This WordPress free business child theme is aimed at poeple that are comfortable working with themes, it is a beta theme which means it is working but there is still scope to develop it.
To use this theme you will need your WordPress install to be up to date, at the point of writing this post the current download is WordPress 3.3.1.
The content of the child themes download file consists of 12 files, the download can be uploaded from the Admin > Appearance > Themes.
The theme is a nice clean theme, it uses custom post types for the information boxes, has built in widgets to display the information pages, and a widget for the WP Nivo Slider, this allows us to drop the slider into a template widget area, without editing code.
See the theme in action here before you Download.
We start by uploading the theme and activating it, we then create an empty page for the home template, the content can be left empty or we could add text, if we want a blog page we create a second empty page, in the screenshots we created one called “Welcome” and the other called “News”
For our Welcome page we apply the template page “Home Splash Page”
Next we go to Settings > Reading, we set the Welcome page as the Front page, and if we want blog posts we set the News page as the Posts page.
If we look preview the theme now we will see an empty website with no content, so we will add some posts next.
These are WordPress custom post types, they do not appear in the post lists, we will use these in widgets to show the services we offer, on the menu we can see a new section called Information Posts, we start by selecting “Add New”
If we look at this post we can see that we have added a Featured Image, this will display in the Information Widgets, the images used here will be cropped to 440 * 260 for use with the widget.
We can create any number of these to use in our theme, we will need four if we want a row of posts on our home page, our testing images were for a Wedding Organiser.
If we are using the WP Nivo Slider we need posts with featured images, and a category to select in the settings page, we used a category of Featured, and created a number of normal posts.
The nivo slider images are set against a category, after we download and activate the slider we add images as featured images to our selected posts.
As we have a category called Featured, the featured images for the slider must be at least 1000px wide, and will be cropped by WordPress.
WP Nivo Slider Images
We download and activate the WP Nivo Slider from our Plugins page.
We then set the category and number of posts in Settings > WP Nivo Slider
The theme has two new widgets and five new widget areas, we have four Information areas and a wide header area for our slider.
The My Nivo Slider widget has no setup and all it does is load the slider without having to edit code.
Add a Information Posts widget to the new area “Information Area 1″, add a title optional, and select a post from the list, check the Excerpt only for long posts.
Repeat this for the other three Information Area’s
View the Website
Here is a screenshot when we view the homepage again we will see our widget areas are populated with our Information posts and the slider
We can make use of the WordPress footer widgets as well, these will show on the other pages as well.
If we are using a slider then we might want to remove the WordPress headers from other pages, to do this we go to Appearance > Headers, there is a button to remove header images, we click this and save.
Now if we navigate on a link to the other pages we will see the header has gone, and the pages match our new look.
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