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Mosaico is a portfolio WordPress theme built for all creative souls (designers, photographers, illustrators, etc.) that are looking to promote their stunning work. Its homepage features the projects in the most elegant and sleek way. The single Project pages are simple, and content-driven. This responsive and highly customizable theme comes with a blog section.

Theme specifications

  • Post featured image recommended width is 770px.
  • Page and Post content maximum width is 740px.
  • Recommended logo size is 210 x 40px.
  • Sidebar content width should be 300px.

Theme installation

The theme can be installed through the WordPress Admin panel.

  1. Login into the WordPress Admin panel.
  2. Go to Appearance -> Themes.
  3. Click on Add New button, at the top of the screen.
  4. In Add Themes screen, click on Upload Theme.
  5. Click on Choose theme, and then browse for theme file on your computer.
  6. Click on Install Now to start the install process.
  7. After the installation is done, click on Activate theme.

A detailed video for theme installation is available here: https://help.themeskingdom.com/how-to-install-and-setup-the-theme

After activating the theme, you will be prompted to install the required plugins. Required plugins are:

  1. JetPack
  2. Kirki Customizer Framework

Theme demo

To set the theme as presented in our demo, you can import the demo file.

Theme setup

Mosaico theme is set to display portfolio slider on the homepage, and posts on the inner page. To set up the theme, please follow the next steps:

  1. Create pages with the default template: About and Contact. Create a page with title Projects, and with a Portfolio page template.
  2. About page is built using an HTML block to make the image show on the hover and two columns block for the text. Please refer to the Useful CSS classes section for the instructions on how to make an image appear on hover.
  3. For the Contact page, you will need to insert a contact form into the page. The contact form is provided by the JetPack plugin.
  4. Go to Settings -> Reading. Select the homepage to display a static page. For Homepage set Work page. Posts page leaves empty.
  5. Now it’s time to add some portfolio items which will be displayed on the homepage. Go to Portfolio -> Add New. Create several portfolio items. For each portfolio item enter the title, and set featured image. Add additional images to the Gallery section. Additional images for the single portfolio item can be added to the Gallery section that is displayed just under the main content. Click on Add images and select/upload additional images for your portfolio.

    Click on the button to add additional project images. Images will be displayed in the slider in that portfolio item.
  6. Creating primary and social menu: Go to Appearance -> Menus. Create a new menu with title e.g. Primary. Add all your pages to it, and mark it as Primary. Create another menu – we will use it to display portfolio categories. Add desired portfolio categories to the menu, and mark that menu as social.
  7. Finally, you need to add some personal touch to the theme. Go to Appearance -> Customize.
    • Site Identity: Set your logo or site title.
    • In Theme Options -> Post Single Options set Posts Navigation Position to Fixed on sides.
    • Theme Options -> Portfolio Archive Options set Portfolio layout to Shuffle. Leave On hover display title instead of cursor unchecked.
    • In Theme Options -> Portfolio Single Options enable Slide numeration, and set Image size to Centered.
    • In Theme Options -> Footer Settings enter your footer copyright text. You can use HTML elements to create links.

Theme customization options are the following, and they will help you add a personal touch to the theme.

The Customizer

The Customizer allows you to modify easily theme visuals and settings. Here are the customization options in the Mosaico theme:

  1. Site Identity
  2. Menus
  3. Content Options
  4. Widgets
  5. Homepage Settings
  6. Additional CSS
  7. Homepage Slider Options
  8. Theme Options

Site Identity

Site Identity panel is used for setting up basic site identity:

  1. Logo: Site logo is an image in .jpg, .jpeg or .png format. Suggested logo image size is 210 x 40px.
  2. Site Title: The name of your site. Ideal length should not exceed 20 characters. If the site title is longer, it will be displayed in two (or more) lines.
  3. Tagline: Tagline is a short description of the site, or simply a punchline of your business.
  4. Title and Tagline Visibility: If Display Site Title and Tagline is checked, both Site Title and Tagline will be displayed.
  5. Site Icon: Site icon will be displayed in a browser tab, bookmarks or in the WordPress mobile app. The icon should be squarely-shaped, and the recommended icon size is 512 x 512px.

Menus

Customizer menu option allows the user to manage available menu locations, and add and remove menu items. Mosaico theme has two menu locations available – the Header menu, which is mostly used for the primary menu, and the Social menu. Menus can be managed from Appearance -> Menus as well.

Content Options

The content options panel allows you to control the visibility of posts metadata. By enabling or disabling the options you can show or hide dates, categories, tags, and the author for all posts.

Widgets


Widgets are useful extensions for content, which you can add to your sidebar or other widget areas. In the Widgets option in the Customizer, you can see available widgets area in the currently active theme.

Mosaico theme has only a regular sidebar area, which is triggered by clicking on the button.

Homepage Settings

Homepage settings work the same way Reading settings in Settings -> Reading does. Homepage settings allow you to set the theme to use static homepage, or to display the latest posts.

Additional CSS


Additional CSS section is used for custom CSS classes, without interfering with theme original CSS files, or creating a child theme. These classes are always loaded first, before other stylesheets. In the Useful CSS Classes section, you can find some most used classes.

Home Slider Options

Home slider option panel contains settings for the slider that is available in the Mosaico theme. By default, the slider is displayed on the homepage and is displaying featured images from the posts that are tagged with the same tag. The Slider is only displayed on the page with the Home Slider template.

