Panel is a sleek, modern theme that makes publishing a serial webcomic effortless. With large featured images, bold typography, and a responsive layout, it’s a stylish way to publish your latest strip.
In addition to standard blog posts, Panel has a new type of post just for comics. You’ll find the Comics menu in your Dashboard, just below the Posts menu:
Creating a new Comics post is as easy as drag-and-drop: simply open the public side of your site and drag your image file into the browser window (or go to Comics → Add New in your Dashboard), then add a title, tags, categories, or an optional description – and you’re done!
Here’s a video showing how to drag and drop comics from the front end of your site:
Comics will display with custom navigation beneath, so users can easily browse your strip’s archives:
If you have several posts with comic content, you can convert them to Comics in bulk, using the Convert to Comic feature:
You can feature specific posts on Panel‘s home page following these steps:
- Tag any posts you want to feature with a specific Tag of your choosing (i.e., “Featured”).
- Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Featured Content and type in the Tag name you chose in Step 1.
- Save your settings, and your selected posts now appear on the home page.
If no Featured Content is selected, your latest posts will be displayed in this area.
Custom Header & Featured Header Images
If you want a bolder look for your blog, set a Custom Header under Appearance → Header. Your selected image will display as a full-width banner across the top of your posts and pages, with the content overlaid on top. If a Featured Image is set for a post or page, it will display in place of your Custom Header as a Featured Header Image.
You can add links to your Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr accounts to your site’s footer. First, connect these services to Publicize, by going to Settings → Sharing. 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 appear in your site’s footer, like so:
Panel has a Primary Sidebar that appears on posts and pages (except when using the full-width page template), but not on Comics. The theme also has three optional Footer Sidebars that display across the whole site. These can be configured by going to Appearance → Widgets.
Full-Width Page Template
If you would like to remove the sidebar from a Page, assign it the Full Width, No Sidebar template under Page Attributes.
Panel has a single, primary custom menu area in the header, that can be set up by going to Appearance → Menus.
You can add a Comics archive link to your menu using a Custom Link:
Users can also access your Comics via an RSS feed at:
(Don’t forget to replace “yoursitename.wordpress.com” with your own URL!)
The background color or image can be customized under Appearance → Background.
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)
- The main column width is
750except in the full-width layout where it’s
- The Comic content column width is
- The Primary sidebar width is
- The Footer Sidebar widths are
- Featured Header Images are
- Comic Featured Images are
940wide with unlimited height.
- Featured Images on the front page are
300pixels square, cropped.