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How To

Important installation note

After installing and activating the theme, you need to navigate to Settings > Permalinks and click on the Save Changes button, even if you haven’t made any changes. This is to register the custom post types used in the theme.

You also need to navigate to Settings > Reading and set front page to display “Your latest posts” if you have previously had a static page as your front page.

Homepage Overview

The homepage of Optimize consists of a featured area, sub-featured area, main area and a widgetized footer.

Front page layout
Front page layout

Setup Featured Area

The featured area consists of two columns, which are both setup in the theme options panel.

Left Column (Image)
In this space you can upload an image and link it to another page, image or video/flash object. In the demo we have used a browser template and added a image inside it, and we have supplied a blank browser template in the images folder if you wish to do the same. We suggest using a transparent PNG image in this section with a size of 475x390px being the optimial size.

Featured Right-column
Featured Left-column

Right Column (Slogan, Text, Buttons)
To setup this area, simply fill out the info in the options panel. Here is how we setup our demo:

Featured Left-Column
Featured Right-Column

Setup Sub-Featured Area

This area is optional, and you can enable it in the options panel. This area consists of 5 thumbnails (left) and a description area (right). You upload the thumbnails in the options panel, and you can link these thumbnails to a page, image or video/flash object.

The sub-featured settings

Setup Main Area

The main area consists of Twitter, Mini-features area and a Info Box.


You can setup the twitter box in the options panel by adding your twitter username. You can also select how many of your latest tweets you wish to fade between in the box.

Setup Mini-Features Area

The main area consists of the mini-features. The left main column can also hold page content above or below the mini-features area.

Add Mini-features Block

The Optimize home page mini features area also uses custom post types and pulls in the the custom “Mini Features”. 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:

  1. Go to Mini Features > Add New.
  2. Type a title for the Mini Features and complete all of the post’s body content.
  3. Add a “Mini Features Icon” in the Custom Settings panel if you want to display an icon next to the slide.
  4. Add an excerpt
  5. Publish the mini feature.
Adding a mini feature

Remember to enable the mini features area in the theme options under the “Homepage – Main Area” tab.

Enabling the mini features in the theme options

Info/Quotes/Testimonials box

This box will appear at the bottom of the main area. You can add a little blurb about the site, company or yourself and also add the quotes that will fade between eachother.

An example of a testimonial custom post type.

Setup Blog

To add a Blog to the main navigation, simply follow these steps:

  1. Add a new Page in WordPress (Page -> Add New)
  2. Add a title to the page e.g. “Blog”
  3. Select the Blog page template in the Attributes panel on the right
  4. Publish your page!
Add blog page template
Add blog page template

If you are unsure on how to setup a page template, have a look at our instructional video in our Page Template section.

Setup the Portfolio

This theme includes a portfolio template which can showcase your work or products. To add the portfolio you need to follow these steps:

Add the Portfolio link to navigation

  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!
Setup a portfolio page template

Adding portfolio items

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 a tag to the post if you wish to categorize your portfolio (e.g. “Web” or “Print”)
  4. Add some text in the content to describe the portfolio item
  5. Upload the Portfolio Thumbnail (450x210px) image in the Custom Settings area
  6. Add an URL to an external image or upload a large image which your thumbnail will link to
  7. Publish the portfolio item and repeat for next portfolio item
Adding a portfolio item
Add portfolio thumbnail and large image to post

Remember you must have uploaded a “Portfolio Large” image for image attachments to work.

Upload multiple images per portfolio item

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

Setup options

  1. Go to the theme Options Panel
  2. Tick “use lightbox” if you wish the large images to display as an overlay when clicked on, not a link that takes you to a new window.
  3. Tick “Use dynamic image resizer” so that the portfolio images are resized correctly on the portfolio page.
  4. If you added any tags to your posts, then add these tags to “Portfolio Tags” field (e.g. “web, print”)
  5. Save settings and you’re done!

The portfolio settings for the Optimize theme


Custom Optimize widgets

The theme includes 3 custom widgets that you can add to any one of your widgetized areas:

  • Woo Flickr
  • Woo – Ads Widget
  • Woo – Search

Supported Plugins

Yoast Breadcrumbs

Easily add breadcrumbs to your WooThemes template to show your site visitors exactly where they are on your site. If you’re using one of the supported WordPress frameworks, it’s as easy as installing and enabling the plugin and checking the “Try to add automatically” box.

After the Breadcrumbs installation, you'll enable this functionality on all pages

You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory here.

Page Navi

Page Navi adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WooThemes site. By default, you’ll see the “Previous” and “Next” buttons to navigate to older/newer blog posts in the archives. With Page Navi you can navigate via the number of archived blog post pages there are.

How the Page Navi pagination results look.

You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory here.

Page Templates

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