How to Use Advanced Theme Settings

This tutorial only applies to the “URI Responsive Theme”

Theme settingsIn addition to the basic settings that are available to you when writing Pages and Posts such as text formatting, there are several settings that can be configured in the “URI Responsive Theme” tab to the left of your Dashboard. When you reach the following screen you will be greeted by several options. The options under the “Settings -> General” tab are pretty self-explanatory; here you can add the URL for any sites on popular social media outlets that are associated with your website. For example, if your website is for the Multicultural Center, then you can add “https://www.facebook.com/mcc.uri” into the first field and that will activate the Facebook icon on your website. This page also allows you to add any additional HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), or JS (JavaScript) to your website. This is not common but it gives you some more flexibility.

Now if you venture to the “Settings -> Theme Settings” then you will see another page of settings that you can choose to enable on your website. If you choose to enable the Slider, a bar will appear on  your homepage that can preview all of your posts and their respective featured image. You can also choose to show images instead of posts in the slider.

Theme layoutUnder the “Settings -> Theme Settings -> Default Index Layout” you will see the same settings you see below each post and page you write. These settings set the default values for the website as a whole, rather than an individual post. Again, you can choose to set specific layout of each page or post. These options allow you to configure ALL posts and pages to a certain layout.

Theme layout metadataThis next section should look familiar, as it is the same settings found at the bottom of the screen in the Edit Mode of posts and pages, much like the layout settings explained above. Here you can set simple options to minimize your content. Most are self-explanatory, they omit certain aspects of the post when a user loads it. These are blanket settings that apply to ALL posts, and you can choose to set these for specific posts in the “URI Custom Panel” box at the bottom of the screen in the Edit Mode.

Footer widgets layoutOn every website, there are spaces for Footer Widgets at the bottom of the page. (See Widgets and Menus for more information regarding Widgets). By default, three spaces for footer widgets are available for customization. This next section allows you to allot more or less spaces at the bottom of your website for more or less widgets. When you first start your website, these boxes are empty and you have the opportunity to choose to remove all widget spaces and prevent other users from filling in these spaces.

On the bottom of the page, there is a box that includes “Shortcode Settings“. Here you can disable the ability to use Shortcode (see Shortcode for more information regarding Shortcode) globally. This is helpful if you wanted to restrict ALL users, including Administrators, from inserting Maps, videos, or sliders as well as all other Shortcodes.

As an Administrator you have the option to add custom CSS code under the “Styling -> Custom CSS” but like the optional Header and Footer boxes mentioned above, these are not common modifications.

Unless you are moving from one site to another and would like to keep your previous settings, you will not need to use the “Transfer” tab for anything. However, if this is the case, you will need to Export the previous files on the old site before you can Import them in your new site. You will want to Import the entire .zip file, not just specific files.