Setting up your theme

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. upload a featured image by clicking Set featured image on the Featured Image panel,
  4. select the Post Format,
  5. add a category and/or tag to the post,
  6. move to the Post Utilities metabox.

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In the Post Utilities metabox you can select whether the post will feature a sidebar or whether it will be full width. In the Secondary Image tab you can upload another image with portrait orientation which will be displayed in listing pages using the Looks template.

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If you select a Gallery post format, a new metabox named Gallery Details will appear below Post Utilities.

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From here you can select a layout for your gallery. It can be a slider or a tiled gallery. Upload your images to it by clicking the Add Images button. Check the Randomize order box to set the images to appear in a random order. You can drag and drop the items to reorder them. Hovering over an image and clicking the “X” button, allows you to remove it from the gallery.
TIP: More info about gallery creation you can find in the Additional Information section of this document.

Once you are done click the Publish button to publish your 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:

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Any changes you make in the tabs below will be previewed live on the website that appears in 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 see the button grayed out (for example changed the font size of a heading), move the cursor outside the input box, to the next input box. Then the button should be clickable again.

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

  • Header Bar Options

    From this tab you can toggle the social icons on the header. Additionally you can modify the colors of various header elements.

  • Menus

    You can create and assign menus to the theme. The theme features two menu locations, one on the header and one on the footer. The footer menu does not support sub menu items. To learn more about menu creation check out the Codex’s menu user guide here.

  • Site Identity

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

  • Layout Options

    Here you can independently modify the blog layout, the category/tag layout and the layout for the rest of your pages. Additionally you can configure the lenght of the automatic excerpt and choose between numbered and older/newer pagination.

  • Front Page Carousel

    This tab allows you to configure the homepage’s slider. You can toggle its apperance and automatic slide functionality. The images displayed on the slider are featured images pulled from your post. You can select a source post category via the drop down or fill in individual post ids in the text box below if you don’t want entire categories to appear on the slider. You can also limit the number of posts on it, change the effect and adjust the slideshow speed.

  • Typography Options

    In this tab you will find various options regarding the theme’s typography. You can change heading, body text, widget title sizes and toggle the capitalization of multiple 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 multiple elements the content has. To do that click the Select Color button and either use a hex color value in the box or use the palette provided to select a color.

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  • Sidebar Colors

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

  • Widgets

    Through this tab you can add widgets to the theme’s sidebars. The theme features two sidebars, the Blog Sidebar (that appears on all posts & pages that have a sidebar) and the Footer Sidebar which can only display the widget provided by the WP Instagram Widget plugin.

  • Social Networks

    Here you can fill in the URLs to your various social network profiles supported by the theme. These will appear on the header and footer automatically. You can also display them in the post/page sidebar by adding the Theme – Social Icons widget in the blog or page sidebar.

  • Posts Options

    Through this tab you can toggle various aspects of the single post, like the appearance of categories, tags, date, comments, social sharing etc.

  • Pages Options

    This tab allows you to toggle the appearance of the signature and social sharing buttons on pages.

  • Footer Options

    Customize the theme’s footer by changing its color scheme and toggle the reveal effect, tagline, search bar and social icons.

  • Static Front Page

    If you don’t want to have your latest posts on the front page and prefer to display static content using a normal page or want to use the looks template as your front page, you can do it from this tab. Set the desired page as your static front page and save.

  • Other

    In this tab we have the custom CSS panel. You can use it to insert styles for elements not covered by the rest of the tabs.

Theme pages

The contact page

For the contact page on the theme’s demo a page with the Fullwidth Page template was used and pasted in a contact form created with the Contact Form 7 plugin.

The Looks pages

The looks page template provides you with extra flexibility on the images you can use on your listing pages. By default the featured images on post listing pages have landscape orientation. If you need to use images that have portrait orientation you can create a page with the Looks template applied to it. From the Looks Details metabox you can select the layout of the page, the post category it displays and the number of posts per page.

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Widgets

Apart from the provided WordPress widgets, this theme includes four custom made. They are really simple to use and let you display various important information.

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You will find a small description in each widget detailing its usage.

Additional information

Creating Galleries

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

  1. On the Gallery Information panel click the Add Images button.
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  2. To upload your images, drag & drop them in the Edit Gallery window that will pop-up. Alternatively, 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.
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  3. Your Gallery Information panel will look like this:
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  4. You can re-arrange the order of images by drag & drop.
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  5. If you wish to remove an image from the gallery, hover your mouse over it and click the X as shown below.
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  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 steps mentioned before.

Useful Plugins

  • 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 a 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  using Contact Form 7.

Image Sizes

The minimum recommended image sizes for Olsen are:

  • Post thumbnail: 665×435px
  • Slider images: 1110×600px
  • Looks template image: 750×1000px