’s URL in the Header Display box.

9) Adding a Header message

You can display a message, such as your telephone number by adding the required information in the Header message box under CSSIgniter Settings > Display Options. To make a clickable link that calls your number, you can use something like this in the box:
<i class="fa fa-phone"></i> CALL NOW: +12345 67879 or <a href="tel:+0123456789">Click here to call us!</a>

10) Changing Footer text

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).

footer-text

11) Widgets

The theme features nine widgets help you better display your content. They can be found under Appearance > Widgets.

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Below each widget there is a small description which describes their function.

Additional Information

Creating Galleries

To create a gallery using the gallery management system follow these steps:

  1. On the Gallery Information panel click the Add Images button.
    gallery-settings-add-images
  2. 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 side.
    gallery-settings-update-gallery
  3. Your Gallery Information panel will look like this:
    gallery-settings-gallery
  4. You can re-arrange the order of images by drag & drop.
    gallery-settings-rearrange
  5. If you wish to remove an image from the gallery, hover your mouse over it and click the X as shown below.
    gallery-settings-remove
  6. By checking the Randomize order box your gallery images will appear in a random order that will change on every page refresh.
  7. When you are done, publish the gallery item.

If you need to add images after the gallery’s creation just follow the same procedure.

Useful Plugins

  • CSSIgniter Shortcodes You can use our custom made shortcode plugin to shape multiple layouts and elements on your website. 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.
  • WP Instagram Widget: Use this plugin to help you display your Instagram feed in any of the theme’s sidebars.

Image Sizes

The recommended image sizes for the Cousteau theme are:

  • Default post thumbnail size: 400×400px
  • Blog thumbnail: 690×400px
  • Homepage slider: 1920×550px
  • Header background images: 1920×300px
  • Package slider: 950×450px
  • Main box thumbnail (used on CI Item/s widgets and on the package search results page): 800×600px

Keep in mind that any image uploaded should be larger than 800px for best results. Generally for each section, use images that are larger or equal than their recommended width. For example, the images of an inner slider of a package should be 450px in height and equal or larger than 950px in width.