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Spectrum

Important: This theme was retired in October 2015 and is not for sale. Documentation is no longer being updated.

Theme Overview ↑ Back to Top

Spectrum is a visually rich magazine theme for content rich sites showcasing their content with beautiful imagery. It’s packed with 7 widgetized regions and lots of custom woo widgets, like a video player, Flickr and Twitter streams, to customize huge amounts of the theme on the fly.

This documentation is for Spectrum 1.x. If you’re using 2.0+ please refer to the Spectrum 2.0 documentation.

Homepage Overview ↑ Back to Top

Below is a screenshot of the Spectrum home page with each of it’s modules explained. More detailed documentation below.

The home page of Spectrum is largely widget based, with 7 regions available for placement of custom woo widgets in the sidebar and footer regions. The featured panel can be easily disabled, and with widgets not placed in the regions the home page can be kept minimal only displaying recent blog posts.

Set the total number of posts to display on the home page under Settings > Reading. i.e. if you want 6 recent posts, and 4 older posts below it, set the number to “10″ (remembering to set the theme options – Home Page settings – to “6″).

To learn more about how to add Widgets please see our tutorial here: How to Add Widgets

Header Overview ↑ Back to Top

The header consists of your logo or site title, primary, and secondary navigation.

Menus

There are two menu locations included in this theme:

  • Primary Menu – This is the menu that sits below your logo.
  • Top Menu – This is the smaller menu area at the very top of the theme.

To setup your menus go to: Appearance > Menus

Custom Logo

To set a custom logo image go to:
Spectrum > Theme Options > General Settings > Custom Logo

  1. Upload your logo image by clicking on the Upload button.
  2. Upload your logo file, a .png or .jpg is preferred
  3. Select the Use this Image button.
  4. Then Save All Changes in your theme options.

Text Title

If you do not have a logo image you can use the Text Title and optional Site Description instead. To enable the Text Title:

  1. Go to: Spectrum > Theme Options > General Settings > Text Title and select the checkbox to Enable text-based Site Title and Tagline.
  2. Select the font size, family, weight and color for the Site Title.
  3. Optionally select to display the Site Description.
  4. Optionally Select the font size, family, weight and color for the Site Description.
  5. Save all Changes.
Please note: Enabling the Site Title and Description will override the Custom Logo Image setting. If you would prefer a Custom Logo Image, you must disable this setting for the image to appear.

To edit the Site Title and Description:

  1. Go to: Settings > General
  2. Edit the Site Title and Tagline (Site Description).
  3. Save Changes.

Featured Panel ↑ Back to Top

The home page featured panel can be used to display noteworthy blog posts – this is because it is tag based. Once you have specified the tag it must loop through to display posts, make sure you add that tag to the blog posts you want to feature. It will display the title of the post, the excerpt, and the optional, but important, custom image which is the focal point of the panel.

Adding the tag to the post is important, as is specifying the image to use in the Spectrum Custom Settings panel below the editor on the Add/Edit post form.

Custom Spectrum widgets

The theme includes 8 custom widgets that you can add to any of your 7 widgetized regions – 3 sidebar and 4 footer widgetized regions.

The custom woo widgets included are:

  • Woo – Tabs
  • Woo – Flickr
  • Woo – Adspace
  • Woo – Ads 125 x 125
  • Woo – Embed/Video
  • Woo – Blog Author Info
  • Woo – Twitter Stream
  • Woo – Search

To learn more about how to add Widgets please see our tutorial here: How to Add Widgets

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