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Currents

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 Documentation is no longer being updated.

Installing your Theme ↑ Back to top

To learn how to install your theme please reference our documentation here: Installing a Theme

Currents Theme Demo: demo.woothemes.com/currents

Checking your theme version ↑ Back to top

You can confirm your theme and WooFramework version by going to: Currents > Framework

Activate your Theme Key ↑ Back to top

After you install your theme, be sure to activate your theme key by downloading and installing the WooCommerce Helper plugin. This will verify your site when contacting support and will enable 2-click updates for quick theme upgrades down the road.

Updating your theme

It is very important to ensure you have the latest version of your theme at all times. This is the best way to proactively troubleshoot issues on your site.

Please reference the WooCommerce Helper Documentation to learn more.

Theme Overview ↑ Back to top

Below is a screenshot of the Currents home page with each of its modules explained. More detailed documentation on each section below.

Currents Home Page Explained

The home page of Currents is clean, slick, and informative. It’s put together in such a way that it easily leads you down the page filled with information, but at the same time not cluttering your view of what’s important. It’s this wonderful layout that respects white space and visual hierarchy while still getting you the information you need. A big step and departure from the news sites you are used to reading. So let’s start at the top and make our way down the Currents home page, stopping at each section to show you how to easily set it up.

Using A Custom Logo ↑ Back to top

It’s very easy to add a custom logo to Currents or even use a text title. Navigate the Currents theme options and upload your logo with the upload button here.

Using a Custom Logo
Using a Custom Logo

Once uploaded be sure to click on the “insert into post” button and then click on “save all changes”. You can also simply use a text title for your site. You can set this up under Settings>General in your WordPress admin.

Setting up Menus ↑ Back to top

Setting up the menus in Currents is as easy as drag and drop. Navigate to Appearance>Menus and setup the pages, categories, and custom links as you’d wish. The top menu sits above the logo and search area, the primary menu is right below the header and above the slider, and finally the footer menu is in the footer area of Currents.

Currents Menus

Setting up the Featured Slider ↑ Back to top

The featured slider can be used to display your noteworthy blog posts. You first need to setup the tag or tags you’d like to use in the theme options. This tag or tags will be what you need to add to the posts you want to feature in the slider. For instance our demo is setup with the tag ‘featured’. Any post with the featured tag will show in the slider.

Currents Home Page Settings

To display a post in the slider:

  1. Add a post via Posts > Add New. (Or edit an existing post).
  2. Enter the title and content of the post as normal.
  3. Make sure you tag the post with the tag(s) you entered in the featured slider settings above.
  4. Add a featured image via the Featured Image panel (at least 800px wide).
  5. Optionally add a video embed code in the Currents Settings panel.
  6. Publish your post.

Creating a Video Slide

Recent News Area ↑ Back to top

On the Currents home page you can display posts from specific categories below the featured category area. You can have up to 3 categories display here among other options.

To set up this area, go to: Currents > Settings > Homepage Options and scroll down to the Recent News Area section:

Recent News Settings

Recent News Section

Featured Category Area ↑ Back to top

The featured category area of the homepage is next. As the name suggests this is a nice area on the homepage to feature only one category. You can of course change this day to day or week by week if you’d like to rotate categories here. This section also has a widgetized sidebar.

You can choose how many entries should be displayed from the featured category.

You can also enable a featured category on archive pages, as well as the home page.

To setup this area, go to: Currents > Settings > Homepage Options and scroll down to the Featured Category Area section:

Featured Category

Featured Category Section

Related News Area ↑ Back to top

We’ve included an easy way to show related posts at the bottom of your normal post. There are a few options that you are free to setup as you’d like, but the two important ones are how you want the theme to show related posts. You have the option to show related posts by category, by tags, or by both. You can then choose the amount of related posts you want to show.

To setup this area, go to: Currents > Post Options.  The settings are in the Related News section at the top:Related News

Author Settings ↑ Back to top

There are a few options when viewing a single post we need to talk about as well. Currents works well with multiple authors, as you’ll see that it has an authors widget and even an authors page template to show off the team that works hard producing content for the site.

To configure these settings, go to: Currents > Post Options and scroll down to the Author Settings section.

Author Settings

There are three options for the author. The first option is to show the authors information below the posts they write.  The second is to show the same box on their archive page. You also have the option to show the author’s twitter stream on their archive page. This information is setup under the author’s user profile.

Custom Ad Content ↑ Back to top

A unique piece about the Currents home page. There is a great ad space that you can setup to display any text you’d like, your logo, and a call to action button.

To setup this ad space, go to: Currents > Settings > Advertising and scroll down to the Custom Content Ad section at the bottom:

Custom Content Ad

Custom Currents Ad

Post Intro Text ↑ Back to top

Finally, the last bit of Currents is the ability to set a piece of intro text to a post. Simply fill out the excerpt when creating a post and save that.

Intro Text Setup
Intro Text Area

Custom Currents Widgets ↑ Back to top

The theme includes 8 custom widgets that you can add to any of your widgetized regions – 1 sidebar, 1 featured category sidebar, and 4 footer widgetized regions.

The custom woo widgets included are:

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

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