Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WOOTHEMES: Object Theme Docs - How To

Adding photos and Video

In Object, you can add either photos or video to your post. Before uploading photos, you should check that you have the setting Automatic Image Thumbs set under Dynamic Image Resizer in your Object options 
  1. Go to Post -> Add New to create a new post.
  2. Click on the Add an Image image button above your post window.
  3. Select images to upload, and click Save Changes after you have finished uploading. (Don’t click insert into post). Your images are now added to the Gallery
  4. Click Save Changes or click the “X” to close the upload box. Your images are now added to your post and photo gallery!

Adding videos

Follow the same procedure as above to add a photo to your post, that will appear on the front page and archive pages. Then to add a video you simply paste your video embed code in the embed field under the post window in the Custom Settings.


Custom Object Widgets

Object includes 5 widgetized spaces, along with custom, Object-specific widgets to allow you more customisation options. Here’s a brief run-down of both the widget areas and custom widgets:
Widgetized Spaces
  • Footer 1-3;
  • Photo Sidebar (left); and
  • Blog Sidebar (right)
Note: You will need to go to Design > Widgets to add any widgets to these spaces. By default the theme will not display anything in these spaces, until you add your own widgets.
Custom widgets
The theme includes 4 custom widgets that you can add to your widgetized area:
  • Woo – About (About widget for use in Footer);
  • Woo – Recent (Recent posts used in Footer);
  • Woo – Popular (Popular posts used in Footer);
  • Woo – Flickr;
  • Woo – Search;

Page Templates

Custom Page Templates

This theme comes bundled with unique page templates for some additional functionality to your WooThemes powered website. Below is a list of some of the page templates available across our themes. Please note they are not all bundled with all our themes.
  • Archives (template-archives.php) - Displays all categories, monthly archives, popular tags and the 30 latest posts
  • Sitemap (template-sitemap.php) - An alternative to some WordPress plugins out there, this page template will create a sitemap, which you can use for SEO & user-usability purposes.
  • Full Width (template-fullwidth.php) – A full width page template without the sidebar.
  • Image Gallery (template-imagegallery.php) * - Displays the images you have associated with your posts in an image gallery, linking back to the original article
  • Contact Form (template-contact.php)* – A page with a contact form on it so that a web visitor can email you. Please note you will have to add your email address to the theme option’s panel of the theme to make sure it is set up correctly.
* This page template isn’t included in all themes

Sidebar Manager

SBM Overview

The Sidebar Manager (SBM) enables you to create a unique sidebar — or widgetized area — for specific pages of your site. You can now customize each page with specific content and widgets that are relative to the content on that page.
In fact, the Sidebar Manager enables you to create new widget areas for use on specific pages, page templates, and archives throughout your theme.
More information on the Sidebar Manager can be found in the WooCodex.


WordPress Menus and how to use them

All our WooThemes work seamlessly with the WordPress 3.0 addition of “menus”. Thanks to WordPress menus, which was originally built by WooThemes and named WooNav before being committed to core, you can add any page, category, or link item to your navigation menu (overwriting what usually might have been a category only or page only navigation).

To build your own menu simply navigate to Appearance > Menus in your WordPress backend, create your menu and choose which custom menu to associate it with, or you can use widgets to put custom menus in a widgetized area of the theme.
The WordPress menus functionality is well documented on the WordPress codex –



Included in the WooFramework are some custom shortcodes that you can use in all our themes. Shortcodes make it simple to insert elements like buttons, boxes, columns etc. without any knowledge how to code HTML. Shortcodes work in posts, pages and even widgets. For extensive overview on all available shortcodes and usage you can check the WooCodex Shortcodes page.

How to use Shortcodes

The Shortcode Generator functionality adds a button to the WYSIWYG post/page editor in your WordPress back-end, which allows you to access all of the WooFramework’s shortcodes in a one-click fashion. You can then tweak the attributes and settings for the various shortcodes and drop them into your post. Quick and easy. Instead of having to type out the shortcodes in your post – like you had to do in the past – you can now tweak them live and even see a preview in real-time, before adding them to your content. Magic.

