Awesomeby Graph Paper Press

Choose the "Awesome slideshow" option when inserting a gallery to achieve a clean, full-page-width slideshow.

Overview

Awesome is a single column theme for showcasing large image, galleries, videos and other post formats in a big, bold way.

Post Formats

Awesome supports the following post formats, which are basically unique layouts for specific types of posts:

  • Aside – Posts with the Aside Post Format will show up without a title on the homepage and archive pages. Here is an example single entry Aside Post.
  • Image – Assign the Image Post Format and upload an image to posts that you wish to showcase images on. Here is an example Image Post.
  • Gallery – Showcase a collection of images with the Gallery Post Format. Here is an example Gallery Post set to the “Awesome Slideshow” gallery type (see screenshot for help). The “Awesome Slideshow” gallery type can only be set when adding or editing a gallery via WP Admin. In addition to the “Awesome Slideshow” type, you can also post all of the usual WordPress.com gallery types such as Tiled, Mosaic, Thumbnails and Slideshow. More information on galleries can be found here.
  • Video – Assign the Video Post Format and paste a URL from Vimeo or YouTube to showcase your videos on a post. The first Vimeo video URL will automatically get embedded on the top of the post in the home/archive pages. Unlike Vimeo videos, YouTube videos will be displayed inline with the post content.
  • Quote – Wrap a chunk of text in a blockquote and assign the Quote Post Format to style quotes. To get a separate style for the author, add the Author name like this <cite>Author Name</cite>. Quote Posts show up with a yellow background color and quote marks on the homepage and archive pages. These do not appear on single entries. Here is an example single entry Quote Post.

Featured Images

This theme relies heavily on Featured Images. The Featured Image will become the background image of the post on the Home and Archive pages. On single entry pages, the Featured Image will be set as the header image. If your post is missing a Featured Image, the custom header image will be shown. If the custom header is missing, it won’t show anything.

For best results use images that are at least 960 pixels wide.

It’s possible to display a gallery or a video in place of a Featured Image. To do this, navigate to the Theme panel in the Customizer and make sure the option next to “Show Featured Image on the header area of single posts/pages instead of galleries/videos” is unchecked.

Menus

Navigate to My Sites and then to the Menus section to create a custom navigational menu. You can find further guidance for setting up a menu here.

This theme supports one menu area: Primary Menu (the main navigation for your website located on the left side).

Icons

You can add icons to your menu. This theme supports the following custom icons: Home, About, Contact, Portfolio, Photo, Video, Dribble, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Pinterest, Google Plus, WordPress, Flickr and Instagram.

To specify which icon will display, navigate to your WP Admin and follow the steps here to add CSS Class names to your menu. Please note that these class names are case sensitive.

The corresponding class names for each supported icon are: home, about, contact, portfolio, photo, video, dribble, facebook, twitter, vimeo, pinterest, googleplus, wordpress, flickr and instagram.

This is an image of a correctly completed menu details section:
wp-menus-social-media-class

Theme Customizer

You can make many changes to the appearance of the theme from the Customizer. Navigate to My Sites and then Customize to get to the Customizer.

The Theme panel is where you can upload a logo to your site. You can also check the option to “Show Featured Image on the header area of single posts/pages instead of galleries/videos.” from here.

Head to the Colors & Backgrounds panel to experiment with your site’s background color or upload your own custom background image. Here is more information on adding custom backgrounds.

Add your own custom header image via the Header Image panel. Header images should be sized at 1280 pixels wide and the suggested height is 500 pixels. Here are more instructions for using the Custom Header interface in WordPress.

Lastly, Awesome supports widgetized areas above the footer area and you can add a variety of widgets there via the Widgets panel in the Customizer.