Setting up the home page featured post carousel
If you wish to use the Gazette home page featured carousel you need to enable it in the theme option’s panel. See screenshot below:
You then need to assign a category to it to display posts from. For the demo we created a category called “Featured” then assigned some posts to it. You can then specify exactly how many featured entries you want the scroller to scroll through.
Adding an image for the featured slider and post thumbnails
To add an image to a post for the featured slides to display correctly, and the thumbnails for the home page and archive blog posts you need to add an image via the “Gazette Custom Settings” panel viewable below your blog/page post form in the WordPress backend.
The custom settings panel will like the screenshot below.
Simply choose an image on your local computer using the “Choose File” button then click “Save” and the image will be automatically resized for the featured slider (if required) and the post thumbnails.
Please note the image resizer can resize an image to a smaller size, but cannot stretch an image to be bigger than the uploaded size.
Selecting your Gazette home page layout
With the Gazette theme you have the option to select the default home page layout which is 2 columns of “boxed” posts or the more traditional one column blog post design. This can be set in the “Layout” theme option’s panel displayed below:
You also have the option here to disable the tabber in the sidebar across the whole site, and the option to enable/disable the author bio information at the bottom of each single post page.
Adding a video to the home page video player
To add a video post to appear in the video player on the home page you need to add a new post, or edit and existing one, and navigate to the bottom of the post where “Gazette Custom Settings” panel is.
Add an optional picture to your post for thumbnail view, and the embed code of the video, found on most streaming video sites. Don’t worry about resizing the video embed code’s width and height as this will be done automatically.
Your video post must be categorized in the category you specified in the “Home Page Video Player” theme option’s panel.
Placing an advert on your website
The Gazette theme has three dedicated ad sizes available to you. An MPU (300×250 pixels) advert, Banner (468 x 60 pixels) advert and 4 Block (125×125 pixels) adverts.
The MPU and Banner adverts have dedicated positions on the site and are only required to be set up and enabled/disabled in the theme options.
The Block adverts are displayed in a widget, so to set up this advertising module to display don’t forget to add the adverts and links in the theme options and then assign the “Woo Ads – 125 x 125” widget to the “Sidebar Full Width” widgetized zone. See the image below.
Custom Gazette widgets
The theme includes 3 custom widgets that you can add to your widgetized area:
- Woo â€“ Flickr
- Woo – Search
- Woo – Ads 125 x 125