The Woo Shortcodes Icon in the WYSIWYG page/post editor

The shortcodes allow for further diversity and aesthetics to your actual blog post and page layouts.


Video overview

Overwhelmed by SEO? It can be a complicated topic, but it is all important. Make sure your WooThemes powered website is optimized for search engines following this comprehensive video tutorial.

Getting started

WooSEO (SEO standing for Search Engine Optimization) will give you an immediate edge over your competition. This out of the box functionality will have your site optimized for Google, and other search engine results with a few clicks, helping you climb the rankings for keywords you want to be registered under.
SEO is by no means an easy skill to master, but getting the basics right is a great start to getting healthy traffic to your website.

Using 3rd party data

When using the Woothemes SEO functionality most users will prefer to disable any other 3rd party SEO plugins that they might have been using beforehand. In an effort to salvage any data previously added to posts with these plugins, this setting will enable WooSEO to use that data and make switching over easy and effortless.
Please note that the only supported plugins at this stage are the “All-in-One SEO” and “Headspace 2” plugins. All data is extracted from post custom fields and does not take preference over data added to WooSEO custom fields.

Page Titles

What are page titles?

This section controls the Page titles () of your theme.
Separator – This is what will appear between selected parts of your title segments.
Blog title & Blog Description – Also found in the Theme settings pages, you can quickly update your blogs main title and it’s description for use all over you site.
Use woo_title()Recommended. Give yourself more control with the woo_title function. Enable this option to uncover a range of new options to modify your page titles.
Disable Custom Titles – This option voids any previously added custom page titles, and only uses the woo_title() basic output, ensuring that your page titles are uniform and predictable across your site.
Paged Variable – When browsing your site, this variable will appear when you page throughout your archives. Classically this comes into play when viewing older posts on a page and you get “Page 2″ of the browsing results. This variable lets you customize the word that gets used in the Pagination process.
Paged Variable Position – Choose to have the paging variable to appear before, or after the generated page title.
Homepage, Single, Page & Archive Title Layout – Select from the options available how you want to have your page title’s formatted when displaying on various templates and archives.


What is meta?

Meta information on your site helps search engines crawl and index your site. It also helps with adding value to your pages, resulting in better rankings in search engines. Typical meta tags for example, gets added to the head of your site serving many kinds of purposes.

Indexing Meta

Archive Indexing – Any WordPress site can have several archives to find/categorize posts. Be it by category, date, tags, search, etc. and all get indexed by search engines. This can create issues as search engines are forced to index pages containing the same data, thus diluting the overall value of keywords.
By default we have set the Archive indexing to the “category archives” so to focus in on more valuable sections of your site, in the words telling search engines only to index the selected archives.

Making Robots Follow

By default single.php and page.php pages do not let search engines follow any outbound links from the these, “Singular” types of pages, thus letting them focus in on your content, and not somebody else’s. If you did want search engines to follow links from singular pages, this option will let you do that.

Description Meta

Homepage Description

Off – Have no meta description for your homepage.
From WP Site Description – Add your site’s description (also used in page titles) to the homepage description
From Custom Homepage Description – Add a description (text area found below) to your site’s homepage meta description.

Single Post/Page Description

Off – Have no meta description for your post/page.
From Custom Field and/or Plugins – Add custom descriptions to posts and pages from the fields given in the edit backend. This option will also extract data from posts added via plugins.
When a post has been created previously with data from 3rd party plugins, this option will extract the data and use it when available.
Automatically from Post/Page Content – Choose to generate descriptions from the content already available on in the post or page. It will use content from the first segment of your content.

Keyword Meta

Homepage Keywords

Off – Have no meta keywords on your homepage.
From custom Homepage Keywords – This will add keywords (from the texture below) into you homepage keywords meta.

Single Post/Page Keywords

Off – Have no keywords on Posts or Pages.
From Custom Field and/or Plugins – Add custom descriptions to posts and pages from the SEO settings panel on your post/page admin. This option will also extract data from post added via plugins. When a post has been created previously with data from 3rd party plugins, this option will extract the data and use it when available.
Automatically from Post Tags & Categories – Generate keywords automatically from the current posts Tags and Categories. (Posts Only)

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