Take time to visit the theme’s options page through a link found on either the admin bar or on the admin area under the Appearance section. A lot of people ask the most basic questions about the theme not knowing that the options page is where they would usually find the answers to the things they are looking for.
Frontier has 6 main layouts to choose from. This main layout will be used throughout your entire site except on certain Pages that are set to use a Page Template other than the default.
Container Width – This is where you set the entire width of your site’s page.
Two Column Widths – Controls the width ratio between
Three Column Widths – Controls the width ratio between
I usually see a lot of people who choose a One Column layout and then proceed to set their sidebar widths to 0% thinking that it affects the sidebars. There is no need to do that since a one-column layout does not contain any sidebars.
Theme elements like the Top Bar, Header and Main Menu can be turned on or off if needed. Check out the Display tab on Frontier Options. The text on the Bottom Bar on the footer area which usually defaults to Site Name © Year can be changed on the Footer Text option which is also found on the Display tab.
Setting the Header
This is a bit tricky since Frontier Theme has Logo, Background Image and Widgets functionality on the header area. This, in addition to being a responsive theme makes setting the header not as straightforward as other themes.
There are 3 ways to fill your header area with images.
- Header Logo
This is really meant to be a small image on the header showing off your site’s brand. It is linked to the home page. Using a small sized logo allows you to add a header widget on the remaining space.
- Header Background Image
As the name suggests, this is a background image. This is not meant to showcase any logo or text content. When viewed on a tablet or smartphone the background image will not shrink. It will instead preserve the central portion of the image.
- Header Logo + Header Background Image
Of course you can use both features at once. Using a visually catchy logo with a background image that is less showy should work just fine with most sites.
Note: If you have some text content that is supposed to go on the header then adding those on a header widget is more suitable. This is also the case when placing ads on the header.
Header Logo is set on
Appearance -> Frontier Options -> Display
Header Background Image is set on
Appearance -> Header
Header Widgets are set on the widgets page. Header Widget Area is enabled on
Frontier Options -> Widgets
There are two menu areas that are available. One is the Main Menu aka Primary found under the header and the other is the Top Bar Menu found not surprisingly on the Top Bar.
Note: If you plan to have sub-menus and you want them to work properly when viewed on a mobile device then you have to set the parent menu item to point to an empty url. This enables you to tap on the parent menu item and reveal the sub-menus without actually being redirected to another page. How to create null or empty WordPress menu items
Setting the Widgets
Frontier has a lot of strategically placed widget areas throughout the theme. Just check both the widgets page and Frontier Options
-> Widgets to enable more.
You can control where and when a widget will appear by using the Widget Logic plugin. This greatly enhances the theme’s flexibility. Widget Logic Guide with Examples
Note: If either the Sidebar Widget areas are empty on the widgets page (back-end) then default widgets will appear on the sidebars (front-end). A lot of people ask on how to edit or modify those default widgets when they first enable Frontier Theme. Just try to add your own widgets on the widgets page (back-end) and the defaults will be replaced.
How To Get The Square Images To Appear?
Those square images or thumbnails may only appear on the blog page while the “Article Display” option is set to “Excerpt”. Each post’s featured images are used for the thumbnails. If you have not set a feature image for a post then no thumbnail would appear. To add one, read this: How to set a Featured Image for Posts
Note: If you choose the 200 × 120 size you may need to regenerate thumbnails to get the exact image size. Use the Force Regenerate Thumbnail plugin.
The Image Slider Is Not Working?
First make sure that the slider is indeed enabled. Go to Frontier Options -> Slider then check “Enable Slider”. Second choose a category where post will be taken from, you may choose multiple categories. It may be ideal to create a single category intended for use on the slider. For example a category named “Featured Slider” then add your chosen posts.
The slider uses the post’s featured image for the slider image. If you have not chosen a feature image for your post then the default slider image will be used.
Can I Change or Remove the Theme’s Footer Link?
Sure…if you must. There is a setting that removes that on the the “Misc” tab of Frontier Options. Please consider either keeping the link or donating to show support.
If you want to change the link then keep it enabled then use a child theme where you would add a function that changes the text. Change or Translate Text on a WordPress Theme