Live Wire

Important: This theme was retired in June 2012. Documentation is no longer being updated.

Adding Images to Posts (Using the Image Resizer)

Background Information

Different template pages within Live Wire use an embedded image in a post when displaying the post to users.

This means you need to add a custom image to a post if you wish to display the image with the post. If you fail to add an image, it won’t be displayed or disrupt the theme.

Our themes use a custom image resizing script (thumb.php) that dynamically resizes, cropping and creating an image in the appropriate size needed.



  1. Go to the Write > Post tab, and complete all standard fields.
  2. Scroll down to the Live Wire Custom Settings panel (below Post Revisions).
  3. Click the Browse button to find and select the image you want to use.
  4. Click Save and the URL is automatically inserted.
  5. Save.

Adding Featured Posts (Homepage Only)

Setting up the featured section

  1. Create or identify a post category you want to use as your featured category. To make a category, go to Manage > Categories in the WordPress admin.
  2. Go to Live Wire Options and select the designated category as the Featured Category.
  3. Save.


Adding the post (basics)

  1. Go to Write > Post.
  2. Enter a title for the post and the content.
  3. Select the appropriate category (as specified on the theme options page – above).
  4. Copy a section of the body content to use as the shortened summary on the homepage.
  5. Paste into the Excerpt field.

Adding an featured image

Follow the instructions given above for adding an image to the featured post.

Adding Videos (Sidebar)

Setting up the video section

  1. Create or identify a specific post category you want to use as the video category. To make a category, go to Manage > Categories in the WordPress admin.
  2. Go to Live Wire Options, and open the Layout Options panel. Select Display Video and the designated category as the Video Category.
  3. Save.


Adding a new video

  1. Go to Write > Write Post in your WordPress admin.
  2. Select the category for your videos (same category specified in Live Wire Options).
  3. Copy the video embed code.
  4. Paste this code into the Text Area field. The video is resized automatically.
  5. Publish.




There are two widgetized spaces to allow you more customization options.

  • Sidebar 1 (the left sub column in the sidebar);
  • Sidebar 2 (the right sub column in the sidebar)

Note: Go to Appearance > Widgets to add widgets to these spaces. By default, the theme displays nothing until you add widgets.

Setting up widgets in WordPress

All our themes come with additional custom widgets, which are all available in Appearance > Widgets.

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Custom Page Templates

All of our themes come bundled with unique page templates which adds additional functionality to your pages. These are our standard page templates included in most themes:

  • Blog (template-blog.php) – Displays all your blog posts which is useful if your front page is a custom page and you want a “Blog” page.
  • Archives (template-archives.php) – Displays all categories, monthly archives, popular tags and the 30 latest posts
  • Sitemap (template-sitemap.php) – A sitemap that shows all your posts and pages.
  • Full Width (template-fullwidth.php) – A full width page template without the sidebar.
  • Image Gallery (template-imagegallery.php) – Displays your featured images and links to the post.
  • Contact Form (template-contact.php) – A page with a contact form.
  • Timeline (template-timeline.php) – A page that has a clean timeline view of all your posts.

Additional page templates might be included in your theme.

Setting Up Page Templates

To add a page template to your page:

  1. Go to Pages > Add New.
  2. Add a title to your page.
  3. Go to Page Attributes panel in the right sidebar.
  4. Select a Template


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