How to use the presentation page columns

Note: These instructions apply to Tempera and Nirvana.

Tempera introduced a new way of defining presentation page columns contents. This new method allows for an infinite number of columns (and hopefully better support for translation plugins).

The theme comes with 6 sample columns when no content is yet set. These 6 columns will disappear once you start adding your own content.

To get started, navigate to theme’s settings page, eg. Appearance > Tempera Settings.

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Open the Presentation Page section to see all its options (make sure the presentation page itself is enabled if you intend to use the slider and/or columns). Scroll down to the Presentation Page Columns group of options.

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A. The first (and most important) option is choosing the source for the columns content:

  1. manually defined content – Widget Columns
  2. automatically generated from:
  • latest posts from all categories
  • random posts from all categories
  • sticky posts from all categories
  • latest posts from a category
  • random posts from a category
  • specific posts (by IDs)

B. Defines the number of columns per row the theme should display. Add the right number of columns so they correctly divide to the value you set here. Also make sure your content fits if you set a large number of columns per row.

C. Lets you set the height of the column image. The width is dependent on the total theme width and the number of columns per row, so this is automatically computed. Remember these number when you create and upload your column images.

D. Defines the column button text.

Navigate to Appearance > Widgets.
Note the Cryout Column (E) widget and the Presentation Page Columns (F) widget area.

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Drag and dropw a Cryout Column widget to the Presentation Page Columns widget area. This will open up the widgets field so you can start adding content to your first column.

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  • Column image URL – type in manually or or select image from the Library. Respect the recommended image size or your columns will look wrong.
  • Column title – leave blank to hide
  • Column text – leave blank to hide
  • Column link – leave blank to hide
  • Check box to open the link in a new window/tab.

To make sure your posts are valid for columns content, check that the selected posts:

  • have a featured image set; the image should be correct size as set in the Columns settings
  • have a title (if you wish them to display a title)
  • have content (if you wish the content to be displayed as column text)

The columns will link to the posts themselves. There is currently no way to define custom links.

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116 Responses to How to use the presentation page columns

  1. general electric servisi says:

    Randy, when you have created the cryout columns (in the widget area) you need to add the url back to the appropriate gallery/page in the box that says “Link:” I am an utter novice at this website stuff but have the images on our presentation page linking to galleries and other pages no problem at all.

  2. RJ says:

    Hi,

    I use the “Latest posts from category” option for the columns on the presentation page, and the latest posts from my chosen category appear on each column of the presentation page but all the formatting (simple ones like bold and line breaks) have disappeared and it’s just a blob of text.

    The FAQ mentioned that there is some sanitisation going on but the 6 default sample texts that appear when using the “Widget Columns” have still their formatting kept.

    How do I keep my posts formatted when they appear in the column on the presentation page?

    Best regards
    RJ

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