Ixion is a clean and professional theme for schools, non-profits, and organizations.
Setting Up Your Front Page
To set up your homepage, follow these steps:
- Create a page.
- Go to the Customizer’s Static Front Page panel and set “Front page displays” to “A static page.”
- Select the page created in step one as “Front page,” and choose another page as “Posts page” to display your blog posts.
Ixion’s front page displays, in order:
The site header:
The Site Tagline with optional Header Image and Call-to-Action Button:
The page content, if set, and the five most recent Posts:
And the site footer:
This theme has one main menu area called “Header.” If you don’t assign a custom menu to that area, your site’s pages are displayed instead.
Social Links Menu
Ixion supports a handy Social Links menu, which appears in the header:
Linking to any of the following sites will automatically display its icon in your menu:
- Email (mailto: links)
- RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
Ixion has a one-column or two-column layout. Add widgets to the sidebar area for a traditional two-column blog, or leave it blank for a sleek one-column style.
Footer Widget Areas
Ixion also includes up to four optional widget areas in the footer:
Configure these widget areas from Customize → Widgets.
The site tagline appears on the front page of your site, and is a great place to add a brief welcome. HTML cannot be used in the tagline.
Add a call-to-action button to your front page underneath the Site Tagline as seen on the demo. Go to Customize → Theme Options to add the URL and text to your call-to-action button.
You can also adjust the overlay that’s used on top of the header and featured-content images displayed on the front page. The overlay is used to make it easier to read the text over the image. Depending on your images, you may want to adjust the opacity of the overlay or remove it all together. The options for the overlays are Dark, Medium, Light, and None. You can choose one opacity of header image, and another for the three featured-content images.
Featured Content is shown on the front page below the Site Tagline area.
To set up the Featured Content area:
- Navigate to Customize → Featured Content.
- Choose a word to use as your Featured Content tag and add it in the text field. We suggest using a lowercase, single word, like featured.
- Click the Publish button to save changes.
- Create at least a few posts. For each post you’d like to feature, use the Tags & Categories area of the editor to add the tag you chose under Customize → Featured Content. With this theme, you can also tag pages to be displayed as Featured Content, in addition to posts.
- Add a featured image to each post or page you’re featuring.
Ixion supports prominent Featured Images on single posts and pages at full width and an unlimited height:
Ixion features testimonials in two ways:
- The dedicated testimonial archive page displays all testimonials in reverse chronological order, with the newest displayed first.
- The Testimonial Shortcode allows you to display the testimonials wherever you want on your site.
To add a testimonial, go to My Site → Testimonials → Add. Testimonials are composed of the testimonial text, the name of the customer — added as testimonial title — and an image or logo, which can be added as a Featured Image.
Testimonial Archive Page
Where is the Testimonial archive page?
Let’s say you have a WordPress.com site at:
The URL of the testimonial archive page will be:
This page can be further customized by adding a title, intro text, and featured image via Customizer → Testimonials. This content will appear above the testimonials list.
Ixion comes with a No Sidebar Page Template to put the focus on your content.
Ixion comes with a special CSS style for buttons. Add the
button class to your links in the HTML Editor or a Text Widget to create “call to action” buttons:
<a href="https://ixiondemo.wordpress.com/" class="button">Button</a>
Ixion also supports the following features:
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)
- The main column width is
- The main sidebar width is
- The four optional footer widget areas’ widths vary depending on the number of active areas.
- Featured Images are displayed at
1080width and variable height on single posts and pages, and at a maximum of
712width on the blog.
- The site logo appears at a maximum width of
500and height of
- The custom header appears at
1080width with flexible height.