Perennialby DesignOrbital

Getting Started

After activating your theme, visit the Customizer to set up basic theme settings, like the background color, custom header, site logo, or custom menu.

Custom Menus

Perennial allows you to have two Custom Menus, which can be set under Customizer → Menus.

Select the Header Menu location in the Menu Settings to display your Custom Menu in the header.


Select the Footer Menu location in the Menu Settings to display your Custom Menu in the footer.


Social Links Menus

Perennial allows you to display links to your social media profiles — like Twitter and Facebook — as icons using a Social Menu Footer in the footer.


Read the full guide for setup instructions.

Available Icons

Linking to any of the following sites will automatically display its icon in your menu.

  • CodePen
  • Digg
  • Dribbble
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • FourSquare
  • GetPocket
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Email (mailto: links)
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
  • Spotify
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube

Widget Areas

Perennial comes with four widget areas: one in the sidebar, and up to three in the footer. The footer widget areas will activate once you add widgets to them in Customizer → Widgets.

1. Sidebar Widget Area

Perennial has one slide-out sidebar widget area.


2. Footer Widget Areas

Perennial has three footer widget areas.

Site Logo

Go to Customizer → Site Identity to add your site logo.


Check out this guide for full details on how to set up a site logo.

Featured Content

Perennial includes an eye-catching full-screen featured content area on the homepage. Capture your visitors’ attention and lead them to specific posts or pages.


Here are some tips to help you get the featured content set up.


  1. Go to Customizer → Featured Content and add the featured tag, or a tag of your choice. Perennial supports 12 posts or pages in its featured content area.
  2. Create or edit a post or page you wish to feature. Assign the special tag from step one to this post or page.
  3. Set a Featured Image for your post or page. Use big and beautiful featured images for the featured content area.
  4. Publish or Update the post or page.

By default, the Featured Content posts will not appear with your regular posts. This is to avoid displaying the posts twice.

You can change this by going to Customizer → Featured Content, and checking the box labeled “Display tag content in all listings.”

Add a Custom Header Image

Add a Custom Header image by going to Customizer → Header. Your uploaded image should be at least 900px tall. The width should be at least 1440px to provide a visually crisp background.

The Custom Header image will be visible in the featured content area on the home page, if the featured content is not available.

You can set the “Custom Header Title” in the Customizer, under Customizer → Theme Options.


Theme Options

You’ll find Perennial’s theme options in the Customizer, under Customizer → Theme Options.


1. Enable Sticky Menu

You can choose to make the header custom menu sticky, so visitors can always access the menu while they scroll on screens. This option can be enabled via the “Enable Sticky Menu” option.

Perennial intelligently hides the sticky menu when a user continues to scroll down in order to provide a distraction-free experience. The sticky menu appears again when the user starts to scroll up.

2. Custom Header Title

You can set the Custom Header Title by using this option, which will only be visible in the Customizer if the Custom Header Image is set and you have not set any post or page for the featured content.

3. Footer Custom Text

You can add custom text in the footer area by using this option. This text will be displayed above the footer credit.

Featured Images

Perennial supports Featured Images on blog posts and pages. They appear under the title on the blog index and archive pages. For best results, use an image at least 600px wide and 600px high.


If you upload larger Featured Images or images with different proportions, they will be automatically resized to match the dimensions noted above.

Image Styles – Wide Image

Perennial supports wide images along with other built-in image styles to enhance your blogging experience:



Perennial has several built-in typography features to enhance your blogging experience. Refer to the demo site for more details.



Perennial also gives special styling to blockquotes. See the demo site for details on how to achieve these effects.



Perennial offers many special table styles. Visit the demo to learn about each.


CSS3 Multiple Columns

Perennial supports CSS3 Multiple Columns — for advanced users only.


Add a Custom Background Image or Color

Add a Custom Background via Customizer → Background.



Perennial supports Portfolios. These are great for creating an online showcase of your work.