Corporateby Professional Themes

More in-depth Corporate support documentation can be found directly on the demo site. If we’re missing something or you’re having trouble getting up and running with the theme, please contact us in the premium theme forum and we’ll be happy to assist.


Step 1: Setting a Static Front Page and Adding Featured Content

The first step is to create two brand new pages: a static front page and a blog page. The front page will be your site’s homepage. The blog page is where all of your blog posts and articles will be posted in reverse chronological order.

  1. Publish two new pages and name them “Home” and “Blog”.
  2. Head to the Customizer.
  3. Click the Static Front Page panel.
  4. Select A static page.
  5. Select your new home page under Front Page.
  6. Select your new blog page under Posts Page.
  7. Once those have been set, click Save & Publish.

You can easily feature your most important pages or blog posts on your home page using the Featured Content option. The demo site uses the Mosaic option to display Featured Content, but you can also use a Slider or Full Screen mode depending on the look you want to achieve. Here’s how you add Featured Content to your site’s home page:

  1. Publish the posts or pages you want to feature. Make sure you add Featured Images (the ideal size is 1024 pixels by 768 pixels) to each post or page so that the image will be displayed as part of the Featured Content design.
  2. Head to the Customizer.
  3. Select the Featured Website Content panel.
  4. Enter a tag in the Tag Name field “featured” is a good one to use, or choose another that’s easy for you to remember. Click Save & Publish.
  5. Edit your posts and/or pages that you will be featuring to add your chosen tag. Tags can be found in the editor on the left sidebar under Categories & Tags. Save your changes.
  6. Head back to the Customizer and select the Featured Website Content panel.
  7. You can now experiment with the different design options there to see which you like best for your site. Click Save & Publish when you’re done!

Step 2: Set Your Site Title, Site Description, & Site Logo

A custom site logo is supported in Corporate. The maximum display dimensions for the logo are 500 pixels by 500 pixels. If you would like use a larger image, we suggest using the custom header functionality in the theme instead.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select the Site Identity panel.
  3. Edit your title and tagline.
  4. Click Add Logo to select an image from your Media Library or upload a new image.
  5. Click Save & Publish.


Step 3: Set Your Navigation Menus

Your site has four menu locations: Site Header, Main Menu, Site Footer and Social Links. The Site Header and Social Links menus appear at the very top of the page, while the Main Menu appears just under the site title. The Site Footer menu allows you to place links at the bottom of the page.

The first step is to create your menus. Follow these steps to create your Site Header, Main and Site Footer menus. Follow these steps to create your Social Links menu.

Once your menus have been created, you can assign them to their locations on the site.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select the Menu panel.
  3. Select the Menu Locations panel.
  4. Assign each menu to the respective Menu Location you wish to use.
  5. Click Save & Publish.


Step 4: Set Your Header Content

Add content into the top of your website, like business contact information or special announcements. You’re able to display the text in this area to the right, left, center, or justified.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select the Theme Options panel.
  3. Select the Header Content panel.
  4. Add your content.
  5. Select the text alignment (right, left, center, or justified).
  6. Click Save & Publish.


Step 5: Set Your Custom Header

Corporate supports a custom header for your website, which appears just above your site title. Simply hop into your Customizer and locate the section titled Header image. A header image size of 1440 by 405 pixels is recommended, but you can use any header image size that you like.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select Header Image.
  3. Click Add New Image to select an existing image from your Media Library or upload a new image.
  4. Click Save & Publish.


Step 6: Set Your Custom Background

Setting a custom background color or image in Corporate is easy.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select Colors & Backgrounds.
  3. Select a color or click Change and then Select New Image to select an existing image from your Media Library or upload a new image.
  4. Click Save & Publish.


Step 7: Set a Custom Footer Image

Add a custom footer image into your site. This will always be displayed on your home page, and you also have the option of showing it in the footer of every page.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select the Theme Options panel.
  3. Select the Footer Image panel.
  4. Click Select Image to select an existing image from your Media Library or upload a new image.
  5. Click Save & Publish.


Step 8: Set up Your Widgets

Corporate supports up to two widget areas: Primary Sidebar and Website Footer. Both the primary sidebar and website footer will be displayed on all pages of your website if you have manually added widgets into your site. You can also control your widget displays conditionally.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select the Widgets panel.
  3. Select the Primary Sidebar or Website Footer panels.
  4. Click Add a Widget to select a new widget.
  5. Use the Reorder button to move widgets around.
  6. When you’re all done, click Save & Publish.


Step 9: Explore Your Layout Options

Your blog page in Corporate, as well as your entire site itself, comes with a variety of layout options that are sure to help you make your site shine in exactly the way you’d like it to appear. View the video below to see just how much flexibility you’re given with the theme’s simple, but powerful, layout options.

  1. Head to the Customizer.
  2. Select the Theme Options panel.
  3. Select the Website Layout panel.
  4. Experiment with the options available until you’ve settled on the look you want.
  5. When you’re all done, click Save & Publish.


Do More: Use Your Page Templates

Page Templates are special pages that include additional features or custom layouts. Corporate comes with several custom Page Templates (listed below) to help you enhance your site, and we’re always adding more. You can select a Page Template by selecting Page Options on the left sidebar in the page editor:

page-options

 

Click on each page template title to learn more about it:


Learn More

Corporate supports all of the most common theme features that you’ve become accustomed to on WordPress.com. You can also hop over to the theme video tutorials and demos to get a better idea of the theme in action.


The Grid

Corporate was designed with a grid that has 12 columns and 11 gutters. Gutters are 30 pixels wide (max). The maximum width that will be occupied by the theme content in desktop views is 1170 pixels. In mobile views the grid will collapse and all columns will be set to 100%. See the Corporate grid in action.

And More

We’ve written extensive documentation on comments, common page elements, post formats, readability, and more on the demo site for Corporate. Hop over to it to learn more about the theme and if you need help setting anything up, don’t hesitate to contact us in the premium theme forum.


The Professional Themes Support Policy

If you’re a WordPress.com user who has either purchased Corporate or subscribed to it via the Business plan and would like to use Guided Transfer or simply move to a self-hosted setup, you will need to obtain a self-hosted license.

Our policy for customers who move away from WordPress.com is that you will need to purchase the theme from us to use it on a self-hosted blog. Simply contact us with your details when you’re ready to move.

Note that if you are within the 30-day refund window for Corporate on WordPress.com then you can initiate a refund through your Dashboard and then purchase the theme for your self-hosted site.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.