How to use the new Tempera presentation page columns

Tempera introduces 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 Tempera’s settings page, in Appearance > Tempera Settings.


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.


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.


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.

  • 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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66 Responses to How to use the new Tempera presentation page columns

  1. Asha Bastis says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful, and smooth theme.
    Is there a way to isolate the columns into 3 different rotations?
    Presently I have an ‘About Me’, ‘Gallery’, and ‘Blog widgets in place. I’d like to find a way to have each rotate images within their category – particularly the gallery widget.

    Thank you,

  2. Marieke says:

    Hi, I have changed the column pics and have text in it when I hover over the pic. However, I can not find where I can add text to the column pics that will show underneath the pics like in your example and the ‘read more button’ does not appear. Can you please help me?

  3. Margus Amur says:

    I need to change the layout of FP columns.

    1) how can I change padding around them? let’s say I have 3 columns – and they should be divided equally to same width as page itself / slider. On the pic – 1-2-3
    3) how can I add different width and height images? On the pic – 4-5-6 (different width at this time

  4. Mathieu says:

    I changed the height of the image size but it doesn’t change on the website?

  5. DaveB says:

    Using the cryout columns widgets on the presentation page and the content does not display in widescreen. And yet it’s fine when viewed on a mobile. content disappears as browser size gets larger. Odd

  6. For the sake of clarity please allow me to refer to the “widget columns” as gollywimples and refer to columns in the more conventional sense suck as columns of text or columns in a table.

    Is it possible to add more than four columns to the “presentation page columns” area? Specifically i would like to place more than four gollywimples in a horizontal row the magic number being six gollywimples in a/each horizontal row.

    Is there a means of accomplishing this simply or does it require custom coding?

    • Zed says:

      Having more than 4 “gollywimples” in a row requires code changes to the file rendering the presentation page. I’ll take a look at this and send you the file via support. But note the 6 will not be change-able ;)

      • TY Zed. I knew it was best to consult a certified expert in the field of gollywimplery!

        If you send me the snip to achieve 6 Gollywimples per row I should be able to change it in the future after seeing how the default and the patch are constructed side by side. If not I need a good kicking and will be sure to post a “good kicking” thread in the forum :)

        BY “support” are you meaning on an open ticket or will I see this in the E-mail?

  7. awdrep says:

    Hi i know how to configure cryouts widget columns. I have done it before. But when i updated the theme and wordpress to the current versions, i dont know why i am unable to add/see more than one image on the presentation page after that. Please help. I need the cryouts on my homepage back. My website is

    • Zed says:

      Make sure all your extensions are updated and compatible with the latest WordPress. You could also look for JavaScript issues in your dashboard (press F12 in Chrome or Firefox to open the webdev tools).

  8. DGoss says:

    Love this theme and have been using it extensively.

    How much work would be involved in either allowing a site to have multiple presentation pages, or to allow the cryout column widgets on other pages?

    A current site I’m working on is using a presentation page as the home page, but I have a products page where I would love to use the cryout widget for each respective product (and as a link to that product’s page).

    What are your thoughts? And thank you.

  9. Hi:
    how can I disable curtain effect in cryout columns?
    Thans in advance

  10. Gary says:

    Having troubles adding cryouts. I was able to figure them out before and they appeared so perfectly. But when i deactivated and reactivated the theme, all the cryouts i had are saved but i am unable to add them all, not more than one. I am not given an option of rank 1,2, 3, … So i disabled it for a while until it’s fixed.

    And one more thing, the same things happens when i add widgets on all sidebar locations.

    I think there’s something bugs on the widgets page.

  11. Kim says:

    Great Setup! By far the easiest to use and navigate. I do have a problem with the customized cryout widgets and I’m not sure what I can do about it. In the presentation page, I have set them to 3 rows across” and when I save and visit the page, they are all in a vertical line. SOS!

    • Zed says:

      Hi. As you can see, your messages were not deleted (they were just awaiting moderation).
      You are no longer using the columns on your site, so I cannot see the issue. Could you enable them back?

  12. Toni says:

    This is a great theme, thank you. I am having an issue on the presentation page where I am using columns for posts. The feature photo comes up and when I hover it greys over but I think there should be the first 50 words of text there as a teaser but it’s just showing blank. Can anyone tell me what is causing this? Thanks.

  13. freekkeesen says:

    Is there any way to have more than 4 columns on the presentation page? Really need it. I’m willing to donate if helped.

    • Zed says:

      If you’re asking about Tempera, you can have any number of columns. If you’re asking about Parabola or Mantra, the number of columns is limited at up to 4. Adding more needs a lot of code changes.

  14. Hi all

    Great theme, but is there a way to use the Cryout Widgets in a 3*2 layout on a DIFFERENT page than the presentation page? Like a portfolio page..?

    So far I’ve been able to add them in “below content” or “above content” widget area on the standard template, but that always shows them as whole width and each additional one below the previous.

    Cheers, Susanne

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