Linen

$79

By The Theme Foundry

Linen screenshot

Linen is a clean and flexible magazine style theme with some exciting personalization and customization options. Features include: custom typography (fonts), custom background image or colors, featured post slider, and built in featured images.

Typography Options

Linen gives you complete control over your typography. Choose from seven accent fonts and eight different body fonts from the convenience of your Theme Options panel. Mix and match until you find the perfect style for your blog.

Linen typography options

Custom Background

Combine a custom background with your custom fonts and and match your blog to your brand or personality. You have the option to choose a background color or set a custom background image.

Linen typography options

Featured Post Slider

Showcase top posts on your front page by enabling the featured post slider under Appearance → Theme Options. From there you can turn on autostart, change the start delay, and adjust the slide animation speed.

To add a post to the slider, simply mark it as Sticky in the post’s visibility settings.

Post Thumbnails

Linen makes it easy to add photos to your posts. When you add a featured image three different thumbnails will automatically be displayed across your theme: a medium-sized version (300 pixels by 225 pixels) is displayed at the top of your posts, a small version (95 pixels by 95 pixels) is used on your “index” pages, and a large version is shown in the featured post slider (652 pixels by 300 pixels) if that post is marked as Sticky.

Theme Options: Logo, Layout, and Subscribe Links

Linen’s Theme Options menu give you the flexibility to make all kind of design changes to your theme. With the click of a button you can easily: remove the footer or sidebar across your entire site, add a custom logo image, or add handcrafted icons to your sidebar (RSS, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook).

Custom Page Templates

Linen includes two different page templates to further customize your site. The full-width page template allows you more space by hiding the sidebar, and the left-sidebar layout lets you quickly switch up the styling of a specific page.

Help and additional information

If you need help with Linen be sure to read through the documentation by clicking the Support button at the top of the sidebar on this page. You can also ask us questions in the WordPress.com Linen support forum.

Looking to buy Linen for a self hosted WordPress.org website? The Theme Foundry builds WordPress templates for WordPress.org and you can purchase the Linen theme for WordPress.org directly from their website.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width is 620 except in the full-width layout where it's 920.
  2. Featured images sizes are 652 by 300 for large image in featured slider, 300 by 225 for normal post thumbnail, and 95 by 95 for small thumbnails in the index view.

Using the featured slider

The featured slider is super simple to use once you get the hang of it. Below are some guidelines to help you get the slider setup and looking good.

  • To add a post to the featured slider, you’ll want to mark the post as Sticky.
  • The description on the button in the sidebar of the slider (underneath the title) is pulled from the post content.
  • Next, be sure to add a “read more” tag to your post so your entire post doesn’t show up in the feature box.
  • Finally, set a featured image to your post.
  • Once your posts are properly formatted, feel free set a custom autostart and animation speed from the theme options.

Theme Options

Linen has a handful of theme options that you can access by going to Appearance → Customize → Theme. Here is a brief rundown of the settings in the Theme menu.

The first option in the Theme Options menu will be Custom logo image. Click the “Enable custom logo image” checkbox to turn on this feature. Once the feature is on, click the Upload Logo button to upload your logo using the Media Uploader.

Featured Slider Settings

This section gives you more control over the feature slider.  From here you can choose where to display the slider, the speed and whether to hide or display sticky posts.

Add Subscriber Icons

To add social media icons to your site, simply click the checkbox next to each service you wish to use. Once you have enabled each service, update the textboxes  below with your links. With the exception of Twitter, be sure to enter the full URL to your sites. Only the links you add will show up in the header.

Changing Your Fonts

In the Typography area you will be able to choose an Accent font and a Body font.

To disable the built-in custom fonts  set your Accent font to Helvetica and your Body font to Georgia. Once the fonts have been disabled follow the normal instructions for using Typekit with WordPress.com.

Changing Your Layout

The layout settings allow you to disable your site’s sidebar or footer area. To disable an area just click the checkbox and save your settings.

Custom Background

The Custom Background feature is fully supported by Linen. More information and directions regarding this feature can be found on the Custom Background support page.

Looking for the self hosted WordPress.org version?

Browse our self hosted WordPress themes at The Theme Foundry website.