Setting up your theme

The theme is designed to be a Photography Portfolio website but it’s up to you how you use it. It has the following unique features which will be described in subsequent sections:

  • Homepage Template w/ slider
  • Galleries custom post type
  • Jetpack powered gallery display
  • CSSIgniter Custom Options Panel

Setting up your Gallery

First thing you would want to do is set up your Galleries.
Navigate to Galleries > New Gallery from the WordPress Dashboard menu. The gallery post type is straightforward. The title input holds the Title of your Gallery, the Rich Text Editor hold its description and content that will be shown in the single Gallery page of that particular Gallery.

To upload your gallery photographs, click on the upload button in the Gallery Details subsection. Select your photos via the WordPress multi-uploader, and hit upload. Once they are done uploading, make sure to set an image as a featured image. This will be your Gallery Cover, for the gallery listing page and your homepage.

memories-gallery-details

Then all you have to do is create a gallery via the native WordPress media manager. If you don’t have prior experience to creating galleries this way this video shows how.

If you wish to display your galleries in a tiled way, read the Jetpack Support section.

Setting up your Gallery Listing Page

The Gallery listing page is where all your galleries will be displayed. You can create one by going to Pages > Add New. Give a title (like “Galleries”, or “My Work”) and leave the editor blank. Then from the Page Attributes on the right of your screen select the Gallery Listing template from the Templates dropdown.

Setting up your blog.

For the blog, you just have to create a blank page, name it (like “Blog” or anything), and hit Publish. Then navigate to Settings > Reading via the WordPress Dashboard Menu and select that page as your blog page via the dropdown.

reading-settings

Setting up your homepage.

You have two options for your homepage.

The first one is simply having it as a blog. You don’t need to do anything for this to happen. Just upload some posts.

The other one is the featured slideshow frontpage template.

Homepage with slider.

Create a new page, give it any name you want. Then select the option Frontpage as its Template from the Page Templates dropdown.

Hit Publish and once the page is saved, navigate to Settings > Reading and select this page as your Frontpage via the WordPress dropdown (labeled Display a static page).

reading-settings

Other theme features.

You may have any page displaying full-width, without a sidebar. All you need is to assign the Page FullWidth template from the Page Attributes box.

You can set up how many columns you want your gallery and gallery single page to split into in the CSSIgniter Custom Options Panel in the Gallery Options section.

memories-gallery-options

You can have a Posts Archive by creating a blank page and setting the page template to Article Archives. This will create a page where you can have your Posts Archive organized by date.

Jetpack Support

Memories is built based on new WordPress standards and the official Jetpack plugin for displaying galleries and lightboxes is pre-installed for you. It is recomended that you activate it under Plugins> Jetpack.

After doing so, you can activate the Carousel and Tiled Galleries features.

memories-jetpack-activate

More info on how to use the Tiled Galleries can be found here.

Please note that Jetpack requires to sign in to wordpress.com with a username on that website. If you don’t have one and don’t wish to create one, we’ve made the theme to work with the Slim Jetpack plugin which offers the same functionality but doesn’t require you to sign in.

Additional Information

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 Memories theme are:

  • Main thumbnail size: 740×420px
  • Blog thumbnail: 820×320px
  • Slider image: 1280×685px