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Briefed

Important: This theme was retired in February 2014. Documentation is no longer being updated.

Installation ↑ Back to top

After installation, go to Settings > Permalinks and click the Save Changes button, even if there have been no changes. This registers the custom post types and custom taxonomy used in the Briefed theme.

Home page layout ↑ Back to top

Briefed is a Tumblr-like WordPress theme that allows you to publish snippets of content — images, videos, audio, articles, quotes or links. You can also showcase portfolio pieces via custom post types and Dribbble integration.

The screenshot displays the home page layout with each of its modules explained.

The theme has a custom panel called Briefed in your WordPress admin, with the theme options. There is also a custom post type panel in the backend menu called Portfolio, which displays content on the home page and portfolio template.

Setting up the Portfolio ↑ Back to top

Add the Portfolio link to navigation ↑ Back to top

  1. Add a new Page in WordPress (Page -> Add New)
  2. Add a title to the page e.g. “Portfolio”
  3. Select the Portfolio page template in the Attributes panel on the right
  4. Publish your page!
Setting up a portfolio page template, the same logic applies as our Inspire (and other) portfolio themes.

Adding portfolio items to your WordPress admin ↑ Back to top

The portfolio section also uses a custom post type called Portfolio.

  1. Add a new portfolio item in WordPress (Portfolio -> Add New)
  2. Add a title to the portfolio item
  3. Add some text in the content to describe the portfolio item
  4. Upload the Portfolio image in the Featured Image area in the right sidebar. Remember to setup Dynamically Resize Post Thumbnail in the options panel for the portfolio image to be sized appropriately. Alternatively you can upload the image using the Custom Settings field and enable Dynamic Image Resizer (thumb.php) in the options panel.
  5. Add a video embed code in the embed field in the custom settings panel if you want to show a video on the portfolio single page. You will still need to add an image for your portfolio item which is showed on homepage and portfolio page template.
  6. If you want the portfolio item to display in the homepage slider then tag the post with a specific tag, that you must then designate to the slider under “Homepage slider” theme options documented below below.
  7. Publish the portfolio item and repeat for next portfolio item

Implementing the Dribbble portfolio module ↑ Back to top

Setup Dribbble widget

The Dribbble portfolio section of the home page will show above the normal portfolio posts (if you have any, documented below). To setup your Dribbble stream, download and activate Dave Rupert’s Dribbble plugin.

After activating the plugin, go to Appearance > Widgets and add the widget to a sidebar and set the options exactly like our screenshot. After setting up the widget, remove it from the sidebar.

Note: The Dribbble feed (row 1 in demo) will show before the portfolio, if you have the Dribbble plugin activated.

Setting up the Featured Slider ↑ Back to top

The unique featured slider can be used to display noteworthy content from your portfolio posts. It only pulls portfolio posts that have a specific tag. The number of slides is set under the “Homepage Slider” theme option’s panel. You can set the animation speed, effect, auto start and slide interval under the theme options.

See “Adding portfolio items to your WordPress backend” for details of how to tag portfolio posts with the tag chosen in the theme options – in this case “featured”.

The theme options for the homepage slider.

Setting up the Blog/Tumblog ↑ Back to top

First dedicate a page to your blog so you can have a Blog menu item in your navigation, and a page reserved for blog posts. Follow the “Add the Portfolio link to navigation” section documented above – the same process applies as adding a portfolio page -> Create a new page, assign the “Blog” template to it and publish the page.

You can then use standard WP blog posts or use the tumblogging features of WordPress. This distinguishes between posts, not only by category but also via post formats/custom taxonomies. If you view the demo, you can see that blog posts have an icon under the date badge specifying whether it is an image post, video post, note post, etc. Click on the icons to view more posts of that format.

To activate this functionality, enable it under Tumblog Setup in theme options.

Once you have installed the Briefed theme and enabled the tumblog, decide whether to use post formats or a taxonomy. If you use a taxonomy, it creates a new option in the WordPress backend under the “Posts” panel. You will see “Tumblogs”. This is new functionality, thanks to WordPress that allows you to create a new type of post.

The Tumblog post format content method ↑ Back to top

The preferred method of tumblogging is via post formats. With Tumblog enabled and post formats content method chosen, a new widget displays next to the post editor where you can choose the most appropriate post format for your blog post, i.e. if your blog post contains a photo/image you might want to assign it as an image post.

The post format widget in the post editor where you assign posts.

The Tumblog taxonomy content method ↑ Back to top

This is legacy WooTumblog functionality, in future post formats will be the only option.

Custom taxonomies are useful when developing/customizing themes as you can create custom templates for specific taxonomies, i.e. we could have a specific template for blog posts, and a specific template for tumblog posts.

As can be seen above the “Tumblogs” taxonomy is different to categories. You can now assign a post to certain taxonomies AND categories, so it can be very specifically filed away in the archives.

The Tumblog dashboard ↑ Back to top

Once you have set up categories as documented above, you can start using your Tumblog dashboard publishing facility to publish content.

Publishing is self-explanatory. Click the button of the type of content you want to publish and fill in the fields with content. Click Submit, and the post is published.

The advanced options of the Tumblog dashboard

When you click this, an area will load below the editor that allows you to set the Post Status, Post Date/Time, assign the post to multiple categories and to multiple tumblog taxonomies (by default, it’s assigned to the relevant tumblog type). This is great for using the Dashboard Tumblog widget to draft and post-date posts.

The advanced options expanded.

Widgets ↑ Back to top

The theme comes with five widgetized areas — four in the footer and one in the sidebar. It has eight custom widgets you can add to the widgetized sidebar.

  • Woo – Search
  • Woo – Twitter Stream
  • Woo – Adspace Widget
  • Woo – Flickr
  • Woo – Tabs
  • Woo – Blog Author Info
  • Woo – Embed/Video
  • Woo – Subscribe/Connect

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