An introduction to Prelude Lite

Prelude Lite is ideal for personal bloggers wanting a modern design concept that puts more focus on your content with clean lines and open space. This theme is loaded with features with over 120 theme option settings built into the WordPress customizer. Although you can use this theme for a business website, it was designed for bloggers, especially bloggers who love adding photos to their posts.

Key Features

  • Mobile Responsive
  • Unlimited Colours
  • 3 Blog Styles and Layouts
  • 2 Full Post styles
  • 5 Page Templates
  • 6 Boxed Layouts
  • 20 Sidebar Positions
  • Custom Page Backgrounds
  • Typography Management
  • 3 Menu Locations
  • Social Networking
  • Show & Hide Page Elements
  • Adjustable Left Sidebar Width
  • Jetpack Compatible
  • Scheme.org Microdata
  • Excerpt option
  • Google Mobile Friendly 100%
  • Live Preview Customizer
  • Font Awesome Icons
  • Custom Error 404 Page

The Premium Version of Prelude Lite

If you want more theme features and flexibility, you may want to consider getting the premium (pro) version called Prelude. However, I should note that this is not a direct upgrade to Prelude Lite, so you will need to install the pro version separately and redo your options and settings. If you decide to opt in for the pro version, it’s best to check out the comparison between the two and decide if you want more features and functions.

The Importance of a Child Theme

This is often missed in documentation, but it’s also a very IMPORTANTpart of building your website with any of our themes. Before you get started, you need to give serious thought on whether you plan to make any theme custom changes to the files or code (other than just CSS) now or later in time. I would recommend you read more about child themes:

Child Theme Info

Then there’s my blog article: 

Why a Child Theme is Smart

Long story short, if you plan to use a child theme, you can install the premade one that came with your theme package download. Install it, activate it, and do all your theme option settings from there. Make sure your parent theme “Prelude Lite” is installed first.

Recommended Plugins

Although not required, the following list of plugins will help give you a more enhanced theme like you see from the theme’s demo website.

  • Better Font Awesome – to add the ability to insert icons into your page or post content with an editor icon generator button
  • Breadcrumb NavXT – For creating breadcrumb navigation
  • Contact Form 7 – For creating forms like the “Contact” form on the demo site
  • Display Widgets – If you’re not using Jetpack, this plugin lets you publish widgets on select pages
  • Hide Title – Lets you hide page or post titles from the post editor screen
  • TinyMCE Advanced – A more robust editor with additional features and better editing of pages and posts
  • HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter – Displays HTML code in the editor’s text HTML view (Compliments the TinyMCE Advanced Editor)
  • Remove Widget Titles – Allows you to keep a title on your widget for the admin side, but hides it on the front-end. Perfect for banner images and sliders
  • Simple Custom CSS – Gives you the ability to override the theme CSS styles without losing your changes when a theme update comes along. Ideal if you don’t use Jetpack which has it’s own module for Custom CSS.
  • Image Widget – Makes adding an image to a sidebar easy

Most of the setup tutorials for this theme will go through most if not all the plugins listed above and to give you a brief introduction of each one and how I used them in the theme’s demo website. Again, the plugins above are recommended, but to achieve everything on the demo site, it’s best to take advantage of each one in your site.

Why Are these Plugins Not Built-in?

Some people may wonder why the above plugins and functions are not built into this theme (or any theme). The main reason is that maintaining a theme with all of that in it would be an absolute nightmare and become too overwhelming for most users. The best way, and a way that the people at WordPress strongly recommends (and requires), is that these kinds of functions should be “Plugin” based. It also makes it much easier to update a theme as needed, and when a single plugin has an update, it makes it much easier to update them individually.

NOTE My recommendation is to take it slow when putting your site together with this theme and try not to rush development. Remember that a theme is only a foundation, so what you do with your website and its content is going to be up to you to become creative and to customize it to your specific needs.

 Start Setting Up Your Theme With the Basics

Before we delve deep into the setup tutorials for the main features and functions of this theme, I recommend you check out the Basic Theme Setup tutorials first. Here you will find information about creating your main menu, social links, learning about publishing widgets to select pages, and a lot more!

These tutorials are common throughout our themes, although some might have a few differences, for the most part they are the same. If you run into any problems, you can post your support questions in our support forum for the theme that you are using.

Basic Theme Setup