Setting Up a Custom Homepage (Pro only)

The Authority Pro let’s you create a custom homepage with a featured banner and section panels featuring content from other pages.

Creating the Homepage

To create the homepage you’ll need to create a new homepage and select the Homepage template.

You’ll then need to set this as your front page under Settings > Reading and selecting A static page then setting the newly created page as your Homepage.

Setting up the featured banner

The featured banner pulls in the featured image and content from the page using your Homepage template.

The Authority Pro Homepage

You can also adjust the appearance of the featured banner from the customizer. Navigate to Appearance > Customize and select the Header Image panel.

At the bottom of the panel you’ll see settings for Header Alignment and Header Width Ratio.

Setting Up Homepage Panels

To pull in other page content into your homepage panel navigate to the cusotmizer at Appearance > Customizer then open the Theme Options > Front Page Sections panel.

From here you can easily select any page to display content in your homepage sections.

Some templates will pull in custom information. If you want to pull in your posts select your page used as your Page for Posts in your Settings > Reading section. For WooCommerce products select the page used as your Shop in your WooCommerce settings.

Setting Up Jetpack

After installing and activating the Jetpack plugin you’ll be asked to connect to a WordPress.com account to enable the Jetpack features. Upon doing so you’ll need to enable the individual features you’d like to use. Zuul is tuned to use the following items:

  • Testimonials and Portfolios can be individually activated under the Writing section within the Custom content types meta box.
  • Infinite Scrolling can be turned on under the Writing section within the Theme enhancements meta box.
  • Tiled galleries can be activated by turning on the Speed up images and photos setting in the Media metabox. This also offloads images to the WordPress.com servers which can speed up your site. Alternatively Tiled galleries can be turned on individually by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=jetpack_modules.

There are many additional feature within Jetpack that can be used to improve social sharing, related posts, stats, and more.

Setting Up WooCommerce (Pro Only)

The Authority Pro supports the WooCommerce plugin that allows you to easily sell digital and physical goods from your WordPress site.

After installing and activating the plugin WooCommerce will walk you through a guide to set up your store and create your first products.

Note: While not required it is recommended to use the Full Width page template for the Cart and Checkout pages.

The Authority Pro does support widgets for the Shop page on your site. To learn more about adding widgets check the Widgets section of this guide.

For more information on WooCommerce check out their extremely useful documentation.

Custom Menus

The Authority comes with several custom menu locations.

Primary Menu – The main navigation for your site. Supports multiple levels of menu items via a dropdown. Automatically turns into a slide out menu at mobile screen sizes.

 

Draw focus by adding the callout-nav class to your menu items.

Callout Nav Class

Secondary Menu – Support for a secondary menu with multiple levels. As well as custom search. Secondary menu also displays a cart icon when Easy Digital Downloads is in use.

Authority Menu

Footer Menu – Set up a custom menu to display in your footer.

Widget Areas

The Authority Widgetized AreasThe Authority comes with several widgetized areas so you can make use of any of the great widgets offered by WordPress or plugins.

Sidebar – Add widgets to the sidebar on the homepage and any Page using the Page with Sidebar template.

After First Post – Add widgets below the first post of your main post loop. Great for calling attention to something important on your homepage.

Before Content – Add widgets before the_content is called on your single posts page. This displays below the thumbnail and excerpt.

After Content – Add widgets after your content to drive users further into your site.

Footer – The footer is divided into 3 widgetized areas allowing you to fully customize the content within your footer.

Bonus Tip – Use Jetpack’s widget visibility options or WooSidebars to control which widgets show where down to individual pages and categories.

Templates

Default Template – The default landing page featuring title, thumbnail, content, and before and after widget areas.

Page with Sidebar – The content shifts left on this template to make use with a fully featured widgetized area on the side.

Page Full Width – The Default Template with the content spreading to the full-width of the page container.

Landing Page – A template featuring a header and footer and a blank canvas in the middle. Perfect for use with page builders like Divi.

Customizer Support

Fully integrated with the WordPress customizer to make the theme your own.

The Authority Customizer

Easy Digital Downloads Support

Start selling your products online with support for Easy Digital Downloads built in to the theme. You’ll be selling digital products online in no time.

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