Ventureby Themes Harbor

Setting Up the Static Front Page

When you first activate Venture on a new site, your homepage displays posts in a traditional blog format. If you’d like to use the Front Page Template instead, create or edit a page, assign it to the Front Page Template, and then follow these steps to set as the site’s homepage.

Customizing the Front Page Template

The Front Page Template consists of six sections for you to customize:

  • Featured Content
  • Introductory Text
  • Featured Page
  • Portfolio
  • Testimonials
  • Blog Posts

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All these front page sections can be managed via the Theme Options in the Customizer. Please note, in order to see front page options in the Customizer, your static front page has to be set up (see “Setting Up the Static Front Page” above). Otherwise, these options will be hidden.

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Featured Content

The Featured Content section on the Front Page Template will display a slideshow of posts. These posts are selected by assigning them a specific tag of your choosing.

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To set the tag to use for the Featured Content section, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Customizer → Featured Content.
  2. In the Tag name field, add the tag you’ll use on posts to be displayed as Featured Content. For example, you could use the tag “featured” or “slideshow.” Click Save & Publish.
  3. Add this tag to the posts you want to display in the Featured Content slideshow. The post title will display, and the post’s Featured Image will be used for the background.
  4. By default, the slideshow will not show a link below the post titles (like the “Read More” in the screenshot above). To add a link like this, you can add a More Tag to your post content, and even customize the link text.

If the Featured Content tag is not set, or if it’s not assigned to any posts, then the Featured Content section will display the front page’s title and Featured Image instead.

Introductory Text

This optional section can be used to display an introduction to your website.

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To add introductory text to your Front Page Template, enter your text to the Front Page content area in your site dashboard:

  1. Edit your Front page.
  2. Add your introductory text to the content area.
  3. Be sure to update this page.

Featured Page

If you opt to use the Featured Page section, you will be able to showcase one or more pages on your Front Page Template. A single page can be displayed at full-width using the Regular Layout, or two or more pages can be displayed using the Grid Layout. The only page that cannot be selected as a Featured Page is the Blog Posts page, if your site has one.

Regular Layout:

To add a single Featured Page:

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  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Featured Page.
  2. Under Featured Page, select a page from the dropdown list. The page you choose should not have any sub-pages (child pages).
  3. Click Save & Publish to save the changes.

Grid Layout:

The Grid Layout allows you to display multiple Featured Pages. This is done by selecting a page with sub-pages. The sub-pages will be displayed in a grid layout on the Front Page Template.

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  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Featured Page.
  2. Under Featured Page, select the page from the dropdown list. To use the Grid Layout, the page you select must have sub-pages. The page you select will not be displayed in the grid, but all of its sub-pages will be.
  3. Under Section Layout, choose a two or three column layout for your grid.
  4. Click Save & Publish to save the changes.

Each page in the Grid Layout will display the title and excerpt. By default, “Read More” will appear as the text for the button under the excerpt, but you can change it to any title you want by using the More Tag.

Portfolio

Recent Portfolio projects can be displayed on the Front Page Template, underneath an optional section title and text.

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To display Portfolio projects on your Front Page template, follow these steps:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Portfolio.
  2. To make the Portfolio section visible, check Display Portfolio Section.
  3. Under Section Title, enter a title for your portfolio section.
  4. Under Section Content, enter a brief content for your portfolio section.
  5. Specify how many projects you want to show in this section under Number of posts to show.
  6. Click Save & Publish at the top of your screen to save the changes.

Testimonials

Up to five random testimonials can be displayed on the Front Page Template.

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To display random Testimonials, follow these steps:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Testimonials.
  2. Check Display Testimonials. To display a photo with each Testimonial, add it as a Featured Image to each Testimonial post.
  3. Click Save & Publish at the top of your screen to save the changes.

Blog Posts

You can also show your most recent blog posts on the Front Page Template.

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To display recent blog posts, plus an optional section title and text, follow these steps:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Blog Posts.
  2. Check Display Recent Blog Posts.
  3. By default, this section displays the title “Recent News” above the posts. You can edit this by adding your own title into the Section Title text field.
  4. Under Section Content, you can enter some text to appear above the recent blog posts.
  5. Specify how many posts you want to show under Number of posts to show.
  6. Click Save & Publish at the top of your screen to save the changes.

Setting Up The Full Width Template

Create or edit a page, assign it the Full Width Page template and click Publish.

Setting Up Grid Page Templates

The Grid Page Template and the Full-Width Grid Page Template are set up and behave similarly:

  1. Create or edit a page, and assign it to the Grid Page Template (or Full-Width Grid Page Template).
  2. The Grid Page Templates will display all sub-pages of the current page in a grid. For the Grid Page Template, it’s a two-column grid, and for the Full-Width Grid Page Template, it’s a three-column grid.
  3. Each page displayed in the grid will use its Featured Image as a background, and display its page title on top.

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Custom Menus

Venture comes with two Custom Menu locations:

  • Primary menu — located in the header, next to your site title.
  • Social menu — located at the bottom of your site in the footer.

Social Menu

Venture automatically displays links to your social media profiles as icons, using a Social Links Menu. Supported social media sites include:

  • Dribbble
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Foursquare
  • Stumble Upon
  • Dropbox
  • RSS feed
  • WordPress
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Behance
  • Vkontakte
  • Soundcloud
  • deviantART
  • Email
  • Digg
  • Spotify
  • Skype
  • Twitch

Social Menu

Setting the Sidebar Position

Venture will display a sidebar if widgets are assigned to the Sidebar widget area. The sidebar will be on the right by default, but you can also move it to the left:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → General Options.
  2. Select the desired alignment from the Sidebar Position drop-down.
  3. Click Save & Publish.

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Testimonials

With Venture, you can add testimonials easily by going to Testimonials → Add New in your dashboard. Testimonials are composed of the testimonial text, the name of the person, and an image (which can be added as a Featured Image).

All testimonials are displayed in an automatically generated testimonial archive page. The testimonial archive page can be found on your site at http://mygroovysite.wordpress.com/testimonial/ (replace http://mygroovysite.wordpress.com/ with your own site URL).

You can add the testimonial archive to a Custom Menu, using a custom link.

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Portfolio

Venture automatically enables the Portfolio feature, offering you a clean and a beautiful layout for your projects.

All portfolio items are displayed in a portfolio archive page. If your blog’s URL is http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/, you’ll find your portfolio archive page at http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/portfolio/.

You can add the portfolio archive to a Custom Menu, using a custom link.

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