Below is information that will help you use Passenger to its full potential. If you have any questions, please let us know in the support forum.
Passenger allows you to add a custom header image.
Passenger has one custom menu area available. If there is no custom menu set, the theme will display a default menu listing your site’s pages. To find out more about how to set up your menus, see the Custom Menu documentation.
Passenger supports some of the available post formats, and styles each differently on the blog, archive, and search pages. Using the different formats will help bring visual interest to your website’s content.
- Standard — The default blog post format displays the content like a letter on a white background, with an optional featured image positioned in the bottom corner.
- Image — The image post format displays a large featured image and the post title. Posts with the image format need a featured image assigned to display properly.
- Video — The video post format will display your video and the post title. It supports YouTube- and Vimeo-hosted videos, and the theme will automatically display the first video that’s added to the post content.
- Gallery — Gallery posts will display a grid of images from the gallery you’ve added to the post content. The images will be rotated to look like a pile of photos laid out on a table.
- Quote — The quote post format will highlight the first blockquote found in your blog post. If there’s no blockquote, then it will display the entire blog post.
Passenger supports Featured Images, which are displayed prominently on the blog, archive, and search pages. To use featured images, create a new post or edit an existing one, then open the panel labelled Featured Image. Click Set Featured Image and then either select the image or upload a new one using the options provided. Once selected, click the Set Featured Image button, then save your changes.
If there is no featured image for a blog post, Passenger will look to see if there is an image in the post’s content. If there is, that image will be displayed instead — otherwise, no image will be displayed.
On the blog, archive, and search pages, the featured images are scaled to 260px wide by 200px tall. For posts with the image post format, the images will be scaled to 600px wide by 500px tall.
Portfolio and Testimonials
Sticky posts on a Passenger-powered site get a special treatment that makes them stand out a little more. You can set one or more of your posts as “sticky” by following the steps here.
Social Links Menu
Passenger allows you to display links to your social media profiles, like Twitter and Facebook, in a Social Links Menu. Each social media service is displayed as a custom icon, and the menu appears at the bottom of the website.
Linking to any of the following sites will automatically display its icon in your menu.
- Email (
- RSS Feed (urls with
Adding Icons to Custom Menu
You can also add social icons to the custom menu in Passenger. Like the social links menu, the icons are added based on the URL being linked to. For example, if you link to your Twitter account in the menu, then a Twitter icon will be displayed. You can also include a Navigation Label if you’d like text to appear next to the icon. The icons supported are listed in the social icons section above.
By default these icons are disabled. To display them, you will also need to add the CSS class ‘icon’ to the menu link item. This can be done using the Advanced Menu Settings.
Passenger has two widget areas — one in the footer, and one that opens as an overlay. The overlay widget area becomes visible by clicking on the button with the ellipsis (three dots) in the top-right corner of your site.
Each widget area is only visible when at least one widget has been added to that space.
Passenger has a custom page template that can be used to list the people who contribute to your blog. It will list all users registered on your site who have one or more published blog posts. To use the template, first create a new page, and assign the Contributors template under Page Options.
You can see an example of the Contributor Template in action on the theme demo site.