Important installation note ↑ Back to top
After installing and activating the theme, go to Settings > Permalinks and click the Save Changes button, even if there are no changes. This registers the custom post types used in the theme.
Also go to Settings > Reading and set front page to display Your latest posts if you have previously had a static page as your front page.
Home page layout ↑ Back to top
The screenshot shows the Kaboodle home page with each of its modules explained.
The home page is based on custom post types, with four regions for placement of custom Woo widgets in the footer and sidebar. The featured slider, mini-features and portfolio modules can be enabled/disabled under Home Page Layout in theme options.
Setting up the Featured Slider ↑ Back to top
The unique home page featured slider can be used to display noteworthy content and has its own custom post type called Slides designated to it.
This custom post type is flexible in its display in the slider. You can have background images for the whole slide, an image left/right aligned to the text, only text, buttons in the text, or content with a video.
The Kaboodle home page slider pulls the custom Slides post type. The settings for the slider are set under the Home Page Slider options and include options to set the number of slides, animation speed, effect, auto start and slide interval.
Adding a Slide ↑ Back to top
- Go to Slides > Add New.
- Enter a title and body content.
- If you want an image to appear as the background to the entire slide than add a Slide Image in the Custom Settings panel.
- If you don’t use an image as background, insert some text in the content and make it a H1 heading to make a title. The post title isn’t used in the slider on non image slides..
Add buttons to featured slide ↑ Back to top
To add a button to a page in the featured area you can use the [slidebutton] shortcode:
[slidebutton url="https://woocommerce.com/"]View Our Themes[/slidebutton] [styled_text]Or[/styled_text] [slidebutton url="https://woocommerce.com/"]View Our Pricing Plans[/slidebutton]
To add more buttons, repeat the shortcode button code, but leave a single space between the shortcodes if you want them to appear on one line.
Add video to the Featured slide ↑ Back to top
Adding video is just as simple as adding an image to the page. Simply use the Video Embed Code field in the Custom Settings panel to add the embed code you have from a video sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo.
Setting up the Portfolio ↑ Back to top
Set up the Portfolio Theme Options ↑ Back to top
First thing you’ll want to do before adding items to your portfolio is get the portfolio theme options set how you want. Navigate to Kaboodle>Theme Options>Portfolio. You’ll then see the options listed below in the screenshot.
Let’s now walk through what each of these options do. The portfolio title is what your visitors will see when visiting your portfolio page. Then the portfolio description will show next to that. Below this are your portfolio tags, these can be setup as ways to filter your portfolio items. In our demo we have them split into three tags, and let’s take our nature tag for example. Visiting the portfolio page you can click on this tag and filter all portfolio items that are tagged with nature.
Next option up is the permalink you want your portfolio items to have. This is placed before the title of your portfolio item, i.e. – yoururl.com/portfolio-items/nature-shot. Be careful to not set a custom permalink that conflicts with anything else on your site. You may run into minor issues there.
Our last options to setup here are related to a single portfolio option and the gallery feature you can use on them. This is simply a slider of your images inside a single portfolio post. You can enable this slider or disable it here, if enabled you have options for control over the animations speed, auto start, and slide interval.
Add the Portfolio link to navigation ↑ Back to top
- Go to Page -> Add New
- Enter a title, i.e., “Portfolio”
- Select the Portfolio page template in the Page Attributes panel on the right
- Modify your custom menu if needed under Appearance > Menus.
Adding portfolio items ↑ Back to top
The portfolio section also uses a custom post type called “Portfolio”.
- Add a new portfolio item in WordPress (Portfolio -> Add New)
- Enter a title
- Add a tag to the post if you wish to categorize your portfolio (e.g. “Web” or “Print”)
- Enter text in content to describe the portfolio item
- If using WP Post Thumbnail upload your image via the Featured Image option in the right sidebar.
- If you want to add more pictures to your Portfolio item you can simply upload multiple photos when uploading the thumbnail.
- Alternatively if you want your thumbnail to link to a clients site for example, add a URL to their site or link it anywhere else you’d like.
- Publish, and repeat for next portfolio item.
Set up a portfolio page template
Upload multiple images per portfolio item ↑ Back to top
To have multiple images under the portfolio item, enter the rest of the images by uploading image attachments to the Portfolio Item and click Save Changes.
Uploading multiple images to a portfolio item
Showing Portfolio on Homepage ↑ Back to top
To get the latest portfolio items to display on the home page:
- Go to the Homepage Layout theme options panel.
- Enable the portfolio.
Implementing the Dribbble portfolio module ↑ Back to top
The Dribbble portfolio section will show below the normal portfolio posts. 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 will show below the portfolio, if you have the Dribbble plugin active.
Setting up Mini-Features ↑ Back to top
The mini-features area of the home page can showcase your services you offer, products you sell, or little pieces of information about your company. The mini-features are custom post types just like the slides documented above, so use them exactly how you wish.
Adding the Mini-Features Module ↑ Back to top
The number of mini features depends on how many “Mini-Features” you have published. You can enable the mini-features area on the home page under the “Homepage” theme options. You can also add two pieces of content from WordPress pages to the home page if you specify the page IDs of the pages you wish to display.
To add an info box simply follow these steps:
- Go to Mini Features > Add New.
- Enter a title and body content.
- Add a “Mini Features Icon” in the Custom Settings panel if you want to display an icon next to the slide.
- Add an excerpt
Remember to enable the mini features area in the theme options under the “Homepage layout” tab.
Setting up content above/below the Mini-Features ↑ Back to top
In Kaboodle you can have one page’s content displayed above the Mini-Features and one below. It’s easily setup via the Kaboodle theme settings. Select a page to go above and below if you’d like and its content will be displayed nicely around the Mini-Features module.
Setting up blog posts below Mini-Features ↑ Back to top
Simply enable this checkbox via the Kaboodle theme settings and choose the number of posts you’d like to show below the Mini-Features module. Simple as that.
Setting up Feedback Widget ↑ Back to top
To set up the Feedback Widget that can be used in the sidebar, go to Appearance > Widgets and add the Woo – Feedback widget to your Primary sidebar.
Now add feedback posts using the Feedback Custom Post Type like shown in the screenshot below.
Custom Kaboodle widgets ↑ Back to top
There are eight custom widgets you can add to five widgetized areas — one in the sidebar and four in the footer.
The custom Woo widgets are:
- Woo – Adspace
- Woo – Search
- Woo – Tabs
- Woo – Twitter Stream
- Woo – Flickr
- Woo – Blog Author Info
- Woo – Embed/Video
- Woo – Subscribe/Connect
- Woo – Feedback
- WP Dribbble