How to use the Landing Page feature in our themes

The Landing Page is not something new, it has made its appearance in Fluida and we’ve included it with every new theme since.

We feel that the time has come to be properly introduced to this landmark feature present in our themes and get a detailed view on all of the landing page’s options and controls as in-depth as possible.

How to choose a WordPress theme

Choosing a WordPress theme has become one of the most daunting tasks when starting out with WordPress. There are so many themes out there, both free and premium, all claiming to have the most and best features, all claiming to be the prettiest, the most responsive and so on that it’s really easy to get lost.

Here’s a list of what we’ve come to look for when searching for yet another “perfect” WordPress theme.

How to create a slider with our Serious Slider plugin

Serious Slider is a fast and slick slider plugin which relies on WordPress’ custom post types functionality to provide a simple and efficient slider management system. It’s also has a design and visual functionality built on Bootstrap to give it maximum efficiency and minimum JavaScript overhead in all browsers.

While still young and with plenty of room for new features, we feel our slider plugin has already surpassed the capabilities and robustness of our previous theme integrated slider. Find out why we decided to write it and recommend it with our themes and most importantly, how to use it.

How to use manual excerpts in posts

WordPress automatically generates excerpts (short introductory texts) out of the posts’ content. However, it also implements the ability to manually type in the posts excerpts instead of the auto-generated ones.
This functionality is slightly hidden in the screen options, but can be quickly activated and used.

How to regenerate thumbnails when changing image sizes

WordPress generates the appropriate image sizes and crops at the time the image files are uploaded to the Library (directly or to a post or page). Once all the crops and resizes are generated they will be used as-is and not be re-generated again, regardless of any image size options changes. Our themes support a lot of customizability related to their general and elements sizes and as a result the images displayed (header, slider, featured) all have configurable sizes as well.

However this can be problematic when switching themes or when you decide the current sizes don’t really work and need adjusting. The solution to make sure these crops/resizes are at the appropriate (current) configured values is to use a thumbnail regeneration plugin.

How to use the new social menu

Fluida and Verbosa introduced a different method for defining the social icons in the theme using menus, allowing practically an infinite number of icons and quick reordering functionality.
To find out how to easily add your own social profiles icons jump right in.

How to edit theme strings with translations

The vast majority of the text on your site comes from your own content. However there’s a small amount that comes with the theme and that in very few instances you’d wish to change to something else.

The first though would be to dive right into the theme files and search for that text to edit it right there, right? That usually works, but just not always. Luckily, WordPress provides for a way to do this more easily…

WordPress Child Themes Tutorial

You never really got a solid grip on WordPress child themes? Well now’s your chance.

We provide both a complete step-by-step tutorial as well as a one page go-to resource for quick starting a child theme in no time. The choice is yours.

How to use the presentation page columns

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 new columns can easily grab their content from theme-specific widgets placed in the dedicated widget area, or from specially crafted posts. To learn more…

How to translate a WordPress theme II

Translating WordPress themes is actually very easy. With the help of some screenshots and some simple guidelines you’ll have your theme translated in no time.

So without further ado let’s get on with it and explain a second way of translating themes (and plugins). This procedure does not require you to play with files or install programs. All you need is the Codestyling Localization plugin for Wordpress.