Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Max Magazine options: Homepage settings, part of Start with a Theme: Magazine Styles in WordPress.
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When you activate a more advanced theme like Max magazine, you'll often find that in addition to the standard customization options that you find in most WordPress themes you also have additional theme options. The Theme Options are usually found under your Dashboard under Appearance. If you go to Appearance you should see either Theme Options or theme customization or customization or something like that. That's where you want to go to see what's available in terms of Theme Options, and this varies greatly from theme to theme.
In the case of Max magazine, we have a lot of theme options and most of them have to do with the front page. When you go to Theme Options, you see we have these options down here, and if you open Homepage Settings you'll see there are lots of options for the Homepage. From the top we have the Logo URL, we have a Favicon URL, and we have a Custom RSS URL. So I want to add in a Custom Logo, because if you remember, open this in a separate tab, the logo on the site right now is the Max magazine logo.
I also want to add in a Favicon, because right now my browser is still remembering the website we were working on earlier, so the Favicon for the site is wrong. I want to add a new Favicon but I have to create one first. Unfortunately Max magazine doesn't allow you to upload your logo URL directly, so I am going to show you a little trick here. Because I need to copy a URL and paste it in here, what I am going to do is open the Media panel in a separate tab and then I'll upload my logo here and then grab the URL.
So I'll go Select Files, navigate to my desktop, and find the logo I want to use, this is a transparent PNG. Once it's uploaded, I'm going to go down here under File URL and copy the URL for the file. Then I'll go back to my Theme Options and paste that logo in. I'll Save that change, reload my page, and now you'll see my new logo appears in place of the Max magazine logo.
I also want to do the same with the Favicon, but first I have to create my Favicon. On my desktop I already have the graphic I want, but it's a PNG file. What I need for the Favicon is an ICO file instead. So, now I am going to a site where I can create this ICO file, it's called xiconeditor. There are tons of these sites out there, you just have to find one that you like. At xiconeditor I'll click Import to import the file, and I'll upload the file that I want to convert, I'll size it the way I want, click OK, and from here I can edit the image if I want to, or I can simply go to Export and download the icon.
Now that's it's on my computer, I'll open the folder so I can see where it is, and I'll grab the address for the folder then I'll go back to Upload New Media files in WordPress and add a new media file right here by going to Select Files, and I'll paste in the location and then find Favicon, click Open. The Favicon is uploaded into WordPress, then I'll again go and grab the URL, go back to Theme Options > Homepage Settings and paste in the Favicon URL.
When I now save this and reload my page, you'll see that the Favicon changed to this Boulder Rocks logo. In addition to the Logo URL and Favicon URL you can also add in a Custom RSS URL. This is only if you have a Custom RSS feed that's separate from your regular RSS feed in WordPress, so in most cases you don't need to this. Directly underneath that you can Enable or Disable the slider, the Carousel, and Featured Categories on your front page.
If you go back to the front page you can see we have a slider at the top here, then we have a Carousel, which shows a series of posts, and then underneath we have Featured Categories. Well, we don't have Featured Categories yet, but we can activate Featured Categories if you want to. So let's see what happens if I turn off the slider and the Carousel. I'll simply uncheck these two boxes, reload my front page, and now you see we only have the posts.
I can also try to assign Featured Categories instead, so I'll go in here, and now I'll say I want Events and Food and Outdoors as my Featured Categories. I'll click Save Settings, reload the front page, and now you see each of my Featured Categories gets its own section. Here is the first story of the Events category and the second story, here is the first story of the Foods category and the second and the third and so on and so on down, and then when we were done with all the featured categories then we get the regular post.
So what you're seeing here is by toggling the slider, the Carousel, and the Featured Categories on and off and maybe selecting specific categories to displaying each of them, you can create a highly-customized front page that fits your exact needs. It also means that if you have a new story you want to feature, you can add it in the Carousel and feature it and then later you can take the Carousel out when you don't want it. With this theme you have a lot of flexibility, and you can customize your front page to fit almost every need.
And just like with everything else in WordPress, always remember that anything you do is not permanent, so you always have the opportunity to change something later if you don't like it, or if you want to add a new feature.
- Adding content
- Providing roles and access levels for multiple authors
- Setting up an about page and a contact form
- Installing and activating each theme
- Customizing themes
- Using custom Max Magazine widgets
- Setting up the Oxygen front page
- Configuring widgets and menus in Path
- Getting the word out with social media sharing