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Edition

theme documentation

Thank you for using the Edition magazine/news theme, and don’t worry, we’ll help you with any issues you may encounter when installing and setting up this theme. Firstly, you have all the themes features and functions well-documented below. If you run into trouble, always come back here. If the trouble persists, let us know and our Theme Support will gladly help you out.

Installation

Installing WordPress

Before you can start using our themes, you need to have WordPress up and running on your website or local server. Installing WordPress is super-easy, and should not take more than 5 minutes. For further instructions on how to install the latest version of WordPress, please visit the WordPress.org Codex.

Theme Installation and Setup

To download the theme files, you first need to become a member of our theme club. Once you got that out of the way, simply login by clicking the Members Area located in the top navigation menu, and download Arcadic theme. Logged in, you will also be able to download the theme directly at the Edition theme page. The themes files come in .zip format for you to unzip and upload via FTP to wp-content / themes of your WordPress installation. You can of course also choose to upload the zip-file and install the theme from the WordPress-admin, under the tab Appearence >> Themes. There, you’ll see two tabs at the top of the page – Manage Themes and Install Themes. Click the tab Install Themes and upload the zip file.

Theme Options Page

Edition comes packed with features and most of them are indeed configurable. So the first thing you should do after installing and activating the theme, is to head on over to the Theme Options Page. There you’ll find all the crucial settings, just waiting for your tampering. You’ll find the Theme Options page located in the left column, just above Appearance. Inside we have divided available setting into four tabs – General, Homepage, Advertisment and Import/Export.

Included settings under the General tab are:

  • Logo – Upload your logo image or select from the gallery.
  • Favicon – Upload your favicon image or select from the gallery.
  • Color Scheme – Select a different color for the color scheme of your website
  • Background Pattern – Add background pattern to the website header.
  • Display Big Footer – Do you want to show a big widgitized footer in stead of the classic one?
  • Email – Add your email here to receive email from the contact form.
  • Facebook – Add your Facebook link.
  • Twitter – Add your twitter link.
  • Feedburner - Add your username to redirect RSS feeds to Feedburner

Included settings under the Homepage tab are:

  • Animate slider automatically – The slider animates automatically on page load. If you want to turn that off chose ‘No’
  • Section One – Pick category for 1/3 hompage botton section.
  • Section Two – Pick category for 2/3 hompage botton section.
  • Section Three – Pick category for 1/3 hompage botton section.

Included settings under the Advertisement tab are:

  • Header Ad Image – Select a background image for the header ad.
  • Header Ad Link – Insert a link for the left side vertical ad.
  • Left Vertical Ad Image – Select a background image for the left side vertical ad.
  • Left Vertical Ad Link – Insert a link for the left side vertical ad.
  • Right Vertical Ad Image – Select a background image for the right side vertical ad.
  • Right Vertical Ad Link – Insert a link for the right side vertical ad.

The options available under the Import/Export tab enables you to import or export your theme settings.

Configuration

There are three menu locations in the Edtion theme – in the top right corner (Secondary Menu), horizontally under the logo (Header Menu) and in the footer (Footer Menu). To create your menus and manage their placement, head over to Appearance ➝ Menus. There you can create as many different menus you want, and then assign the menus you want to the different menu locations.

Homepage

The homepage will automatically show all the latest posts, slides and videos published. But when you first install and activate the theme, it may not look much like the demo, but do not worry. All you need to do is configure some settings.

Why isn’t the slider showing?

In order for the slider to work, on the homepage as well as in Category pages, you have to assign posts to it.

1. Set the Featured Image
Start by making sure you have set the Featured Image for the post you wish to include in the Slider. The dimensions of the image should be no less than 620 pixels wide and 400 pixels high. Open the post you want to include, or create a new post, and open the Media Uploader by clicking the camera/music note icon above the text editor. Choose an existing image from the Gallery or upload your image and select Use as Featured Image next to the Insert into Post button.

