Loose

Best Image Size in pixels for Loose Theme: Thumbnail size: Width 150, - Height 150 Medium size: Max Width 464, – Max Height 9999 Large size: Max Width 732 – Max Height 9999 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

After downloading the loose.zip file to your computer, please go to Appearance > Themes > Add New < Upload Theme in your WordPress admin panel and upload the loose.zip file from your computer. You can activate the theme by clicking Activate button.

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Loose theme installation

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

Loose WordPress template
Plugins installation in Loose Theme

 

Select all by clicking on the square at the top, and then select Install from the drop down list and Apply.

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Installing required plugins

To activate plugins click ‘Return to Required Plugins Installer’

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WordPress Plugins installations

Select all then click ‘Activate‘ and ‘Apply’

Loose WP template
WordPress plugins installation

Now your theme is ready to go.

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2. Image size settings

Before you upload images you must set the appropriate dimensions for all photos. It is very important. Otherwise, your thumbnails will be blurry and pixelised. To do this, go to Settings > Media in the WordPress panel and define settings for WordPress media uploads.

Best Image Size for Loose Theme in pixels:

Thumbnail size: Width 150 – Height 150
Medium size: Max Width 464 – Max Height 9999
Large size: Max Width 732 – Max Height 9999

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Image size in WP

Some additional info: https://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_Media_Screen

To apply those changes to already uploaded images you can use  Regenerate Thumbnails plugin. To install this plugin please go to > Plugins > Add New in the Search area write the name of plugin you are looking for. In this case “Regenerate Thumbnails” and click enter 🙂

Plugins installation in free WP theme
How to install plugins in WordPress free theme

Please click ‘Install Now‘ button and after few seconds ‘Activate Plugin’

Plugins installation in WordPress free theme
How to activate plugins

Now your plugin is already installed and activate.

Next please go to > Tools > Regen.Thumbnails

WordPress plugins installation
How to install WP plugins

and Click ‘Regenerate All Thumbnails’ button

How to install WP plugin
WordPress plugin intallation

This can take a while 🙂 and all DONE:)

Good JOB:)

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3. 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.

 


 

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Free WP theme with slider

To set up Home Page Slider first:

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.

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Featured image in WordPress free theme

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 free WP theme

 

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

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

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3.2. 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> Home Page and select Show Sticky Posts Below Slider.

 


 

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

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3.3. Slider settings

Loose 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.

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4. Types of posts

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Types of posts in Loose theme

Loose has the possibility to create 8 different types of posts: standard, audio, video, gallery, link, image, quote and aside.

Standard Post
A standard post is the default post type.
You can add text and images to your post.

Audio Post

An audio post allows you to share a music or audio track and displays it at the top of the post. First found media element is placed at the top.

Video Post
A video post displays a video at the top of your post. First found media element is placed at the top.

Gallery Post
A gallery post allows you to create a slideshow-type gallery at the top of your post. First found gallery is placed at the top.

Link Post
A link to another site.

Image Post
A single image.

Quote Post
A quotation.

Aside Post
Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.


 

GOOD TO KNOW
If you do not know How to write a new blog post in WordPress read this article.

 


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5. Picture of the author (user)

Users in free WP theme
Users in WordPress theme

 

Author image is taken from service gravatar.com.

Users settings
How to add a new user in WP theme

You need the same email address set up in Gravatar service as in WordPress admin panel (Users >Your Profile)

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6. Widgets Areas

Loose has 3 different widgets areas: Right Sidebar, Left Sidebart and Top. You can add additional content to your website in 3 different, specially prepared areas.

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Widgets in Loose 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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6.1. Setting up the Sidebar

Sidebar setting in free WordPress theme
Setting up the Sidebar

Loose WordPress Theme has one right sidebar contain widgets that you can customize. Loose WordPress Theme has one right sidebar containing widgets that you can customize. To enable/disable the sidebar on your homepage, your posts, and/or your archive pages (category pages, author page, etc.) go to Appearance > Customize > Home Page and choose your perfect layout.

 

WordPress free theme customization
Theme Customization – Free WP blog

 

Loose Recomended Plugins in Right Sidebar Widget Area:

6.1.1. WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress theme - sidebar settings
Sidebar settings in free theme

is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog. More info: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/
note: plugin output is filtered by „Loose” theme and not all options works

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6.1.2. Instagram Slider Widget

WordPress theme for free - instagram settings
Instagram in free WP theme

is a responsive slider widget that shows 24 latest images from a public instagram user.
More info: https://wordpress.org/plugins/instagram-slider-widget/

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6.1.3. MailChimp for WordPress Lite

WordPress free theme with newsletter
Newsletter in free WP theme

adding sign-up methods for your MailChimp lists to your WordPress site should be easy. With this MailChimp for WordPress, it finally is. This plugin helps you add subscribers to your MailChimp lists using various methods. You can create good looking opt-in forms or integrate with any other form on your site, like your comment form or WooCommerce checkout.
More info: https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-for-wp/

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6.1.4. Text Widget

Setting up the sidebar in WP free theme
How to set up the sidebar in WordPress free theme

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7. Supported plugins

Loose is ready for use with the following WordPress plugins:

  • WordPress Popular Posts to show most popular posts. Note: plugin output is filtered by „Loose” 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 authors site.
User SocialProfiles plugin
How to display social icons on the author site

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