We’ve worked hard to make Photobug easy to use and set up on your site. We’ve also included these instructions to help you get up and running. If you have any questions that aren’t covered in the instructions, please feel free to ask for help in our forum.
When setting up the theme, the first place you’ll want to go is the the Theme Options page. To get there go to the Appearance section of your WordPress control panel and select Theme Options. There are two tabs here; the fist is for “General Options” and the second is for “Styling.”
First up is the option to use the site’s title or an image logo at the top of your site. To use an image, just select image and then upload your logo in the place provided. If you select text, the theme will use the site’s title which is set on the Settings>General page.
Below the logo area, you can upload a favicon (the small image that appears next to your web address in many browsers) as well as an Apple iOS icon. Both of these are optional but can enhance your user’s experience with your site.
Next you can set the text for the left-hand side of the footer. Just enter the text you’d like to have displayed here.
The “About Me” widget has an optional MailChimp sign up box. If you’d like to use it, you’ll need to paste your MailChimp API key and the List ID into the fields provided. You can get both of these items from inside your MailChimp account.
Lastly, there is an option to include PressTrends. This is a simple data collection service that aggregates usage of the theme (what version is used, what WordPress version is used, how many plugins and how many total comments). All of the data collected is anonymous and none of your content is collected. Participation is voluntary, but by participating you do help us make better themes.
The styling tab lets you adjust the appearance of the theme to fit your needs. First up is an option to choose between a light and a dark style. This will set the overall shade of the site to either mostly white or mostly black. Below that you can choose between ten built-in lightbox styles.
The remainder of the styling options are controlled by the question to “Include custom styling.” If you’d like to use the rest, be sure to select “yes” to include custom styling. From there you can choose a header and site background image/color. You can also use the selectors to pick many of the colors that are used in the theme. The last option lets you add in any Custom CSS so you can change the theme without having to modify the stylesheet directly.
The heart of Photobug is posting. You can choose between the default, image, gallery and video post formats. On every post there is an option to select between these formats as well as options for the layout.
Image Post Format
This post format uses WordPress’ “Featured Image” to display an image you choose. After selecting the image, you can choose it’s position relative to the text on an archive page by selecting “Image on Top,” “Image on Left,” or “Image on Right.” You can always change this later.
Gallery Post Format
Like the Image Post Format, the Gallery format can use a featured image (which will appear above the page title). You can also choose to have the thumbnail gallery positioned to the left, right or below the text when in the archive view. You can also choose to have all your images displayed at the bottom of your post, just above the commenting section.
All images uploaded on a post will be included in the gallery except for the “featured image” so there is no duplication. Images do not have to be inserted into the post to be visible, just uploaded there.
Video Post Format
To use the video post format, just select that option and then paste the embed code from the service of your choice (like YouTube or Vimeo) into the box provided. Photobug will take care of displaying it for you. It also makes your video responsive so it will adapt to your visitor’s device.
The portfolio template is easy to use. Just create a page that you’d like to use for it. Any content you enter will be displayed above the actual portfolio images. Be sure to select the portfolio page template from the drop-down menu in the right hand column under page templates.
To add images, you may upload them at any point in the site. As you’re uploading, you’ll notice an option to include that image on the portfolio page. Just select yes to include it and the theme will take care of the rest.
There are six sidebars that are defined in the theme. You can drag widgets from the center area and add them to the sidebars of your choice. If you’d like to have one sidebar across the entire site, then you can use the default sidebar. It will appear on any page when another sidebar isn’t specified.
We created a header widget location so you could add content to your header. In the demo we are using the Twitter Widget Pro plugin to show our latest Tweets. You can read about how to set that up in this post.
That’s essentially the theme. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.