Blaskby Automattic
Overview

Blask is a modern portfolio theme that displays your work in a clean, minimal layout. The simple-yet-bold grid design keeps the spotlight on your projects, and scales to fit any screen size.

Portfolio Page Template

Blask takes advantage of the Portfolio feature, offering unique layouts and organization for your portfolio projects.

Blask Portfolio

This page template will display all the projects in your portfolio as your site’s homepage, so it is the first thing that visitors to your site will see.

Blog Page Layout

In addition to the portfolio grid layout, Blask comes with a beautiful blog page, perfect for sharing your thoughts and sparking a conversation with your visitors. Whether you’re an illustrator, designer, or photographer, Blask is the perfect canvas to showcase your creativity.

Blask - Single post view

How to Set Up Blask on Your Site

When you first activate Blask on a new site, your front page (homepage) will display posts in a traditional blog format by default. To set up your site to  to use the Portfolio Page Template as shown in the demo, follow these steps.

Adding Projects to Your Portfolio

Before you set up your portfolio page template, you will want to start by adding projects to your portfolio.  Each project you add to your portfolio will be displayed as a single thumbnail on the grid layout of the main portfolio page template. To get started, go to My Site → Portfolio → Add.

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For each project,  you can add a title, descriptive text, media (single images, galleries, etc.) as you like. Make sure images you include in your projects are at least 880px wide. Blask displays these images at full width on larger screens.

Also be sure to set a Featured Image for each project you add to your portfolio.  Although it won’t be displayed in single-project view, it’s used as a thumbnail image on the portfolio grid page.

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Setting up the Front Page Portfolio

When you first activate Blask on a new site, your homepage will display posts in a traditional blog format. To activate the Portfolio Page Template as shown in the demo, create a new page (which you can give the title of “Home”) and then set it to the Portfolio Page Template.

After you set the Portfolio Page Template, publish your page. Once published, you can set this page to be the front page (homepage) of yours site by visiting your site’s Customizer.

Once you are there, click on the Static Front Page tab, and set your new page as the Front Page of your site, as shown here, then click the Save & Publish button to save your changes.

Other Theme Features

In addition to setting up your portfolio and site front page, you can also configure the following to more closely match the demo.

Custom Menus

Blask includes a Custom Menu in the left column, below the site title.  By default this will list all your published pages in alphabetical order, but you can create a custom menu here, which can be configured to your liking.  For more info about creating your custom menu, see our support doc on Custom Menus.

Social Links Menu

Blask allows you to display links to your social media profiles, like Twitter and Facebook, as icons using a Custom Menu. The Social Links Menu is displayed in the left column, below the Primary Menu. Learn how to set it up for your site.

Widgets

Blask offers two widget areas located below your site’s main content. These widget areas appear on all pages, except projects and portfolio archives.  You can set these up by going to your site customizer and clicking on the widgets tab.

Blask Widget Area

Site Logo

Blask supports the Site Logo feature. To brand your site and include your own logo, navigate to the Customizer, and click on the Site Identity to upload an image.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is 640.
  2. A widget in the Footer Widget Area is 300.
  3. Featured Images for posts should be at least 880 wide.

This theme is available for download to be used on your WordPress self-hosted installation.

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