Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

October 27, 2009  |  documentation

Many questions have been answered multiple times, the solution is a faq. This is a collection of the most frequently asked questions about the BigFeature theme.

If you can’t find the answers here, you might find them in the forum.

Questions
  1. Are the upgrades free?
  2. How do I install the theme?
  3. How do I upgrade the theme?
  4. How to set a page as the home page?
  5. Why isn’t my default/feature image showing?
  6. How to add the feature image?
  7. how can portfolio posts not be shown in the blog?
  8. How do I add a slider to the top of the blog?
  9. How do I translate the theme?
  10. How can I use another cufon font?
  11. Why are some of the cufon letters missing?
  12. How do I use the extra navigations I have added?
  13. How do I create a custom single.php (article) template?
  14. How do I add videos?
  15. How to create a child theme?
  16. Where do I add parameters for the slider?
  17. How can I change the background color?
  18. how can I add a background image?
  19. How can I make the gallery like in the demo website?
  20. What shortcodes are available with theme?
  21. How do I add external links to the navigation?
  22. How do I stop the default image from linking to itself?
  23. How can I create a video gallery?
  24. How to make the default post image smaller?
Answers
  1. Are the upgrades free?

    Yes. See here for instructions how to upgrade.

  2. How do I install the theme?

    The recommended way to install the theme is to use the Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin, there you can install and upgrade with a click. To install the plugin download the zip file and install using the WordPress installer, and activate it. Then there will be an “Envato Toolkit” menu item (it’s in Network Admin in multisite installations), there you must add the api key and username for the theme to appear. Go to your Themeforest account and find the API Key (click the “My settings” tab and there’s an API Keys submenu), and enter the Themeforest username and key in the the Envato Toolkit page in WP Admin, and then the theme will appear with an install link.

    If you want to install the theme manually, download the theme file from themeforest and unpack the zip and then either upload the contents of bigfeature.zip to the themes folder on the server, or use the wordpress themes installer to upload the bigfeature.zip file. More information in the documentation that came with the theme (in the docs folder), it’s also available here

  3. How do I upgrade the theme?

    The recommended way to upgrade the theme is to use the Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin, there you can install and upgrade with a click. To install the plugin download the zip file and install using the WordPress installer, and activate it. Then there will be an “Envato Toolkit” menu item (it’s in Network Admin in multisite installations), there you must add the api key and username for the theme to appear. Go to your Themeforest account and find the API Key (click the “My settings” tab and there’s an API Keys submenu), and enter the Themeforest username and key in the the Envato Toolkit page in WP Admin, and then the theme will appear with an upgrade link. It is still recommended to export the theme settings before performing the upgrade, even though that the upgrade should not touch the theme settings, but it’s good to have a backup.

    If you want to upgrade the theme manually download it from the downloads tab on your profile page on Themeforest. Unpack the downloaded zip file. Unpack the bigfeature zip file. Overwrite the files on the server with ftp. An alternative upgrade method is to delete the old version and upload the new with the wordpress theme installer (the bigfeature.zip). If you install this plugin you can upgrade the theme without deleting it first.

    It is recommended to backup the settings, widgets and modifications done to the theme before upgrading. Here’s how to:

    1. Press the export button at the bottom of the theme settings and save the file (press import to open the file to restore the saved settings after the upgrade if necessary).
    2. Install this plugin to save your widgets to the theme, so you will not loose them when upgrading.
    3. To save any customizations done to the theme use a child theme. Download and install bfBlank (if you don’t use a child theme already). Add css to style.css (just the ones you have modified or added. they will override the ones in the original style.css) and just copy the modified template files from the bigfeature folder into the child theme folder.
  4. How to set a page as the home page?

    Read this wordpress article, or watch this video (no sound).

  5. Why isn’t my default/feature image showing?

    Read this for how to add default images (method 1 is recommended). And also watch this video tutorial. If it still does not show, it can be that the images you are adding are too small. The width has to be at least 528px for normal images and 848px for feature images. If it still does not work, it’s probably a timthumb problem, check the troubleshooting at the bottom of this article.

  6. How to add the feature image?

    The big image on the top of the page of the demo website is a default/feature image for the first post (see above how to add a feature image for a post). If you want a banner image or a slider to stay at the top of the front page of the blog, you can create a page with content and add it to the “Adspace – Blog home below nav” widget area with the BF Page widget (check the “Disable the feature image on the frontpage” theme setting to hide the feature image). Another method is to use the blog posts page template, then stuff (shortcodes, images, text etc.) can be added to the page editor (and it will show above the blog posts).

