Aquene is a stylish and lightweight theme crafted for magazines, newspapers, or personal blogs. A modern layout and quick customization options make it the perfect choice for any publisher.
Flexible Blog Layout
With Aquene, you can change your blog layout in seconds. Blog posts automatically in a two-column grid if you add widgets to the sidebar, or in a three-column grid when the sidebar widget area is empty. You can also change the sidebar’s position in the Customizer.
Aquene supports Featured Content, which helps you engage readers by highlighting important posts. There are two Featured Content sections:
- Primary: displays two posts along with their title, category, and author’s name, with the post’s featured image as a background.
- Secondary: displays three posts with their title and author’s name, with a round thumbnail image (created automatically) next to the titles.
Aquene was created with great attention to typography to offer a distraction-free reading experience. Special formatting for introductions, drop caps, and pull quotes let you use styling to guide readers through your posts and pages.
Multiple Color Palettes
Aquene includes six free featured color palettes. (For unlimited colors and fonts, upgrade to the Premium or Business plans.)
The Sticky Header allows readers to access the website’s header content, like navigation menus, without scrolling up. On the blog, archives, and pages, the sticky header displays navigation links; on single posts, the sticky header displays the title of the post and a reading progress bar.
Aquene comes with three Custom Menu locations:
- Header Menu — located next to the site title.
- Footer Menu — located at the bottom of your site.
- Social Menu — displays social media links at the top right of your site and at the top right of your footer.
Multiple Widget Areas
Aquene comes with two widget areas: one in the sidebar, and one in the footer. The footer widget areas display once you add widgets to them.
Whether using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, Aquene’s responsive design gives all your visitors a consistently beautiful experience.
Theme also supports other features such as Site Logo, Featured Images, Custom Background, and Content Options.
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):
- The main column width is up to
- The optional sidebar is up to
- Recommended featured image width is
- Recommended featured image height is at least
- The Site Logo will display up to
100 tall and
500 wide; larger logo sizes are recommended as they will display sharper on retina devices.
If the sidebar widget area is empty, your main blog page will have a three-column layout. We recommend setting six, nine, or 12 posts per page in order to avoid gaps. You can configure the number of posts displayed in the WP Admin dashboard at Settings → Reading, next to “Blog pages show at most.”
Note: This setting is in the WP Admin dashboard, which you can reach by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site address (e.g.: yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/wp-admin)
Aquene allows you to display selected posts in a featured area above the blog. These posts are selected by assigning them a specific tag of your choosing.
To set the tag to use in the Featured Content section, follow these steps:
- Navigate to Customizer → Featured Content.
- In the Tag name field, add the tag you’ll use on posts to be displayed as Featured Content. For example, you could use the tag featured. Click Save & Publish.
- Add the same tag to the posts (or pages) you want to display in the Featured Content area.
Setting the Sidebar Position
Aquene will display a sidebar if widgets are assigned to the Sidebar widget area. The sidebar will be on the right by default, but you can move it to the left:
- In the Customizer, go to Theme Options.
- Select the desired alignment from the Sidebar Position drop-down menu.
- Click Save & Publish.
Aquene includes two widget areas which allow you to add extra content to your site:
- Sidebar: displayed on the right or left side.
- Footer: displayed at the bottom of your site.
If there are no widgets in the sidebar area, the theme automatically adjusts to a three-column layout on the blog and archives and a one-column layout for single posts and pages.
If the sidebar area has widgets, then the theme will have a two-column layout.
Header and Footer custom menus can be configured via My Sites → Menus.
Aquene supports a social links menu that uses icons in both the header and footer to connect your readers to your social media profiles.
The following sites will automatically display their icons in your menu:
- Stumble Upon
- RSS feed
Create or edit a page, and use the Page Attributes box to assign it the Full-Width Page template.
Aquene supports Featured Images on both posts and pages. Each post’s Featured Image will be displayed under its header. If a post or page doesn’t have a Featured Image assigned to it, the theme displays a gray placeholder box on the blog and archives pages.
Aquene offers a series of custom styles:
The introduction text is displayed in a larger, bold font between the headline and body of a post. TO display introduction text, add your intro to the Excerpt field of each post, which you’ll find in the More Options area of the Post Editor sidebar.
In order to have a pull quote in your content area, simply add a class of
alignright to a
You can highlight your quote or sentence by adding it in a pull quote and wrap the text in a blockquote tag with the CSS class of pull-left or pull-right.
A drop cap is a large letter at the beginning of a paragraph. To add a drop cap, simply wrap the first letter of your paragraph with a “span” tag that has “dropcap” class.
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