Note: The video tutorial may show a different theme, but conceptually the instructions are the same regardless.
So, you have uploaded your theme and activated theme on your server, but nothing shows up on front page? Do not panic as it is ok to see a blank front page. There are couple of steps to follow in order to set it up as in live demo.
Setting up Header/Contact Form/Widgets
There are some steps to be taken in order to install site header as in live demo. For instance, Submit an Experience button on header links to an internal contact form, but the theme comes without a contact form. Please watch the video below to see how do we set up site header/contact form and sidebar widgets.
As you have noticed in video, we created a page with title Submit an Experience, copied the link of that page and pasted it as link for left header button. Since we don’t want to display that page link on navigation (as it is shown on site header as a button), we have entered the id number of that page into theme options -> Exclude pages section that way Submit an Experience page does not display on navigation.
Setting up Categories
To have entries displayed on front page is another big challenge for newbies. Front page is split into many different section such as Featured Slider, below/right hand of featured slider, Secondary content left/mid/right block etc..
Each of these sections are set to display entries of -user defined- categories. It is completely up to you to define which categories to be displayed on these sections. See the screencast below that shows how to define those categories.
Setting up Media Gallery
Media Gallery is a different section on admin dashboard, that you can save your entries under. To add media gallery to your site, you’ll need to go to pages -> add new -> type a title for Media Gallery -> as page template select Media -> Publish -> After that you can create Media entries.
Setting up Category Templates
There are four different category templates comes with advanced newspaper; those are
- Magazine style category layout
- Media gallery layout
- Default layout
If you are going to customize and set some categories to use these categories, you must have the id number of categories to use that template with. This tutorial will tell you how to get category id’s in WordPress.
After getting category id’s you can set templates as shown in the screencast below.
IMPORTANT: If your category template is not looking that good, that is because either the category to set up has less than 8 entries saved under, or you have set up more than 8 posts to display for archive pages. To check the number of entries for archive pages, go to wp-admin dashboard -> Settings -> Reading -> and make sure the value for Blog pages show at most is set as 8 posts
Setting up Dates for Events
To set the date for posts that correspond to Events, use the following custom field:
- use custom field name = date
- use custom field value = enter the event date
Adding subtitle to single post page
To set the subtitle for posts, use the following custom field:
- use custom field name = subtitle
- use custom field value = enter the text to display as secondary title
Adding Social Networks to Single Post Page
- Go to Appearance > Widgets
- Now, drag the Gabfire Widget: Share Items widget into PostWidget-Top zone.