Chronicle

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Chronicle is a magazine theme. With three optional widget areas, featured posts, and a huge homepage slider there are lots of options for creating interesting, immersive websites — perfect for sites with lots of categories and content.

Flexible

While Chronicle was designed to power magazine and newspaper sites, it’s equally suitable for bloggers, scrapbookers, and writers who want to add a bit of visual flair to their site. Featuring a fully customizable homepage, that allows you to have four, three, two, or one columns, you really can customize what is displayed, making your site look the way you want it to.

Chronicle is also very visual — using featured content and a massive homepage slider, you really can bring your biggest stories to the front.

Your Design, Everywhere

We designed Chronicle to look good on all devices — from desktop computers and laptops to Android, to smartphones and tablets.

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Infinite Content

Chronicle supports the all the latest WordPress wizardry, including infinite scroll. Infinite scroll helps to engage your readers by allowing them to see more of your content at once. If you have enabled footer widgets, then users will instead be given the option to load more posts.

Featured Content

Chronicle includes support for Featured Content, allowing you to showcase the biggest stories on your site. The 4 most recent posts tagged as featured content will be displayed in a prominent row of images on the homepage.

To enable the slider simply select the post tag you want to use and enter it on the Appearance → Customize → Featured Content page in the Featured Content area. Then, just tag up the posts you want to be flagged as special and Chronicle will add them automatically. As you can see in the screenshot above, the slider looks great when it has a Featured Image selected.

Homepage Slider

As well as the featured content you can enable a homepage slider. This uses the most recent posts from the specified category and can be enabled through the Customizer (Appearance → Customize → Options). The slider images are full width and make a lot of impact on the homepage.

All Languages

Chronicle was crafted with care to work well in multiple languages, so it has full support for both left-to-right and right-to-left languages and is fully localized. If Chronicle is not available in your language, you can find out how to translate it here.

Theme Options

Chronicle has a handful of options to allow you to tweak and adjust the theme so that it works exactly as you want. All options work using the Customizer, which means you can preview the changes as you make them, safe in the knowledge that your users won’t see a broken website.

Chronicle also gives you the option to change the layout of the blog posts on the homepage and archive pages.

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Custom Headers and Backgrounds

Chronicle gives you the ability to upload your own header images via Appearance → Header. You can also customize your blog with a background color or image by going to Appearance → Background.

Custom Colors

If you have the WordPress.com Custom Design upgrade then you can freely change the colors on your Chronicle-powered site. Below are some screenshots showing the flexibility of this system.

Widget Areas

Chronicle uses a series of custom sidebars to allow you to keep things flexible. All widget areas will stay invisible if you don’t add any widgets to them.

  • Footer widget area – displays at the bottom of every page on the site.
  • Right sidebar widget area – will display on single posts and pages, but not the homepage or archive pages.

Testimonials

Testimonials from happy customers and clients are important to include on your site to establish trust and encourage potential customers. With Chronicle, you can add testimonials easily by going to Testimonials → Add New. You can also add an optional customer image or logo as a featured image.

Two randomly chosen testimonials appear on the front page so that every testimonial has an equal chance to be seen. All testimonials are displayed in a testimonial archive page. Once you have published a testimonial, you can use the Customizer to edit the page title, add an intro text, and add a featured image.

Custom Templates

Chronicle includes two custom page templates. These give you some additional functionality that you wouldn’t get with a normal theme.

  • Contributors – A list of all of the contributors to your website (great for magazines and other multi-author blogs), sorted accorded to how many posts have been published.
  • Full-Width Page – A normal page with the sidebars removed so you can have content that stretches the full width of the site.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. At full width the main column width is 701 except in the full-width layout where it’s 916.
  2. The sidebar width is 276.
  3. Please keep in mind that this theme is responsive, which means that it changes size as the browser is resized.
  4. The featured post thumbnails (on the homepage) are 345 wide by 210 high.
  5. The smaller post thumbnails are 105 wide by 85 high.
  6. The category archive thumbnail images are 120 square.
  7. All featured images are generated from the same initial image so make sure to keep the focus of the image in the center as the surrounding content may be cropped.
  8. The site logo uses an image sized 120 x 120

Custom Header

Chronicle makes use of WordPress custom header functionality.

Custom Menus

Chronicle has one custom menu area. If there is no custom menu configured, the menu will display a list of your site’s pages. To find out more about how to set up your menus, see the Custom Menu documentation.

Featured Images

Chronicle supports Featured Images on blog posts. To use Featured Images, edit the post you want to add the featured image to — and then find the box labeled “Featured Image”. Click the link titled Set featured image and then either select the image or upload a new one using the options provided. Once selected, click Set featured image. Then click the Update button to save changes to your post.

On the homepage and archive pages the Chronicle featured images are scaled to 600 pixels wide x 300 pixels tall.

Local Languages

Chronicle has full support for both left-to-right and right-to-left languages. For information on translating Chronicle you can check out the translation FAQ here.

Featured Content

Chronicle uses WordPress integrated Featured Content to select the 4 posts that display underneath the slider. This involves choosing a post tag that signifies that your posts are special. When this tag is used, the posts will be displayed at the top of the homepage – separate to the regular blog posts. You can set the featured tag in Appearance → Customize → Featured Content.

To setup Featured Content do the following:

  1. Go to Appearance → Customize → Featured Content.
  2. Enter a tag name for the featured posts – make sure it’s unique and isn’t used anywhere else
  3. Edit the posts that you want to display in the slider and give them the featured tag you have just selected.

Post Slider

A giant slider displays prominently on the homepage. This slider is uses posts with featured images selected from the slider category. The slider category is specified in the Options section of the Customizer.

To change this setting:

  1. Go to Appearance → Customize → Options.
  2. Select the category you want to display from the Homepage Slider Category dropdown box.
  3. Once you’re happy hit save.

Featured Categories

The featured categories display in the 3rd column on the homepage. The categories are selected automatically – the categories are sorted according to the ones that have the most posts in them. Only posts with Featured Images are displayed. You can change the number of categories displayed in the Customizer.

The Homepage Category Summaries can be hidden through the Customizer by setting the Featured Category Amount to 0.

Archive Post Layout

Chronicle lets you select the archive post layout from a selection of three different possibilities. This setting is changed in the Customizer as shown in the image below.

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Social Accounts

Chronicle allows you to add links to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr accounts.

To do this you must first connect these services to Publicize.

Go to Settings → Sharing,  and add connections to your accounts. Once connected, navigate to the Customizer, where you’ll find a new Connect panel.

Select the account(s) you want to link to, and their respective icons will be displayed.

Sidebars

Chronicle has three widget areas. Information on the administration of widget areas can be found here.

All widget areas will hide if there are no widgets to display. The remaining content will resize to fill the empty space.

The footer sidebar is on all pages. The right-hand sidebar is on all pages except the full-width page template. The left-hand sidebar is displayed on the homepage, blog posts, and regular pages.

Testimonials

Two randomly chosen testimonials appear on the front page so that every testimonial has an equal chance to be seen. All testimonials are displayed in a testimonial archive page. Once you have published a testimonial, you can use the Customizer to edit the page title, add an intro text, and add a featured image.