How to Setup Your Theme
Front Page Setup
You can set up the front page showcase by doing the following:
- Go to Pages > Add New
- Create a new page (suggestion: name it ‘Showcase’ for clarity)
- Select the ‘Showcase’ page template.
- Click Publish
- Head to Settings > Reading
- Select to use a static front page
- Select the page you created (e.g. ‘Showcase’)
- Click Save
The showcase page will now show all posts with the post format ‘Video’. The slider will show all ‘sticky posts‘.
Showcase your creative work
Package your talent professionally by adding your company’s branding to your site. Upload your logo and customize your layout without getting into the complications of coding. Explain your inspiration by writing creative rationales that caption your movies and content. Gigawatt is the ultimate video portfolio site.
You can upload your logo by doing the following:
- Click on Appearance > Header
- You can either upload an image or select an image you have already uploaded. We suggest you select ‘Skip cropping’ when uploading a logo as this would stop your logo from being cropped too small
- Under ‘Header Text‘, be sure to uncheck the option ‘Show head test with your image’
- Click Save Changes
Gigawatt puts all your social sharing icons on the homepage, so your readers and yourself can easily share your work across all your sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, GooglePlus and RSS. Get more exposure for your work and help spread your vision with your friends and broader business network.
You can set up the social media icons by first ensuring that you are running the ‘Showcase’ front page template.
Social Icon setup:
- Head to Appearance > Theme Options
- Fill in your relevant social media links
- All links left blank will not show
Gigawatt comes with one dark and two light color schemes. Decide which best frames your work and shows it off to its best ability.
You can change the color scheme of Gigawatt by doing the following:
- Click on Appearance > Theme Options
- Select a Color Style
- Click Save Changes
Display images instead of videos
Gigawatt can also be used to display images in place of videos. Your posting window includes the standard image uploader that comes with auto-resizing and filter capabilities.
Gigawatt Widget Areas
Gigawatt has three widget areas available;
- Sidebar: All widgets placed in the sidebar will appear on the right hand side of your standard page, blog page template, category and tag pages as well your single posts.
- Footer Widget Area One: This is the left hand side footer area. These widgets will appear on the lower left corner on all pages.
- Footer Widget Area Two: This is the right hand side footer area. These widgets will appear on the lower right corner on all pages.
Setup Your Menus
Your theme may attempt to display your navigation menu automatically, but it may show items you don’t wish to appear, or put them in an order you don’t like. You may customize your menu using the following steps:
- Go to Appearance → Menus.
- Click the plus (+) tab to add a new menu, give it a name and click Create Menu.
If you have an existing WordPress install, remove any links that are no longer relevant, such as a Blog page from an old page template.
Create a Home Link
- Select your new menu from the Primary Navigation drop-down menu on the left side.
- Create a Home link by typing your URL into the Custom Link field on the left side and adding “Home” to the label field (or whatever you wish to call it.). Click Add to Menu to add it to the menu panel.
Add Pages, Categories or Formats
- Check the pages you wish to add under the Pages box on the left and click Add to Menu. If you have a lot of Pages, you may need to click the View All link.
- Scroll to the bottom and check your blog category in the Category box to create your blog page. This will show all posts in chronological order using the full blog/category layout. You may also choose to add individual categories instead, and use your Archivespage template exclusively for showing all posts.
- Arrange your menu by dragging and dropping the link bars in your menu panel.
- Repeat these steps to add a menu for your footer if required by the theme (you will see a “Secondary Navigation” or “Footer Navigation” menu on the upper left side). Typically this contains an alternative set of links, or a simplified menu of your top-level links only (do not add sub-pages). Once created, select this menu from the corresponding menu drop-down at top-left and click Save
Visit the WordPress Menus User Guide here for help with sub-menus, enabling link panels and adding custom classes.
That’s it! View your page to see your results and fine-tune as needed. If you add content later, you can always come back and add or delete items from your menu.
See Menus for more help with WordPress.com menu manager
Add a Blog or Category Page
- Go to Appearance →Menus
- Add your categories to the menu by checking them in the Category box on the lower-left side. If you created a parent Blog category, you can add this parent category to display all posts from all sub-categories assigned to it.
- You may need to click View All to view all your categories.
- Click Add to Menu, then drag into the desired position and click Save.