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You will need a self hosted blog with WordPress installed. Need hosting? I’m in love with Bluehost and their easy, one-click WordPress install. To learn more on how to start a blog, visit my how to start a blog page.
While not all are required to make the theme work, I recommend installing the following plugins for full functionality:
Your header/logo size should be 950 × 300 pixels. You can upload your logo in the Customizer > Header Image. If you don’t have a logo yet, you can simply type in your blog name and it will match the default styling.
Note: You’ll need to upload a logo sized at 950 x 300, but it will appear half the size at 475 x 150. This is because retina screens need a double resolution to look crisp & pretty. While this logo area may appear to be a little small, it is optimized for placement on all screens, including mobile devices.
You’ll need to make sure that your featured images are at least 1100 x 745 pixels. All other images should be at least 1100 pixels wide.
If you are using excerpts on the archive pages, blog page, or in the Featured Posts widget, the “Read More” button will appear automatically. You can turn off the Read More button on the blog page by going to Customize > Content Archives > choose Display Entry Content. You can also manually add the MORE tag wherever you want in the post when displaying full content.
Yes! Simply choose “Enable Grid Layout” when creating your blog page.
Totally! If you don’t want a shop, simply don’t install WooCommerce.
Nope! By default, the blog page IS the home page. The home page is widgetized and ONLY activated when widgets are placed inside the Home Top and Home Bottom areas. So remove any widgets from these areas if you just want to display the blog loop. If you want your blog page to be the home page, but you ONLY want the top and/or middle widget area to show, then simply don’t add anything to the “Home Bottom” widget area.
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