Table of content
1. Theme Installation
1.1. Zip file installation via the WordPress admin panel
After downloading the blogito.zip file to your computer, please go to Appearance > Themes > Add New < Upload Theme in your WordPress admin panel and upload the blogito.zip file from your computer. After that, you can activate the theme by clicking the Activate button.
1.2. Theme Installation from the Theme Directory (via the WordPress admin panel)
By installing the Blogito theme from the Theme Directory you can always be sure that this is the latest and the newest version of the theme.
First, log in to the WordPress panel. Then come in Appearance > Themes > Add New.
In the right window, enter the name of the template – in this case – Blogito. Then click Install and after a moment Activate.
2. Plugins Installation
A list of recommended plugins will appear at the top of the screen, click Begin installing plugins.
Select all by clicking on the square at the top, and then select Install from the drop-down list and Apply.
To activate plugins click ‘Return to Required Plugins Installer’
Select all then click ‘Activate‘ and ‘Apply’
Now your theme is ready to go.
3. Image size settings
Please notice: Before you upload images you should set up image size. Please go to >Settings >Media and define settings for WordPress media uploads:
Thumbnail size: Width 80 – Height 80
Medium size: Max Width 480 – Max Height 9999
Large size: Max Width 722 – Max Height 9999
Don’t forget ‘Save Changes’
Some additional info: https://codex.wordpress.org/
To apply those changes to already uploaded images you can use plugin Regenerate Thumbnails (allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. This is very handy if you’ve changed any of your thumbnail dimensions (via Settings -> Media) after previously uploading images or have changed to a theme with different image dimensions).
4. Homepage slider
Home Page Slider displays Sticky Post with Featured Image.
GOOD TO KNOW
To view homepage slider you must have ready-made posts. If you do not know How to write a new blog post in WordPress read this article.
To set up Home Page Slider first:
4.1. Set up Featured Image
Featured Image represent the contents, mood or theme of a post. Featured Image is used in a number of areas like on the homepage, post page, popular post areas, homepage slider, etc.
Open the editor of the post (please go to > Posts > All Posts) then Open the post in which you want to display a unique custom header image (featured image).
Locate the Featured Image module on the right. Click Set Featured Image. Now You can upload your image or choose one from your Media Library.
Be sure to update your post when you’re finished.
4.2. Display Sticky Posts
The slider displays only posts marked as ‘Sticky’ in WordPress.
- You can make a sticky post from the Quick Edit option under the post.
Please go to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > All Posts. Find post, go to Quick Edit and Make this post sticky by checking the tick box > Update
- or you can also open up the post’s page go to Visibility (the ‘Publish’ section in the Post editor) click Edit and check Stick this post to the front page, click OK and Publish.
GOOD TO KNOW
Posts displayed in the slider automatically disappear from the list of posts on the page (they move to the slider). To display posts in two places (in the slider and on the page with posts) enter Appearance> Customize> Home Page and select Show Sticky Posts Below Slider.
3.3. Slider settings
Blogito theme gives you the ability to customize the slider. By entering Appearance> Customize> Home Page you can change:
- Height of Home Page Slider,
- Slider Image Size,
- Numer of Visible Images in Slider.
4. Post formats
Blogito has the possibility to create 4 different post formats: standard, audio, video, and gallery.
A standard post is the default post format.
You can add text and images to your post.
An audio post allows you to share a music or audio track and display it at the top of the post.
A video post displays a video at the top of your post.
A gallery post allows you to create a slideshow-type gallery at the top of your post.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you do not know How to write a new blog post in WordPress read this article.
5. Picture of the author (user)
Author image is taken from service gravatar.com.
You need the same email address set up in Gravatar service as in WordPress admin panel (Users >Your Profile)
6. Creating Left & Top Menu
Blogito WordPress Theme supports two menus:
1. Left menu – This is the Main menu – the only one which appears in all devices.
2. Top menu – Additional menu.
Please go to WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Menus
“Create new menu” > Choose menu name e.g. ‘Left Menu’
Be sure to assign the menu to a “Theme location” by checking the tick box. Click Next > Add Items.
More info: http://codex.wordpress.org/
7. Social Icons
Please Go to Appearance > Customize > Menus in the WordPress Administration Screens.
Click Create New menu button then give your menu a name and choose where do you want this menu to appear in Menu Location. In this case, check Social Menu. Click “Next” to start adding links to your new menu.
Click ‘Add Items’ – and fill out Custom Links fields. Click ‘Add to Menu’ – the icon should be added in the Top Menu.
Don’t forget to click Publish.
8. Supported plugins
Blogito is ready for use with the following WordPress plugins:
- WordPress Popular Posts to show the most popular posts. Note: plugin output is filtered by the „Blogito” theme and not all options works.
If you need original plugin functionality (please go to > Appearance > Customize > Advanced) and check Enable WordPress Popular Posts original markup.
- User Social Profiles to show social icons on the authors site.
- MailChimp for WordPress to show a MailChimp newsletter subscribe
- Jetpack by WordPress.com
- Instagram Slider Widget – to show images from a public Instagram user.
- Contact Form 7 to display contact forms.