This is the documentation page for Cassiopeia WordPress Theme, where you will find out about how to install and modify the theme to suit your needs after you purchase it. The theme is meant for personal portfolios and uses only several custom fields to achieve its desired effects.
Basically theme is made of 3 parts, and those are: Portfolio, Blog and Testimonials page. So when publishing new post you’ll choose some of these categories (more about it later on).
Custom fields are advanced WordPress tool which let you insert custom values into your pages. In this theme you will be using custom fields for your images, short intros and some other elements.
Out of the admin customizations
The only change out of the WordPress admin you have to make is url for “project questionnaire” link (bottom right) and you will find it in sidebar.php on line 79.
Besides standart bold, italic…HTML tags for headlines in your content are defined h3 and h4
After you purchase and download the theme, make a backup copy of it (such as by copying and pasting the downloaded zip file to an external hard drive or USB drive). Then extract the zip file. Before you do anything else, be sure that you have WordPress all set up and ready. Upload the cassiopeia_theme folder to your “themes” folder (found in the “wp-content” folder).
In your WordPress administration panel, go to Appearance >> Themes to activate the Cassiopeia theme.
If you haven’t changed your WordPress name description etc, now you will learn how to do it. Go to WordPress admin -> settings -> Change blog title and tag line, save it. Then click reading also in settings menu and change number of posts (”Blog pages show at most”) to 3 as in demo (of course you can change it to what ever you want but we suggest 3 for this theme). Also good thing to do is to change permanent links to “pretty” ones. Click Permalinks in settings and select the structure you like the most (NOTE: Be sure your .htacces is writable!) Save everything.
1. Home Page
WordPress admin -> Write -> New page -> For title put “Home” and don’t fill in content. Click custom fields at the bottom, we will add two of them. First one put “services” for the key and put your services text in value field (you can also use html here for example <a href=”#”> for links etc… Click “add custom fields”. Now the second one, for key put “text” and put some text into value field. You can also use html. Click add custom field. There’s just one more thing to do on this page, click on the “page template” at the bottom (if you don’t see it you are probably in write new post NOT on write new PAGE). And choose home from it. Publish page
Now go to Settings -> Reading ->Click on a static page and for the front page select “home” we have just created. Well done!
2. About Page
About page is static page (as well as Services and Contact) and doesn’t use any custom fields or templates. So just go to WordPress admin -> Write new page -> and fill title and content fields.
3. Portfolio Page
Go to Write Page, put “Portfolio” for title, don’t fill in content and choose “portfolio” from page template at the bottom. Publish the page.
Same as About page.
Write new page -> Page template “Blog” -> Publish Page
Write new page -> Page template “Testimonials” -> Publish Page
Same as About page.
You’re done with pages! NOTE: You can change order by entering number in the page order at the bottom of every page edit
This is really important but an easy part that you need to read before you start filling in content.
1. Add Testimonials
Write new post -> Title is the is the name of the person and the content is the testimonial. And for the category choose “testimonials” (very important has to be exact) if you haven’t already created them add new one now (if you don’t have categories you are on write new page not post). Publish the post.
So every testimonial put into “testimonials” category
2. Add Blog Post
Write new post -> And for the category choose “blog” (very important has to be exact) if you haven’t already created them add new one now (if you don’t have categories you are on write new page not post). Publish the post.
So every testimonial put into “blog” category
NOTE: On home page that’s an excerpt of latest blog post, and by default excerpt in WordPress is really short, so if you want to modify it like we did on demo use excerpt field at the bottom of your posts.
3. Add Portfolio Post
Write new post -> And for the category choose “portfolio” (very important has to be exact) if you haven’t already created them add new one now (if you don’t have categories you are on write new page not post). Add title content and tags and you will have to add six custom fields (NOTE: once you create custom fields you just choose them from dropdown menu and add values for next posts). Here’s the list of custom fields like this [key] – [what should value be]
NOTE: for images and site use full paths example http://www.mysite.com/images/image1.jpg and you can use any dimensions you like for images they will be scaled automatically but try to use landscape ones.
** Please note that starting in version 3.1 of WordPress: If WordPress blog administrators are logged into their WordPress Administration Panel, and then visit the home page of that site, a horizontal bar displays the administration panel at the top of the page. If that top bar is not displayed properly, the theme’s footer.php file (accessed through the WordPress administration panel >> Appearance >> Editor >> then clicking on the right column’s footer.php file) must have <?php wp_footer(); ?> added to the line before the </body> tag near the bottom of that file, if the file does not have that code already added. Remember to save changes.
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