Creative Portfolio WordPress Theme: Studio 9
Studio 9 is a responsive WordPress Theme that implements bold fonts and clean design to create a versatile WordPress-powered site with unlimited color variations.
It’s purpose is for creative agency sites or blog in old typewriting style with big and bold fonts.
Studio 9 has a convenient Administration panel which provides tons of options to manage and modify any aspect of the theme – it is well suited for both beginners with no coding knowledge and developers.
The Theme comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend of your WordPress Theme. You can choose any color you want to be the Theme’s leading color (you can see 8 examples in our preview).
The theme allows you to change all the main colors of the Theme (background color for titles, color of title fonts, color of hover elements, color of shadow used on text) along with the background. This means that you can change all the colors and looks of the theme with just a few clicks.
Agency Responsive Portfolio WordPress Theme Features
- Google Web Fonts
- Video, Gallery, Audio and Link Posts Templates
- CSS3 Features and Animations
- WPML Support for extra languages
- +30 shorcodes with easy shortcode generator.
- Use your custom logo and favicon icon.
- 2 portfolio page layouts (2,3 columns)
- 5 Post Templates (Standard, video, link, gallery, audio)
- Filterable portfolio items.
HOW TO REGISTER ON OUR SUPPORT FORUMS
Support is handled via our Envato support forum. It is designed in a way so only Envato users that have bought some of our plugins or Themes can register. You have to use the purchase code in the process. This has been causing some problems so please check the screenshots below to see where to get the purchase code.
Click on the image for a larger preview!
After you click on the License Certificate you will then be able to see the code in the file which will look like in the screenshot below:
There are two ways of installing the Theme for your WordPress installation.
INSTALLATION VIA FTP
Extract the themeforest package you recieved to any folder on your harddrive. The archive contains several folders. You will need to copy the “Agency” folder which contains the theme data to your wordpress installations theme folder on your server. Example of a destination folder: http://yourserver/wordpress/wp-content/themes/. The resulting file structure will look like this: http://yourserver/wordpress/wp-content/themes/Agency/. Next go to your WordPress installation admin panel to appearence/themes. You will see the Agency theme listed along with other themes. Press Activate and the theme will be active in a moment.
INSTALLATION DIRECTLY FROM YOUR WORDPRESS INSTALLATION
Go to Appearance/Themes and click on the tab Install Themes. Now click on the upload button and choose the zip called Agency.zip. After the Theme uploads to the server simply click on Activate and your brand new theme will be ready to use.
To make the theme look like our live preview and for it to function properly it should be installed in the following order:
PROPER INSTALLATION PROCESS
INSTALLATION OF WPML PLUGIN (for extra languages)
IMPORTING DEMO CONTENT
We have prepared a XML file with demo content to help you get started with the Theme. Pay a visit to our support forum and look for the topic called Agency – Responsive Portfolio WordPress Theme. Now download the appropriate zip file. Please note that we have put the demo content on our support forums with the sole purpose of preventing the pirates to get the demo content also.
SETTING UP THE HOME PAGE
First you will have to select which page is the front page. Go to Settings / Reading and check the Static Page Tab. Then select the home page you wish to have ( Home, Home nivo, etc.). So the procedure should be:
1. First add a page (Pages / Add New) and choose the appropriate Template
2. Go to Settings / Reading and add the Static Page Tab that you just created
SETTING UP PORTFOLIO ITEMS ON THE FRONT PAGE
- Go to portfolio -> Portfolio categories
- Add some Categories
- Add portfolio items (it is the same as adding posts) and set the featured image
- Add the page and set the portfolio as the template for the page (2 column portfolio or 3 column portfolio)
Setting up the Navigation
When going to Appearance / Menus you will see the structure of the templates navigation. You can easily edit menu labels, and move them using drag and drop. On the left column you have the possibility to add menu items using “custom links”, “pages” or “categories”. The newly added item will appear at the bottom of the menu structure and can be moved to its desired location. Make sure to always save the menu after making changes.
SETTING UP POSTS (VIDEO, LINK, GALLERY)
Agency supports the latest feature of WordPress that allows you to add specific posts that contain audio, video, links or gallery. Videos and Gallery will appear on the front of the Blog page so visitors can run the video or look at the gallery without clicking on the post itself. Below are instructions of how to set it up:
Video Post - you have to add at the top of the post the following shortcode [video][/video]. The rest of the content is added in a standard way. Choose Video from the Format list on the right.
Link Post - you have to add at the top of the post the following shortcode [pmc_link]http://premiumcoding.com[/pmc_link]. The rest of the content is added in a standard way. Choose Link from the Format list on the right.
Audio Post - This post will enable you to have a small audio player in the blog and post. Simply select Audio post and input the link to the audio file and set the Title of the song.
Gallery Post - Gallery is added via WordPress native media upload form. Simply add the images and then insert the gallery into the post. Choose Gallery from the Format list on the right.
Standard Post - Choose Standard from the Format list on the right and add the content.
SETTING UP PAGES (SHOP PAGE PORTFOLIOS, FULL WIDTH PAGES, CONTACT PAGE,…)
We have prepared several premade settings for manipulation with pages.
Portfolio Pages enable you to add different portfolios with a breeze. Just Add new Page and select which portfolio page you wish to create (2 or 3 columns) and publish the Page. Items that have been added to the portfolio will be populated automaticlly.
Contact Page is a simple page that will display your contact form. Just set the title and text and choose the template Contact sidebar.
Simply add the content and choose the appropriate template from a dropdown list.
Page with Sidebar is a page that looks similar to the blog post. Add the content and choose the Page with Sidebar template.