  7. how can portfolio posts not be shown in the blog?

    3 ways, the Ryo Category Visibility plugin can be used to block a category from the blog, or the blog can be a category and the new “blog posts” page template can be used to show the posts. In version 1.4.0.3, support for custom post types was added. Then you can f.ex. create a separate post type for the portfolio, and use the portfolio template to show it (these posts will not be shown in the blog). more info.

  8. How do I add a slider to the top of the blog?

    Create a page with the slider shortcode and add it to the “Adspace – Blog home below nav” widget area with the BF Page widget (check the “Disable the feature image on the frontpage” theme setting to hide the feature image). Information on how to set up the slider can be found here or watch the setting up bigfeature video.

  9. How do I translate the theme?
    1. Install Poedit.
    2. Edit the en_EN.po file (located in the bigfeature folder) with Poedit (and save it in the right language file name (example: de_DE.po for German) in the theme folder).
    3. Translate with Poedit. See this article for more information how to translate.
    4. Change the language setting in wp-config.php. See at the bottom of this article for instructions.

    If you want to have multiple languages on a website you can use the qTranslate plugin. Here’s a plugin alternative to translating with Poedit.

  10. How can I use another cufon font?

    You can upload your own cufon fonts with the cufon uploader in the theme settings. Watch this video for how to do it. More information can be found in this article.

  11. Why are some of the cufon letters missing?

    The Vegur and Vegur thin cufon fonts that comes with the theme can not display other characters than those listed here. When you generate a font include the “Latin-1 Supplement” glyphs to add those extra characters that are in some languages. See this video for more information about generating and using cufon.

  12. How do I use the extra navigations I have added?
    • shortcode:
      [bfnav name="topnav" style="navbarsep"]
    • call it directly:
      <?php bf_navigation("topnav","navsmall"); ?>
    • Or use a hook:
      function bf_navigation_top() {
       bf_navigation("topnav","navsmall");
      }
      add_action( 'bf_top_container', 'bf_navigation_top' );
      

    These styles can be used: navbar,navbarbg,navbarsep,navsimple,navboxes,navboxesbg,navsmall or pass blank space (default look).

    If the first parameter is left blank, like this bf_navigation("","navsmall"); the main navigation will be used. The second parameter can be any of the styles above, or a custom class name. example: bf_navigation("","mynavigation");. This navigation can be styled like this: ul.navigation.mynavigation {}. Multiple classes can be also added, so to create a custom style based on the navbarsep style you can call the navigation like this: bf_navigation("","navbarsep mynavigation");. Read this for more information.

    There is a third parameter too, and it decides if to use a wp menu (wp) or a theme settings meny admin (bf), and it can be called like this:
    <?php bf_navigation("sidebarnav","navsmall verticalnav", "wp"); ?>
    or like this with a shortcode:
    [bfnav sid="sidenav" name="sidebarnav" style="navsmall verticalnav" admin="bf"]

  13. How do I create a custom single.php (article) template?

    In version 1.3 the possibility to add custom single templates was added. An example single template was also added, single-portfolio.php. To use this template, or one you create yourself, add this to the category description (in posts – categories): cs:single-nosidebar.php. This is a simple example template without a sidebar. Or add this one: cs:single-portfolio.php. It’s almost the same as the previous, but the date is only year. Here are steps to create a custom single template:

    1. Enable custom single templates in the theme settings (under misc).
    2. Copy the single.php (or single-portfolio.php), and rename it. Place it in the bigfeature folder or in a child theme.
    3. Edit it however you want.
    4. Add the code shown above to the category (or multiple categories) where you want to use it. The subcategories will also use the same template (only one level).
  14. How do I add videos?

    You can add videos like default images by entering a ProPlayer shortcode into the video input field under the text editor. For this to work the ProPlayer plugin must be installed and activated (turn off the “Show Watermark” and set “Cache Timeout” to 0). Include the original width and height of the video for correct resizing. The advantage of using this over an embed code is that a post thumbnail is automatically produced, and uploaded videos also work with this method.

