Quick Start Guide
“Posts” and “Pages”
Posts are dynamic snippets of content that populate your home page. A post could be a blog article or it could be one or more portfolio pieces. Posts are stamped with their date of publication and are ordered on the home page of your folio accordingly.
Pages, on the other hand, are pieces of static content that are fixed in a single location on the menu system in the form of your About page and your Contact page.
You can create new posts in the dashboard of your folio and they will be immediately published on your home page.
You can also edit post details such as the date and time of publication so as to change the order of posts on the home page.
Sharing Your Portfolio
We’ll be adding social media sharing buttons for your portfolio soon, but in the meantime simply copy and past the address of your folio’s home page from your browser address bar and paste it to Facebook, Twitter, an email, or wherever.
Help With WordPress
Writers’ Folio uses the WordPress.org content management system, the most popular CMS in the world today. There’s a plethora of information online about using WordPress, so if you run into trouble you can do a quick Google search with “WordPress” in the search term and quickly find the information you’re looking for.
If you are still having trouble with your folio or need something changed that you cannot edit in the dashboard of your folio, please get in touch via our contact page.
Advanced Help – Warning: Serious Geek Territory
Each individual post/page has its own set of options which can be accessed by adding or editing a post/page. This theme has the following post/page options:
- Featured Preview – paste inside any code with iframes, such as the share embed codes from YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc to have it shown as the featured preview above the post. If you want to use an image, it’s better to use the built-in WordPress Featured Image feature.
If you can’t see the Post Options section, scroll all the way to the top and click on ‘Screen Options’. Make sure ‘Post Options’ is checked on. These options are saved specific to the post/page when published.
Your folio supports the following post formats:
- Standard – your standard post.
- Quote – write your quote in the main text section. To cite an author, write the name below the quote and set the font to bold. This will automatically use the bold text as the cite name. This format does not support Featured Previews.
- Status – write your content in the main text section. The name of your post will be automatically used as the cite name. This format supports the use of Featured Previews.
- Gallery – click the “Upload/Insert” button. Upload any images you’d like to be in your gallery and save your changes. All of the uploaded images will automatically be included in the slider once published.
- Aside – your standard post with custom post icon.
- Link – your standard post with custom post icon.
- Chat – your standard post with custom post icon.
- Video – your standard post with custom post icon.
- Audio – your standard post with custom post icon.
- Image – your standard post with custom post icon.
To select a post format, just add a new post/page and select your desired format in the Format section on the right column.
You can add predefined styles to the text content inside your posts and pages. Your folio comes with the following styles:
- Introduction – introductory text before the main content
- Highlight – highlights the text
- Dropcaps – creates a letter that is larger than the rest of the text
To use post styles, make sure you are using the Visual text editor. Click on the icon that says “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink”. Highlight the text that you would like to affect and select a post style in the Styles box.
A variety of shortcodes come pre-packaged with this theme. Shortcodes are snippets of simple code you can use in your posts and pages to do different things. See this page for a detailed list of shortcodes and how they work. To use the shortcodes you must be adding a post or page in the visual editor mode. Click on the “H” icon on the toolbar to view a list of available shortcodes.
Choose your shortcode and follow the on-screen descriptions. Click “Insert Shortcode” when you’re done. Once your post is published, view your post to see the shortcodes in action.