Now that we’ve moved to a new look and improved functionality for blogs.dal.ca, there are a few things you need to do to update your blog. All of these updates will be done while logged in as admin for your blog. You’ll find the initial menu items (e.g., Appearance) in the left side menu.
1. Select the Megalithe theme. Go to Appearance ->Themes in the blog’s admin panel. Activate the Megalithe theme.
2. Widgets in the wrong location. To fix this, go to Appearance -> Widgets in the blog’s admin panel. Drag all widgets from the “Inactive sidebar” section, to the “Primary Sidebar” section.
3. Set up social media links. On the widgets page (Appearance -> Widgets in the blog’s admin panel) add the “ZP Social Icons” widget to the “Header Right” section. Fill out the appropriate social links, then press “Save”.
4. Create/assign menu. Navigate to Appearance -> Menus in the blog’s admin panel. To create a new menu, give it a name such as “Main Menu”, then click “Save Menu”. Select the pages to be added to the main menu. You can also link to external URLs from the “Links” section. When you’ve added all the pages you’d like in the menu click “Save Menu”. To assign the menu go to the “Manage Locations” tab and set the “Primary Navigation Menu” and “Footer Navigation Menu” to “Main Menu”, then press “Save Changes”.
5. Select a colour scheme. The colour scheme can be changed in the blog’s admin panel from Genesis -> Megalithe Settings -> Appearance Settings -> Select colour scheme. Choose the colour scheme you’d like, then press “Save Settings”.
6. Set up your front page. You can feature a slider, a static page or a portfolio of recent posts on your front page.
Settings for a slider can be found under Genesis -> Megalithe Settings -> Appearance Settings -> Slideshow settings. Please note that slider mages should be 1140×450.
Set a static front page under Appearance -> Customize -> Static Front Page.
Right now, to add a list of recent posts, you can add the Recent Posts widget to the bottom feature section OR create a page with the “Blog” template and set that as your static front page.
We recommend you take some time to try out a few different options and move things around until you find the configuration that works best for you.
Our video tutorials will walk you through some of these steps.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues.