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This document will lead you from initial theme installation, through some design basics, to a site that utilizes a range of options displayed in the theme preview.

After Installation

Now that you have installed WordPress (WP) to your main domain or a subdomain, you are ready to design your site. Remember that WP automatically installs Twenty-Fourteen. Regardless of the theme you choose, when you first install it the “About” page on your new site probably looks nothing at all like the theme preview image.

For example: Dynamic News Preview

“About” Screen After Installation (No configuration)

Getting Started: Determine the Audience, Purpose, and Thesis of the site.

Choose the WP theme that works best for your audience and rhetorical context. For example, if you plan to use your site to sell a line of commemorative coffee mugs to raise money for a local charity organization, consider a theme such as Alexandria. Alexandria is responsive and offers a “client testimonial” option for all “front page” layouts. Try WP’s simple shopping cart plug-in to sell your mugs online.

Once you determine the audience, purpose, and theme of your site, the “Detail & Preview” screens for each theme available in the “Add Themes” portion of your WP dashboard will describe the theme that best suits your needs.

In this page, I am going to lead you through the steps I took to build my site for an English course on Shakespeare for which my purpose and audience are multiple:

  • I aim to persuade students to take my course
  • I aim to demonstrate my teaching ability to future employers
  • I aim to communicate the course goals as succinctly and clearly as possible to all my readers.

My theme guides my design and content choices. Since 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, my theme(& tagline) for the course is “Shakespeare: Life After Life.” Though the theme will no doubt undergo revision over the course of my site development, picking a theme is similar to picking a thesis as you begin to write an argumentative style analysis essay.

Choose a Theme

For my site I have chosen to use Dynamic News (Lite) by Themeze for several reasons.

  • The designers provide detailed design documentation.
  • The layout is clean, I like the font and font color, and the theme is responsive. I anticipate my readers will get the information they need as easily as possible.
  • The theme supports WP custom features such as widget areas; headers; background; menus; featured images; and page templates. In fact, Dynamic News (Lite) offers four page templates where themes such as Twenty-Fourteen only offers three.

Check the Domain documentation if you need help adding pages or posts; reassigning the post page; or installing plugins.

Though I use Dynamic News as my example, the processes covered below can be applied to most other WP themes.

Widget Areas

On installation, the “About” page, which is set to “Default Template,” displays in the sidebar all the widgets that come standard with this theme. Since hosting a blog is not the primary purpose of my site, I want to remove the widgets (comments, archives, etc.) from my side bar.


To remove the widgets from the sidebar, go to “Appearance” and then to “Widgets:”

Once on the Widget page, drag the widgets you do not want to appear in the sidebar out from underneath.

Alternatively, you can delete each one by extending the view and then hitting the delete link. Widgets and the sidebars in which you place them, operate much like pages and the menus in which you place them.

Adding a Google Calendar

After you install plug-ins, you have to tell WP where you want those plugins to show-up. To accomplish this goal, I take you through the installation of Google Calendar into a sidebar. (Note: many themes, including Dynamic News come with calendars. That said, if you embed a google calendar you can add, delete, change items in the main calendar at Becuase the calendar is synched with the calendar embedded in your website (and on your iphone app), you only have to work off of one calendar.

Step One: Create a new calendar in GoogleCal

Step Two: Fill out all the information required & make sure you make the Cal public

Step Three: Click on the Calendar Details Tab

Step Four: Cut and paste the code

Cut and paste the code to a static page directly into the text editor (click on the “Text” tab), or you can embed the code in the sidebar using the text Widget. If you have to download a text widget, follow the instructions here. Drag the widget called “text” over to the sidebar, enter a title, and embed the calendar code.

The front page now looks like this:

Adding and Deleting Comment Boxes

To add or remove comment boxes go into “view page”; click on screen options, then check boxes to the left of “Discussion” and “Comments”; and then scroll down below the text box and uncheck “Allow comments” and “Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.”

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wordpress/themes/dynamic_news.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/04 19:26 (external edit)