Shortnotes Documentation

A setup guide and general information to help you get the most out of your new theme.

This document covers the installation, set up, and use of this theme and provides answers and solutions to common problems and issues. We encourage you to read this document thoroughly if you are experiencing any difficulties.

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Set-up guide and general information.

  1. Getting Started
  2. Theme Features
  3. Custom Post Formats
  4. Custom Menus
  5. Theme Options
  6. Custom Widgets
  7. Custom Page Templates
  8. Setting Post Thumbnail
  9. PrettyPhoto Lightbox
  10. Shortcodes

1. Getting Started

To install this theme, you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. For information in regard to installing the WordPress platform, please see the WordPress Codex –

When you are ready to install a theme, you must first upload the theme files and then activate the theme itself. The theme files can be uploaded in two ways:

Once the theme is uploaded, you need to activate it. Go to Appearance > Themes and activate your chosen theme.

Once activated, a new menu item will appear on the left admin menu, named “Theme Options”. It’s important to click that menu item and   “Save” the default options.


2. Theme Features

The theme comes with a built-in function to replace the default WordPress login logo. To replace the default login logo, replace admin-login-logo.png with your chosen image in the themes /images/ folder. Upload the new image to your server via FTP and the new logo will become visible on the WordPress login screen.

The theme comes with tons of features that you can control easily via our user-friendly theme admin panel. You can find these features below:


3.Custom Post Formats

This theme supports different post formats used to customize the content presentation of posts. You can choose the post format on the Add New post page, from the right hand side panel. Depending on the chosen format the edit area changes, displaying different fields related to the selected format.

3.1 Standard post

It is the default post format, the content will be displayed exactly the way you enter it on the editor.

3.2. Aside post

Asides are usually small texts, notes, quick thoughts etc., it will be displayed without a title.

3.3 Gallery post

Gallery of images displayed as a slider. Once you select this format, on the editing area a new panel will be available where you can add or delete images that will appear on the gallery. You can still add text content that will be displayed after the gallery.

3.4 Image post

Once you select this format, on the editing area a new panel will be available where you can add the image. The image will be the main focus of the post, but we can still add some description text on the editor  that will be available on the details page. Image will be displayed first.

3.5 Link post

A link you may want to highlight. Once selected, on the editing area the editor will be hidden and additional fields will be available, for link URL and optional description. The link title will be the title of the post.

3.6 Quote post

A quotation. Once selected, on the editing area the editor will be hidden and additional fields will be available, for quote text and author. The actual post title will not be displayed on the site.

3.7 Video post

Allows you to post self-hosted videos or embedded videos ( YouTube or Vimeo). Once selected, specific fields will be available on editing area, for self hosted videos paths or embedded video code. For hosted videos you can also upload a cover photo that will be visible when the video is not playing. You can still add text in the editor as a small description of the video.

3.8 Audio post

Allows you to post self-hosted or external url  audio files. Once selected, specific fields will be available on editing area for audio file url and a cover photo. You can still add text in the editor as a description.

4. Custom Menu

While the theme includes one custom menu location, you can also create custom menus for use within the custom menu widget.

To setup your custom menus, navigate to Appearance > Menus.

Give your menu a name and build it up using the available widgets. You can add a variety of items including pages, categories, and custom links. To extend the available widgets, click the screen options tab at the very top of the screen and configure your options. Once you have built your menu, save it, and use it on the Main Menu location or within a custom menu widget Appearance > Widgets


5. Theme Options

The theme comes with an easy-to-use administration panel. You can access it by navigating to Admin > Theme Options. The theme options are conveniently spread over a number of tabs and each tab contains the options that pertain to a particular area of the theme.

5.1 General

5.2 Typography

If you check Enable Google Font and provide the right Google Font Link and Font-Family, the heading’s font will be replaced with the custom one.

5.3 Contact

Here you can fill in the email field that sets the email address where the contact form will send messages to.

5.4 Social

By filling those fields, you’ll enable the social buttons (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that are displayed on the right side of the website’s header.

5.5 Meta

This section is made to help you with a few SEO settings. If you have a dedicated plugin for SEO, those settings will become ineffective.

5.6 Footer

The content filled in this textarea will be displayed as the copyright text on the website’s footer.

5.7 Stats

This textarea is reserved for code offered by third parties (Google Analytics) that will help you track traffic on your website.

5.8 Custom CSS

The theme lets you overwrite its default stylesheet by entering valid CSS code in this textarea.


6. Custom Widgets

The theme comes with a custom Twitter widget that can be configured to display your latest Twitter tweets.


7. Custom Page Templates

The theme comes with a number of built-in custom page templates. These templates can be used on individual pages to alter the display or functionality.


8. PrettyPhoto Lightbox

For image and gallery post fomats the lightbox on images link is enabled by default.

If you want to use lightbox on an image in a standard post, for example, you need to  add class=”prettyPhoto” to the image Link Class.


 9. Shortcodes

The theme comes with  a shortcodes panel. You can add, edit, delete any shortcodes to any content. You will see the “Custom Shortcodes” panel at the right top side, when adding, editing any post or page. For this theme best use of shortcodes can be done on a full-width page.