Looking for a clean and sophisticated magazine theme? One that elegantly showcases the best of your blog? With a Featured Post slideshow, multiple color schemes, multiple menus, control over post excerpting, and a clean design, Headlines might just be it!
Easy to Customize
Headlines comes with an extensive set of theme options that make it easy to fit Headlines to your site’s unique personality. From Appearance → Theme Options you can set the color scheme of your site with one click and also take total control of the animated Featured Post slideshow. You can even choose to have your sidebar on the left or right side of your site.
15 Exciting Color Schemes
As noted above, Headlines has multiple color schemes—15 of them! Just one more feature that can help make Headlines the perfect fit for your site.
Two Customizable Menus
Headlines also has two menu areas: a traditional page menu and a second menu that lists your categories. You can take control of these two areas in Appearance → Menus by creating your own custom menus and assigning them to either menu location.
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):
- The main column width is
588 except in the full-width layout where it’s
- The sidebar width is
Headlines theme documentation
Adding a logo
You can add an image logo to your Headlines header space very easily by navigating to your Appearance → Theme Options in your WordPress backend and select the General Settings tab. Then click on the Upload button under the Custom Logo header.
Adding your latest tweet to the header space
With Headlines you can display your latest tweet in the header space, to the right of your logo. To set this up navigate to the Appearance → Theme Options then click on the Layout Options and add your twitter username there. Click Save Changes and it should start working immediately.
example of how the layout options are set in our Headlines demo site
Setting up your navigation menus
By default the Headlines themes displays two navigation menus below your header space, the top navigation menu is reserved for your WordPress pages, whilst the one directly below is reserved for your blog post categories.
With Headlines you however also have the option to disable any one of these menus under the Appearance → Theme Options → Navigation panel.
how to disable these navigation menus
You also can overwrite these two navigation menus with menus that consist of pages, categories and external links all combined in whatever order you like.
Find out more about this on the WordPress.com Custom Menu documentation page.
In the secondary navigation you can enable Category Descriptions if you are only using categories in this navigation. To do this, go to WP Menus and click Screen Options in the upper right corner and then click each parent category and fill out the description.
where to enable category descriptions in WP Menus
Setting up your home page featured slider
Navigate to your Appearance → Theme Options in your WordPress backend and select the Featured Slider tab. Then tick the Show the featured panel on the front page.
To pull through posts into this featured slider you must tag your blog posts with a specific tag, for example in our demo we’ve used “featured” as the tag. We set the posts to have this tag and then in theme options panel we specified this tag. You can have more than one tag to pull posts from, just make sure the tags are separated by commas.
example of how we’ve tagged a post with the “featured” tag in our Headlines demo site
You also have the option to show the featured banner in the top left of the post graphics, animate the slider and set auto heights for the slides.
example of how the featured slider theme options are set in our Headlines demo site
Setting your featured image for your posts
On our demo you will see a thumbnail next to each post, as well as a featured image in each slide of the featured slider on the home page. To set this image, you need to add your image/s to your blog post and then in the Featured Image form, to the right of the WYSIWYG editor, select a particular image to be the one used in the slides and as a thumbnail in the post view.
example of how the featured image is assigned to a post
Moving your sidebar from the right to the left of your theme
With Headlines you can move the sidebar to the left of the content, instead of as how it appears by default after being activated to the right of the content. To set this up navigate to the Appearance → Theme Options then tick the Show sidebar on the left instead of right checkbox.