We have created another feature rich theme for you to download and use, this Business Portfolio Theme is free to use however you want, the idea behind our themes are a starting point for you to look at extending the Artisteer generated themes, we look on Artisteer too give us a good starting point for our themes without the overhead of a framework.
This is the themes front page, from the top we have added a search box, clickable logo, five social network clickable icons, Super Slide post slider, advertisement bar with four adverts, theme thumbnails, three feature posts, and a four section widgetised footer.
We have changed the name of the Artisteer ‘Footer’ option page to ‘Theme Options’ and given you a way to dynamically set the URL’s and alternative text from this page.
To start view the Business Portfolio Theme, then if you like what you see you can download it here and now: Business Portfolio (1200), then just upload the theme to a test environment and read the rest of this post for the setup options.
Activate the theme and from the Admin > Appearance > Theme Options you will see two sections, Header Logo URL and Header Social Icons, you only need to add the header logo URL if you want the logo to direct the viewer to a main website, leave this blank for your blogs home page.
For the five social icons you activate these when you enter a URL, for an email address you add mailto: to the email address, the websites should start with http://, the five icons that come with the theme are email, facebook, twitter, linked in, and an rss feed, you can change these if you want we will tell you where to get them and how to change them later in this post.
Other Setup Options
The Home Feature Post Category is what you will use for the three featured posts on the home page, this category should only have 3 posts and will not show in the sidebar menu.
Home content adverts is the central bar of four adverts and can be used to link to any sites, pages, posts etc:, following the instructions for the social icons URL’s.
We are using Smooth Slider in preference to cu3er and the Dynamic Feature Gallery which we have used in other themes, this is to showcase other slider options.
Set the following options from Admin > Settings > Smooth Slider, note the height and width required for this theme, you can set the other options to your own preferences.
You can see from the screenshot below that there are two new options on the post page, the checkbox below the post is where you choose the Smooth Slider posts to include, adding a thumbnail to a post will give a thumbnail in the category archives, adding a post to the Home Feature Posts category will display the post thumbnail and except to the home page.
Changing Theme images
To change the header logo just create a png logo with a transparent background we use this free website for our text logos, and replace the one in the themes images folder, make sure that the height of your logo is 80 pixels.
To change the social media icons you can download the icons for ‘free’ from this website and from this set resize the icons to 60 pixels by 60 pixels and replace one of the icons in the icon’s folder, it is important to use the same name.
To change the advert gif images replace one of the images in the ads folder, we have left the images from the website in the folder for testing, it is very important to size the images 250 pixels by 115 pixels.
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