Caldwellby Cedaro

Getting Started

After activating Caldwell, you can begin setting it up from the Customizer, where you’ll find tools to add a logocustomize colorscreate menusset up the front-page, and more.

Detailed instructions for working with Caldwell’s unique features are included below. If you run into any issues or have a question, you can find additional help by:

Caldwell: Docs: Site Logo

Your site’s title and tagline will be displayed in the header area by default, but you can easily replace the text with your own logo or custom image in the Customizer:

  1. Go to the Customizer.
  2. Open the Site Identity panel.
  3. Upload a new image in the Logo field.

The site logo should be a square image and will display with a size of 50x50. The recommended upload size of the logo is 100x100.

You may also customize the site title and tagline text in this section, or hide them to display the logo by itself.

Homepage Setup

Your homepage is typically one of the first pages most visitors see when browsing your site. While it shows a list of your latest posts by default, Caldwell includes options that allow you to customize the display to highlight your most relevant content.

Read the instructions for Setting up a Static Front Page if you’d prefer to use a Page for your homepage. You’ll also want to create a page for displaying your latest posts — see the Blog section below.

When displaying a static page for the front page, the featured image will display large at the top of the page above the featured content blocks as shown in the theme demo. This is illustrated in the screenshot below and marked as #1.

The featured content area in Caldwell allows you to showcase up to four posts or pages. This is illustrated in the screenshot below. The behavior for featured content is slightly different depending on whether or not a featured image has been set for the front page.

Front Page with Featured Image

  • The featured image will always display in the hero banner area
  • At least two posts need to be tagged for featured content to show up

Front Page without Featured Image

  • The latest featured post will always display in the hero banner area
  • At least two more posts (3 total) need to be tagged for additional featured content blocks to show up

Featured content blocks can show up in a two-column or three-column configuration depending on how many posts are featured, but a one-column configuration causes display issues; two featured posts are required to be before the blocks under the hero banner would appear.

To enable Featured Content:

  1. Go to the Customizer.
  2. Click the Featured Content section to expand it.
  3. Enter a tag name in the “Tag Name” field.
  4. Click the Save button.
  5. Edit a post or page and assign it the Featured Content tag you set in step 3 to feature that post or page.
Homepage Featured Content

Homepage Featured Content Area

The first article – number 1 in the screenshot above – in the featured content area will display large, spanning the entire width of the screen. See Notes info for image sizes. The remaining three articles – numbers 2, 3, and 4 in the screenshot above – will display below the first, in a smaller block grid layout.

If a featured image has been set for the homepage, only the first three featured content articles will display. Each article will display in the smaller the block grid layout below the featured image. Here is a screenshot to help illustrate a front page showing the featured image and first three featured content articles below it.

Featured Image with Featured Content.

Featured Image with Featured Content.

Caldwell: Docs: Menus

Custom Menus provide granular control over the links that appear in the various navigation areas on your site. You can create and assign menus by going to Customize → Menus.

Social Menu

The Social Menu in Caldwell allows you to display links to your various social media profiles, like Twitter and Facebook, as icons in the footer. Each menu item should be added as a custom link. Caldwell will automatically display the correct icon based on the link URL. For example, a link like will display a Twitter icon because the theme has detected it is a twitter URL.

Here is a list of sites with bundled icons that you can include in your Social Menu: CodePen, Digg, Dribbble, Facebook, Feed, Flickr, GitHub, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Path, Pinterest, Reddit, Spotify, Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Twitter, Vimeo, WordPress, YouTube

Primary Menu

The Primary Menu is located at the top of the theme in the header region.


Caldwell can display submenu navigation in two different ways: dropdown or navbar. This option can be set via the Theme Options section in the Customizer.

Dropdown Submenus

By default, the submenus will display as dropdown menus from their parent menu item in the Primary navigation. This is typical behavior seen in most themes.

Caldwell: Docs: Dropdown Submenu

Navbar Submenus

Alternatively, submenus can display as a navbar which displays below the the site header area. If the page being viewed is added as a submenu item, this page will display the navbar along with other submenu items in that menu.

Caldwell: Docs: Navbar Submenu


Caldwell features two widget areas: a Main Sidebar and a Footer widget area. Read more about managing Widgets & Sidebars.

Sidebar Area

The main sidebar area appears on the right side of any page using the default page template.

Footer Area

The Footer widget area is located at the bottom of every page on the site, just above the credits — or the Social Menu if it’s been enabled. Any widgets added to this area will display in a three-column grid.

More Options

More theme specific options can be found in the Theme Options section of the Customizer.

Archive View

The Archive View setting offers more control over how the content on archive pages of your site appears. It can be found in the Theme Options section of the Customizer.

By default, content for standard posts won’t show on archive pages unless a custom Excerpt has been saved. Content for other Post Formats will always show.

The “Full Text” option will display the post content in full. The post content may still be truncated using the More Tag.

The “Summary” option will display an excerpt of the content. By default, WordPress will create an automatically generated excerpt from the post content. Alternatively, a custom excerpt can be created.

The option to display a search icon in the header menu area can be done by checking the Enable site search checkbox.

Caldwell: Docs: Search Icon