Setting up your theme

1) Creating theme pages

Troy does not need any pages to operate but you can add as many as you wish. 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:

  1. Give a title to your post,
  2. Place your text in the content editor,
  3. Upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel,
  4. Add a category to the post, if you so desire, from the respective panelsadd-new-post
  5. Finally move to the Post Details
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    panel below the main text editor. Here you can set a FontAwesome icon to be displayed over your post’s thumbnail on the slider and listing pages, select if you want the particular post to appear on the homepage’s slider, exclude it from the blog page if needed and finally upload a custom image to be displayed as slider image, instead of the post’s featured image.

2) Creating your menu

When your content is in place, you might need a menu (again in Troy a menu is sort of optional). 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.

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(TIP, for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)

3) Homepage Options

Under CSSIgniter Settings > Homepage Options you can control the homepage’s slider behavior, such as slideshow and animation speed.

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4) Section Titles

Under CSSIgniter Settings > Section Titles you can change the wording for the “Read More” button and the “Related Posts” title.

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Widgets

The theme features seven custom widgets, which can help you display additional information. They can be accessed under Appearance > Widgets, below each widget’s title you will find a small description on what each one does.

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Additional information

Useful Plugins

  • CSSIgniter Shortcodes you can use our custom made shortcode plugin to help 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 the contact page you created earlier.

The recommended image sizes for the Troy theme are:

  • Post Thumbnail: 500×450px
  • Blog image: 500px in width, no particular height set
  • Homepage Slider: 1140×600px