Linen

Learn how to set up the Linen WordPress theme.

Setting a custom background

Navigate to Appearance → Background in your WordPress dashboard to quickly add a custom background image and/or background color.

Posting overview

To create a new post, please follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Posts → Add New.
  2. Enter a title for your post.
  3. Set a Featured image. Note: This image will appear as a small thumbnail to the left of your blog post.
  4. Click Publish.

Removing the border around images

If you’d like to hide the border on individual images use the noborder class:

<img src="http://myimageurl.com/myimagename.jpg" class="noborder" />

If you’d like to hide the border on all images, add this to your child theme CSS file:

.entry img,
img.single-post-thm {
  border: none;
}
Before making modifications to your theme’s template files, be sure to read about basic theme customization.

Remove Featured Image from the single post view

If you’d like to remove the Featured image on your single post view, add this to your child theme’s style.css file:

/* Hide featured thumbnail from single post view */
body.single .single-post-thm {
    display: none;
}
Before making modifications to your theme’s template files, be sure to read about basic theme customization.

Theme Options

To use a custom logo image in your site header, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Theme Options and click the Custom logo image section.
  2. Check the box next to “Enable custom logo image”.
  3. Input the “Logo URL” in one of three ways:
    1. Upload a custom logo image to the Media Library by clicking “Upload Logo”, follow the directions to upload your file, then click “Insert into post”.
    2. Choose an existing image from the Media Library by clicking “Upload Logo”, click the “Media Library” tab, find your image, and click “Insert into post.”
    3. Paste the URL of an external image into the “Logo URL” field.
  4. Enter a descriptive label for the logo to go in the alt attribute, such as the name of your brand or website.
  5. To keep your tagline visible with the custom logo, check the box next to “Display tagline”.

Before creating your Featured slider, you will need to create the posts that will be added to the slider:

  1. Navigate to Posts → Add New.
  2. Enter a title for your post.
  3. Set a Featured image for the post. Note: Your Featured image should be at least 652px wide and 300px tall. Smaller photos will be stretched to fit the slider and will look distorted. Larger photos are OK and will automatically be cropped to fit the slider. If your photos are larger than the recommended dimensions and do not appear to be cropped, ask your web host to install the GD image library.
  4. The description in the sidebar of the slider (underneath the title) is either generated from the content, or pulled from the post excerpt field. We recommend using the excerpt and keeping it short and sweet. If you don’t see a post excerpt field in your Edit Post screen, be sure to enable it through the “Screen Options” dropdown button in the top right corner of the dashboard.
  5. Mark your post Sticky.
  6. Click Publish.

Once you have created your posts, we need to set up the Featured slider:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Theme Options.
  2. Under Featured slider, use the Show featured slider drop-down to choose where you want the featured slider to display.
  3. Click Save all changes.
The Featured slider only appears on your Front page and Posts page.

To enable your subscribe links, complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Theme options.
  2. Under Subscribe links, check to enable your social links.
  3. Enter the full URL links to your social sites in the provided input fields. Note: For Twitter, only enter your Twitter ID.

Typography

Linen has built in support for selected web fonts. To adjust your site’s typography:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Theme Options.
  2. Under Typography, choose an Accent and Body font. Note: Using custom fonts will add weight to your page. If you want the fastest page load times, choose from Helvetica or Georgia.
  3. Click Save changes.

Layout

You have the option to disable the sidebar or the footer through your entire site. To do this:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Theme Options.
  2. Under Layout, check to disable the sidebar or the footer.
  3. Click Save changes.
This setting overrides all page templates.

You can add a custom copyright line to the footer of your site. To do this:

  1. Go to Appearance → Theme Options.
  2. Under Footer, enter your custom message.
  3. Click Save changes.

Create Pages

Full-width page

To create a Full-width page, you will need to use the No Sidebar page template.

  1. Navigate to Pages → Add New.
  2. Enter a title for your page.
  3. Under Page Attributes, select the No Sidebar template.
  4. Click Publish.

To create a page with a left-aligned sidebar, you will need to use the Left Sidebar page template.

  1. Navigate to Pages → Add New;
  2. Enter a title for your page;
  3. Under Page Attributes, select the Left Sidebar template;
  4. Click Publish.

Sitemap page

To create a Sitemap, you will need to use the Sitemap page template.

  1. Navigate to Pages → Add New;
  2. Enter a title for your page (Sitemap, for example);
  3. Under Page Attributes, select the Sitemap template;
  4. Click Publish.

The Sitemap page will be automatically generated; no need to write a single word.

Image dimensions

Where a height is not provided, feel free to insert your own custom value.

Featured slider image:

  • Width: 652px
  • Height: 300px

Blog post image:

  • Width: 620px

Full-width banner logo image:

  • Width: 900px
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