SETTING UP PORTFOLIO
Go to Portfolio and add the items / images. Now go to Pages / Add New Page and choose one of the portfolio templates (2 column or 3 column). Publish the page and your portfolio is up and ready.
At single portfolio page you have several options of how to display images. You can set separate images for first featured image (the one seen on the portfolio pages where all items are displayed) and second featured image (the image in the single portfolio page). If you wish to have a slideshow from images simply upload all the images that you want in the gallery with native wordpress uploader. Images that are then placed in the default WordPress Gallery will then be used in the slideshow on the single portfolio page. In this case it is better to upload the first featured image via Media / Add image so that this image doesn’t get placed in the WordPress default gallery in the portfolio post.
After installing the theme and loading the demo data you will find that one thing is still missing in the sidebars: widgets! Just go to Appearance / Widgets to get an overview of the standard widgets and the Agency WordPress theme custom widgets. On the right you will see 5 sidebar tabs, “Sidebar widget” which is shown in the blog and all pages with sidebars. Other 3 widget sidebars are for footer that is split into 3 columns. These sidebars can be populated with widgets individually via dragging a widget to one of them.
The following widgets are available and specifically styled for the Agency WordPress theme:
- Agency Popular Posts - A popular post widget styled specificlly for both the sidebar and the footer. Just set the title and how many posts should be displayed.
- Tag Cloud - a widget that will display your tags, it has been designed to fit within the overall look of the theme. Just set the title and whether to show tags or categories.
- Agency Recent Posts - A popular post widget styled specificlly for both the sidebar and the footer. Just set the title and how many posts should be displayed.
- Agency Archive, Links and Categories - widgets have been redesigned to fit with the overall design of the Theme.
Please note that this Theme has a specific global sidebar that is stickied to the side of the page. It will look best if it is not too high so the whole sidebar is displayed even on smaller resolutions. We recommend the height of it is under 700px.
Here you can set which elements should be displayed. You can choose between quote text, recent portfolios and info boxes. Also select how many recent portfolio items you wish to display on the front page. Settings will be valid automatically for each setting accordingly, based on which template for the front page you select.
HOME CONTENT SETTINGS
First tab in Theme settings enables/disables certain elements that are found on the front page of our Theme. Two main elements of the front page are info boxes that contain your premium services or products.
Next tab is used to set the content of the four elements described above.
Quote text is the text that is displayed just below the slideshow of the website. Simply enter any text that you want (for instance your latest news). The text that you enter within the <span> tags will be colored in the theme’s main color.
Info boxes are displayed just under the quote text and will allow you to post your discounts and actions. All aspects of the box can be set from administration. You can set the title, content text and URL link . Set all three elements for each of the featured boxes.
There are only two elements that can be set in main settings. Upload your Logo and favicon. You can use the upload form or simply enter the URL to the image. Here is also the place to enter the Google Analytics code to track your traffic. When you create a Google Analytics account you will get a code that you need to add to your website. Copy and paste it here under the Google Analytics text field.
Styling options will allow you to add and edit your background and select the Theme’s leading color.
The most important setting in the styling area is the Theme’s leading color. This is the color that will consistently repeat throughout the whole Theme. Simply enter the color in hexadecimal format or select it with the color picker.
Shadow Color is the color of the shadow used on fonts. If you have dark font on a light background color then a white shadow will look good. If you have white font on darker background then a black shadow will look good.
Shadow opacity defines how transparent the shadow is.
It can be a simple color (be sure to uncheck the Enable Background Image parameter if you wish to use only color).
Check Enable Background Image if you wish to use a custom background pattern instead of a plain color. After you have checked this settings simply click on the background pattern that you wish to use.
If none of the background patterns is suitable you can also upload your own. Simply upload your own pattern and the Theme will override the settings above and use your custom background pattern.
Footer background patterns can also be changed. It can be a color or a pattern. To add more patterns upload them to your Theme’s /images/bg-header folder and they will instantly appear in the admin.
You can set all main typography settings in this section. First define the font family, size, color and style of the body font. All body font (content text, links, paragraphs,…) will now use this settings unless specified otherwise in style.css file.
Now define the font family and color for the headings. Sizes are defined for each heading seperately (H1, H2, H3 and H4, H5, H6).
PORTFOLIO AND BLOG OPTIONS
Parameter Number of items to be displayed will set how many portfolio items appear on the page at once.
Social options section allows you to add and edit your social icons. Currently there is support for Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Dribble and email. First you need to check which ones you want on your Theme. After that simply enter the links to your social profiles.
This section contains the settings for your contact form. First set the short description that is found under the main title (parameter Contact description under title). Under email address simply enter your valid email address. Error and success messages are there to tell your visitors that email was succesfully sent or if there was an error.
To set the Google maps you have to install the free plugin called Comprehensive Google Map Plugin. You can download it here.
404 ERROR PAGE
This is the page which will show everytime your visitor writes a wrong URL or if simply the page that should be on your website doesn’t exist. Enter the title and description text and you are ready to go.
Footer settings section allows you to enter a short sentence about copyright or some other notice. For inserting widgets into the theme, go to Appearance -> Widgets.
Theme allows you to translate all the main aspects of the Theme (buttons, social icons,…). Simply enter your translation and save.
Agency comes with over 30 premade shortcodes. To add them while writing a post or a page simply click on the yellow folder icon that says Theme Shortcodes. To see all available shortcodes please check our live preview.
SOURCES AND CREDITS
I’ve used the following images, icons or other resources as listed.
For support please visit our support portal and register as described above.
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