Home slider customization options:

  1. Options
  2. Slider – Featured Content
  3. Video – Header Media

Options

In the Options panel, you can set slider specific settings related to the slider appearance.

  1. Image Size can be set to full size or centered. If the full size is selected, the theme will use the image as-is. In centered mode, images will be shrink to the center of the screen. Note: To have a full-screen slider, you will need to set a larger image for featured image e.g. 1920×1080.
  2. The Animation type can be set to slide or fade.
  3. Position of Titles: Project titles can be displayed in the center of the screen or in the bottom left corner.
  4. Title Text Color: Color for project titles in the slider.
  5. Enable blend mode for Titles: Title color will depend on the background image. It will override the previous setting, and always set the color that is the most visible (opposite) on the background image.

In Slider – Featured Content can be set tag that is used for the projects to display them as the slider on the homepage.

  1. Tag name: Enter the tag name that you have used for portfolio items that you wish to appear on the homepage.
  2. Do not display tag in post details and tag clouds: If enabled, the tag used for the slider will not be displayed anywhere.
  3. Also, display tagged posts outside the Featured Content area: If enabled, portfolio items tagged with the tag used for the slider will be displayed on the page with portfolio template as well.
  4. Autoplay slider: If enabled, the slider will automatically play slides.
  5. Show slide numeration: If enabled, the slide number will be displayed on the side.

Video – Header Media

Instead of displaying the slider, you can display a video on the homepage. The setup process is the same as explained below, but without need to set a tag for the desired portfolio posts.

  1. Header video: You can either upload a video to your site or paste YouTube links to your video. The video should be in mp4 format, and in 1920x1080px resolution for the best results. Please note that larger videos will prolong load time.
  2. Header Image: Header image is displayed while the video is loading or as a fallback if the video is not loaded. The image should be in the same size as the video.

Setting up a slider
To set up the slider:

  1. In Pages -> Add New create a new page with title e.g. Home, and for page template select Home Slider template.
  2. Go to Settings -> Reading. Select the homepage to display a static page. For Homepage set previously created page.
  3. Go to Portfolio -> Add New. Create several portfolio items. For each portfolio item enter the title, and set featured image. Tag desired portfolio items with the same tag e.g. Featured. The Tag will be used to identify and display desired portfolio items as a slider.
  4. Finally, go to Appearance -> Customize, and under Home Slider Options -> Slider – Featured Content enter the tag used for the portfolio items.

Theme Options

Theme Options panel contains theme-specific settings.

  1. Post Single Options
  2. Portfolio Archive Options
  3. Portfolio Single Options
  4. Color Settings
  5. Font Settings
  6. Footer Settings

Post Single Options

Settings related to the appearance of the post navigation. Post navigation can be displayed on the sides or under the content on the single post or can be hidden.

Portfolio Archive Options

A portfolio archive page can display posts in the shuffle, boxed or grid layout. The project title can be displayed on the portfolio image instead of the cursor, and it will follow the mouse pointer movement inside the portfolio image.

Portfolio page layout: shuffle, boxed and grid.

Portfolio Single Options

On the single portfolio page, images can be displayed as-is or in centered/boxed mode. Slide numeration will display a number of the slides if there are more images in the project.

Boxed vs Full-size mode on the single portfolio page.

Color Settings

Setting up colors and adding a personal touch to the theme is important for building a personal brand. The color settings panel allows you to set colors for various elements in the theme.

  • Background Color: Site background color.
  • Body Text Color: Color used for the paragraphs on the site.
  • Navigation Text Color: Main menu text color.
  • Enable blend mode for Navigation: If enabled, the main navigation color will depend on the background color. For example, if the background image is dark, navigation will automatically become white. To be more precise – navigation color will be the opposite color from the background.
  • Sidebar Background Color: Color used for the sidebar area background.
  • Sidebar Text Color: Color for the text that is displayed in the sidebar.

Font Settings

The font Settings panel is displayed only if the Kirki Framework plugin is installed and active. Font Settings are used to set font families and weights for global text elements content, headings, and navigation. Available fonts are from Google Fonts but without extended variants. If you need assistance on how to integrate additional variants, please submit a support ticket.

Footer Copyright Text: Text that will be displayed in the footer, as footer credits. You can enter basic HTML elements to create links and stylize footer text.

Useful CSS Classes

Custom CSS classes can be added to the Additional CSS section in the customizer.

Making image show on hover over the word
In our demo, on About page artist image will pop-up when you hover over his name. To create that effect, insert HTML block, and add code like this:

So it’s important to wrap the desired word and image into element with class “hoverimage”. That way word will become show trigger for that image.

Change site title size

.site-title a {
font-size: 42px;
}

Change main navigation size

.main-navigation a {
font-size: 16px;
}

Change social navigation size

.jetpack-social-navigation a span.screen-reader-text {
font-size: 16px;
}

Change social navigation orientation

.social-wrapper {
-webkit-transform: rotate(-90deg) translate(0);
-moz-transform: rotate(-90deg) translate(0);
-ms-transform: rotate(-90deg) translate(0);
-o-transform: rotate(-90deg) translate(0);
transform: rotate(-90deg) translate(0);
}

Change text content size

.single .entry-content p {
font-size: 16px;
}
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