How to Setup Your Theme
Add a Custom Header
Header images should be no wider than 880px or taller than 200px. Wider images will be scaled down. See Custom Headers for how to upload your header.
Create Your Content
Before you can really get started, you first need to add content to WordPress. Once you’ve populated the theme with at least 3 posts, you can proceed with setup.
We recommend creating two categories to start with, Featured and Blog. You may further separate posts into topics by adding more categories and selecting “Blog” as the parent.
See Posts for detailed help
Add a featured image to each post by clicking on Set Featured Image in the lower-right.
For best results, upload images at least 840 pixels wide for display in full-width pages, and at least 570 pixels wide for everywhere else.
Do you record your cooking and craft tutorials? You can add your video quickly and easily into your blog posts by pasting the video link in to the content area. See Videos for details on your video embed options.
Setup the Showcase Page
The Handmade showcase displays featured or “sticky” posts in a collage format, followed by up to 6 recent posts. For best results, feature or “sticky” special posts, not just the most recent ones. If you want to keep featured posts separate from your recent posts (or “blog), you can create a special category to assign them. See Post Visibility for more on making posts Sticky.
- Click on Pages → Add New
- Add a Title
- Select the Showcase option from the Page Template menu on the right side
- Click Publish
See Pages for detailed help
Setup Your Homepage
Handmade will show a blog layout by default. If you would like your Showcase to be the homepage, set it as your Static homepage:
- Go to Settings → Reading
- Select A Static Page
- Choose the Showcase page from the Front Page menu
- Leave the Post Page menu blank
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.