Setting up the homepage

Once you have installed the theme, your next step is to set up your homepage.

In Franklin, there are two main homepage templates:

  • Original homepage (demo)
  • Homepage with a slider (demo)

Setting up a homepage with a slider

The homepage with a slider you see on the demo uses a plugin called LayerSlider, which can be purchased from CodeCanyon.

Note: LayerSlider is not included when you purchase Franklin. It requires a separate purchase.

Once you have LayerSlider installed on your site, you can create your first slider:

  1. Log into your WordPress dashboard. Click on LayerSlider WP.
  2. To save time, you can use our demo slider as a placeholder while you get your site ready. Click on the Import sample sliders button at the top of the screen.
     
    Import sample sliders button

    Click “Import sample sliders” to import the demo slider

  3. In the Import & Export Sliders box, select the Layer Slider sample.json file, which you will find in the Franklin package you downloaded inside the content folder. After selecting it, click Import.
     
    Import sample slider
     

Now that you have created your slider, you can move on to setting up your homepage:

  1. Click on PagesAdd New
  2. Add the content you would like to display on the page and then under
    Template, select “Homepage Alternative”. Click Publish.

    Set page template

    Set Homepage Alternative as your page template

     

  3. After the editing page has reloaded, you will see a new metabox called Page Options. Here you
    can decide whether to show a grid of the most recent campaigns and whether to display a list of
    campaign categories. Underneath these options, you can select a slider to use on your page.

    Homepage options meta box

    Configure homepage options

     

  4. Click Update to save your changes.

Adding the homepage content

On the demo, we use a simple combination of text and some buttons to set up the homepage content. The exact content we use is included below for easy copying:

Franklin is a premium crowdfunding theme for WordPress. Created with a mobile first approach, it is 100% responsive and features crisp retina graphics.

<a href="http://164a-themes.com/franklin/create-a-campaign/" class="button button-alt">Create a Campaign</a><a href="http://164a-themes.com/franklin/" class="button button-alt">Browse Campaigns</a>

Note: When pasting this into your page content, be sure to switch to the Text view of the WordPress editor.