Theme Options & Customizer

Theme Customizer

The WordPress customizer is a tool which allows you to edit all the style options from a theme and visualize the changes live, as you make them. To open it go to   Appearance > Customize.

1. General

This section only three options. The first option here is the sidebar behavior, from where you can either make the sidebar stick to the left at all times or let it auto hide itself. You can also change the page alignment and copyright information from the footer here.

2. Logo

This section refers to the sidebar (navigation) and all things placed in it. You can upload your logo, which can be of any size. You need to also upload a double sized logo for retina displays and a favicon. If you do not do this, the theme’s logo will appear on retina displays and the favicon will be also the theme’s. Make sure that you also complete the logo’s size correctly (in px).

3. Site Title & Tagline

In this section you can change tagline which appears under the logo and the site’s title (SEO title).

4. Navigation

In this section you can change the menu used in the sidebar (more on this later).

5. Portfolio

The options in this section control the look of your portfolio:

  • Choose the portfolio page: after you create the page you’ll use to display your portfolio (see 2.3 for this), select it from this dropdown box.
  • Thumbs hover: There are two styles of thumbnail hovers.
  • Thumbs opacity: a number between 0.1 - 1, which will be the opacity (transparency) of the thumbnails when they are not hovered (on roll over all thumbs have opacity 1).
  • Thumbs ratio: you can choose one of the four popular ratios for your thumbnails. These will be resized automatically based on your screen size so you can’t choose how many columns you want, since these will be different on absolutely each screen size.
  • Thumbs max width: the grid is a fullscreen grid, which means that it will look different for each user who sees your site, depending on it’s screen size. Though you cannot control how many thumbs there are on the screen, you can control how big they are. As i said, thumbnails will always be resized to fit the screen, but they have a maximum barier which is by default at 340px. This means that no matter how big the screen is, your thumbnails won’t be larger than 340px. If you want larger thumbnails (for smaller portfolios) or smaller thumbnails (for larger portfolios), this is the place to work with.
  • Portfolio pagination: if you plan to have more than 40-50 portfolio items you should enable pagination. This allows you to have an unlimited number of items in your portfolio grid, without worrying about performance issues.
  • Portfolio items / page: a default of 24 is there, but you should use whatever you use comfortable with.
  • Modal projects dummy background: when a user comes from a direct link to one of your modal projects, they will see the project against a white background. If you want to display a dummy background (representing your thumbnails or anything else), put it here.
  • Modal project close by click: another cool feature for the modal projects only! If enabled, when a user clicks outside the modal project’s window, the project will close.
  • Show sharing buttons: hides or shows the project sharing buttons across the entire portfolio.

6. Gallery

Some of the settings are identical to the ones above (because of the same grid layout which is used), but there are some differences in the the individual project styles, so some of the options are controlled from here:

  • Autoplay slideshow: enables slideshow autoplay for gallery projects. If disabled, the play/pause button will not appear.
  • Gallery image resizing: handles the resizing of all gallery project images. This is a global control, but each gallery project has an option to overwrite this.
  • Slideshow speed: If autoplay is enabled, the theme will use this speed for transitions (ms).
  • Minimized gallery details: The gallery projects have a little bit of content which can be minimized. If you want to start with the content minimized, use this option.

7. Blog

Here you a two options which will not apply only to the blog, but to search results and archives altogether. The first one controls the style of the blog, and the next option sets the blog page. You need to choose a page for the “close” buttons.

8. Colors

You have six colors to change in this theme. The main color is the most used color in the theme (for buttons, links, sidebar, other backgrounds, etc..), while the other colors refer to the sidebar. You can choose a background for the sidebar, set the text color inside there, have a hover color, etc..

If you are looking for the original orange swatch (since the default is now black), these are the settings: #f15a23 / #ff6833 / #ffffff / #ff8860 / #ffffff / #333333.

9. Typography

The last section of the customizer holds two fields for custom fonts. These are all Google Fonts. Please note that because Google changes it’s fonts on a regular basis, not all of the fonts you see on Google may be included here.

The font used in the online theme preview is Raleway (both headings and body). The old typography was based on Open Sans (for headings) & Arial (for body).

Whenever you make a change you’ll see the actual website refresh with the changes you do. Make sure that when you’re done, you hit the Save & Publish button. After this, you can close the customizer.

Theme Options

Other than these options which apply to the styling of the theme, you have another set of options, which don’t affect the style, but the functionality, and you should do a quick look there. You can find a new menu item under Appearance > Theme Options.

1. Analytics

Inside this section you should paste your Google Analytics code. If you do use these, please don’t forget to enable them first, otherwise not all page clicks will be triggered, even if you have your code placed. Note that this theme only works with Advanced Google Analytics (the classic method doesn’t work).

2. Custom CSS

If you have any css rules that you may want to add to the website, this is the place to add them. However, if you want to do extensive modifications, i suggest that you go with a child theme, because it’s better. But more on this later. If you don’t have more than 100 lines of code you can paste them here.

3. Backgrounds

This is the place where you need to create custom backgrounds to be used at a later point. Each background will appear as an option when creating and editing pages and you can also set global backgrounds from here (for posts & pages).

4. Admin

Here you have a field for the replacement of the administrator login logo. Just make sure that you will respect the size written there and you can replace the theme’s login logo with your own brand or the client’s.

5. Updates

This is the place where you can configure auto updates by inserting you marketplace username and API key. 

 This feature doesn't always work on certain servers because of various limitations or issues that caused by Envato and thus out of our range to fix. 

If this is your case, please use automatic updates.
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