2. Select Feature Post in Slider
After you have selected a Featured Image, it will appear in thumbnail form to the right of the text editor. You’ll also see a box named Feature Post just above it. That’s where you choose if you want to feature the post in the video section or in the Slider. Select Feature this post in slider and Update/Publish the post.

Setting up the three sub-sections

In the bottom section of the homepage, there are three sections displaying the latest posts from three different categories. You can choose from which categories to show latest posts, by going to the Theme Options Page ➝ Homepage and selecting your desired categories.

Category pages

One of the more unique features of the Edition theme, is the extended look of Category pages. Instead on just one homepage, you can now have any number of category-homepages – all with their own Slider, Video section etc. Each category page works on its own, based only on the posts published within that category.

Page templates

Edition comes with four page templates – Archives, Contact, Full Width and Sitemap. To set up these pages you need to create a new page for each and then select the page template from the dropdown list under Page Attributes.

Contact page email form

The Contact page template includes the email form. To get them up and running, all you have to do is head over to the Theme Options Page ➝ General and type in your email under the option Email.

There are four separate widget-areas in Edition. Go to Appearance ➝ Widgets to add widgets to the sidebar. Simply drag and drop into General Sidebar.

You can display ad banner on numerous positions throughout the theme. These “ad spots” are configurable via the Theme Options Page and Widget area.

Sidebar Ad – Homepage

The spot we are talking about is of course where the Apple advertisement is placed in the demo. To replace it with your own ad, simple go to Appearance ➝ Widgets and add your linked image in the Sidebar Ad widget area. Use an HTML-widget when placing your ad, recommended banner dimensions are 300 pixels wide and 290 pixels high.

Horizontal Header Ad – Sitewide

To display an horizontal landscape ad under the top menu, over the Slider and Sidebar, you first need to activate this “ad spot”. Go to the Theme Options Page ➝ Advertisement ➝ Show Header Ad and select “yes”. Then go to Appearance ➝ Widgets and place your linked image (980 pixels wide) inside a HTML-widget in the Horizontal Ad widget area.

Left Vertical Ad

We’ve also made room to display vertical ads on both sides of the content. To display an ad to the left of the content, go to the Theme Options Page ➝ Advertisement ➝ Left Vertical Ad Image and upload your banner image. Add the link in the option below.

Right Vertical Ad

To display an ad to the right of the content, go to the Theme Options Page ➝ Advertisement ➝ Right Vertical Ad Image and upload your banner image. Add the link in the option below.

Reader counter

In the footer, by default, we’ve included a nice little function that keeps count on all your readers. The number of readers is a result of adding your Facebook fans, Twitter followers and Feedburner subscribers. To get it working you need to add you user information for Facebook, Twitter and Feedburner by going to the Theme Options Page ➝ General and type in the url to your Twitter page and Facebook fan page, and also the username of your Feedburner account. Within 12 hours you reader count will have been updated.

Footer Menu

To add/edit your Footer menu, got to Appearance ➝ Menus and assign your desired menu to menu location “Footer menu”.

Enabling the Big Footer Widget Area

A big footer area is a popular feature, so we just had to include the option. To enable the footer widget area got to the Theme Options Page ➝ General ➝ Display Big Footer and select “yes”. Then go to Appearance ➝ Widgets and add the widgets your want to show in the footer. It is recommended not to use more than 3 widgets in the footer, as not to break the design.

FAQ

By going to them Theme Options Page ➝ General ➝ Logo and uploading your logo there. Easy peezy!

How do I change the color scheme and background pattern?

Go to Theme Options Page ➝ General ➝ Color Scheme and select your color. This will affect the header background color as well as button and link colors throughout the theme. To add a background image or pattern upload the image in the option below named Background Pattern. Not that the background image is placed over the selected color in Color Scheme, so it is advisable to use transparency if uploading a seamless pattern.

Why isn’t my theme looking like the demo?