Blover

Best Image Size in pixels for Blover Theme: Thumbnail size: Width 80 - Height 80 Medium size: Max Width 448 – Max Height 9999 Large size: Max Width 738 – Max Height 9999 Custom logo: Height 40 Important: to regenerate thumbnails on already published posts install and run the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin.

1. Theme Installation

1.1. Installation via the WordPress admin panel

By installing the Blover theme via the WordPress admin panel, you can always be sure that this is the latest version of the theme.
To install the template, log in to the WordPress panel. Then come in Appearance > Themes > Add New.

Blover Installation - how to start
How to start a blog with Blover theme

In the right window, enter the name of the template – in this case – Blover. Then click Install and after a moment Activate.

Blover installation with WordPress
How to install free Blover Theme

 

How to activate WP theme with Blover
Activate free WordPress Theme

 

A list of recommended plugins will appear at the top of the screen, click Begin installing Plugins

Plugin installation with WordPress free theme
Plugins installation with free Blover WP theme

Select all by clicking on the square at the top, and then select Install > Apply from the drop down list. Now you have to activate the installed plugins – select all and select Activate from the list and then click Apply.

How to install required plugins with Blover free WP theme
Plugin installation in WordPress theme

If you do not have your content yet, your website looks something like this:

Blogging with free WP theme
Free WordPress theme for bloggers

But do not worry!
In order for the site to look like in our demo you have to change some settings and add content. If you do not know How to write a new blog post in WordPress read this article.
It’s not difficult, so let’s get going!

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2. Setting up the Front Page

2.1. Custom Logo

Please go to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity > Select logo

Customization options
How to set up custom logo in Blover WordPress theme

 


REMEMBER
The best image height is 40px, then the logo will display correctly.


In the Site Identity section, you can also set a site icon, which is a small icon that is displayed at the top of the browser tab.

How to start with WordPress - setting up site icon
How to set up Site icon in WordPress theme

Here you can also set Site Title and Tagline, which are displayed at the top of the page. You can turn them off or replace by the appropriate Header image.

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2.2. Header Image

Start blog with Blover free theme - displaing header image
How to display header image in free WP theme

To display Header image go to section > Header Image (Appearance> Customize> Header Image).
Choose the photo that suits you best.

When the Show Full Width Image option is selected, the image will extend to the entire width of the page – therefore you have to adjust its size yourself. Depending on the screen resolution of the user’s, the picture will display better or worse.

And here the problem arises, the larger the image, the heavier the page, but on the other hand most users will display your page correctly. It depends on you what dimensions you will use.

From the data collected at https://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp, it appears that about 95% of they their visitors have a screen resolution of 1024×768 pixels or higher.
Therefore, the minimum header image should be at least 1920px.

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2.3. Colors

By entering Appearance > Customize > Colors you can change the background colors and individual sidebar elements.

2.4. 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.

 


 

Homepage slider in Blover free WordPress theme
How to set up homepage slider in Blover theme

 

To set up Home Page Slider first:

2.4.1. 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.

Featured image in WordPress free theme
Featured image in WordPress

 

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).

Set up featured image in WP theme
Post with featured image in WordPress

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.

Free WordPress theme - where to find featured image
How to set up featured image with WordPress theme
How to add Featured image in WordPress
Adding featured image in WP theme
Featured image in WordPress theme
Adding featured image in Blover WP theme

 

Homepage slider with featured image
How to add homepage slider in Blover WordPress theme

Be sure to update your post when you’re finished.

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2.4.2. Display Sticky Posts

 


 

REMEMBER
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

Set up Sticky post in WordPress theme
WordPress Sticky posts
Sticky posts in WordPress free theme
Slider with Sticky posts in WordPress

 

 

  • or you can also open up the post 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.
Free Blover theme with Sticky posts
How to add Sticky post in WordPress

 


 

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> Homepage Settings and select Show Sticky Posts Below Slider.

 


 

How to set up Sticky posts
Sticky post settings in Blover free theme

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2.4.3. Slider settings

Blover theme gives you the ability to customize the slider. By entering Appearance> Customize> Homepage Settings you can change:

  • Height of Home Page Slider,
  • Slider Image Size,
  • Sliding speed (in ms)

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2.5. Homepage Settings

To discover all the possibilities of changing the homepage settings please go to Appearance > Customize > Homepage Settings

2.5.1. Latest Post Text

You can display or deactivate ‘Latest Post’ text on your home page.

For good start blog Blover theme
Start a blog with Blover – free WP theme

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2.5.2. Homepage Layout

In the Homepage Settings tab you can choose how posts are displayed on your blog. It can be classic, masonry or list layout.
In the Homepage setting tab you will find other options that will help you customize the blog to your needs.

