You can customize your www.maddchapters.ca website’s homepage with a slider, intro message, featured boxes and widgets.

Slider

Adding a Slide

  1. Go to Home Slider > Add New.
  2. Click Set featured image then Upload Files, upload an image, select it, then click Set featured image.
  3. Optionally add a Caption, Click URL and Video URL (instructions shown by fields).
  4. Under Attributes enter a number representing the Order in which you want the slide to appear.

The slide image you upload should be at least 960×350 (if larger, it will be auto-cropped). If you upload an image that is less than 960 pixels wide, it will appear stretched in the slider. In this case, you should provide a larger image.

Editing and Deleting Slides

  1. Go to Home Slider > All Items
  2. Hover over a slide item to see the Edit and Trash options

Note that this will delete the slides but the actual image files will remain on your server. If you want to delete the image files, go to the WordPress Media Library (Media Files > Library).

Slider Options

Go to Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage to disable the slider, change whether or not slides should transition from one to next automatically and set the number of seconds between automatic slide changes.

Intro Message

You can change the text in the box below the slider by going to Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage and editing the “Intro Message” field. If you do not want to show an intro message, simply delete the text then save.

Featured Boxes

Your home page shows three boxed images with titles below the intro message. You can use these to direct the visitor’s attention to the most important areas of your site.

Adding a Box

  1. Go to Home Boxes > Add New.
  2. Click Set featured image then Upload Files, upload an image, select it, then click Set featured image.
  3. Optionally enter a Title and Click URL (instructions shown by fields).
  4. Under Attributes enter a number representing the Order in which you want the box to appear.

Provide an image that is at least 640×480 (it will be cropped/resized) for the best experience on mobile devices.

It is possible to add more than three boxes. If you do so, the additional boxes will be shown in additional rows.

Editing and Deleting Boxes

  1. Go to Home Boxes > All Items
  2. Hover over a box item to see the Edit and Trash options

If you do not want to show boxes, simply delete them all.

Bottom Widgets

You can show any widget at the bottom of the homepage either in a left-hand or right-hand column. These widget areas are handy for showing recent news and events.

  1. Go to Appearance > Widgets.
  2. Click on Home Bottom Right and Home Bottom Left to expand those widget areas.
  3. Drag any widget into either of those widget areas.
  4. Configure each of your widgets as desired.

If you do not want to show widgets at the bottom of the homepage, delete them from the Home Bottom Right and Home Bottom Left areas. Alternatively you can drag them to the “Inactive Widgets” area.

Any Page as Homepage

You can use WordPress’s Static Front Page feature to use any page as the homepage. This includes pages using a page template. For example, you can use a page that uses the Blog template as the homepage in order to use the theme for a pure blog.

  1. Go to Settings > Reading
  2. Set Front page displays to a static page