1. General & Installation
1.1 Few words about Passenger
Passenger is the theme for travelers. It is modern, clean and responsive WordPress theme with some cool features every traveler needs.
It is an easy to use theme with responsive layout that looks great on any device, big or small. It is compatible with Major Browsers, Smartphones and Tablet's.
Passenger theme uses basic, core WordPress options (pages,post and widgets) to create user friendly site with a lot of useful features.
Passenger features "Jetpack" plugin for WordPress that supercharge your website with the features so far only available for WordPress.com. Special Jetpack feature we used is "Jetpack Widget Visibility" that allows you to have different sidebar content on different pages using the same sidebar. This gives you a great amount of creative freedom!
It also features a "WooCommerce" plugin that is styled to visualy fit the theme as shown in the live preview.
1.1.3 Soliloquy Slider
Included with the theme is a full version of the amazing Soliloquy Slider. This slider can be used within pages, posts and widgets and has many different options to choose from!
1.1.4 Widgetized Static Front Page
Static Front Pages are built using two widgetized areas on the left, sidebar on the right and according to your preferences header image or no header image and slider or no slider.
Widgetized areas are higly customizable and give numerous possibilities with just a couple of mouse clicks. Let me explain.
In both widget areas you can use as many widgets as you want and it will adjust itself to the number of widgets you choose. For example, if you choose to have one widget (in widget area one) it will spread across the whole area and create one column. If you choose two widgets, the two widgets will be placed in two columns. Maximum number of columns in one row is three therefore within one row you can have up to three widgets. If you however choose to have more widgets they will be placed in the next three column row (or more rows). The widgets will automatically adjust to nicely fill the space using Masonry.
The two widget areas are completely independent from each other. That means you can set first widget area to be one column and second to be three columns or use any other combination!
This feature can be combined with "Jetpack Widget Visibility" feature to create even more useful possibilities.
This is an example of one column widget area.
This is an example of two column widget area.
This is an example of three column widget area.
1.2 Getting Started
To install this theme you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. For information regarding the installation of the WordPress platform, please see the WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress
Theme uses basic, core WordPress options (pages,post,categories) to create site that is easy to use even for very beginners. There is no option panel with many settings in it, all available theme adjustments are available inside the WordPress "Theme Customizer" that allows site admins to tweak a theme's settings and see a preview of those changes in a real time. You'll be able to upload your image logo or to change the site title and tagline, change background color, upload background image, change header image and more.
This theme uses new WordPress feature called "Post Formats". Using "Post Formats" posts can be styled differently and independently of each other.
When you are ready to install the theme, you must first upload the theme files and then activate the theme itself. The theme files can be uploaded in two ways:
- FTP Upload: Using your FTP program, upload the non-ziped theme folder "passenger" into the /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server
- WordPress Upload: Navigate to Appearance > Add New > Upload. Go to browse, and select the ziped theme folder "passenger.zip". Hit "Install Now" and the theme will be uploaded and installed.
Once the theme is uploaded, you need to activate it. Go to Appearance > Themes and activate your chosen theme.
After activation, you should see the Passenger Theme at the top of the admin panel:
1.2.2 Plugins used with this theme:
1. Passenger features "Jetpack" plugin for WordPress that supercharge your website with features until now only available on WordPress.com. This plugin is used for the widget visibility, tiled gallery, contact form...
2. Soliloquy Slider with addons can be found inside the Plugins folder - more about it read inside chapter 1.5 on this page
3. Widget Import/Export: http://wordpress.org/plugins/widget-importer-exporter/ - plugin for importing widgets from theme live preview
4. WooCommerce: http://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/ - used for shop page
5. Leaflet Maps Marker: http://wordpress.org/plugins/leaflet-maps-marker/ - pin, organize & show your favorite places & tracks through OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, KML, Bing Maps, APIs or Augmented-Reality browsers
6. Time Zone Calculator: http://wordpress.org/plugins/timezonecalculator/ - Calculates, displays and automatically updates times and dates in different timezones with respect to daylight saving.
7. Social Icons Widget: http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-icons-widget/ - Displays a list of social media website icons and a link to your profile.
Plugins mentioned above are not mandatory for theme to work just in case if you want to replicate the theme demo!
1.3 Introducing WordPress Theme Customizer?
The Theme Customization screen (i.e. "Theme Customizer") allows site admins to tweak a theme's settings and see a preview of those changes in real time.
Passenger has implemented this option and added some useful options to help you style the background, upload image logo and to write copyright text on your own.
Navigate to Appearance > Customize
On the left side, you'll find Theme Customizer with all the options it contains.
1. Site identity
This gives you freedom to change the title, tagline and the logo for your site.
2. Copyright Settings
This gives you the option to change copyright text.
3. Header Image
This gives you the option to change header image or to remove it.
4. Post Page
This gives you the option to choose from full width or right sidebar layout for your post page.
1.4 Header Image Info:
This theme uses header image.
To set up, change or delete header image navigate to Appearance > Header and there you'll find the options available for it.
Suggested Image dimension – 1920x600px, you can however add images in any size you want.
To add header caption box navigate to the "Appearance - Widgets" and drag and drop "Passenger Header Image - Caption Box Widget" from the left inside the "Sidebar Header Image Caption"
1.5 Soliloquy Slider
To install slider navigate to the Plugins > Add new > Upload > Choose file
After you install plugin you'll see the new menu "Soliloquy":
Now you can install Soliloquy addons - "Soliloquy theme addons"
To create slider click on "Add New" option and name it. Now you can play and create your slider using many options and features that this great slider offers.
When you finish with creating your slider, navigate to the post, page or widget where you want to use your slider. Inside pages and posts, on the top of the edtior you`ll find "Soliloquy" slider button.
Click on the button to open the new window where you'll be able to choose created sliders to put inside the page or post:
If you want to use slider inside widgets sidebar, navigate to the Appearance > Widgets, there you'll find "Soliloquy" widget. Drag and drop widget inside one of the available sidebars and choose the slider you want to show :