Paperbag is a truly stunning WordPress theme. It provides you with multiple customization options and allows you to create a unique website that never ceases to surprise its users.
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Setting up your theme
1) Populating your blog
To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > Add new and proceed to:
- add a title to your post
- enter the content in the editor
- upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel
- select the Post Format
- add a category and/or tag to the post
- and move to the Post Utilities metabox
In the Post Utilities metabox you can select whether the post will feature a sidebar or 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. More on the template below.
If you select a Gallery post format, a new metabox named Gallery Details will appear below Post Utilities.
Here you can select a layout for your gallery, it can be a slider or a tiled gallery, and upload your images to it by clicking the Add Images button. Check the Randomize order box to have the images load 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 quickly.
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 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:
TIP: Any changes you make in the tabs below will be previewed live on the website that appears in the right side of your 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 and the button should be clickable again.
Let’s take a look at the options each tab gives you.
Header Bar Options
Here you can toggle the sticky header, the search bar and the header social icons. Additionally you can modify the colors of various header elements. 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.
Here 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.
In this tab you can modify the site’s title, tagline, logo, footer logo and site icon.
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 length of the automatic excerpt and choose between numbered and older/newer pagination.
Front Page Slider
This tab allows you to configure the homepage’s slider. You can toggle its appearance 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.
TIP: Each post, page or custom post type in WordPress carries a unique numeric ID, which can be used in all sorts of ways. In order to find the ID of a post, go to the Dashboard and edit the specific post. The post ID will show up in the browser’s address bar like this:
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.
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.
This tab will allow you to modify the colors of multiple sidebar elements to complete your custom color scheme.
Through this tab you can add widgets to the theme’s sidebars. The theme features two sidebars, the Blog Sidebar which 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.
Here you can fill in the URLs to your various social network profiles supported by the theme. These will appear on the header, 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.
Here you can toggle various aspects of the single post, like the appearance of categories, tags, date, comments, social sharing etc.
This tab allows you to toggle the appearance of the signature and social sharing buttons on pages.
Customize the theme’s footer by changing its color scheme and toggling the reveal effect.
Static Front Page
If you don’t wish to have your latest posts on the front page and want to display static content using a normal page, or prefer to use the looks template as your front page, you can do so here. Set the desired page as your static front page and save.
In this tab you have the Custom CSS panel. You can use it to insert styles for elements not covered by the rest of the tabs.
The Contact page
For the contact page on the theme’s demo, a page with the Fullwidth Page template was applied to it and pasted in a contact form created with the Contact Form 7 plugin.
The Looks pages
The looks page template provides flexibility upon the images you can use on your listing pages. By default the featured images on post listing pages have the landscape orientation. If you need to use images that have the portrait orientation you can create 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 will display and the number of posts per page.
Apart from the WordPress’s widgets provided, this theme also includes six custom made. They are really simple to use and let you display important information.
Each widget has a small description explaining its usage.
To create a gallery, use the gallery management system. Simply follow these steps:
- On the Gallery Information panel click the Add Images button.
- To upload your images, drag & drop them in the Edit Gallery window which will pop-up, or select Add to Gallery in order to select already uploaded ones. Once you are done, click the Update Gallery button on the lower right.
- Your Gallery Information panel will look like this
- You can re-arrange the order of images by drag & drop.
- If you wish to remove an image from the gallery, hover your mouse over it and click the X as shown below.
- By checking the Randomize order box your gallery images will appear in random order which will change on every page refresh.
- When you are done, publish the gallery item.
If you need to add images after the gallery’s creation just follow the same procedure.
- 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 on how to do so, 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 which 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 etc.
The minimum recommended image sizes for Paperbag are:
- Post thumbnail: 775×512px
- Slider images: 1050×550px
- Author thumbnail: 200×200px
- Looks template image: 775×1000px