Arcaneby DesignOrbital

Getting Started

After activating your theme, visit the Customizer to set up basic theme settings, like the background color, custom header, site logo, or custom menu.

Site Logo

Go to Customizer → Site Identity to add your site logo.


Check out this guide for full details on how to set up a site logo.

Featured Content

Arcane includes an eye-catching featured content area on the home page. Capture your visitors’ attention and lead them to specific posts or pages.


Here are some tips to help you get the featured content set up.

  1. Go to Customizer → Featured Content and add the featured tag, or a tag of your choice. Arcane supports twelve posts or pages in its featured content area.
  2. Create or edit a post or page you wish to feature. Assign the special tag from step one to this post or page.
  3. Set a Featured Image for your post or page. Use big and beautiful featured images for the featured content area.
  4. Publish or Update the post or page.

By default, the Featured Content posts will not appear with your regular posts. This is to avoid displaying the posts twice.

You can change this by going to Customizer → Featured Content, and checking the box labeled “Display tag content in all listings.”

Theme Options

You’ll find Arcane’s theme options in the Customizer, under Customizer → Theme Options.


1. Theme Style

Use Arcane‘s wide style or personalize it with beautiful backgrounds using the boxed style.


Wide Style
Arcane will cover the full screen width in wide-layout mode. Any background color or background image will not be visible using wide-layout mode.

Box Style
Arcane will wrap the content in a box. This option is best if you want to use a background color or background image for your website.

2. Main Sidebar Position


Arcane displays the main sidebar on the right or left side, as long as it contains widgets.

3. Featured Image Position

Arcane theme has two featured image positions.



Arcane will display featured images in alternating positions with this option. The first post’s featured image will be to the left of post title and the second post’s featured image will be to the right of post title, and so on.


Featured images of all posts will be arranged to the left of post title with this option.

4. Show Excerpt

You can show/hide excerpt by using this option.


5. Enable Sticky Menu

You can choose to make the header custom menu sticky, so visitors can always access the menu while they scroll down the screen. This option can be enabled via the “Enable Sticky Menu” option.

6. Enable Sticky Sidebar

You can make the Arcane‘s sidebar sticky by enabling this option. This useful feature ensures that the sidebar remains visible while the user scrolls down to read long content.

Featured Images

Arcane supports Featured Images on blog posts and pages. They appear near the title on the blog index and archive pages. For best results, use an image at least 730px wide and 836px high.


If you upload larger Featured Images or images with different proportions, they will be automatically resized to match the dimensions noted above.


Arcane has several built-in typography features to enhance your blogging experience:


Arcane also gives special styling to blockquotes:




Arcane offers many special table styles:



CSS3 Multiple Columns

Arcane supports CSS3 Multiple Columns:



Add a Custom Header Image

Add a Custom Header image by going to Customizer → Header. Your uploaded image should be at least 150px tall. The width should be at least 1920px to provide a visually crisp background.

Add a Custom Background Image or Color

Add a Custom Background via Customizer → Background. You must choose the Box Layout in the Customizer’s Theme Options area to see background colors or images.

Custom Menus

Arcane allows you to have two Custom Menus, which can be set under Customizer → Menus.

Select the Primary Menu location in the Menu Settings to display your Custom Menu in the header.

Select the Secondary Menu location in the Menu Settings to display your Custom Menu in the footer.

Social Links Menus

Arcane allows you to display links to your social media profiles — like Twitter and Facebook — as icons using a Social Links Menu in two locations.

Select Social Links Header Menu location in the Menu Settings to display Social Links Menu in the header.


Select Social Links Footer Menu location in the Menu Settings to display Social Links Menu in the footer.


Read the full guide for setup instructions.

Available Icons

Linking to any of the following sites will automatically display its icon in your menu.

  • CodePen
  • Digg
  • Dribbble
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • FourSquare
  • GetPocket
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Email (mailto: links)
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
  • Spotify
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube

Widget Areas

Arcane comes with four widget areas: one in the sidebar, and up to three in the footer. The footer widget areas will activate once you add widgets to them in Customizer → Widgets.

Custom Widgets

Arcane features two custom widgets:

Arcane: Post List


The Post List widget displays posts alongside a small Featured Image. Go to Customizer → Widgets to use the Arcane: Post List widget.

Arcane: Post Carousel


The Post Carousel widget displays the posts in a rotating slideshow with Featured Images. Go to Customizer → Widgets to use the Arcane: Post Carousel widget.