- Getting Started
- Install Jetpack
- Using the Customizer
- Main Menu
- Social Icon Menu
- Create a Carousel Gallery
- Add a Post or Page Subtitle
- Contact Page
Once you’ve activated your theme, you’ll see a friendly notice across the top of the page, with a link to the Getting Started page (Appearance → Getting Started). Here, you can view the help file, enter your license for theme updates, view the latest changes to the theme and visit us on our support forum.
Activate Theme Updates
Each theme is backed by 1 year of support and theme updates. By activating your theme license, you can get seamless theme updates right from your WordPress dashboard. These updates will keep your theme in tip-top shape, with the latest bug fixes and new features.
- Locate your theme’s license key in your Array Dashboard in your Downloads section. In the pop-up window, copy your license key.
- Now, in your WordPress dashboard (where your theme is installed), go to Appearance → Getting Started and click the License tab.
- Paste your license key into the field and click Save License Key.
- Once your license key is saved, click Activate License.
- If your key is valid, you will see a success message. You will now receive a notice on Appearance → Themes whenever there is a new version of the theme available.
- To update your theme, click update now and follow the instructions. Note: Your theme will be overwritten with the latest files, which will overwrite any changes you’ve made to the theme files. Your posts, pages and settings will not be modified in this update.
Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin by Automattic, the folks who make WordPress. It’s a toolkit that provides various features and enhancements to your WordPress site. Camera utilizes several features of Jetpack, most importantly the Portfolio, and must be installed to get the most out of your theme.
- Install Jetpack by going to Plugins → Add New and search for “Jetpack”. Install and activate the plugin.
- After activating Jetpack, you will be asked to connect to WordPress.com to enable the Jetpack features. Click the connect button and log in to a WordPress.com account to authorize the Jetpack connection.
- If you don’t yet have a WordPress.com account, you can quickly create one after clicking the connect button. This will allow you to use Jetpack for Camera or any other theme in the future.
Once installed, activated, and connected to WordPress.com, you can visit the Jetpack settings page, which is now available at the top of your admin menu. You will need to activate the following Jetpack features by clicking Settings tab at the top of the page, and clicking the Activate link next to each feature.
- Carousel – The Carousel adds a beautiful lightbox carousel to your gallery images. Learn more about the Carousel
- Infinite Scroll – Infinite Scroll is a feature that loads the next set of posts via a More Posts button, without reloading the page. Camera’s main blog supports Infinite Scroll. Learn more about Infinite Scroll.
- Tiled Galleries – Add a tiled or square mosaic gallery to your projects with the Tiled Galleries feature. Learn more about Galleries.
Note: By default, Camera uses the click-to-load method of Infinite Scroll. To change this to load posts on scroll instead of click, open functions.php and look for Infinite Scroll Support. Change the
Using the Theme Customizer
Camera is customizable via the WordPress customizer. Here, you can change the theme’s options and add widgets to your sidebar. To access the theme customizer, click Appearance → Customize in the WordPress admin menu.
Visit the Site Title & Tagline menu to customize your site title or add your logo.
- Display Avatar with Site Title: Check this option to show your Gravatar image along with your site title. A Gravatar is an avatar that you can use across many social sites. If you don’t have a Gravatar, you can set one up here. (Please note that this option will have no effect if you have a logo enabled.)
- Logo Upload: Upload your own logo to use in place of your site’s text title.
Visit the Colors menu to change your background color or change your color scheme.
- Background Color: Change the background color across your entire site.
- Color Scheme: Camera comes with a light and dark color scheme, which you can toggle here.
Visit the Custom CSS menu to add your own CSS styling to Camera.
- Custom CSS: Use this text area to add your own CSS styling. If you plan on adding extensive styling, you should instead use a child theme, as it’s a safer way to preserve your custom styles.
- WordPress menus can be found under Appearance → Menus.
- If you don’t have a menu already, click create a new menu to create one.
- On the left hand side of the Menu page, select the pages to add to your menu and click Add to Menu. Drag the pages around and arrange them any way you’d like. Create a drop menu by dragging menu items under and to the right of another menu item.
- Now that you have the menu created, you need to assign it to the header in the Theme Locations section.
- Save the menu when finished.
Social Icon Menu
Create a social icon menu to let visitors know where to find you.
- To add a social icon menu, go to Appearance → Menus.
- On the left side of the Menu page, click the Links menu item to add to your social links.
- Add the URL for each of your social profiles and a label for the link. Camera will detect which site you are linking to and display a matching graphic. Icons are supported for the following sites: Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Dribbble, Github, Flickr, Codepen, Behance, Dropbox, Pinterest, Reddit, Soundcloud, Spotify, WordPress, and Email.
- Save the menu when finished.
- You can now use this menu in the Custom Menu widget in Appearance → Widgets.
Add a Post or Page Subtitle
Camera lets you add stylized introductory text to your post or page. This can be a brief description about the post or a tagline to your post title. To add a subtitle, simply add text to the Excerpt box on your post. If you don’t see the Excerpt box, you can enable it by opening the Screen Options (upper right hand corner of admin screen) and checking the Excerpt option.
Create a Carousel Gallery
Camera uses WordPress’s built-in galleries to create the full-width carousel gallery. If a post is set to use the Gallery post format, Camera will take the first gallery in your post and turn it into a carousel automatically.
- Start by creating a new post. On the right hand side of the screen, in the Post Format window, select the Gallery post format.
- Insert your cursor at the top of your post, above your post content, and click Add Media. When the media window opens, click Create Gallery. Just as you normally would, upload or select from your media library the images you’d like to use in your carousel gallery. You can arrange your gallery images by dragging them around in the gallery editor. Please note that when creating a carousel gallery, the default WordPress gallery settings (such as columns, link and type) will have no effect.
- Once your images are selected, click Insert Gallery.
- Once the gallery is added to your post editor, save or publish your post. Preview your gallery and make any adjustments to arrangement as needed.
The Contact Page uses the WPForms Lite plugin, which can grab for free on the WordPress plugin repository. Once installed, you’ll see there is a WPForms link in the left hand sidebar of your WordPress admin.
- If you haven’t already, create a new page called Contact.
- Go to the WPForms menu on the left admin menu to configure your contact form. The form creation process is pretty simple, but you can check out the WPForms documentation here for help and tips.
- After you’ve configured and saved your contact form, you will be given a shortcode like this: [wpforms id="161894"]. Copy your shortcode. We’ll use this to add the form to our Contact page.
- Now head back to your Contact page. Paste the shortcode that you copied into the body of the post. Update the post. You should now see the form on the contact page.
The widget section of Camera is in the sidebar, which is available by clicking the sidebar toggle button in the upper right hand side of your site.