Tinos is a blog-news WordPress theme specially made for authors. It is designed to maximize your post’s exposure by intriguing your reader. It shows your information in a simple manner and eliminates distractions. The homepage is covered entirely by your posts and a widget footer section is also available for your convenience.
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Setting up your theme
1) Creating theme pages
This particular theme, does not need pages to operate. If you’d like to add a contact page, you can create a page under Pages > Add New and use the shortcode given to you by the Contact Form 7 plugin in the page’s content area.
2) Populating your blog
To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > Add New and follow the steps below:
- Give a title to your post.
- Place your text in the content 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.
- In the Post Details panel you can select if you want to split the content in two colums or not and the maximum number of words shown on the homepage for this post.
- On the Format panel on the right you can select the post format, if you select Standard you can go ahead and publish the post.
- If you select Video you will be presented with the Video Details panel, place the URL to your video in the box and publish,
- Selecting Audio will activate the Audio Details panel. Here, you can upload the mp3 you want to embed on your post. Also, if the mp3 is already hosted somewhere, you can just paste the URL in the box. Finally publish your post.
3) Creating your menu
When 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. 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.
(TIP: for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)
4) Changing Footer content
The theme’s footer features three widget areas. They are displayed below:
You can use the theme’s widgets to display information in these areas.
5) Custom Widgets
The theme features widgets, made to help you display additional information.
All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their function.
The 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 you instantly know their provided functionality.
- CSSIgniter Shortcodes You can use this shortcode plugin to modify 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 the contact page you created earlier.
The recommended minimum image sizes for Tinos are:
- Thumbnail size: 768×600px