Venture: Customizing the Front Page template

The Front Page template consists of six sections for you to customize:

  1. Featured Content
  2. Introductory Text
  3. Featured Page
  4. Portfolio
  5. Testimonials
  6. Blog Posts

Featured Content

The Featured Content section on the Front Page template will display a slideshow of posts. These posts are selected by assigning them a specific tag of your choosing.

To set the tag to use for the Featured Content section, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Customizer → Featured Content.
  2. In the Tag name field, add the tag you’ll use on posts to be displayed as Featured Content. For example, you could use the tag “featured” or “slideshow.” Click Publish.
  3. Add this tag to the posts you want to display in the Featured Content slideshow. The post title will display, and the post’s Featured Image will be used for the background.
  4. By default, the slideshow will not show a link below the post titles (like the “Read More” in the screenshot above). To add a link like this, you can add a More block to your post content, and even customize the link text.

If the Featured Content tag is not set, or if it’s not assigned to any posts, then the Featured Content section will display the front page’s title and Featured Image instead.

Note: This feature requires Jetpack plugin installed on your website.

Introductory Text

This optional section can be used to display an introduction to your site. To add introductory text to your Front Page template, enter your text to the Front Page content area in your site dashboard:

  1. Edit your Front page.
  2. Add your introductory text to the content area.
  3. Be sure to update this page.

Featured Page

If you opt to use the Featured Page section, you will be able to showcase one or more pages on your Front Page template.

A single page can be displayed at full-width using the Regular layout, or two or more pages can be displayed using the Grid layout. The only page that cannot be selected as a Featured Page is the Blog Posts page, if your site has one.

Regular layout

To add a single Featured Page:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Featured Page.
  2. Under Featured Page, select a page from the dropdown list. The page you choose should not have any sub-pages (child pages).
  3. Click Publish to save the changes.

Grid layout

The Grid Layout allows you to display multiple Featured Pages. This is done by selecting a page with sub-pages. The sub-pages will be displayed in a grid layout on the Front Page template.

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Featured Page.
  2. Under Featured Page, select the page from the dropdown list. To use the Grid Layout, the page you select must have sub-pages. The page you select will not be displayed in the grid, but all of its sub-pages will be.
  3. Under Section Layout, choose a two or three column layout for your grid.
  4. Click Save & Publish to save the changes.

Each page in the Grid Layout will display the title and excerpt. By default, “Read More” will appear as the text for the button under the excerpt, but you can change it to any title you want by using the More block.

Portfolio

Recent Portfolio projects can be displayed on the Front Page Template, underneath an optional section title and text.

To display Portfolio projects on your Front Page template, follow these steps:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Portfolio.
  2. To make the Portfolio section visible, check Display Portfolio Section.
  3. Under Section Title, enter a title for your portfolio section.
  4. Under Section Content, enter a brief content for your portfolio section.
  5. Specify how many projects you want to show in this section under Number of posts to show.
  6. Click Save at the top of your screen to save the changes.

Note: This feature requires Jetpack plugin installed on your website.

Testimonials

Up to five random testimonials can be displayed on the Front Page template. To display random Testimonials, follow these steps:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Testimonials.
  2. Check Display Testimonials. To display a photo with each Testimonial, add it as a Featured Image to each Testimonial post.
  3. Click Publish at the top of your screen to save the changes.

Note: This feature requires Jetpack plugin installed on your website.

Blog Posts

You can also show your most recent blog posts on the Front Page template.

To display recent blog posts, plus an optional section title and text, follow these steps:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → Front Page Template: Blog Posts.
  2. Check Display Recent Blog Posts.
  3. By default, this section displays the title “Recent News” above the posts. You can edit this by adding your own title into the Section Title text field.
  4. Under Section Content, you can enter some text to appear above the recent blog posts.
  5. Specify how many posts you want to show under Number of posts to show.
  6. Click Publish at the top of your screen to save the changes.
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