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Capital: Setup Your Homepage

The homepage in your theme uses a standard, dynamically generated layout that is based on the layout you choose in Theme Options. This has advantages over using a static page in that you have one less page to manage, and your homepage is more easily crawled by search engines.

  1. Go to Settings Reading and ensure Your Latest Posts is selected
  2. Go to Theme Options General.
  3. Click on the Site Layout tab
  4. Click the thumbnail corresponding to the layout you want to use. Blog and Preset options are explained below.

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Blog

Displays your Homepage header and Posts in chronological order with the sidebar. To set the number of posts to display, go to Settings Reading

Preset

Choose this option if you are new to WordPress or want a similar layout as our demo homepage and don’t want to mess around with widgets.

Note that the Preset options are limited. All posts in the preset layout order by date/chronologically with the most recent first/left – if you need more control jump to the Widget-Driven layout

Feature Slider

Displays Slider posts

  1. Select a Category (or leave All selected)
    • Categories allow you to display different groups of sliders at a time or on different pages and require Capital 1.1.6 or higher
  2. Select the number of slides in the Post Count menu
  3. Enter an Auto Slide Interval (seconds) or set to 0 for no auto-sliding
Services Three Column

Displays Services posts

  1. Enter a Title, if desired (shown centered above the widget)
  2. Select a Category, or leave All selected
  3. Select the number of slides in the Post Count menu
  4. Select whether to show Videos (if your posts have featured videos) or Featured Images. Video posts using oEmbed links will generate a thumbnail automatically if Images is selected.
  5. Select whether to Show Excerpts
Testimonials

Displays Testimonials

  1. Enter a Title, if desired (shown centered above the widget)
  2. Select a Category, or leave All selected
  3. Select the number of slides in the Post Count menu
  4. Enter an Auto Slide Interval (seconds) or set to 0 for no auto-sliding
Posts Three Column

Displays Posts

  1. Enter a Title, if desired (shown centered above the widget)
  2. Select a Category, or leave All selected
  3. Select the number of slides in the Post Count menu
  4. Select whether to show Videos (if your posts have featured videos) or Featured Images. Video posts using oEmbed links will generate a thumbnail automatically if Images is selected.
  5. Check Show Dates to enable dates
  6. Check Show Excerpts to enable the teaser text. If checked, enter an excerpt length in the next box. Anything between 180-260 is generally a good number. If using manual excerpts, enter 600 to ensure the whole thing shows up, and ensure your manual excerpt is not more than a few lines/sentences.
  7. Check Show Read More to enable to post link button. The image and title will otherwise link to the post.
Text Widget

Enter a Title and some content. Leave blank to skip this section. (note, this will leave a larger gap between sections. If you want to omit something in the Preset layout we suggest you use the Widget-Driven layout)

Team Three Column

Displays Team members

  1. Enter a Title
  2. Select a Category if desired, or leave All selected
  3. Select the number of posts to show
Text Widget

Enter a Title and some content. Leave blank to skip this section. (note, this will leave a larger gap between sections. If you want to omit something in the Preset layout we suggest you use the Widget-Driven layout)

Features

Displays Features using the Alternate style layout. Ensure each Features posts has an alternate layout selected and a featured image.

  1. Enter a Title
  2. Select a Category if desired, or leave All selected
  3. Select the number of posts to show
Products Four Column (Requires the WooCommerce plugin.)

Displays Products

  1. Enter a Title, if desired (shown centered above the widget)
  2. Select a Category, or leave All selected
  3. Select the number of slides in the Post Count menu

Click Save Options then continue to Configure Theme Options article for help configuring other tabs.

Widget Driven

The aim of widget driven layout is to give you much more control over your home page layout, content and widget options. Using WordPress’ built-in drag n’ drop functionality via widgets, you can build a wide variety of Home Page content arrangements.

Once active you will need to go to Appearance → Widgets to add the correct widgets to the correct areas. Widgets are explained in detail in Configure Your Widgets. For now, continue to Configure Theme Options.


WooCommerce