Prelude 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 140 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.
As with most themes, you get sidebars to publish widgets to. This theme offers up to 28 sidebar positions. This introduction and tutorial is in two parts, one for the actual sidebars and the other redirects you to a more indepth introduction of how sidebars work…specifically dynamic sidebars.
With this theme, you can change the “Copyright” name in the footer. By default, it’s setup to show this:
When you perform a clean install of this theme, your default setting is to show a Site Title in your header instead of a logo. Because of the design of this theme, it was created to use a text based title due to the limited space you have for logos (particularily large logos). However, when it comes to adding a logo, you will need to venture into the Customizer to perform this task. Currently, you have the following options available:
With Prelude, you get two (2) header style options.
With Prelude, you get six (6) page widths, sometimes referred to as a “boxed layout“.
- Full Width (default)
- Boxed Width 1800px
- Boxed Width 1700px
- Boxed Width 1600px
- Boxed Width 1400px
- Boxed Width 1300px
This theme is designed with the Bootstrap grid layout, so if we take the full width page template as an example, your main content will have a standard width of 1190px. This theme is also responsive, so this will of course reduce in size as your viewing window decreases, but your boxed widths will max out to the sizes you see listed above. As your window shrinks, the smaller boxed widths will become full width of your browser window. Ultimately, the boxed sizes are quite large and are best suited for larger screen resolutions.
Prelude comes with several blog styles that you can take advantage of, including a few extra customizing options for various elements relating to the blog. More on this in a moment, but to get started, we will look at our blog styles in relation to the screenshots you see below.
As it is a common feature with all of our themes here at Shaped Pixels, you can customize your colours for Emotions with ton of selectors that are found in the Customizer. Although most elements can be customized, there still may be a few that don’t have selectors, so creating some custom CSS might be required.
When we say “page background“, we are referring to the overall page, not the content area. For example, here is a screenshot where the page background is using a photo and the page width is using a boxed setting of 1600px.
Not a common feature in a theme, but Prelude is the first for Shaped Pixels to let you adjust the amount of top and bottom space for your main content area. In the past, I’ve noticed that there have been several theme users wanting to change the amount of spacing at the top of their page content, so I decided to implement a new setting for this.