  • Disabling the content – You can turn off Display Content on Home and Archive Pages content.
Blover free theme for bloggers - best setting
WordPress theme settings

 

  • Hiding featured image – you may not show the featured image on the blog site
Free WordPress theme home settings
Start blogging with Blover free theme

 

  • Hiding Titles On Home Page/Archive Pages
Free WordPress theme for bloggers
Blover home settings

 

  • Hiding Meta On Home Page/Archive Pages
Create your first blog with Blover free theme
Homepage settings – meta description

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2.5.3. Pagination Style

Blover gives you the option to set up 3 types of Pagination:
– Page Numbers – specified pages give the opportunity to switch to a specific page of the blog.
– Load more button – button for topping up the next post page.
– Infinite Scrolling – smooth loading of subsequent posts on the site.

Free WP theme for bloggers
Pagination style in Blover WordPress theme

 

WordPress gives the user the ability to set the number of posts displayed on the site.
You will do it by entering Dashboard < Settings > Reading

WordPress settings - reading
Reading settings in WordPress

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3. Custom menu

Blover has 3 different menus:
– Left menu – the main one, the most important menu that appears on all screens.
– Top menu – this additional menu, displayed at the top of the page, disappears on small screens.
You can set yourself at what screen width you want it to appear, go to Appearance > Customize > Advanced
– Social menu – is displayed in the Top menu on the right and in the Left menu at the bottom.

Custom menus in WordPress free theme for bloggers
Custom menus in Blover free theme

To add a custom menu in the Blover theme go to Appearance > Customize > Menus (or Appearance> Menus).
Click Create New menu, give it a name and decide where do you want this menu to appear, click Next < Add Items < Publish.

Adding menu in new WordPress blog
How to add menu in WordPress theme

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3.1. Social Icons

Social icons are displayed on the right in the Top menu and in the Left Menu.

To add social icons enter Appearance > Customize > Menus > Create New menu

In the Menu Name field, type clear name – in this case just simply Social Menu, in the Menu Locations select Social Menu, and then click Next > Add items.

From the drop down list, select Custom Links add a url (your profile link) and a text link ie: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube, click Add to Menu > Publish. The icon will automatically appear in its location.

How to add social menu in free theme
Adding social menu in Blover WordPress theme

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4. Widgets Areas

Blover has 5 different widgets areas: Right Sidebar, Left Menu, Top, Bottom and Footer. You can add additional content to your website in 5 different, specially prepared areas.

Blog with WordPress free theme - how to strat
Widgets areas in Blover theme

To configure individual widgets areas please enter Appearance > Customize > Widgets (or Appearance > Widgets)

If you want to change the place of displaying a given plugin within the same area, right click on it, hold and move it.

How to customize widgets in Free WP theme
WordPress widgets settings

In turn, if you want to move a given plugin to another widgets area, go to Appearance > Widgets and drag it to the place you want.

For more information on widgets, see article: How to Display Widgets in WordPress blog.

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The plugins you’ll find in the Right Sidebar include:

Start blogging with Blover WP theme - right widget area
How to set up right widget area in Blover free WordPress theme

 

How do you set this widget to look like in our demo? It’s nothing hard.
Please go to Appearance > Customize > Widgets < Right Sidebar < Add a Widget < WordPress Popular Post.

Now just complete individual fields. To accept the changes press Apply and then Publish.

WordPress free blog with popular posts
WordPress popular posts settings

 

Where to find Post ID(s), Author ID and Taxonomy IDs?

– Post ID(s)
Open a specific post – (Post > All posts). You can find the Post ID in the browser’s address between the ‘post = …… &’ characters.

How to start WordPress blog - popular posts settings
WordPress popular posts settings – post id

– Author ID
To find Author ID, enter a specific author (Users> All users). And at the top in the browser’s address, look for numbers between the characters ‘id = ……. &’

– Taxonomy IDs
Taxonomy ID is just a Category, Tags, Hashtags ID.
You can find information about the ID of a given category, tag or hashtag by entering: Posts> Categories (Tags or Hashtags). Next, enter a specific category (possibly tag or hashtag) and at the top in the browser’s address between the characters ‘ID = ……. &’ you will find the number you are looking for.
For more information about this plugin, please visit WordPress Popular Posts.

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4.1.2. Instagram Slider Widget

To add Instagram slider enter Appearance> Customize > Widgets (or Appearance> Widgets) > select instagram locations Left Menu, Right Sidebar, Top, Bottom or Footer > Add a Widget
Next please select Instagram Slider (in the Image format field select Thumbnails 150×150) and fill in the fields. Finally, click Publish

Creat a new blog - adding instagram in WordPress theme
Instagram plugin in Blover WordPress free theme

 

Create a New blog in WordPress - instagram plugin
Instagram slider settings in Blover free theme

To learn more about Instagram Slider visit: WordPress.org Plugin Page.

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4.1.3. MailChimp for WordPress

MailChimp newsletter in Blover free WordPress theme
Blover free WordPress theme newsletter settings

MailChimp is another plugin that you can add to your website. First, add it to the place of your choice. Click Appearance > Customize > Widgets > select locations: Right Sidebar or Footer > Add a Widget> MailChimp Sign-Up Form.
In the next step you need to create a new form and define settings for it.
You can do it by clicking the MailChimp for WordPress form setting link (picture above) or by entering Dashboard > MailChimp for WP > Form > Add new form.

