Sessions is a WordPress theme for DJs, solo artists, bands, collectives, club owners, music-events producers and pretty much anyone that works in the music industry. Its unique layout and multiple customization options ensure that your website will not be unnoticed.
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Setting up your theme
This theme has the WooCommerce plugin pre-installed for you. If it is deactivated, you can go under Plugins > WooCommerce and activate it. Also go under WooCommerce > Settings and in the Products tab set the image sizes that best fit your shop under the Product Image Sizes section, in case you need different values than the theme sets by default.
1) Creating theme pages
- Homepage: Create a page named Home and apply to it the Homepage Template from the page attributes panel on the right. In the Frontpage Options panel that appears below the main text editor, you can select a slider category to display if you don’t want to show all slider items at once.
- Discography listing: This page will list your discography items. Create a new page and apply the Discography Listing template to it. From the Discography Listing Options panel that appears below the main text editor, you can select the column number for the listing page, toggle the masonry and isotope effects and modify the number of items displayed on the page at once.
- Artists listing: This page will list your artists. Create a new page and apply the Artists Listing template to it. From the Artists Listing Options panel that appears below the main text editor, you can select the column number for the listing page, toggle the masonry and isotope effects and modify the number of items displayed on the page at once.
- Events listing: This page will list your events. Create a new page and apply the Events Listing or the Events Alt Listing template to it. Depending on the layout you want, the first provides a columned layout similar to the other listing pages while the alt provides a list layout for your events. From the Events Listing Options panel that appears below the main text editor, you can change the events’ sections titles, toggle the appearance of future or paste events, select the column number for the listing page, toggle the masonry and isotope effects and modify the number of items displayed on the page at once.
- Gallery listing: In this page you will display your galleries. Create a new page and apply the Galleries Listing or Galleries Stapel template to it. From the Galleries Listing Options panel that appears below the main text editor (when you select the Galleries Listing template) you can select the column number for the listing page. Also you can toggle the masonry and isotope effects and modify the number of items displayed on the page at once.
- Videos listing: This page will list your videos. Create a new page and apply the Videos Listing template to it. From the Videos Listing Options panel that appears below the main text editor, you can select the column number for the listing page, toggle the masonry and isotope effects and modify the number of items displayed on the page at once.
- Blog: This page will display your posts. Apply the default template or the Blog – Fullwidth template to it, if you want your blog to be fullwidth.
(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.
TIP: if you have selected the Blog – Fullwidth template, do not set the blog page as your static posts page, leave that drop down empty.
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 by clicking “Publish”.
3) Creating slider items
Go to Slideshow > Add New. Set the title. This is the text that will be displayed inside the slide. Set the featured image which will be cropped automatically to fit the slider. In the Slider Settings you can set the URL for your slider item, set a subtitle for your slide which will appear below the slider’s title and finally set a video URL if you want to display a video instead of the featured image. Slider behavior, like autoplay and slideshow speed can be configured under CSSIgniter Settings > Homepage Options.
The music player that appears at the bottom of the slider on the theme’s demo, can be configured under CSSIgniter Settings > Music Player Options.
4) Creating event items
Now you can start inserting your events from Events > New Event. Start by giving the event a title. Leave the main editor empty and move a bit lower in the Event Settings section. here you can fill in the event’s info, details, status, location and sidebar placement. Each tab provides some information concerning its usage.
TIP: If you leave the coordinate boxes empty the map won’t appear in the single event view
5) Creating discography items
Go to Discography > Add new. Set the album title and upload the album’s cover in the featured image section. In the main editor write anything you want. Also you can display the tracklisting of your album with the ability to let the users review your tracks! To do this are going to use the tracklisting system.
In the Discography Settings panel, you can fill in the album’s information, details, tracks and sidebar placement.
Each discography item, can have multiple tracks assigned to it. Tracks can be registered through the Tracks section, within the Discography Settings section.
To add a new track, press the Add Track button. This will add a new empty line for you to fill. First, add a title and optionally a subtitle.
If the track can be purchased online, enter the URL inside the Buy URL field.
You can provide a preview (or even the full song) for your visitors to listen to, by entering the URL of the MP3 file inside the Play URL field. You can upload and/or select an already uploaded song through the WordPress Media Manager, by pressing the button located inside the field.
You may allow your users to download the track, by entering the song’s URL inside the Download URL field. Please note that for locally hosted MP3s, the theme tries to force the visitor’s browser to download the file. If the file is on another server, whether it will be downloaded or just opened, is a matter of configuration of the remote server and not the theme’s issue.
