Frontier WordPress Theme

Frontier Wordpress Theme

Frontier is a multi-purpose, HTML5 and CSS3 WordPress theme. It lets you choose between 1, 2 or 3 column layouts while offering independent template layouts for pages. The theme’s responsive design makes it compatible with a wide variety of devices and screen resolutions. Frontier is easy to customize through its wide array of options that are simple and easy to understand. It has a lot of strategically placed Widget Areas and Action Hooks that helps achieve a higher level of customization. Theme features include logos, header images, color options, custom CSS, a simple image slider, RTL support, basic schema.org markup and a whole lot more. Frontier accomplishes all this while maintaining a minimal file size for a fast and efficient WordPress experience.

Theme Features:

  • One, two, three column layout.
  • Responsive layout for handhelds.
  • HTML5 & CSS3 compliant.
  • Numerous widgetized areas.
  • Numerous theme hooks.
  • Simple jQuery Slider.
  • Custom CSS Option.

Take time to visit the theme’s options page through a link found on either the admin bar or on the admin area under the Appearance section. A lot of people ask the most basic questions about the theme not knowing that the options page is where they would usually find the answers to the things they are looking for.

Frontier has 6 main layouts to choose from. This main layout will be used throughout your entire site except on certain Pages that are set to use a Page Template other than the default.

Container Width – This is where you set the entire width of your site’s page.
Two Column Widths – Controls the width ratio between and. ContentSidebar
Three Column Widths – Controls the width ratio between and. Content2 Sidebars

I usually see a lot of people who choose a layout and then proceed to set their sidebar widths to 0% thinking that it affects the sidebars. There is no need to do that since a one-column layout does not contain any sidebars.

Theme elements like the Top Bar, Header and Main Menu can be turned on or off if needed. Check out the Display tab on Frontier Options. The text on the Bottom Bar on the footer area which usually defaults to Site Name © Year can be changed on the Footer Text option which is also found on the Display tab.

Setting the Header

This is a bit tricky since Frontier Theme has Logo, Background Image and Widgets functionality on the header area. This, in addition to being a responsive theme, makes setting the header not as straightforward as other themes.

There are 3 ways to fill your header area with images.

  • Header Logo
    This is really meant to be a small image on the header showing off your site’s brand. It is linked to the home page. Using a small-sized logo allows you to add a header widget on the remaining space.
  • Header Background Image
    As the name suggests, this is a background image. This is not meant to showcase any logo or text content. When viewed on a tablet or smartphone the background image will not shrink. It will instead preserve the central portion of the image.
  • Header Logo + Header Background Image
    Of course, you can use both features at once. Using a visually catchy logo with a background image that is less showy should work just fine with most sites.

Note: If you have some text content that is supposed to go on the header then adding those on a header widget is more suitable. This is also the case when placing ads on the header.

Header Logo is set on
Appearance -> Frontier Options -> Display
Header Background Image is set on
Appearance -> Header
Header Widgets are set on the widgets page. Header Widget Area is enabled on
Frontier Options -> Widgets

Navigation Menus

There are two menu areas that are available. One is the Main Menu aka Primary found under the header and the other is the Top Bar Menu found not surprisingly on the Top Bar.

How to create menus?
WordPress Codex – Appearance Menu Screen
WordPress Codex – Create Menu User Guide

Note: If you plan to have sub-menus and you want them to work properly when viewed on a mobile device then you have to set the parent menu item to point to an empty URL. This enables you to tap on the parent menu item and reveal the sub-menus without actually being redirected to another page. How to create null or empty WordPress menu items

Setting the Widgets

Frontier has a lot of strategically placed widget areas throughout the theme. Just check both the widgets page and Frontier Options -> Widgets to enable more.

You can control where and when a widget will appear by using the Widget Logic plugin. This greatly enhances the theme’s flexibility. Widget Logic Guide with Examples

Note: If either the Sidebar Widget areas are empty on the widgets page (back-end) then default widgets will appear on the sidebars (front-end). A lot of people ask on how to edit or modify those default widgets when they first enable Frontier Theme. Just try to add your own widgets on the widgets page (back-end) and the defaults will be replaced.

How To Get The Square Images To Appear?

Those square images or thumbnails may only appear on the blog page while the “Article Display” option is set to “Excerpt”. Each post’s are used for the thumbnails. If you have not set a featured image for a post then no thumbnail would appear. To add one, read this: How to set a Featured Image for Posts

Note: If you choose the 200 × 120 sizes you may need to regenerate thumbnails to get the exact image size. Use the Force Regenerate Thumbnail plugin.

The Image Slider Is Not Working?

First, make sure that the slider is indeed enabled. Go to Frontier Options -> Slider then check “Enable Slider”. Second, choose a category where the post will be taken from, you may choose multiple categories. It may be ideal to create a single category intended for use on the slider. For example, a category named “Featured Slider” then add your chosen posts.

The slider uses the post’s featured image for the slider image. If you have not chosen a featured image for your post then the default slider image will be used.

If the slider doesn’t work even after making sure that it is enabled and a category has been selected, there might be some conflict with the plugins that you are using. Try to temporarily deactivate your plugins to determine which is the cause. If you use Disqus Commenting Plugin and find that the slider is not working, simply go to Disqus’ plugin setting page and check “Output JavaScript in footer”.

Can I Change or Remove the Theme’s Footer Link?

Sure…if you must. There is a setting that removes that on the “Misc” tab of Frontier Options. Please consider either keeping the link or donating to show support.

If you want to change the link then keep it enabled then use a child theme where you would add a function that changes the text. Change or Translate Text on a WordPress Theme

Installing a New Theme

There are different ways on how to install your chosen theme. It might depend on where you are getting the theme from and how familiar you are with WordPress and other web technology like FTP.

Using WordPress to Search and Install Themes.

This would be the easiest method for someone who is new to WordPress. This would mean that you only get to choose from themes that are available at WordPress.org.

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Hover your mouse on the Appearance Menu then click Themes.
  • Click the Install Themes Tab. Search for a keyword.
  • In addition to the search, you can click the checkboxes to filter the results.
  • Choose your desired theme then click Install Now.

Uploading a zipped Theme.

You can use this method if you got your theme from sources other than WordPress.org. Before you upload the theme you have to make sure that the zip file immediately contains the theme folder that bears the name of the theme and that folder must contain the theme files (index.php, style.css, etc)

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Hover your mouse on the Appearance Menu then click Themes.
  • Click the Install Themes Tab. Click Upload.
  • Browse for your zipped theme then click Install Now.
  • A new page appears then click Activate.
Install Zipped WordPress Theme
Zipped File > Theme Folder > Theme Files

Uploading a theme via FTP.

With FTP you can have access to your WordPress files without having to use WordPress itself as a front-end. When you connect to your site through FTP you can have access to the website’s folder structure. Kind of like seeing files as you would on your Windows Explorer. You can use free FTP software like FileZilla. I personally use FireFTP which is a free add-on for Mozilla Firefox.

  • Login to your FTP account.
  • Browse the folders to get this folder /wp-content/themes.
  • Simply drag your “new theme” inside the Themes folder.
  • Return to your WordPress Themes Page where the new theme should be visible.
  • Activate the new theme.
Install WordPress themes through FTP
WordPress Themes Folder through FTP.
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