MailChimp settings in free WordPress theme
Newsletter settings in free WP theme

Want to learn more about this plugin? Go to the MailChimp for WordPress website.

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4.1.4. Jetpack by WordPress.com

The next 3 plugins are by Jetpack. You will find its settings by going to Dashboard < Jetpack > Set up Jetpack.

How to become a blogger with WordPress
Jetpack plugins in Blover free theme

 

4.1.4.1. Social Media Icons (Jetpack)
Free WP theme for blogers
Social media icons from Jetpack

 

4.1.4.2. Authors (Jetpack)
Free WordPress theme for bloggers
Authors from Jetpack in WordPress theme

 

4.1.4.3. Milestone (Jetpack)
Be a blogger use free WordPress theme
Jetpack setting in Blover free theme

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4.2. Left Menu Widget

Below the Left Menu there is a widget for additional content. Here you can insert eg:
– Instagram Slider Widget – remembering to select Thumbnails 150×150 in the Image format field. Instructions on how to insert this plugin can be found in section 4.1.2. above

How to set up free WP theme for a new blog
Left menu widget in Blover theme

– Custom HTML Widget, such as: a banner / an advertisement – as in our example here https://blover2.blogonyourown.com/ or a text widget.

Create free blog for good start
Left menu with banner in Blover free theme

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4.2.1. Custom HTML

4.2.1.1. Banner / Image / Advertising

To add an advertisement or banner, first you must prepare an image. Be sure to read the article: Optimization of images in WordPress. How you should do it and why it is so important.
Then add the image to the Media Library in WordPress. Please go to Media > Library > Add New and Dropyour image in the designated place or click Select Fileto select the image from your computer.

How to add media file in WordPress
Adding a media file in Blover free WordPress theme

 

In order for the photo to appear on your website you need to know its url. You will find it by clicking Edit on the right side of the loaded photo. Copy the URL, then please go to Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Left Menu > Add a Widget > Custom HTML and enter the following in the body:

<a href=”link, where the image redirect after clicking“><img src=”image URL” alt=”alternate text“></a>

WordPress for beginers - how to start a blog with free Blover theme
File URL in Media Library – WordPress

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4.2.1.2. Text

To add Text please go to Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Left Menu > Add a Widget > Custom HTML

How to add text with custom HTML widget
Custom HTML widget – adding text

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4.3. Top & Bottom Widgets

Blover has the option of placing additional content on the site in the Top Widget, which is at the top of the page right under the slide or in the Bottom widget, which you will find at the bottom of the page.
In our demo Here you will find:

  • WordPress Popular Posts plugin in various settings configurations. For more information about the WordPress Popular Posts plugin, see section 4.1.1. above.

GOOD TO KNOW
The only thing to keep in mind here is the number of posts displayed. When inserting WordPress Popular Posts in the Top & Bottom Widget, enter the number 4 in the ‘Show up to’ field.


Creating new blog with Blover theme - additional options
Top and Bottom widget with Popular posts plugin

 

  • Products from WooCommerce – Please go to Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Top > Add a Widget > Products
Show your products with Blover ecommerce theme
Blover free WordPress theme with WooCommerce

 

  • Instagram Slider Widget – in the Blover demo you will also find Instagram Slider. More about it you will find in point 4.1.2. above. By inserting Instagram slider in the Top or the Bottom Widget, in the Image format field, select Standard 640×640.

 

Set up instagram areas
Instagram settings

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The Footer is located at the bottom of the page and gives you the option to insert additional content in four columns.
Please go to Appearance > Customize > Widgets > Footer > Add a Widget and choose the ones you need.

Footer in WordPress theme
Footer setting in Blover free theme

If you want your Footer to look like in the Blover template, select the following widgets:

  • About and contact us – it’s Custom HTML widget
  • Navigation – it’s custom Menu
  • From the shop – Products from Woocommerce

Keep in mind that the possibilities shown in the demo are not the only ones. The other proposed plugins will look good in the footer:

  • WordPress Popular Posts
  • Recent Posts or Tags and other.
Footer widget with plugins
Free WordPress theme – footer settings

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5. Live events with Liveblog

With Blover, you can report important live events. Thanks to the Liveblog plugin, you can keep your readers informed without having to constantly refresh the page.
To create a live blog post enter: Posts > Add New. At the bottom of the page, check Enable at Enables liveblog on this post.

Start your blog with Blover theme
Live your blog – settings

Fill in the content and title fields, click Publish button and then View Post. And that’s it. Your live blog post is now ready for action. There is no need to create a separate site dedicated to live blogging: each post can be a live blog, even existing one. All you have to do is check Enable at Enables liveblog on this post and confirm the changes by clicking Publish.
Current entries are added right from the front-end of your site. And most importantly, all entries immediately appear on your site without having to refresh.

As a logged-in user, you can add and delete entries. Remember the page you are logged in looks different from the page the end user is watching.

WordPress free theme with Liveblog plugin
Setting up WordPress Liveblog plugin

 

How to create a blog post
Blover free WordPress theme – live post settings

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6. Supported plugins

Blover is ready for use with the following WordPress plugins:

User SocialProfiles plugin
How to display social icons on the author site

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