You can also add the lyrics for each track, in the Song Lyrics field.
Tracks can be re-arranged by dragging and dropping them in the appropriate order. Track numbers are automatically updated to be in sequence.
In order to remove a track, press the Remove Me button next to the desired track. Please be careful, as there is no confirmation of removal. If you publish/save/update the post, the change is irreversible.
Displaying the track listing
Once you add your tracks you may display them by using the [tracklisting] shortcode in the discography item’s main text box. By default, it will display the tracks of the current discography item, so the simplest usage is this:
You may also display the track listing of any discography item, in any other post/page or widget (that supports shortcodes) by passing the ID or slug parameter of the discography to the shortcode. E.g.:
You can also selectively display tracks, by passing their track number (counting from 1), separated by a comma, like this:
also limit the total number of tracks displayed, like this:
Of course, you can mix and match the parameters, like the following:
[tracklisting slug=”the-division-bell” tracks=”2,5,8″ limit=”2″]
6) Adding video items
Go to Videos > Add New, give a title and a featured image to your video and move to the Video Settings panel. Here you can add a date, location and any other information you want for your video. In the Video URL box you will need to place your video’s URL, which is hosted on one of WordPress’s supported providers. You can also add any relevant information regarding your video and modify the placement of the single video item’s sidebar.
7) Adding gallery items
In order to create a new photo gallery go to Galleries > Add New, give a title, a featured image to your gallery and move to the Gallery Settings panel.
Here you can set the location for your gallery and click the Add Images button to upload your photos. Once you are done you can toggle the appearance of captions, select the number of columns you want for your gallery and choose whether you need a masonry effect.
8) Adding artist items
In order to insert a new artist just go to Artists > Add New. Add the artist’s name as a title, upload an image and fill in any information you want in the text editor. After that move to the Artist Settings panel.
9) Creating your menu
Now that your content is in place, you will need a menu. Go to Appearance > Menus, check the pages you want on your menu and add them. Give your menu a name and save it. 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. The theme also features a Secondary Menu which you can create and assign in the same way. The secondary menu will appear above the main menu and to the right.
(TIP: for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)
10) Setting up your homepage
The homepage on Sessions consists a homepage slider and the Front Page Widgets area. The widget area of the homepage can be accessed under Appearance > Widgets.
Duplicating the demo’s homepage
The default homepage on the theme’s demo consists three slider items. A CI Items widget displays three events in three columns, a CI Items displays two galleries in two columns, a CI Album Tracklisting displays an album with its tracklisting and a CI Split Content displays a page.
This homepage layout features one slider item displaying a video. Also a CI Latest Posts that displays three posts in three columns, a SoundCloud embed iframe in a text widget and a CI Split Content that displays a page.
This layout has three slider items. An CI Upcoming Events that displays five events in the alternative layout (list), a CI Items widget that displays three artists in three columns, a CI Items widget that displays three WooCommerce products in three columns and finally a CI Latest Posts that displays three posts in three columns.
The third demo homepage comes with three slider items. A CI Upcoming Events that displays five events in the alternative layout (list), a CI Items widget that displays three artists in three columns, a CI Latest Posts that displays three posts in three columns, and finally a CI Items that displays two galleries in two columns.
11) Changing Footer text
12) Default header display
You can change the default background image displayed on the header by going to Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings > Appearance Options and upload your own.
13) Music Player Options
Here you can set up the theme’s music player. You can use the tracklisting from an album, or a ShoutCast/IceCast stream which outputs mpeg audio. You can also select whether you want the audio to auto-play when the page loads or not (default).
Now playing feature
You can enable fetching and displaying the title of the song currently playing. Please note that in order for this to work you need a ShoutCast server v2.0 or higher and your stream URL needs to be in the form of IP:port i.e. “http://126.96.36.199:8006/stream;”
14) Section & Button titles
Default titles for sections and buttons can be modified under Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings > Archive Options.
15) Custom Widgets
The theme features twelve custom widgets to help you display your content better.
All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their function.
The CSSIgniter settings panel
Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find the settings panel. From here you can manipulate various 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 that you instantly know their function.
- CSSIgniter Shortcodes you can use the shortcode plugin helps you create a variety of layouts and elements on your site. 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.
The recommended image sizes for the Sessions theme are:
- Post Thumbnail: 750×500px
- Blog Thumbnail: 750×370px
- Small Thumbnail: 350×235px
- Fullwidth Blog Thumb: 945×380px
- Header Image: 1920×160px
- Slider: 945×550px
- Square Thumbnail: 750×750px
- Masonry Thumbnail: 750px width, not restricted in height