Expressions WordPress Theme - Documentation

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 Blog Set-Up

Note: If you are not using a special blog page or static home page then the default setting when you first installed the theme will have your blog set up as your home page. Under "Settings" => "Reading" the "Front page displays" will be set to "Your latest posts". If you are using a static home page or special home page see below.


Option 1 - Standard Blog Page

  1. Create a new page called "Blog".
  2. Select "Default Template"
  3. "Do not include Page Title" checkbox will not work in this case
  4. The sidebar selection dropdown will not work for the default template, as the default sidebar is used.
  5. The sidebar position dropdown will not work, go to the Sidebar Tab to set the position. This is because you are using the default template.
  6. Publish the page.

blog page 1

To finish off the set up:


  1. Go to "Appearance" => "Widgets" and set up your widgets in your selected side bar.
  2. Go to "Settings" +=> "Reading" and select Blog from the "Posts Page" drop down list. Save your changes.
  3. Go to "Appearance" => "Menus" and drag the blog page over to your menu. Save your menu.

blog page 2

Call up the page and you will see the blog. Note that there is no title. If you want a title strip use the next option.


Option 2 - Home Blog Page

  1. Create a new page called "Blog".
  2. Select "Home Page Blog"
  3. "Do not include Page Title" checkbox will work in this case
  4. Select sidebar name from "Sidebar Name" drop down list.
  5. Select sidebar position from "Sidebar Position" dropdown list.
  6. Publish the page.

To finish off the set up:


  1. Go to "Appearance" => "Widgets" and set up your widgets in your selected side bar.
  2. Go to "Settings" => "Reading" and make sure the "Posts page" is on "--- Select ---". Save your changes.
  3. Go to "Appearance" => "Menus" and drag the blog page over to your menu. Save your menu.

Note: This page can also be used as an alternate static home page. The difference between this page and the standard blog page is that you can include a Feature Section and a Title Strip. In my case I have excluded the Feature Section and included the Title.


blog page 3

Full Width Blog Page

Follow the steps outlined in Home Page Blog but use the "Fullwidth Blog" as the template. Also note that if you are using the fullwidth blog format you can choose to set the single post page in fullwidth mode as well. Go to the Sidebars tab in Expressions Options to set this feature.

 Post Formats

The theme includes all available post formats. You don't have to use them if you don't want to, just post everything in Standard format.

Post Format - Aside

The Aside Post Format is typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.
In the Expressions Theme I have excluded all links, meta (except author), and the title. Only content is shown.


aside post aside post content

Post Format - Audio

The Audio Post Format is designed for audio tracks. The player is from mediaelement.js and it allows audio embeds.


audio post audio post content

Using Kevins Post Format Helper Plugin

Yes there is a better way. I have developed a plugin that uses shortcodes to ease the pain of Audio, Video, and Quote Post Formats. Unfortunately WordPress has a policy of not allowing these kind of shortcodes within themes. The plugin is available at Expressions WordPress Theme

Once the plugin is installed and activated it will offer the following text and visual tool bars:

text toolbar

visual toolbar

Below are is an example of the shortcode in action:


audio shortcode

Post Format - Chat

The Chat Post Format allows you to have multiple chatters. Basically you put :

     author 1:text
     author 2:text
     etc


chat post chat post content

Post Format - Gallery

The Gallery Post Format is really set up for a single gallery. It allows the user to post a gallery and not have all the pictures presented. The number of pictures are counted and displayed as a caption to the most recent image in the gallery. Only the post excerpt is allowed. I used the twenty-eleven content-gallery.php as a guide for this format. If you want all the pictures to be shown in a thumbnail grid then do the post in Standard Format.


Select the "Insert Media" button and upload the pictures you want to load. Insert them as a gallery and the following short code will be inserted:
[gallery ids="1731,1730,1729,1728,1727,1726,1725,1723,1721" size="wide-thumbnail" link="file"]. I will insert a few extra short code variables to ensure I set up the gallery the way I want. The final shortcode shhould look like the one in the screenshot. Setting file="link" forces the links to the picture, and Colorbox will pick it up. The size="wide-thumbnail" option presents the gallery in wide format, which I like better.

gallery post gallery post content

When the user clicks on the image in the gallery the single page view comes up.


gallery single post view

When the user clicks on any image Colorbox will load them up for viewing.


gallery colorbox

WordPress versions earlier than 3.6. On earlier versions of WordPress images are installed as attachements. The Gallery post format will work with attachements as well. However note that you can't mix images and attachmemts. It will use id's first then fall back to attachments.

Post Format - Image

The Image Post Format is basically the same as the Standard Post Format. The only difference is that there is a drop shadow on the images. Thus not ideal for embedding in your post, but you can if you want. It is really designed for single images with a little text.


image post image post content

Post Format - Link

The Link Post Format is basically the same as the Standard Post Format. The styling identifies the <a> tag and presents it in a more stylish way.


link post link post content

Post Format - Quote

There are different ways to post a quote, so I'll just show an example with the post content. Remember to be able to use the shortcodes you will need to install the "Kevins Post Format Helper Plugin".


quote post quote post content

Post Format - Status

The Status Post Format is a short status update, similar to a Twitter status update. Included in this format is a time stamp, author avatar and a author name. Comments are permitted.


status post status post content

Post Format - Video

See the example below for coding.


video post video post content

 Special Pages

Contact Page

The Expressions theme has a special contact page form that includes the use of a CAPTCHA to reduce spam and bots from cluttering your site. Simply create a new page with Contact Form as the selected template.

Fullwidth Template

This template has no sidebar and allows html content giving the user complete control over the page.


Feature Template

This is a fullwidth template with the Feature section at the top. The user can create as many slideshows as they want. Fullwidth content can then be used for additional information on the page. Create your Feature Category and make your Feature posts. Then create the page with the Feature template, and select the Feature Category and Feature type in the "Expressions Page Options Section".


Archive Template

This template groups the posts into Month, Category, and Author. To use this template create a new page and select Archivesas the template.


Siteplan Template

This template will list all the Pages for your site. To use this template create a new page and select Siteplan as the template.


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