    From version 1.3.2 the video embed code can be used instead of the proplayer shortcode. Just paste the code from the website into the video input field, the size will be automatically re sized. No preview thumbnail is produced so this have to be created manually (proplayer will not be used when using this method).

    From version 1.3.3 video url’s (the link to the video) can be used instead of the embed code (not all video websites are supported with method, but the major ones work). This functionality requires at least WordPress 2.9. If the proplayer plugin this method will also produce video thumbnails (setting must be enabled in the theme settings first though).

    To add videos into the post/page you can use the proplayer shortcode or just paste the embed code (add wmode=”transparent” to the embed tag to avoid dropdown menu problems).

  15. How to create a child theme?

    Easiest way to set up a child theme is to download one available here (use bfBlank if just adding css). Upload it to the themes folder and enable it like a normal theme. Then you can change the name in top of style.css (do not change: Template: bigfeature) and replace the screenshot.png preview image with your own. The stylesheets are loaded in functions.php, so don’t add includes in style.css. And for the child theme to work, bigfeature must be installed correctly, like explained here (do not install the downloaded zip file, but instead install the bigfeature.zip that is inside it. This to get the right folder name and path for the child themes to work).

  16. Where do I add parameters for the slider?

    You add the slider to a page/post by using the bfslider shortcode. In other words you insert the shortcode into the page/post text editor (in html mode). The look of the slider is changed with parameters in the shortcode. Here is documentation on the slider. slider examples

  17. How can I change the background color?

    You can do this in the color section of the theme settings (Body Background color). If you want to change the background color in a child theme with css, it can be done like this:

    html body { background-color: #fff; }

    If you want to change the bacground color of the the container (page) use this css:

    #container { background-color: #fff; }

  18. how can I add a background image?

    You can use the wordpress background functionality. It’s in Appearances – background.

    If you want more control use a child theme. Download and install the topArt child theme. See how the background image is added in this child theme (in style.css). If you want the background image to stick to the top add this to the css body selector:

    background-attachment:fixed;

  19. How can I make the gallery like in the demo website?

    The image gallery example is using the “no sidebar” template and the nextgen shortcode in the body text, like this: [nggallery id=4] (where the number is the ID of the nextgen gallery). Here are the steps you needed to get the gallery looking like on this site.

    1. Install the Nextgen Gallery plugin and enable it.
    2. Install the Lightbox 2 plugin (or shadowbox if this is used with the bfthumbs shortcode) and enable it.
    3. In the Gallery-Options deactivate the “Activate PicLens/CoolIris support”.
    4. In the the Gallery tab in Options deactivate the “Show ImageBrowser”.
    5. In the Effects tab in Options choose Lightbox.
    6. In the Thumbnails tab in Options set the “Width x height ” to 150×150.
    7. Create a new gallery and upload images.
    8. The shortcode will be listed in the top when creating the gallery (but the ID can also be found under “Manage Gallery”).
    9. Create a page, choose the “no sidebar” template, and enter the shortcode into the body text.
  20. What shortcodes are available with theme?

    Here’s a list of all the shortcodes available. There’s also a link to documentation there.

  21. How can I create a video gallery?

    If you have many video posts, you can create a gallery of all the videos added in the video input box below the post editor. The videos must be added as proplayer shortcode or video url (proplayer must activated) for thumbnails to be produced (the “Produce thumbnails for videos” theme setting must also be enabled). Here’s how to make a video gallery:

    1. Add all the video posts to a category or a tag.
    2. Create a page using the no sidebar template.
    3. Add the bfthumbs shortcode to the editor like this (in html mode):
      [bfthumbs category="video"]
    4. Add the showposts parameter to enable ajax paging (wp-pagenavi or wp page numbers plugin must be activated) like this:
      [bfthumbs category="video" showposts="12"]
    5. Add text=”false” to remove the text (add title=”false” to hide the post title).
      [bfthumbs category="video" showposts="12" text="false"]
    6. Add popup=”true” to enable the shadowbox popup (shadowbox must be installed).
      [bfthumbs category="video" showposts="12" text="false" popup="true"]
    7. Change the width, height, marginright, marginbottom and numcols parameters if wished. See the examples here.
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  23. How to make the default post image smaller?

    The best way is to insert a small preview image into the post editor and use the more tag after the image and the preview text. Here are some screenshots illustrating what I’m talking about: 1, 2, 3, 4. And here’s more information about the topic and other ways of adding small post images.

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