Setting up your theme

1) Creating theme pages

Start by adding pages. Go to Pages > Add New and create the following:

  1. Home. This will serve as your homepage. Assign to it the Frontpage template from the Page attributes panel.
  2. Blog. This will be your posts page.
  3. Contact. Here you can place your contact form. Apply the Contact template. You can customize the location displayed on the map in CSSIgniter settings > Contact options.
  4. Personnel. This page will list your personnel. You can select two different layouts for the personnel listing page by selecting either the Personnel Listing or the Personnel Listing #2 template. You can customize the number of columns on the listing page in CSSIgniter settings > Display options (3rd box down).
  5. Services. This page will list your services. You can select two different layouts for the services listing page by selecting either the Services Listing or the Services Listing #2 template. You can customize the number of columns on the listing page in CSSIgniter settings > Display options (2nd box down).

(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 and publish the post.

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3) Adding Personnel

To create a new personnel item go to Personnel > New Personnel. Set the person’s name as a title and enter relevant information in the content editor. Set a featured image and publish the item.

4) Adding Services

To create a new service item go to Services > New Service. Set the service’s name as a title and enter relevant information in the content editor. Set a featured image and publish the item.

5) Adding Slider items

To add items to your frontpage’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 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. Slider options can be found in CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options. From there you can manipulate sliding functionality, effect and slideshow speed.

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6) Creating your 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.

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

7) Adding content to your Homepage

The homepage on Medi consists five widget areas that feature all the content the homepage has. You can access these areas and add content to them under Appearance > Widgets.

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Add any widgets you like in any of the Front Page Widgets # bars to shape the Homepage to your liking.

8) Changing Footer text

The theme’s footer features an area for you to enter your copyright information, privacy policy etc. To change that text you need to go to CSSIgniter Settings > Site Options (4th box down). Primary footer text appears on the left side of the footer and secondary on the right.

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9) Changing header text

You can have a custom text line on the header as well, for example to host a telephone number. To edit its content, navigate to CSSIgniter Settings > Display Options (1st box).

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

Settings Panel

Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find the settings panel. From here you can modify multiple 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.

Useful Plugins

  • CSSIgniter Shortcodes You can use this shortcode plugin to create a variety of 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.

Image Sizes

The recommended image sizes for the Medi theme are:

  • CI Thumb: 780×780px (General thumbnail size, used on listing pages and widgets)
  • CI Slider: 1920×550px (Used on the homepage’s slider)